Primary - Year Three

Curriculum & Year Group Overview 2022-23

Principal's Welcome

It is always exciting to move up to the next year group or for some of you to start a new school. The first few weeks will always focus on settling into the environment and the new procedures and expectations for the class. A heavy focus on well-being and getting to know each other is always planned. All class teachers will carry out some informal teacher observations and assessments in order to work on the first set of targets for each child.

The most important thing is that after the long summer holiday your children get back into routine and are excited and happy in their new class. New topics will be introduced and our homework of reading, mental maths and short tasks will begin in the 2nd week. We are always approachable and we will have our first parents' meetings at the end of September. However, if anything crops up before this please let us know. We are all looking forward to an exciting year ahead, especially with the addition of lots of new staff and some fantastic additions to our facilities.

Mrs Rachael Wilding


Head of Primary Stage

Hello and welcome to Primary!

I am delighted to be part of the leadership team at SVS as Head of Primary. Our school is small and welcoming and has a wonderful community feel. Therefore, we can nurture and care for every individual child allowing them to reach their full potential.

We believe in the importance of building a community that brings together students, teachers and parents to create respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. We want to ensure all our children believe in themselves and always aspire to be the best they can be. This will foster an environment for them to want to learn so they can go on to achieve their dreams and goals.

Please feel that you can reach out to me at any time with any questions or queries that you might have regarding your child or if you require information on certain areas of the curriculum.

I look forward to welcoming you to a new academic year and working closely with you and your children.

Miss Sarah Macaskill

Head of Primary


Curriculum Overview

All of our children enjoy a rich and rewarding curriculum that we are continually adapting in order to enhance their learning experience. A wide variety of extracurricular activities, themed days and opportunities for wider achievement make up your child's learning journey with us.


Your child will experience a range of excursions linked to their learning each term.

Term 1: Ski Dubai and Old Dubai

Term 2: Jumeirah Archeological Site and Chocolate Factory

Term 3: Queen Elizabeth 2 and Dubai Airport

More information on trip dates and cost will be shared nearer the time.

Home Learning

Your child will receive guidance on suggested home learning at the end of each week to support their learning.

  • Home food diary to track nutrition

  • Make healthy snack protein balls
  • Facts about yourself for an autobiography
  • Mental maths practise to find a base line for multiplication facts (2, 5 and 10s)
  • Own architecture project - design a building based on their home countries’ architecture.

  • TTRS set for each group and Times tables
  • Continue MyOn and weekly readers changed 2 times weekly
  • Reading Comprehension and Maths skills
  • Supermarket research - when you go shopping find out how many different places the food comes from
  • Preparation for assessments including GLs question styles.- Continue to work on educational apps including MyON, AR, TTRS, Numbots, Education City.
  • Research on home country

  • Interview parents on reasons for their migration to the UAE

Key Digital Platforms

Your child will receive logins for the following platforms to support them in their learning journey in Primary Stage.

  • MyOn
  • Education City
  • ShowMe
  • Popplet
  • Padlet
  • Popple
  • Chatterpix
  • SeeSaw

Opportunities for wider achievement

  • Enterprise Markets - Each class will take part in our SVS Enterprise Market experience, creating and selling their innovations.
  • Bronze Junior Duke Awards - An International award programe where children complete life challenges, when complete they will attend the Duke Award Tea Party with the Principal, Head of Duke Awards and receive a badge and certificate.
  • Extra Curricular Activities - A range of internal Activities to support children developing their interests, skills etc.
  • Nominations for Digital Leaders
  • Nominations for Student Council
  • Parent visitor to talk about being an architect
  • How to ride safely on your bicycle

  • Zoom call with Captain Smith Enterprise 3B

  • Zoom call with a pilot or air steward to ask them questions about their jobs and journeys

  • Invite a parent who speaks an unfamiliar language to come to school to teach them about their home country and show how hard it might be to understand a new language.

Start of school important dates

Friday 26th August: “Meet the Teacher” day. We welcome new FS2-Y7 parents and students to join us in school. We will communicate this closer to the time. In this time new children and parents will meet the teacher and discuss the processes and systems for the first days of school.

Monday 29th August: A detailed schedule for start of school and clear guidance on drop off procedures will be shared closer to the time as guidelines become available from authorities.


Thursday 25th August: “Meet the Teacher” day. We welcome our new FS1 parents and students to come in to meet their class teacher and learning assistant. We will communicate this closer to the time. At this time new children and parents will meet the teacher and discuss the processes and systems for the first days of school.

Monday 29th August: FS1 Children will start school in groups and following a staggered timetable which we will share with parents nearer the time.

FS2-Year 6 start of school

Monday 29th August: FS2 to Year 7 students start the year, gates will open at 7.30AM

Face to Face or Zoom Parent Orientation Evenings Information evenings for parents will be held in the second week of school:

Parents will be offered in person or virtually on Zoom. These will all be recorded if you have siblings.

  • FS1 and FS2 on Tuesday 6th September from 3:30PM
  • Primary and Year 7 on Wednesday 7th September from 3:30PM

Communication & Concerns

If you need to get in touch with your class teacher:


If you need to discuss a concern:

Head of Primary:


Head of Inclusion:






IT support:

Parent Handbooks & Guidance