Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma ProgrammeAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
  • 11 Jun, 2017
  • Al Mamoura Academy

Is there such thing as a typical school day?

On paper, Yes! We have our set starting times. Timetables, policies, curriculum, marking, assessments, the list goes on!
However, in amongst all these usual happenings that make up a typical school day are an abundance of surprises. These surprises which are usually child led (with the odd deadline or data related task thrown in) and they definitely cause no school day similar to the day that has gone before.

As mentioned, it is the children who unknowingly refuse through their energy, enthusiasm and wonderful, lively personalities to allow a typical school day to exist. You’ve got your lesson plan ready. Smartboard? Check, Resources? Check, An engaged class? Check or so you thought. Make way for a nose bleed or a dodgy tummy sending a chunk of your prepared, ready to go, sorted on paper lesson flying out the window. You need to know how to improvise sometimes.
Another thing that suddenly sends your typical lesson galloping off track is the inquisitive members of the class whose interesting (and often in no way related to the topic you are discussing) questions, not only send your lesson focus flying out the window but without fail bring a smile to your face. I have been very fortunate over the years to have many inquisitive, curious children with wonderful imaginations in my classes. Some of my favourites I have described below

  • During a discussion on belief around the world, a student asked me “Why are seahorses shaped the way they are?”
  • While listening to ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl, a student asked “How do animals in the jungle get married?’
  • While brainstorming on what literary features to include in our story writing a student asked, “”Why do we have eyelashes?”
  • While teaching Maths (with an inspector in the room) I asked the class who could tell me the next step in using the grid method to solve the problem. A boy raised his hand and announced, “Miss why aren’t you wearing any socks today?”