Grade 1 – Grade 5

Primary School

The Primary School Curriculum celebrates the uniqueness of the child, as it is expressed in each child’s personality, intelligence and potential for development. It is designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of his or her life— moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical. 

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Toshiko Malhotra

Head Primary

Meet The Head Primary

The Primary section is fondly called ‘the heart of the school’. Being a PYP Candidate school, Modern is now in its journey to becoming an authorized IB PYP school for the classes of Prek to Grade 5. Modern values the academic richness of depth and rigor of the CISCE curriculum.

Explore Primary

Ages 5 - 10

  • Curriculum Overview

    The curriculum seeks to develop and to foster in each child an ethical sense that will enable him or her to acquire values on which to base choices and form attitudes; it endeavours to equip children with the knowledge and skills that will serve them not only in their lives as children but later as adults; it is concerned to develop their capacity for creative expression and response; and it promotes their emotional and physical development. 

    Our Primary children are nurtured in a stimulating and secure environment with warm, caring and qualified teachers, who give individual attention to each child. Indoor and outdoor play areas, colourful classrooms and planned activities and events ensure that our younger ones are engaged in learning in an invigorating ambience. 

    In the early Primary (Grades 1 and 2) study is based on the environmental approach. In the late Primary Stage (Grades 3, 4 and 5 ) the emphasis is clearly on concept formation. 

    Students in these grades become more confident with their abilities and begin to use their knowledge of core subjects to interpret and understand their world. However the structure of learning is still heavily based on understanding concepts. In a rapidly changing society effective interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and skills in communication are essential for personal, social and educational fulfilment. The ability to think critically, to apply learning and to develop flexibility and creativity are also important factors in the success of the child’s life. The curriculum places a particular emphasis on promoting these skills and abilities so that children may cope successfully with change. 

    The Primary section is fondly called ‘the heart of the school’. Being a PYP Candidate school, Modern is now in its journey to becoming an authorized IB PYP school for the classes of Pre-K to Grade 5. Modern values the academic richness of depth and rigor of the CISCE curriculum. Hence has mindfully preferred to use the IB PYP framework and philosophy for pedagogy and retain the curriculum objectives from the CISCE. Also ensuring that the curriculum continues to align with international assessment frameworks such as TIMSS, PIRLS and PISA in order to fulfil the UAE National priorities and achieve the set national agenda targets.  

    During this transition, while adhering to the IBO standards and Practices, Modern aims to fulfil the criteria through a robust review to map and review the curriculum and co construct the Program of Inquiry which is aligned horizontally and vertically.   

    Our Primary children are nurtured in a stimulating and secure environment with warm, caring and qualified teachers, who give individual attention to each child. A separate wing with indoor and outdoor play areas and colourful classrooms ensure that our younger ones are engaged in learning in an invigorating ambience.  

  • Course Offerings

    The Primary School Curriculum celebrates the uniqueness of the child, as it is expressed in each child’s personality, intelligence and potential for development. It is designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of his or her life— moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.

    The curriculum seeks to develop and to foster in each child an ethical sense that will enable him or her to acquire values on which to base choices and form attitudes; it endeavours to equip children with the knowledge and skills that will serve them not only in their lives as children but later as adults; it is concerned to develop their capacity for creative expression and response; and it promotes their emotional and physical development.

    Our Primary children are nurtured in a stimulating and secure environment with warm, caring and qualified teachers, who give individual attention to each child. Indoor and outdoor play areas, colourful classrooms and planned activities and events ensure that our younger ones are engaged in learning in an invigorating ambience

    In the early Primary (Grades 1 and 2) study is based on the environmental approach. In the late Primary Stage (Grades 3, 4 and 5) the emphasis is clearly on concept formation.

    Students in these grades become more confident with their abilities and begin to use their knowledge of core subjects to interpret and understand their world. However the structure of learning is still heavily based on understanding concepts. In a rapidly changing society effective interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and skills in communication are essential for personal, social and educational fulfilment. The ability to think critically, to apply learning and to develop flexibility and creativity are also important factors in the success of the child’s life. The curriculum places a particular emphasis on promoting these skills and abilities so that children may cope successfully with change.

  • Key Information

    The Primary school seeks to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners holistic development, both at school and beyond. The curriculum framework and design aims at developing students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values: nurturing independent learning skills and encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning while incorporating local and global issues into the curriculum.  Using Inquiry as the leading pedagogical approach, students are actively involved in their own learning.  Students use critical and creative thinking to develop knowledge, understanding and skills within and across subject areas. Students are encouraged to express ideas and opinions, and propose solutions that make a difference in their lives and the lives of others both now and in the future. Students explore the connection between academic subjects  via the transdisciplinary approach building on a strong foundation for interdisciplinary study in Middle School.

  • PYP Framework

    The Primary section of the school operates on a carefully planned curriculum which provides scope for extensive individual and group activities. 

    Students commence their formal learning in Mathematics, English (Language and Literature), Science, Social Studies, Units of Inquiry, Moral Education, Music, Art, Physical Education, Computers and Life Skills. STEAM is integrated into the curriculum and the Primary have two special labs to support this- Budhyana Centre and  the STEAM Lab.  

    The PYP is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes that:  

    • have global significance; for all students in all cultures  
    • offer students the opportunity to explore the commonalities of human experience  
    • are supported by knowledge, concepts and skills from the traditional subject areas but utilize them in ways that transcend the confines of these subjects, thereby contributing to a transdisciplinary model of teaching and learning  
    • will be revisited throughout the students’ years of schooling, so that the end result is immersion in broad-ranging, in-depth, articulated curriculum content  
    • will contribute to the common ground that unifies the curriculums in all PYP schools   

    The 6 themes are Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organize ourselves and Sharing the Planet.   

    Each theme is addressed each year by all students. (Students aged 3 to 5 engage with four of the themes each year.) These transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiries–investigations into important ideas, identified by the school, and requires a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for 4-6 weeks.  

  • Facilities

    We aim to provide facilities that are an integral component of conducive learning, comfortable and safe for students. Modern offers the following facilities: 

    • ICT Suite 
    • S.T.E A.M Lab 
    • Budhayana – The Spark Lab – Makers Space Innovation Centre 
    • Library  
    • Primary Learning Centre 
    • Discovery Centre 
    • Learning corridors 
    • My Learning – The Learning Management System 
    • SEESAW  
    • MindSpark 
    • Literacy Pro 
    • I Read Arabic  

    Modern offers students the following state of the art facilities: 

    • Four Basketball courts 
    • Two Football Fields  
    • A Cricket pitch 
    • Volleyball court  
    • 8 lane synthetic track with areas for field events like long jump, Shot put, Discus throw  
    • Two 25 meters swimming pools (one for Primary Students and a main pool with facilities for water polo) 
    • Five Cricket nets with flood lights 
    • Three Tennis courts 
    • A Multipurpose hall with markings for Badminton and Basketball 
    • A fully equipped Gym  
    • A Cycling and roller skating track 

 

 

Explore our Curricula

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    Kindergarten

    Modern’s Kindergarten spans from Pre-KG to KG2

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    Primary School

    The Primary School Curriculum celebrates the uniqueness of the child...

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    Middle School

    The middle years are a key developmental stage, not just a transitional phase.

  • senior

    Senior School

    Our Senior School spans from Grade 9 – Grade 12.

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