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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
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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. 

Mathematics
Operations and Algebraic Thinking—Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division; Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division; Multiply and divide within 100; Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic. Number and Operations in Base Ten—Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic. Number and Operations—Develop understanding of fractions as numbers. Measurement & Data—solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects; draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set; Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition and distinguish between linear and area measures. Geometry—Reason with shapes & their attributes.

English 
By the end of Grade 3, students should: Reading- Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently. Writing- With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others. Speaking and Listening- Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Language- Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking (e.g., explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs).

History and Social Studies 
Main Learning Expectations for Grade 3 History and Social Science— Massachusetts and its Cities and Towns: Geography and History: Drawing from local historic sites, historical societies, and museums, Grade 3 students will learn: (i) about the history of Massachusetts from the time of the arrival of the Pilgrims and (ii) the history of their own cities and towns and about famous people and events in Massachusetts’ history. In addition, they will read biographies of prominent Massachusetts people in science, technology, the arts, business, education, or political leadership in order to learn how they contributed to Massachusetts history. Students should be able to Identify who the Pilgrims were and explain why they left Europe to seek religious freedom and describe their journey and their early years and challenges in the Plymouth Colony.

Science 
Students will: in Earth and Space Sciences, use graphs and tables of local weather data to describe and predict typical weather during a particular season in an area; obtain and summarise information about the climate of different regions of the world to illustrate that typical weather conditions over a year vary by region. In Life Science, use simple graphical representations to show that different types of organisms have unique and diverse life cycles; describe that all organisms have birth, growth, reproduction, and death in common but there are a variety of ways in which these happen; analyse and interpret given data about changes in a habitat affecting the survival of organisms in that habitat. In Physical Science, provide evidence to explain the effect of multiple forces, including friction, on an object; explain how balanced forces do not change the motion of the object and unbalanced forces change the motion of the object. In Technology & Engineering, Grade 3 students will also develop their ability to use the engineering design process such as evaluating the merit of a design solution that reduces the damage caused by weather.

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 3 students are targeted with developing their independence through task specific projects that are connected to their Units of Inquiry and other subject learning areas. Using the different technologies that are available to the school, these students are given challenges, and real life situations that they need to solve through the use of technology.
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-Students in the Elementary years will build upon knowledge and skills attained at the KG levels.  Utilizing technology and a wider array of musical instruments within the school, students will general melodies, rhythms, and simple accompaniment to a variety of genres of music.  Students begin to read music notation and develop deeper levels of instrumental skills that will continue to be built upon in later years.  Social, cultural, and historical aspects will be looked at in regards to the context in which music is created and performed.  All students in Elementary will refine performances to be shared in assemblies and whole school events.  In the upper Elementary years, students can choose to be a part of the Academy of Excellence for Music and become even more involved in the musical community at West Yas and Aldar. 

Health and Physical Education
Students in Grade 3 should be able to demonstrate the mature and correct form for a variety of movements and skills while controlling their body. At this grade level students should be beginning to combine movements together, for example being able to dribble a ball with their feet, while also jogging in space.
Grade 3 students will be able to show an understanding of the concepts, such as space, and strategies, such as chasing and fleeing, that will allow them to be successful participants in a wide variety of physical activities. The importance of being physically active for life will be reinforced and students will be introduced to the different roles within physical activity, such as coach, referee and manager.
Students in Grade 3 should now be swimming confidently and increasing the distance they are able to swim while maintaining correct form. In Grade 3 students will also begin to learn more about personal survival in water.