Our Early Years Curriculum | SISD

The Early Years programme at SISD has been carefully designed to encourage enquiry-based learning. We follow the programme of the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Students are fortunate to learn in a multilingual and multicultural environment that provides a wide range of opportunities academically, culturally, socially and physically.

The Primary Years Programme is the first of four IB programmes of education. It provides students with a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, learning dispositions, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future. At SISD, we have used these five elements to construct a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range.

The PYP is an integrated approach to learning: the subject areas of maths, language, science, social studies, information technology, the arts, physical education and library are taught through transdisciplinary themes in order to help students make connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning.

Teaching and Learning is differentiated for students needs. Students are asked to make connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world. These connections contribute to the development of the attitudes that contribute to international mindedness.

The PYP fosters the development of thinking, communication, socializing, research and self-management skills. Students are encouraged to put what they have learned into practice through service to the school community, the local community and the global community.

Languages and Bilingualism at SISD

Languages, and the acquisition of languages are a key part of the SISD curriculum and culture. At SISD, we currently offer three fully immersive bilingual streams: English/French, English/German and English bilingual.

We define bilingualism as the regular use of two or more different languages in daily life. Therefore, a bilingual person is able to communicate, think and reflect in (at least) two different languages, even if one of the languages remains dominant. Bilingualism is designed to offer learners the chance to develop international-mindedness, to broaden their skills and capabilities and to acquire the information needed to access other cultures.

Our EY Curriculum options:

At SISD, we currently offer three fully immersive bilingual streams: English/French, English/German and English/Arabic. We also offer an English STEAM curriculum programme for non-bilingual speakers.

In our Early Years Section, we are proud to offer 4 different language options for students:

English / German bilingual programme

Teaching and learning across the grades:

Pre-KG ​
Native German speaking teacher ​
English TA in the classroom​​

KG1 ​
Bilingual co-teaching English/German ​
2 sessions of Arabic per week ​

KG2​
Bilingual co-teaching English/German ​
4 sessions of Arabic per week​

English / French bilingual programme

Teaching and learning across the grades:

Pre-KG ​
Native French speaking teacher ​
English TA in the classroom​

KG1 ​
Bilingual co-teaching English/French
2 sessions of Arabic per week ​

KG2​
Bilingual co-teaching English/French
4 sessions of Arabic per week​

English / Arabic bilingual programme

We follow the framework of the IB Primary years Programme, and the MOE Arabic language curriculum

This unique programme allows younger students to develop a good understanding of the Arabic language, customs and culture, whilst experiencing the benefits of an IB education. All subjects are taught in both Arabic and English, and learners will attend additional language lessons of a third language (either French or German) twice a week.

Students will also become immersed in UAE and Arabic culture, traditions, heritage and customs – through storytelling, the study of local art, music and Arabic culture. Students will be taught by an experienced Arabic early years specialist, and supported by a qualified English-speaking teaching assistant.

Additional Islamic and story-telling classes will be available after school to supplement the Arabic learning.

Teaching and learning across the grades:

Pre-KG ​

Native Arabic speaking teacher ​
English TA in the classroom​

KG1 ​
Bilingual co-teaching English/Arabic
2 sessions of French per week ​

KG2​
Bilingual co-teaching English/Arabic
4 sessions of French per week​

English IB STEAM

For students not in our bilingual programmes, they have the option to follow the IB English STEAM. The programme is built as part of the IB framework and will be continued across Pre-KG to Grade 5. ​ Students will have a dedicated STEAM education focused on the design process and thinking.​

  • 3 educators in the classroom​
    5 STEAM lessons per week ​(1 lesson daily)
    3 French/German lessons per week by native French and German speakers​. French and German lessons focus on language acquisition and fundamentals of BICS (basic interpersonal communication skills)​

Arabic ​

  •  1 lesson/week in Pre-KG​,  2 lessons/week in KG1​, 4 lessons/week in KG2

Students will also become immersed in UAE and Arabic culture, traditions, heritage and customs – through storytelling, the study of local art, music and Arabic culture. Students will be taught by an experienced Arabic early years specialist, and supported by a qualified English-speaking teaching assistant.

Additional Islamic and story-telling classes will be available after school to supplement the Arabic learning.