Scholars International Academy


Primary Stage

The National Curriculum for England which was re-designed and modernised in 2014 is based on the concept of mastery of core skills and concepts at each year level, thus building solid foundations for on-going learning. The focus is on ensuring core understanding and key skills are developed at each level across all subjects. Learners working at a mastery level are extended to apply these understandings and skills in purposeful, cross-curricular ways, employing a range of learning strategies. The curriculum has been designed with the aim that all learners become well-rounded, articulate and confident 21st century learners.

British education has achieved a reputation for quality and is recognised and respected around the world. One of the huge benefits is how transferable it is – learners can move seamlessly from country to country or move back to the UK while studying the National Curriculum of England.

The National Curriculum is a set of broad and balanced subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools, so learners learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards learners should reach in each subject. Our imaginative, engaging, and creative learning curriculum enables outstanding teaching and learning opportunities grounded within the National Curriculum for England and adapted for our unique environment. We also cover learning themes which celebrate the exciting and innovative traditions, history, and culture of the UAE. 

Lessons are planned to incorporate a values-based learning approach which develops a sense of international-mindedness, empathy, and a deep understanding of the world around them. SIA Primary learners are both environmentally conscious and practical in their approach to problem-solving. Moral Education and Social Studies are embedded and integral to our curriculum. The flexibility of learning skills taught allows teachers to be responsive not only to current affairs but also to the learners’ interests.

As we follow the National Curriculum of the UK, in Primary, we offer:
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Physical Education
  • Humanities – Geography and History
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Design and Technology
In line with the UAE framework, we also offer:
  • Arabic (for Arabic as a first language and as a second language)
  • Islamic (PSHE and Global Perspectives)
  • Moral Education
  • Social Studies 

Lessons pinpointing learners personal learning targets are identified throughout the curriculum; assessment is both formative and summative, allowing teachers to build up a comprehensive picture of the ‘whole learner‘. 

Our learners are 6C learners; they are critical thinkers, communicators, cooperative, caring, creative and courageous in all they do. These learning skills are inherent in, and intrinsic to the preparation of learners for each stage of their academic careers and beyond.

Throughout all phases of education within the Primary School academic rigour married with opportunities to enable learners to achieve their full potential in a wide range of creative and expressive subjects is valued. We endeavour to ensure that all our learners are enthused by what they are learning, and our teachers are passionate about what they are teaching.

At the beginning of a new project, each teacher creates their own individual project brainstorm – this is a chance to think creatively about this new concept: we consider the different imaginative tasks that learners might like to be involved in and plan creative ways to explore or investigate the concept. This is then brought to another member of the team for collaboration and enhancement – (at least) two heads are better than one. The team use imaginative planning that is going to bring awe and wonder to the learners. Teachers then prepare weekly plans on where the learners want to go next within the project; these short-term plans will include clear objectives, enhanced provision opportunities, specific differentiation etc. Projects can vary in length from a few days to several weeks depending on the learners engagement. 


  • Learners must have control over the direction of their learning.
  • Learners must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing.
  • Learners are encouraged to have relationships with other learners and with material items in the world.
  • Learners must be allowed to explore freely.
  • Learners must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.

HPL - High Performance Learning

HPL will be the framework we use to create our learning eco system, centered around developing Values, Attitudes and Attributes (VAAs) and Advanced Characteristics (ACPs). All this impacts positively on learner outcomes enabling our learners to be the best they can be.

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