Our secondary curriculum is always evolving

At Amity International School, we prepare students for jobs that have yet to be invented, and believe in a life of careers rather than a career for life. That’s why we’ve established a curriculum that allows students to learn and gain experiences that will empower them in their personal and professional lives.

 

A key element in our curriculum is the pursuit of a positive ‘attitude to learning.’ In each of the six yearly progress reports, students are graded in their commitment to the following attributes:

 

  1. Willingness to engage their intellectual curiosity inside and outside of class.

  2. Their level of self-reliance, resilience and independent drive.

  3. Their level of reflection and response to feedback. We’ve established tutoring, reporting and marking practices that we believe to be the best international practices worldwide. Students receive high quality and individualised feedback on their work, which helps them to make progress. According to the acclaimed educationalist Professor John Hattie, such systems have the single greatest impact on progress.

  4. Their drive to improve. We spend significant time discussing the importance of establishing a growth mindset both in class and in student’s tutor periods.

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Our curriculum will continue to evolve as the need for various skill sets, such as coding and entrepreneurship, become essential for student’s CVs.

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More about Year 7, 8 & 9

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We implement a broad curriculum in years 7, 8 and 9 to expose students to a wide range of subjects, as well as to develop the skills needed for future success.

 

Every student studies the following subjects: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Arabic
  • Science
  • Art
  • Design and technology
  • Physical education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science and ICT
  • Personal, social, health and moral education (PSHME)
  • Music and drama

 

In addition, students choose a modern foreign language and study the Ministry Arabic curriculum containing Arabic, social studies and Islamic Studies for our Muslim students. Non-Muslim students are offered a course of Philosophy for Children and Critical Thinking.

 

To prepare students for Year 10 and 11, we place particular emphasis to develop research, analysis, evaluation, essay writing and presentational skills.

Moral Education Programme for Secondary

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The UAE Moral Education Programme (MEP) was initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and officially launched in March 2017.

 

We aim to build character, instill an ethical outlook, foster a sense of community and endear culture using the holistic environment of the school, the home, extended family and the wider community - locally and globally.

 

 

Arabic

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We aim to ensure our students are strong in Arabic, Islamic (Muslim students only) and social studies by effectively teaching them how to read, write and communicate. Students also participate in events as a team of Arabic ambassadors to improve their skills and to show them how important Arabic and social studies are.

 

Muslim students will also focus on the Islamic Studies course provided by the Ministry of Education, which can help them acquire GCSE Islamic Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn about Year 10 & 11

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Students will be able to choose between seven and ten GCSE subjects. Our core curriculum includes: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Arabic
  • Social studies (non-examined)
  • PSHME (non-examined)
  • Physical education

 

In addition, students could choose to follow a wide range of additional GCSEs from the following options

 

Art and Design

Design  and Technology

French

German

ICT

Spanish

Business Studies

Drama

Food Technology and Nutrition

Government and Politics

Media Studies

Statistics

Computer Science and IT

Economics

Geography

History

Music

Textiles

 

Please note: We will try our very best to accommodate the first choice of every student, however, sometimes it’s not possible to combine a specific combination of subjects. In this instance, an alternative will need to be chosen.

 

More detailed information about the various subject options can be found in the annual GCSE course guide which is produced when students choose options in Year 9.

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