Early Years & the Primary Years Programme

Child-centred Learning

In the Early Years at GEMS World Academy, our EYFS and IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) ensure a child-centred learning environment and a rich curriculum where all children are valued and championed. With a focus on the EYFS characteristics of learning and the central features of the Early Years in the PYP, we value play, positive relationships and engaging learning environments in contributing to all areas of learning.

Our continuous provision reflects our focus on all areas of learning, with children always having the opportunity to explore, play and engage with Communication, Language Literacy, Numbers and Understanding the World.


    Read Write Inc

    Reading is the passport to the world and ability to communicate effectively. Reading enables children to acquire a richer vocabulary and develop an understanding of their world. The core of our reading curriculum is the National Curriculum for England which is supported by Read, Write Inc. This is a systematic, synthetic phonics scheme that is validated by the Department for Education to ensure that children are able to learn the phonics code required for them to become fluent, confident readers. The curriculum has been specifically sequenced in a logical progression to ensure that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before.

    We aim for all of our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading. Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! Reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.


    White Rose Maths Approach

    Our internally developed mathematics scheme (aligned to the White Rose Maths approach) promotes deep understanding of number value and real-life maths skills. Children are able to use a variety of resources and strategies to solve problems and investigate independently. All children have access to a high-quality mathematics curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable and raises their aspirations. We widen their horizons through a context rich curriculum, that gives purpose to their learning, through high expectations for every child to succeed. Our children are provided with a variety of mathematical opportunities, enabling them to become more fluent and apply knowledge rapidly. Throughout school, we develop resilience that enables all children to reason and problem solve with increased confidence. A high focus on reading fluency throughout school enables our children to read, comprehend and solve mathematical problems with a clear understanding of vocabulary.


    Embedded throughout our curriculum

    Critical thinking skills are embedded throughout our curriculum, and our children know that the key to mastery is understanding how we learn and being able to take ownership of the learning process in order to achieve their very best and be high performing. Children receive diverse and exciting curriculum opportunities that immerse them in the learning process, deepening their connections in learning and applying them in other contexts. Students are empowered to use their literacy, oracy and digital communication skills to share their learning with others.


Placing Learners at the Heart of Social Enterprise

Through our collaboration with globally recognised partners including 8billionideas - an entrepreneurial framework that supports creativity, excellence and success. Our inspirational provision enables learners to not only learn about their world, but also accomplish the unthinkable by being prepared for jobs that may not yet exist today.

In this way, children are empowered to become internationally minded global citizens and critical thinkers with adaptability and empathy. They will be able to lead future generations with autonomy, mastery and purpose, equipped to thrive in all walks of life.


Connecting With UAE Traditions and Culture

Our curriculum is highly considerate of the local context of the UAE ensuring full immersion in UAE traditions and culture as well as ensuring full coverage of the UAE Social Studies and Moral Education curriculum. Our school meets Ministry of Education expectations for the delivery of Islamic Studies and the Arabic language for native and non-native speakers, while also ensuring enhanced links between English and Arabic to develop students’ acquisition and love of languages.

Vicky Martin


Vicky's successful career in education spans over 23 years, 16 of which have been at senior leadership level within the GEMS Education group of schools. Vicky first joined GEMS in 2005, when she took up the position as one of the founding members of the senior leadership team at GEMS Royal Dubai School – a primary school that she later went on to lead as Principal.

During her time at GEMS Royal Dubai School, Vicky successfully supported the school’s growth from an initial 60 students to over 1,000. Under her leadership, the school went on to achieve a wealth of accolades, including ‘Outstanding’ KHDA inspection status, COBIS Membership, High Performance Learning World Class Award and Optimus awards for Wellbeing and Leading Parental Partnership.



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