GEMS Wellington Academy - DSO

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Purpose of the Evening

To introduce key staff and service partners

To provide you with some updates

To explain the curriculum in more detail

To explain important policies

To confirm the student induction arrangements

To seek parent involvement and communication

Who is Who?

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Patrice Boman – School Operations Manager

Louise Waddell – Parent Relations Executive

Achini Meagoda – Registrar

Maria Dinglasan – Admissions Secretary

Representatives from:

Updates: Numbers

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Expecting to open with 800 + students from over 65 different countries

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Planned number of classes

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FS1 = 6 classes

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FS2 = 8 classes

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Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2 = 10 classes

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Key Stage 2 - Years 3 to 6 = 12 classes

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Key Stage 3 – Years 7 to 9 = 4 classes

Update: Buildings

Building progress:

Structure is complete

85% interior fit out is complete

Bike Racks will be available

Expecting approvals in July

Occupancy August

Regular project meetings and a large workforce deployed

Progress to Phase 2 of building

Update: Staffing

Successful recruitment

Final recruitment for Arabic & Islamic, FS teachers,

TAs plus support staff

Specialist and talented team blending:

GEMS experience

UAE experience

UK experience

Update - Academy Timings

Foundation Stage 1

8:00am – 12:30pm daily

Parents may drop off their children from 7.35am. Registration will take place at 8:00am.

As there is no after-school child care provision, please assure your child is picked up promptly no later than 12:30pm from his/her classroom.

Children participate in a well-balanced variety of learning activities. There are playtimes and snack times for FS1 throughout the morning.

Foundation Stage 2

7.45am – 2:15pm Sunday to Wednesday

7.45am – 12:50pm Thursday

Parents may drop off their children from 7.35am*** onwards.

Registration will take place at 7.45am.

From 2.15pm until 2.55pm a range of FS2 after school activities will be available for bus children and those parents who would like their children to access the programme

Year 1 to Year 6

7:45am – 2:45pm Sunday to Wednesday

From 2:45pm to 3.45pm a range of after school activities will be available

7:45am – 12:50pm Thursday

Registration is at 7:45am. Students can go to their classroom at 7.35am***

Year 7 to Year 13

7:45am – 2:55pm Sunday to Wednesday

7:45am – 1:00pm Thursday

Registration is at 7:45am. Students can go to their classroom at 7.35am***

After school activities will start at 3.00pm and will normally run until

4.00pm depending upon the nature of the activity.

Notes:

Bus Drop off at 7.30am. Bus Pick up 3.00pm

Curriculum Plan - FS

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The six areas of learning:

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

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Problem Solving, Reasoning and Development

Communication, Language and Literacy

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Physical Development

Creative Development

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Music and Physical Education further enhance the children’s curriculum experiences and Arabic and French are introduced.

Swimming*:

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FS1 – Introduced in Term 3

FS2 – 1 session per week Terms 1 and 2

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Specialist Teacher

Curriculum Plan – KS1

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Core Subjects: English, Maths, Science

Arabic*:

Arabs – 6 sessions per week

Non – Arabs 4 sessions per week

Islamic Education*:

Arab Muslims – 3 sessions per week

Non-Arab Muslims – 2 sessions per week

ICT

History

Geography

French* - 1 session per week

Art

Music* - 1 session per week

Physical Education*

PE – 2 sessions per week with specialist PE teacher

1 swim session per week and 1 PE session per week in Terms 1 and 3

2 PE sessions per week in Term 2

Personal, Social Education

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Curriculum Plan – KS2

Core Subjects: English, Maths, Science

Arabic*:

Arabs – 6 sessions per week

Non – Arabs 4 sessions per week

Islamic Education*:

Arab Muslims – Yr3 - 3 sessions per week Yr4 – 2 sessions per week

Non-Arab Muslims – 2 sessions per week

ICT

History

Geography

French* - 1 session per week

Art* - 1 session per week

Music* - 1 session per week

Physical Education*

PE – 2 sessions per week with specialist PE teacher

1 swim session per week and 1 PE session per week in Terms 1 and 3

2 PE sessions per week in Term 2

Personal, Social Education

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Specialist Teacher

Curriculum Plan – KS3

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English – 3 sessions per week

Maths – 4 sessions per week

Science – 4 sessions per week

Arabic – 3 sessions per week

Islamic Education:

• Arab and Non – Arab Muslims 2 sessions per week

Geography – 2 sessions per week

History – 2 sessions per week

French/Spanish – 3 sessions per week

ICT – 1 session per week

PE – 2 sessions per week

Art – 1 session per week

Drama – 1 session per week

Music – 1 session per week

PSHCE/Cultural Studies/Study/Assemblies – 1 session per day

Policies - Uniform

The aim of our uniform is for students to present a neat, work-like appearance at all times and to take pride in being members of GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon

Oasis.

Personal presentation is therefore very important and a high standard of personal appearance is expected of all students at all times, both inside the Academy campus and outside in the local community.

The students are our ambassadors when they are out in the Dubai community and what they do and say, and how they look reflects on all of us.

Students should make sure to create a positive impression at all times.

Policies – Home Learning

Home learning provides an opportunity for the student to reflect on the work covered in class, and allows consolidation and practice of the concepts introduced. It also allows the development of sound study habits

• It encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning

• It gives parents the opportunity to engage in helping their child develop or practise skills

We believe the amount of home learning set should serve the above purpose but still leave sufficient time for the students to enjoy their own leisure activities outside school hours as they are equally beneficial and educational, and help students to develop their individuality

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Year Group

FS

Home Learning (2)

Time

A little, often

Types of learning activities

Daily reading, phonics for the week

7,8 & 9

Equivalent to 1.5 hour/week

Equivalent to 2 hours/week

Equivalent to 30 minutes/day

Equivalent to 5 hours per week increasing to 7.5 hours

Reading, spellings, other literacy work and number work

Literacy and numeracy as for Years 1 and

2 with ½ termly assignments in other subjects

Regular weekly schedule with continued emphasis on literacy and numeracy but also ranging widely over the curriculum

Research, practice, preparing for presentation ,discussion, consolidation , extension

Student Induction

Parent Involvement

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Parent’s Association

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Class Representatives

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Parent Helpers

Communications

Principal’s Coffee Evenings

13 th and 20 th at WIS

June 7.00pm

Bi-weekly Newsletters www.gemswellingtonacademy-dso.com

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