GEMS Wellington Academy - DSO

Report
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?
0 Patrice Boman – School Operations Manager
0 Louise Waddell – Parent Relations Executive
0 Achini Meagoda – Registrar
0 Maria Dinglasan – Admissions Secretary
0 Representatives from:
Updates: Numbers
0 Expecting to open with 800 + students from
over 65 different countries
0 Planned number of classes
0 FS1 = 6 classes
0 FS2 = 8 classes
0 Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2 = 10 classes
0 Key Stage 2 - Years 3 to 6 = 12 classes
0 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
0 The six areas of learning:
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Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Development
Communication, Language and Literacy
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Physical Development
Creative Development
0 Music and Physical Education further enhance the children’s curriculum experiences
and Arabic and French are introduced.
0 Swimming*:
0 FS1 – Introduced in Term 3
0 FS2 – 1 session per week Terms 1 and 2
*Specialist Teacher
Curriculum Plan – KS1
0 Core Subjects: English, Maths, Science
0 Arabic*:
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Arabs – 6 sessions per week
Non – Arabs 4 sessions per week
0 Islamic Education*:
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Arab Muslims – 3 sessions per week
Non-Arab Muslims – 2 sessions per week
0 ICT
0 History
0 Geography
0 French* - 1 session per week
0 Art
0 Music* - 1 session per week
0 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
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0 Personal, Social Education
*Specialist Teacher
Curriculum Plan – KS2
0 Core Subjects: English, Maths, Science
0 Arabic*:
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Arabs – 6 sessions per week
Non – Arabs 4 sessions per week
0 Islamic Education*:
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Arab Muslims – Yr3 - 3 sessions per week Yr4 – 2 sessions per week
Non-Arab Muslims – 2 sessions per week
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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
0 Personal, Social Education
*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
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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
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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
Home Learning (2)
Year Group
Time
Types of learning activities
FS
A little, often
Daily reading, phonics for the week
1,2
Equivalent to 1.5 hour/week
Reading, spellings, other literacy
work and number work
3,4
Equivalent to 2 hours/week
Literacy and numeracy as for Years 1 and
2 with ½ termly assignments in other
subjects
5,6
Equivalent to 30 minutes/day
Regular weekly schedule with
continued emphasis on literacy and
numeracy but also ranging widely over
the curriculum
7,8 & 9
Equivalent to 5 hours per week
increasing to 7.5 hours
Research, practice, preparing for
presentation ,discussion, consolidation ,
extension
Student Induction
Parent Involvement
0Parent’s Association
0Class Representatives
0Parent Helpers
Communications
Principal’s Coffee Evenings
13th and 20th June 7.00pm
at WIS
Bi-weekly Newsletters
www.gemswellingtonacademy-dso.com
Thank you for attending

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