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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

FS2 - Year 3 PYP Primary School, Year 7-13 Secondary School. Mixed

Very Good English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme,IB PRIMARY YEARS 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

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

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—Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems; Find all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1–100; Generate and analyse patterns. Number and Operations in Base Ten—Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic. Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators. Number and Operations—Fractions—Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers; Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. Measurement and Data—Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit; Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements. Geometry—Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

By the end of Grade 4, students should: Reading- Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text and summarise the text. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text. Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently. Writing- Write stories, poems, and scripts that use similes and/or metaphors. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organisational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose. Speaking and Listening- Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organised manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace. Language- Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalisation, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

History and Social Studies 
Main Learning Expectations for Grade 4 History and Social Science— North American and United Arab Emirates Geography. Grade 4 students will: study the geography and people of the United States, Mexico, Canada and UAE; identify the states, state capitals, and major cities in each region of the United States; describe the climate, major physical features, and major natural resources in each region; describe the distinctive contributions to American culture of: several indigenous peoples, African Americans, major European immigrant groups, and major Spanish-speaking immigrant groups; describe the climate, major physical characteristics, and major natural resources of United Arab Emirates and explain their relationship to settlement, trade, and the UAE economy.

Students will: in Earth and Space Sciences, make observations and collect data to provide evidence that rocks, soils, and sediments are broken into smaller pieces through mechanical weathering and moved around through erosion by water, ice, wind, and vegetation; obtain information to describe that energy and fuels humans use are derived from natural resources and that some energy and fuel sources are renewable and some are not. In Life Science, construct an argument that animals and plants have internal and external structures that support their survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. In Physical Science, make observations to show that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents; develop and compare multiple ways to transfer information through encoding, sending, receiving, and decoding a pattern. In Technology & Engineering, develop their ability to use the engineering design process such as evaluating different solutions to reduce the impacts of a natural event such as an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or flood on humans.

Native Speakers-
By the end of G4, students should: Reading- reads orally and fluently different texts and uses toning to express passions and emotions, taking into account the positions of stopping, employing the knowledge with the root of word and its derivatives (lexical derivatives) to specify the meanings of vocabularies and Prediction of the contents of the texts and employing the illustrated drawings, the title of the text, the main sentences in paragraphs, the key-words, or the repeated words. Writing- writes texts in many paragraphs making the first paragraph as an introduction of the text, establishing central idea at the beginning of the first paragraph or at its end (introduction), writes supported paragraphs contain facts, details, and explanations, concludes the text with a paragraph in which summarizes the main important points in the text, and leaves a proper space at the beginning of each paragraph. Speaking and Listening- participate in talking in familiar and in-familiar topics fluently and by clear and proper Arabic and preparing introductory presentations about such topics, using the styles and linguistic concept that they learned, and employ the verbal and non-verbal language which suit the situation in compliance with the etiquette of talking and exchange views in work groups and small groups.
Non-Native Speakers-By the end of this level, students should: Listening and Responding-- understand most of the information contained in sentences (one sentence at a time) expressing basic personal and social contexts and simply understand oral texts composed of several sentences. Speaking-- express personal information through constructing their own genuine phrases and expressions by combining previously learned linguistic elements with other elements heard from the person they conversing with and answer direct questions or respond to requests for information. Reading-- understand some information in short, cohesive texts that address limited personal and social issues. Writing-- express few practical needs, create phrases and ask questions based on familiar material, create a limited number of short and simple sentences using memorized vocabulary and structures.

Islamic Studies (only applicable to children of Islamic faith)
At the end of Grade 4, the student is expected to achieve the following learning outcomes; Recognizes the good behaviors in dealing with people such as: respecting the old and be kind to the young, and following such behaviors is part of worship, memorizes from Surah Al- Ghaashiyah to Surah Al-Mutaffifin, explains their words, performs the prayer on time, enumerates the reasons of invalidation of the prayer, the concept and judgment of fasting, as well as the importance and merit of charity, believes in the books of Allah (divine or holy books) and recognizes the biography of the prophet (PBUH), after His delegation to Mekkah.

UAE Social Studies
At the end of G4, the student is expected to achieve the following learning outcomes; identify the sites of the most important civilizations in the UAE (Magan, Mlokha etc.), analyze the importance of studying archeology in the UAE across ages, describe the tools used by ancestors during ancient times (hunting, accessories, cooking tools.), distinguish special features of the UAE society both before and after union, explain the origin of the name of each emirate in the UAE, utilize the digital maps to recognize geographic phenomena in his/her country, utilize technology to create interactive maps, marking them with additional information to be showed to others (touristic places, museums, landmarks etc.), express the role of Sheikh Zayed - may Allah have mercy on his soul - in establishing the Union and compare the customs and traditions of the UAE society with other societies'.

The Arts 
Drama-Upper Elementary students will develop a deeper understanding of the stage and its various uses. Each week students will aim to use the stage correctly and creatively through activities as well as their performance work. Student will also start learn about scripts, how they are created and how to perform them. 
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 4 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 using 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 4 should be able to use the skills and movements developed previously to be able to participate in practice tasks and mini challenges. Their ability to control their body is a key focus at this grade level as well as the capability to combine movements for success.
Grade 4 students will be expected to have an understanding of the importance of feedback and how this can be used for them to improve as performers. In order to encourage lifelong participation students will also reflect on their likes and dislikes and investigating what is available to them outside of the school environment.
Within swimming lessons students will continue to focus on stroke technique as well as an introduction to life guarding and aqua aerobics.