The Importance of the Dubai School Curriculum
Every successful concept and project in life requires a proper framework and planning. This relates to all processes, including education. The word ‘curriculum’ is derived from the Latin word ‘curers’ which means to run. So ‘curriculum’ is a course or path which one runs to reach a goal. A curriculum is more than putting together a set of academically required subjects. It must consider all aspects of the student life, the learning needs of students, the time available for the sessions and the teachers’ idea, capability and workload. A solid, coherent curriculum improves supports the development of new teachers, and allows master teachers to focus on student needs or mentoring colleagues.
Our approach is centred on the British Foundation Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in which the focus is on stages of development rather than chronological, age based teaching and learning. The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help children achieve the Every Child Matters five outcomes:
Enjoying and achieving
Making a positive contribution
Reaching economic wellbeing.
In Blossom the curriculum is multi-dimensional with loco motor activities such as running and jumping (which develop body balance and strength) to play dough and other malleable textures (which refine fine motor skills). Blossom’s activities are linked to early math and literacy during which we make shapes, add and subtract manipulative equipment, and sing and talk about what we do. In the words of Rousseau, “Instead of making the child stick to his books keep him busy in workshop where his hands will work to the profit of his mind”. Thus learning by doing, by activity and experience is the first and the most natured form of learning.