Primary Curriculum

Key Stage 2

Following Key Stage 1, children are immersed in a bespoke Key Stage 2 curriculum, which is based on the National Curriculum for England. It is innovative, engaging and designed to meet the needs of all learners.

Joseph Flynn

Assistant Principal - Key Stage 2

Meet The Assistant Principal - Key Stage 2

"At GEMS Wellington Primary School, we want our children to become strong independent learners who are ready to take on the new experiences and challenges that secondary school life will bring. By fostering an ethos of community spirit, coupled with a continuously-evolving, innovative curriculum we ensure that our children continue to learn the life skills they need for the future and beyond."


Explore the Key Stage 2 Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

In Key Stage 2, (Year 3-6), we follow the National Curriculum for England which is adapted to suit our international setting and meet the UAE’s curriculum expectations. 

The children in Key Stage 2 continue their progress through the carefully planned curriculum themes to continue to push children’s learning and critical thinking to the maximum, focusing on the key 21st century skills of communication, problem solving and teamwork.  Speaking and Listening projects such as our unique ‘What If?’ competition and the ‘Night of the Museum’ showcase, allow our children to develop key communication skills as well as develop in confidence and maturity to present on stage in front of large audiences. This mix of high academic rigour and personal/social growth is what sets GEMS Wellington Primary School apart from other schools around the world.

  • Curriculum Delivery

    In Key Stage 2, we set high expectations for all our children in every aspect of their school life to enable children to reach their potential. Teachers plan and deliver enriching opportunities through a cross-curricular approach which are designed to stimulate curiosity and engage children in their learning by making it meaningful and relevant to the world around them. Each term children’s learning is focused around a ‘theme’ incorporating the core subjects of English, Maths and Science alongside Humanities, Arts and Technology. Social Studies and Moral Education is integrated across all curricular areas focusing on local culture, local issues and encouraging students to become more responsible citizens of the UAE and the world. 

    It is through using this cross-curricular approach that teachers skillfully provide opportunities for children to think at a deeper level, make connections between subjects and develop their reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Learning experiences are provided in classrooms and through the use of all of our communal facilities. Children benefit from learning in our state of the art STEAM and Art Studios, Science Laboratory, Library, Computing Suites, Dance Studio, Music recording spaces, Swimming Pool and Sports Courts.  

    The curriculum is further enhanced through skills-based projects, investigations, author and specialist visitors to school and class trips each term. Events such as National and International Days, STEAM Week and Book Week provide an opportunity for children to enhance their understanding of the diversity in the world around them and to apply their knowledge through a range of varied, holistic learning experiences.

  • Specialist Teachers

    To ensure our students receive the highest standard of education, they are taught by their class teacher alongside subject specialist teachers:

    Core Subjects – Taught by Class Teachers:




    Social Studies

    Moral Education



    Specialist Teachers:

    Physical Education





  • What Next?

    Once our students have completed their final year in Primary education, the Year 6 students at GEMS Wellington Primary School will have a guaranteed placement at one of our partner Wellington family of schools after successfully completing the admission process:

  • Curriculum By Subject


Learning Gears

In Key Stage 2, across all areas of the curriculum, we integrate 21st Century learning skills. These key skills are taught alongside transferable concepts preparing children for life beyond school, these are our ‘Learning Gears’.


  • What languages are offered?

    Languages In Key Stage 2, children further develop their Arabic and French language acquisition. 

  • What subjects are taught by specialist teachers?

    GEMS Wellington Primary School has a dedicated group of specialist teachers who are fully qualified and experienced in delivery their specific subject. 

    In Key Stage 2, children have one core PE session each week and one swimming lesson. They also have one Music and French lesson each week. The children also benefit from 4-5 Arabic lessons each week depending on if the children are studying Arabic as a second language or as their native mother tongue. Muslim students receive an Islamic lesson twice per week.

  • How long are break times? 

    Morning break is 30 minutes in total with 15 minutes playing time and 15 minutes snack time. Afternoon break is 45 minutes in total with 20 minutes play time and 25 minutes snack time. 

  • How often do classes use the STEAM Room, Art Room, Science Discovery Room & Computing Labs? 

    These learning spaces are timetabled every week and teachers can also use the facilities as/when appropriate for their class. 

  • How much homework is given? 

    In Key Stage 2, children are given a leveled reading book to read and enjoy, they also receive a set of spellings to learn. Teachers will also assign children an interactive Maths activity using an online platform.  Arabic and Islamic learning is set each week. On top of this, the teacher, as and when appropriate to the children’s learning, may set additional tasks linked to their classwork.

  • How do I communicate with the teacher? 

    Parents receive a weekly newsletter from their child’s class teacher, they have a class Twitter account that the teacher uses to share the children’s learning or communicate any messages. In addition, parents have the class teacher’s email address, which they can use to communicate with the class teacher directly and to make any appointments. 


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