Curriculum Overview

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MSB follows the EYFS curriculum for the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum of England from Year 1 to Year 9 and IGCSE from Cambridge University in years 10 and 11. The curriculum, enriched through a variety of carefully planned activities, including field work and visits, is broad and challenging.

Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage is a special place where children feel valued and imagination is alive. Here we lay the foundation for lifelong learning. We truly believe it is essential for each child to have a happy and enjoyable education. Class numbers are carefully considered in order to provide the support and attention that each child requires. Our objective is to give each and every child a strong start in education in order that they progress with confidence and enthusiasm.


Children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, based around seven areas of learning. The emphasis throughout the foundation stage is on engaging the children in first-hand learning experiences with a very strong emphasis on play and early communication skills.

Our approach:

  • Integrated learning
  • Thematic approach
  • Child-initiated/Teacher-led activity
  • Differentiated work
  • Reading and writing program
  • Using ICT facilities
  • Field trips

Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2)

From year 1, students study literacy, numeracy and science as per the framework presented by the National Curriculum of England. In addition, students study Arabic, social studies and Islamic studies, following the UAE’s Ministry of Education curriculum. Art and design has a specific cross-curricular approach, whilst information communication technology is studied as an extensive application-oriented subject, related to all others.

Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9)

Students in this program follow key stage 2 and key stage 3 of the National Curriculum for England, which continues to build on the foundations that are established in FS and key stage 1. We encourage students to think independently, use their initiative and to participate in a meaningful and active manner in the learning process. Most subjects that students study in KS1 continue into KS2 and 3. The approach to teaching and learning is based on investigation, research, questioning, projects and collaboration. As subjects advance in content, they demand greater progression of skills. Students demonstrate mature qualities of empathy, reasoning and critical thinking, taking on the mantle of leadership and responsibility.
As part of our efforts to move towards student-led learning, MSB is using LEGO project-based learning to develop the 21st-century skills that are essential for the careers of tomorrow. Students will experience science, technology, engineering and mathematics first-hand through innovative, engaging tools that place them at the centre of the learning environment.
MSB provides appropriate career counseling and career search assessment for students in year 8, helping them to choose wisely from the IGCSE subject options.

Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11)

MSB offers IGCSE qualifications from the University of Cambridge at years 10 and 11. A range of subjects, catering to a variety of academic needs and interests, are offered. These include the following subjects:
  • English, mathematics, ICT and PE
  • Biology, physics or chemistry
  • Accounting, economics or business studies
  • Arabic or Hindi as a modern foreign language
  • Environmental management
  • MoE Islamic education and Arabic

We believe that learning cannot be subject-specific. Students learn better if concepts are interlinked. Curriculum is mapped across year groups to ensure progression and at the same time specific cross- curricular links are made so as to offer a creative way to develop our students’ knowledge, skills and understanding whilst motivating them to learn through stimulating, interconnected topics.

Key Stage 5 (years 12 and 13)

Key Stage 5 students appear for their AS and A Level exams in Years 12 and 13 respectively. Cambridge International Education (CIE) offers and administers the Advanced Level (A Level) exams for our Key Stage 5 students. The subjects offered are as follows:

  • Biology, physics, chemistry
  • Economics, Accounting, Business
  • Information Technology, Computer Science

Mandatory subjects of Moral Education and Islamic are also included.

@MSB we ensure that students have continuous exposure to Career Fairs and resource people that will enable them make sound choices for the future.

Beyond MSB

To bridge the gap between the industry, academia and the student community, students in year 10 and 11 are offered the opportunity to train on the job. The school prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.