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Category: US Curriculum
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US Curriculum

DMES curriculum aims to provide a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum to ensure that all children and young people aged between 4 and 18 develop the attributes,

knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work. The curriculum itself can be defined as the totality of planned learning outcomes and experiences. As a school, we have reviewed our courses to ensure they are constructed out of the learning outcomes and experiences provided by the California curriculum, Common Core Standards, and NGSS. It is our hope that experiencing the learning outcomes of the DMES curriculum, all students will develop the four capacities to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

Science Files: 10
Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn
– Benjamin Franklin

Students, Parents and even teachers often ask “What is Science?”. It is easier to describe what science is not, than have a group of scientists agree what it is. Ironically, this helps explain the scientific approach. Science is to observe the world, question it, propose an explanation and then argue against it.

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
– Carl Sagan

At DMES the science department hopes to support our students in developing scientific intelligence. The recall of facts and figures are abilities no longer needed in a modern society, instead students are provided opportunity to develop critical thinking, research and problem-solving skills in a scientific context. Our aim is not just to promote student progress, but to create lifelong learners who can use these skills beyond the confines of the school.

“Nothing is life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so the we may fear less.”
– Marie Curie

Science students should not consider failure as an ending, but as an opportunity to learn from an experience and improve for the future

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
           – Confucious       
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One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.
                                                                                                                        - Frank Smith

English is the main language of instruction and the language through which the US curriculum is delivered and accessed; therefore, it is the most important subject in the school.

Most of our students are second language learners; so how they are taught English is as, if not more important, than what they are taught. Whilst grammar and vocabulary have traditionally been the focus of English teaching at the school, this has not yielded results. The vehicles, reading, writing, speaking and listening, through which they develop and apply the understanding, should be central to all English lessons. With this in mind, from September 2017, there will be a whole school focus on improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of students at the school.

To commence this journey of change, 2017-18 will see the launch of ‘DMES Reads’.

‘Books…are portals to other worlds, alternative ways of being. They give us the opportunity to empathise, to view the world through another person’s eyes, to walk in their shoes, feel the beat of their heart and sense the rhythms and cadences of their feelings’.                   

- Alan Gibbons

During this school year we will focus on promoting and elevating reading to the status that it deserves, through visiting authors, book fairs, celebratory book days, daily reading sessions and the November Literature Festival; and developing students’ reading abilities and habits so that they are more able to access the curriculum across all subjects. School leaders, teachers, parents, and students will be encouraged to broadcast their own reading habits and their favorite books – so get reading!

The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination...”                                            

– Derek Walcott

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“Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.” Galileo

"Mathematics is the Queen of the Sciences." Gauss

The Math department at Dubai Modern Education School believes that a high-quality mathematics program is essential for all students; as is the need to provide every student with the opportunity to access a full range of future career paths. Mathematics trains the mind to be analytical - providing a foundation for intelligent and precise thinking. Mathematics is critical for all students, not only those who will have careers that demand advanced mathematical preparation, but for all citizens living in the twenty-first century.

To compete successfully in the worldwide economy, today's students must have a high degree of comprehension in mathematics.

Proficiency in mathematics is not an innate characteristic; it is achieved through persistence, effort, and practice on the part of students and rigorous and effective instruction on the part of teachers. Parents and teachers must provide support and encouragement.

The DMES standards focus on essential content for all students; and prepare students for the study of advanced mathematics, science and technical careers, and postsecondary study in all content areas.

All students are required to:

  • Solve problems.
  • Develop abstract, analytical thinking skills.
  • Learn to deal effectively and comfortably with variables and equations.
  • Use mathematical notation effectively to model situations.
  • Develop fluency in basic computational skills.
  • Develop an understanding of mathematical concepts.
  • Communicate precisely about quantities, logical relationships, and unknown values through the use of signs, symbols, models, graphs, and mathematical terms.
  • Reason mathematically by gathering data, analyzing evidence, and building arguments to support or refute hypotheses.
  • Make connections among mathematical ideas and between mathematics and other disciplines.
ICT Files: 8


Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.                                 

~ Rita Pierson, Educator

Information and Communications Technology focuses incorporating 7 ISTE Standards:

  1. Empowered Learner – students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
  2. Digital Citizen – students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working on an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
  3. Knowledge Constructor – Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
  4. Innovative Designer – Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
  5. Computational Thinker -- Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.
  6. Creative Communicator – Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
  7. Global Collaborator – Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
Physical Education Files: 11

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.                                 

~ Plato

Physical education is a part of a coordinated school health program. It is the component that addresses the student’s fundamental need for planned, sequential instruction that promotes lifelong physical activity and attitudes and behaviors that reduce health risks. Other components of a coordinated school health program include health education, nutrition services, health services, healthy school environment, counseling services, psychological and social services, health promotion for staff, and family and community involvement. A standards-based physical education program also provides an excellent opportunity to ensure that students develop positive social skills and learn to cooperate with others and accept responsibility for their own actions.

The ultimate goal of high-quality, standards-based physical education instruction is to prepare every student for a lifetime of physical activity, health, and well-being.

Physical Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity”                                            

~ John F. Kennedy

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