‘We are very happy with the way the school has managed the situation and that you have kept the school open. Communication has also been very good’ (Year 2 Parent), ‘Very happy with how the school tries to make the kids feel normal during these challenging times’. (Year 4 Parent)     

Students in the Primary School at RIS follow the National Curriculum of England from Year 1 to 6. In 2014 the curriculum was updated in the United Kingdom to facilitate a broader depth of study in English, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Art, Music, and Physical Education. In  addition, from Year 3 upwards students learn either French or Mandarin.

Literacy is an essential element in all curriculum areas and teachers ensure that whatever a child’s background, language barriers to learning are dismantled or removed as students develop mathematical, scientific geographical, artistic, musical literacy as well as making rapid and significant progress in reading and writing in English.

Throughout Primary, students learn Arabic as a first or additional language and Muslim students are taught Islamic Studies. From Year 2, Moral Education and Social Studies are introduced which explore ethics, world history and geography. All of these subjects follow the UAE National Curriculum.

One of our aims in the Primary School is to help and encourage students to make connections as their young minds are developing. To this end, teachers plan lessons with cross-curricular themes and links to the ‘real world’. Teachers plan creative, flexible lessons that engage students’ different senses and challenge each child to connect prior learning with current concepts and work at their own pace with the encouragement, guidance, and support of their teachers.

English Language

The UK National Curriculum English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this curriculum framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.

English as a second language

This curriculum develops learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. It is based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), used across the world to map learners’ progress in English.


The mathematics curriculum framework explores five content areas: number, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.  


This curriculum framework covers four content areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning, investigating, recording and analyzing data. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also part of the curriculum.

Information Technology

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience worldwide and regarded as a new 'literacy' alongside reading, writing and numeracy.

Our ICT curriculum introduces learners to the key ICT applications they need to achieve computer literacy and to understand the impact of technology on their daily lives. Learners develop key ICT skills in a range of applications including word processing, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets, email, internet, presentations, video / animation and web authoring. They also consider wider issues such as internet safety and adapting their work to the audience.


The UK National Curriculum offers integrated assessment, helping schools to lands check learners 'development and give feedback Select to parents. The At RIS we've use the integrated Assessments to monitor learners' progress. Cambridge Primary testing structure is of used to Assess learner performance and report progress to learners and parents. Cambridge Primary assessment uses internationally benchmarked tests, giving parents extra trust in the feedback they receive.

 There are two assessment options:

  •  Cambridge Primary Progression Tests (marked in school)
  •  Cambridge Primary Checkpoint (marked by Cambridge examiners) 
Arabic Language and Islamic Studies

RIS offers the Ministry of Education program for Arabic Language for native and non- native speakers and Islamic Studies for Muslim students (Ministry of Education Curriculum).

Non-Core Areas

With In the Areas of Physical Exercise, Music and Art 's the curriculum is based versions on the English National Curriculum. The Foreign language program A offers French and Mandarin color : as the option from Year three. With In Addition, the RIS has the provision a for French Native program A for native speakers only.      

In the areas of Physical Exercise, Music and Art the curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum.

All Primary students are assessed by their teachers on a day-to-day basis in order to provide feedback about next steps and to inform teachers’ planning. Internal assessment results are moderated using external standardized testing in English, Mathematics, Science and Arabic.

All students are taught a range of learning skills including the ability to peer and self-assess in order to set targets for improvement.