International Curriculum

Vision Mission

Our Curriculum

  • Follows the Cambridge International curriculum (CIE).
  • Adopts the CIPP (Cambridge International Primary Programme) for the Early Years, and goes on to adopt the Checkpoint Programme followed by the IGCSE and A Levels programmes later on.
  • Offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first language is not English, but are desirous of attaining competency in English.
  • Is international in outlook, but retains a local relevance.
  • Avalon is an unashamedly academic school, providing a broad education which aims to nurture intellectual development, interest and enthusiasm for learning as well as achieving results. The School follows the IGCSE and A-level curricula for public examinations, but we aim to teach well beyond what is expected from exam syllabuses and we draw on a wide range of experience and techniques to enrich each subject. Classroom education is supplemented by visits to exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, specialist speakers, theatre trips and lectures. We advocate first-hand experience of culture and language and the practical benefits of field trips; hence students are encouraged to join International trips, foreign language exchange programmes and much more.

Avalon Heights is committed to achieving outstanding results in public examinations to maintain a leading position within the private schools of the UAE. We take pride in Avalon students being placed amongst the top universities across in the world. We believe that our students can reach the highest academic standards whilst being fully engaged in an excellent, all-round educational programme. The tremendous reputation of our sport, drama, art and music departments is testament to the success of this philosophy.

Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten is divided into 2 levels as per the guidelines of the United Kingdom EYFS - Early Years Foundation Program.

KG 1 caters to children aged 4 years and below who are ready to participate in learning activities independently as well as part of a group. Our goal at this level is to provide them with the ability to recognize letters of the alphabet, numbers, shapes and patterns. KG 2 caters to children turning 5 years of age who will graduate to primary school in the following school year. Our goal is to get them proficient in reading, writing sentences, fundamental mathematical operations and logical reasoning. We also have an After School program for students who wish to discover new horizons and reinforce their skills. With our “Science Exploration” club, children uncover new mysteries. In our “Arts & Craft Creations” club, students are given free rein to express their artistic skills. Our “Literacy Word Fun” and “Math Magic” clubs allow students to polish their abilities. Last but not least is our very popular “Rhythm and Movement” club. Teachers work on body coordination and balance through music and games.

In addition, theme parties are held on the last Thursday of each month. Theme parties are fun filled days when students can come to school dressed according to the theme and include activities such as cooking and art. Finally, field trips are organized every term. Children discover new environments, and concepts introduced in class are reinforced.

Primary and Secondary

Our Primary section is divided into 5 grades as per the guidelines of the Cambridge Curriculum. The middle school is divided into 3 grades concentrating on the Cambridge Checkpoint syllabus and secondary into 2 grades of 9,10 where we do the IGCSE curriculum .

We have a Cambridge curriculum framework for the subjects of English, Mathematics, and Science; along with the mandatory Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies each providing a clear teaching structure. We use integrated assessments to monitor our learners’ progress.

Our Cambridge English syllabus enables our learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment.

Our learners who follow this curriculum framework will develop a first language competency in English, based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.

Our Cambridge Mathematics curriculum framework explores five content areas: numbers, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

Our Cambridge Science curriculum framework covers four content areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Our scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning, investigating, recording and analyzing data. Environmental awareness and some history of Science are also part of the curriculum.

Our Arabic subjects follow the UAE Ministry guidelines and books are as prescribed by the Ministry.

Besides our core subjects we also offer a wide variety of other courses in order to provide our students with a wide variety of learning opportunities that will help them grow and explore their different interests. We offer courses in PE, Karate, Art, Music, IT, and Library.

Our school also offers a rich After School programme where our students have the opportunity to learn new skills and expand their perspectives, as well as work on older skills that they may like extra help on.

Special Educational Needs

Avalon Heights is a mainstream school but we take pride in how inclusive we are. We are wheelchair friendly and able to offer intensive one-on-one support and an alternative curriculum to children with a wide range of physical and mental conditions.

We have a dedicated SEND action team, a school guidance counsellor and links with a number of support organisations in the special needs field. We do not require children to be assessed externally to be on our special needs register, but we are happy to provide guidance and recommendations for students who may require additional support in areas such as occupational health, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy or behavioural support.

Gifted and Talented

At Avalon, we use the terminology ‘Gifted and Talented’ (GAT) for children working within the top 5% of their year group. We recognize that there are a wide range of human talents and include skills like emotional intelligence, resilience and empathy within our ‘Gifted and Talented’ criteria. Under our dedicated GAT coordinator, once a child has been identified as being gifted and talented, we create additional opportunities for them to nurture their skills. Teachers may set them extra challenges in class, guide them to appropriate after school activities to maximize their abilities, or integrate them into learning with an age group higher up the school where possible. These steps are managed very carefully in complete collaboration with parents to ensure our GAT children do not feel singled out or exposed to additional pressure.