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.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking—Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction; Add and subtract within 20. Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication. Number and Operations in Base Ten—Extend their understanding of the base-ten system including counting in fives, tens, and multiples of hundreds, tens, and ones, as well as number relationships involving these units; build fluency with addition and subtraction within 100 and solve problems within 1000 by applying their understanding of models for addition and subtraction; Measurement and Data—Measure and estimate lengths in standard units. Relate addition and subtraction to length. Work with time and money. Represent and interpret data. Geometry—describe and analyse shapes by examining their sides and angles; through building, drawing, and analysing two- and three-dimensional shapes, develop a foundation for understanding area, volume, congruence, similarity, and symmetry in later grades.

By the end of Grade 2, students should: Reading- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently. Writing- Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section. Participate in shared research and writing projects. Speaking and Listening- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences. Language- Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.

History and Social Studies
Main Learning Expectations for Grade 2 History and Social Science— E Pluribus Unum: From Many, One: Grade 2 students will study world and United States history, geography, economics, and government by learning more about who Americans are and where they came from. With the help of family members and the school librarian, describe traditional food, customs, sports and games, music, well-known sites, events, or landmarks of the place they came from. On a map, they will locate: all of the continents; the current boundaries of the United States, Canada, and Mexico; the oceans of the world and 5 major rivers in the world; major mountains or mountain ranges in the world; and the continent, regions, or countries from which students, their parents, guardians, grandparents, or other relatives or ancestors came. They will give examples of traditions or customs from other countries that can be found in America today.

Students will: in Earth and Space Sciences, map the shapes and types of landforms and bodies of water in an area; use examples obtained from informational sources to explain that water is found in the ocean, rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, and may be solid or liquid. Observe how blowing wind and flowing water can move Earth materials from one place to another and change the shape of a landform. In Life Science, use texts, media, or local environments to observe and compare (a) different kinds of living things in an area, and (b) differences in the kinds of living things living in different types of areas. In Physical Science, describe and classify different kinds of materials by observable properties of color, flexibility, hardness, texture, and absorbency. In Technology & Engineering, test different materials and analyse the data obtained to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.

The Arts
Drama- 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.
Grade 2 students are exposed and taught a variety technologies, programs and applications during their weekly ICT lessons. It is taught as a cross circular subject, so that connections are made with their other subject learning areas. 
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 independently, maintaining accurate intonation, steady tempo, rhythmic accuracy, appropriately-produced sound (timbre), clear diction, and correct posture; playing instruments, alone and with others, to perform a varied repertoire of music; demonstrating audience skills of listening attentively and responding appropriately in classroom, rehearsal, and performance settings

Health and Physical Education
Students in Grade 2 will continue to build on the skills and knowledge they have gained previously. Mature and correct forms of a variety of locomotor movements will be expected, as well as the ability to control the body while rolling, changing direction and balancing. Students’ hand-eye coordination will be developing and students will be challenged to volley and strike a variety of objects. A greater awareness of physical fitness and the importance of being physically active will also be expected, as well as an understanding of their role within the class to ensure all students can participate fully. Students will continue with weekly swimming lessons and will be beginning to show mastery in technique for a variety of tasks within the pool.