A British education with an international perspective

Learning and the curriculum

Learning isn't just about memorising the periodic table or learning your nine times table by rote. It is about being a skilled explorer, a cunning detective, an imaginative creator and a tough competitor. The future Wellington Qatar students will need to innovate; to lead with confidence and to be true global citizens of the 21st Century and in doing so create the memory of a remarkable journey.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for Learners age 3-5

  • Our dedicated and experienced teachers and full time teaching assistants in each class provide the highest of standards for care, learning and development of children from the first day they arrive at GEMS Wellington School.
  • Learning is exciting, multisensory, collaborative and fun.
  • Child initiated play is a key way in which young children learn. Planned and purposeful student initiated and adult facilitated play is recognised through research as a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge.
  • The individual needs of children are identified and programmes are developed to extend talents and develop needs.
  • Children are taught by our teachers and teaching assistants through their stages of development and the expectations of the seven areas of learning:
  1. Personal, social and emotional development
  2. Communication and language
  3. Physical development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Knowledge and understanding of the world
  7. Creative development

Children are assessed throughout their time in the EYFS and are expected to reach the Early Learning Goals by the time they finish the Foundation Stage.


The National Curriculum for England (NCfE) Years 1-9

  • Based on a comprehensive framework that outlines expected levels of achievement and attainment through all stages of a student’s school life.
  • The National Curriculum for England & Wales is taught in 150 countries across the world and recognised as an academically rigorous curriculum by universities worldwide.
  • The curriculum develops specific skills and competencies but also emphasises critical thinking, enquiry, creativity, planning and other skills needed to meet the challenges of a changing world.
  • The curriculum also provides a regular programme of student assessment and evaluation to ensure that students are working towards levels of attainment appropriate to their age and capability.
  • We will be teaching the full updated 2014 Curriculum. Full details of all programmes of study for all subjects available here:

Subjects taught in Key Stage 1, 2 & 3 Years 1-9 include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Design and  Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Personal, Social and Health education (PSHE)
  • Addition Modern Foreign Language for certain years

Arabic, Islamic and Qatari Studies

  • Arabic will be taught in two sets: Arabic A for GCC passport holders, where mother tongue is Arabic; Arabic B for all students where Arabic is an additional Modern Foreign Language.
  • Arabic A students will follow the Supreme Education Council’s (SEC) recommended curriculum for Arabic and Arabic B students will follow a variety of schemes and resources to meet the needs of the pupils.
  • Islamic Studies will have to be taken by all students who register their religion as Muslim. This will either be taught in Arabic ( Islamic A) or in English ( Islamic B). Islamic A students will follow the SEC recommended curriculum materials and Islamic B students will follow a well- known UAE scheme.

Curriculum – The Wellington Way

At Wellington we will take these objectives and blend them into relevant, exciting and interesting topics that will combine the subjects of the national curriculum into meaningful units. These units will be supported by innovate approaches that blend traditional learning with 21st century educational technologies.