More about Aldar Academies
Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi

At West Yas Academy our academic program is based on the Massachusetts Curriculum which is a rigorous curriculum, based on common core standards. West Yas Academy deliver this curriculum through the Inquiry Approach.

Inquiry is an effective and dynamic process where students make connections across the subject groups of Physical Science, Social Science, History, Numeracy, Literacy, Arabic, The Arts and Physical Education, to know and understand the world. Inquiry allows the student to engage, think, create and be active in their learning and actions, providing opportunities for students to investigate, pose and solve problems, discover and test these discoveries.

Counting and Cardinality—Know number names and the counting sequence. Recognise and name written numerals 0–10. Count to tell the number of objects. Compare numbers. Count many kinds of concrete objects and actions up to ten, using one-to-one correspondence. Operations and Algebraic Thinking— Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from (e.g., use concrete objects to model real-world addition (putting together) and subtraction (taking away) problems up through five). Measurement and Data—Describe and compare measurable attributes (e.g., recognise the attributes of length, area, weight, and capacity of everyday objects using appropriate vocabulary. Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category. Work with money. Geometry Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles). Identify various two dimensional shapes using appropriate language. Analyse, compare, create, and compose shapes. 

By the end of Grade 1, students should: Reading- Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words; Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding; Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. Writing- Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure. Speaking and Listening- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups; Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly. Language- Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.

History and Social Studies
Main Learning Expectations for Grade 1 History and Social Science— True Stories and Folk Tales from America and from Around the World. Grade 1 students will listen to and read folk tales and true stories from America and from around the world. They will learn about major historical events, figures, and symbols related to the United States of America and its national holidays and why they are important to Americans. The Grade 1 curriculum continues to strengthen children’s identity as American citizens. As students study concepts in geography, civics, economics, and history, Grade 1 students should also learn about each other’s families and about the achievements of different people in different times and places. They will learn that Americans have a variety of different religious, community, and family celebrations and customs, and be able describe celebrations or customs held by members of the class and their families.

Grade 1 standards call for students to: (a) continue developing investigation skills, including their ability to pose scientific questions, as well as their ability to analyse observations and data and to effectively use informational sources and (b) to demonstrate their ability to craft scientific explanations using evidence from a variety of sources. Building from their experiences in Pre-K and kindergarten observing and describing daily weather, Grade 1 students will: (i) examine seasonal data of temperature and rainfall and describe patterns over time; (ii) investigate sound and light through various materials and be able to describe patterns in how light passes through and sounds differ from different types of materials and use this knowledge to design and build a device to send a signal; (iii) compare the ways different animals and plants use their body parts and senses to do the things they need to do to grow and survive including typical ways parents keep their young safe so that they will survive to adulthood.

The Arts
Drama- Throughout the trimester Lower Elementary students will develop an understanding of Drama’s basic skill set. This will include, knowledge of the stage, body language and facial expressions, vocal techniques. Each skill will be incorporated weekly through class activities as well as short performance based work.
ICT- West Yas Academy has been very fortunate to be involved in a few projects, where new technology has been introduced into the Aldar Academies schools. These additional technologies came in the form of new technology equipment, software, online subscriptions and Apps, like Book Creator, Minecraft Education Edition, 3D printers for both Primary and Middle School, Lego We Do Robotic kits, Lego EV3 Robotic kits and Lego Story Telling kits. All these new technologies are additional teaching and learning resources that can add value to our STEM and Inquiry Based Learning model.
In Grade 1, students are introduced to the Computer Lab, where they learn the basic functionalities of a desktop computer through our inquiry-teaching model. Through fun interactive programs, we aim to develop independent and responsible digital citizens.
Art- Elementary students will explore the four main areas of Visual Art with a focus on a wide range of art elements and design principles. Students will explore components in visual imagery that convey messages. They will learn to apply criteria to evaluate artwork with a focus on literacy and dialogic learning. They will respond to a work of art before and after working with similar media. Elementary students will engage in problem solving, exploring multiple artistic approaches. They will demonstrate the ability to create artwork that meaningful and has purpose to themselves. Art work will be displayed and exhibited in the Art room and in the corridors of West Yas Academy for the wider school community to observe and enjoy every day. All Visual Art classes are directly linked with the lines of inquiry explored in home rooms.
Music- activities such as: singing alone and with others, using a varied repertoire of music; singing expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing, and interpretation; reading music written in standard notation; playing instruments expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and articulation, and interpretation; demonstrating audience skills of listening attentively in classroom, rehearsal, and performance settings.

Health and Physical Education
Students in Grade 1 will be challenged to participate in a wide variety of activities throughout the year, including weekly swimming lessons. Within this grade level it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate critical elements related to a number of outcomes; such as rolling, jumping, throwing, dribbling and kicking. Within Grade 1 students will be challenged to begin to think about how and why we participate in physical activity and the benefits associated with being active.