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Monday, 18 November 2019

Primary School (Grade 1 to 5)

Primary Curriculum Overview

The Primary Years Programme is committed to structured inquiry for learning. Six transdisciplinary themes provide the framework for exploration of knowledge. At DAS we practice co-teaching, two teachers deliver to students in each classroom. students explore subject areas, develop important concepts, acquire essential skills and develop particular attitudes to learn how to take socially responsible actions. DAS Establishes a firm foundation in the core subjects of Arabic Language, English Language Social Studies, Math and Science (taught in both languages alternately, one year in Arabic and the following year in English) through the Units of Inquiry. The curriculum is enriched through Special Subject classes that connect to the Units of Inquiry including Arts, Technology, Library, Social, Physical Education and Islamic Education.
In the PYP final year (grade 5) students fulfill 6 units of inquiry, one of which is presented in the exhibition where the students are required to engage in a collaborative inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real life issues and problems of their own interest. The students celebrate their achievements with their group members during a whole day exhibition where they invite their parents, relatives and even friends.
There are several academic supervisors for the Elementary grade levels who focus on students’ learning and guide the teachers. You are welcome to contact the school to meet the supervisors and get to know their teams

Language Arts (Arabic and English):

DAS believes in the importance of a dual-language learning, i.e. English and Arabic. This is demonstrated and systematically supported by the school learning practices. Studies have shown that learners who study in two languages achieve academically higher than other learners who study only one language. In addition, learners who are able to shift between languages and use them correctly to express their ideas and opinions accomplish higher scores on standardized IQs. They are also likely to obtain high grades in college. Statistics have demonstrated that there is an increasing need for these learners in the international labor market compared to those who can communicate in only one language.

This is why DAS students are always encouraged to use both languages in academic contexts under their teachers’ supervision.

In teaching languages, we implement a Balanced Literacy Program. Within workshops, we focus on the skills and strategies of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Our weekly language program consists of the following:

1. Daily readings.
2. Shared reading sessions.
3. Guided reading sessions in which students are divided based on ability.
4. Independent reading sessions.
5. Writer’s workshop

We asses students periodically throughout :

1. Summative Assessments.
2. DRA: Is an evaluation tool that measures reading aloud and comprehension in English and determines the students’ levels in these two skills. This evaluation includes a gradual measure for recognizing different phonemic sounds, identifying alphabetic letters and reading texts from different levels.
3. Arabic MIQYAS Tests for all elementary grades and MAP English Tests for grades 2 and above.
4. MAP
5. Formative assessments.




We begin teaching mathematics by using sensory tools, solving word problems and using correct mathematical language when explaining and interpreting ideas. We teach mathematics in Arabic for grades1,2,3 and 5 whereas mathematics in English is taught for grade 4.

In mathematics, we evaluate the students on the basis of common benchmark based assessments, English MAP tests grades 4 and summative assessments.


In teaching science, we focus on scientific inquiry throughout:

1. Observation.

2. Asking questions.

3. Developing hypotheses.

4. Conducting experiments.

5. Collecting and representing data.

6. Drawing conclusions.

We expect all our students to use the correct scientific language when explaining and interpreting ideas. We teach science in English for grades 3 and 5 whereas science in Arabic is taught for grades 1, 2, 4 & 6.

In science, we evaluate the students on the basis of daily assessments, performance tasks; formative and summative assessments.

Religious Studies:

In grades 1 & 2, we teach integrated Religious Studies lessons. At the end of every semester, we organize the Quran Competition in order to encourage our students to memorize the Holy Quran. In grades 3-6, we work on teaching students Quran recitation, Quran and Sunnah comprehension skills and values. We focus on providing the students with the basic knowledge of “Fiqah and Tawheed” and the pillars of Islam. We also emphasize Islamic ethics and morals which are the fruits of these religious rituals.

Social Studies:

In the light of the International Standards, the Social Studies curriculum for grades 3-6 include the biographies of Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- and his caliphates, and the history of the Kingdom Saudi Arabia. We also teach the geographical aspects of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Countries. In addition to that, students in grade 5 are taught geography in English. The program includes the main aspects of geography such as locations, regions, movement and interactions of different people.

In social studies, we evaluate the students on the basis of daily assessments, performance tasks, formative assessments and summative assessments.

Special Subjects

The Special Subjects Department includes Arts, Physical Education, Computer and Health Education. These subjects provide the students with opportunities that lead to an integrated growth and develop their artistic sense. Also, special subjects encourage the students to maintain good care for their health and physical fitness as basic skills. Our educational programs are based on international standards that allow the students to gain different skills such as problem solving, decision making and cooperative learning throughout conducting a wide range of tasks and presentations.


Arts at Dhahran Ahliyya Schools aims at developing the students’ artistic sense and strengthening their art criticism and social skills. We achieve these purposes throughout enabling the students to gain the knowledge, skills and artistic attitude. We teach the principles of arts throughout a variety of projects that are relevant and authentic and vary from drawing and painting to designing and building. Upon working on these projects, the students use different materials such as papers, metals, glass and plastic. Furthermore, there is the digital drawing and design using special computer software.

Physical Education:

Physical Education aims at helping the students to gain knowledge, skills and the necessary attitudes to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Focusing on the Fitness for Life principle, we raise the students’ awareness about the fitness skills they need. Also, we teach them to create their personal fitness goals.

The Physical Education course is based on international standards that cover all grade levels starting from Kindergarten to High School. The courses are designed to suit all students in both Boys’ and Girls’ schools and fulfill their needs. Also, these courses contribute in establishing values like cooperation, differentiation and respect within the students. In order to practice what the students learn, there are a variety of scheduled athletic events, championships and teams for different kinds of sports.

The Physical Education team at Dhahran Ahliyya works on measuring the fitness elements for all DAS students and share the results with the students as well as the parents. In light of these results, the team works on developing the students’ physical performance by providing them the opportunity to participate in different events both inside and outside the school. When comprising teams, the Physical Education team considers the educational goals and the students’ different physical skills and psychological needs. Furthermore, the team employs these activities to reinforce Dhahran Ahliyya’s targeted characteristics and practice them on real life.

Information And Communication Technology (ICT):

The ICT Curricula at Dhahran Ahliyya Schools aim at providing students with the essential technology skills for the 21st century. The curricula are based on international standards starting from grade 1 to grade 5 in which we work on developing the digital citizenship within DAS students. The ICT educational program prepares the students to become competent in utilizing technology and applications in different fields specially programming and problem-solving using computer languages.

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