Key Stage 1


Key Stage One is a two-year phase, covering the 5 – 7 years age range.

As your son or daughter moves from Early Years to Key Stage One (KS1) in Durham School Dubai, a more formal approach to lessons begins. A lot of the learning is still taught through play, especially in Year 1. 

The learning environments are well resourced and maintained providing the children with a range of multi-sensory activities.   All classrooms have interactive whiteboards to support the children’s learning. Display areas celebrate the children’s work across all curriculum areas.

The students have a dedicated outdoor area to allow curriculum activities to take place outside of the classroom alongside activities that keep them fully occupied at break time. There are two breaks during the school day.  During the break times, the children get the opportunity to play and to eat their snack.

Key Stage 1 curriculum

A smooth transition takes place between Foundation and Key Stage One. Students in KS1 follow the English National Curriculum. We have adapted this slightly to ensure our curriculum is culturally engaging and teaches skills for our students to become global citizens. The structure of the curriculum is as follows: English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic Language and Islamic Education (for Muslim students) are the core subjects in addition to the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Design Technology and Art.

Subject specialists deliver art, design and technology, computing, music, French and PE and swimming programmes.  Links across the curriculum are made wherever possible and all activities are planned and delivered to maximise first-hand experience and respond to differing learning styles. Role play continues to be used as a way of developing expressive language skills; role play areas change regularly in classrooms and central areas.

Wherever possible, children are taken out of school for activities that support and enrich the curriculum, for example, the Y1 students may visit a local science museum where they get the opportunity to engage in many ‘hands on’ practical activities.  Y2 students may visit a local wildlife park as part of their study of animals in the local environment. Parents are regularly invited into school to join assemblies and celebrate their children’s’ achievements. The children have great fun preparing for this through songs, actions, dancing and some speaking parts.  Similarly, visitors with special skills and experience are invited into class to further enrich the curriculum.

Read, Write Inc. will be used as a basis for the teaching of phonics but other schemes may be used to ensure an individual approach for our children. The ‘Oxford Reading Scheme’ will be used as the core scheme for reading and this will be extended through inclusion of books from other schemes to provide depth and breadth. Our Mathematics will be broadly based on the White Rose scheme. However, give full autonomy to our talented and experienced teachers when planning engaging lessons for our students.

Key Stage 2


Key Stage Two, is a four-year phase from Y3-6, (7-11 years old). In some curriculum areas the Key Stage 2 timetable will run parallel to the KS3 Secondary school timetable, this allows more specialist teaching in Upper KS2. The learning environments are well resourced and maintained providing the students with a range of multi-sensory activities.  Display areas celebrate the students’ work across all curriculum areas.

The students have a dedicated play area featuring a range of facilities, as well as a playing field providing opportunities to participate in team games.

Key Stage 2 curriculum

KS2 students will continue to follow the Oxford Reading Tree for reading, however, during KS2, they will become free readers.

We continue our exciting thematic curriculum throughout Years 3-6. All subjects, including Science, History and Geography, are taught through themes, however, the themes become more in depth and more subject focused.

We will be following the UAE Ministry of Education Curriculum for Arabic Language, Islamic Education and Emirati Social Studies. This will be supported with additional Arabic reading schemes and songs.

Wherever possible, the students will benefit from out of school visits and activities to support and enrich the curriculum. Specialist teachers will be leading in Art & Design, languages, Music, PE and Swimming and Computing.

We welcome prospective parents to come and view our wonderful school with your children. Please call the main school office and our staff we be delighted to assist you.