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In Abu Dhabi, kindergarten schools start KG 1 in September for children 4 years of age. The kindergarten stage is a two-year program.
The Al Yasat Private School kindergarten curriculum follows the U.S. Common Core State Standards and Core Knowledge Sequence. Our rationale behind opting for the Core Knowledge Sequence is that it enables simple and powerful learning. The Sciences syllabus is also aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
At Al Yasat, Arabic is taught to both native and non-native speakers of the language. We also offer dedicated Islamic Studies for Muslim students in accordance with Ministry of Education (MoE) standards and curriculum.
Our integrated approach to the curriculum ensures that science and social studies, linked to other curriculum subjects, are taught through units of work studied over several weeks. This is done in addition to the direct teaching of the English language, arts and mathematics. Key skills are taught through a variety of topics that can then be transferred and used in wider learning environments.
A great deal of focus is placed on ensuring students are engaged in innovative strategies of learning that develop from students’ interests and guide them to become responsible global citizens.
Igniting Young MInds & Hearts in our Kindergarten School
The first few weeks of school are critical as students settle into their new learning environments and develop new routines. This is why the KG department works hard to ensure that students feel safe and comfortable.
Punctuality and regular attendance are emphasized to ensure students continue to progress in leaps and bounds and have a successful year of learning.
As a top kindergarten school in Abu Dhabi, we advocate for placing students at the forefront. Our teachers deliver lessons that cater to each student’s individual needs. Communication is of prime importance and parent-teacher collaboration on student progress is encouraged.
Teachers use a variety of digital platforms (applications, learning programs and web-based programs) during lessons so students can also showcase their learning at home so parents are updated on their child’s learning progress and milestones.
The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence: 5 Areas of Learning
The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence in kindergarten is based around five areas of learning:
- Physical well-being and motor development
- Social and emotional development
- Approaches to learning
- Language development
- Knowledge acquisition and cognitive development
In KG 2, there are many cross-curricular connections to history and science topics with language and literary arts (e.g. poems, stories, and sayings) lessons as well as with visual arts and music.
The emphasis throughout the kindergarten stage is on engaging children in first-hand learning experiences with a very strong emphasis on play and the development of communication skills. Encouraging and enhancing children’s independence throughout all aspects of the curriculum are also prioritized.
Role-play is used as a way of developing children’s expressive language skills, with role-play areas changing regularly in classrooms and central areas.
Parents are actively encouraged to support their children’s development through reading as well as home- and school-linked phonic and letter formation activities.
A typical day at our kindergarten school in Abu Dhabi begins at 7.45 am when students are welcomed into class in preparation for a 7.50am start. Kindergartners finish school at 1 pm and parents are invited to collect their children from the classroom.
Our KG Facilities: Setting the Standard Among Kindergarten Schools in Abu Dhabi
Our educational facilities are well equipped and maintained to provide students with opportunities to engage in a range of multi-sensory activities. There’s also a full-time helper in every class who adds valuable support to both students and teachers.
All classrooms have interactive whiteboards to support children’s learning, consolidate day-to-day skills and allow access to the world outside through interactive websites.
Our indoor play area features wheeled vehicles, soft climbing walls, playground equipment and a safe, fall-free surface that keeps children fully occupied at break times.
Students also have access to a fully equipped outdoor playground and a range of activities such as water play, sand play, mark-making and small-world play. They enjoy playtime at our Indoor Role Play Village, indoor climbing wall, musical movement space, organic garden, multi-sensory room, water-play area and library.