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Curriculum

 

The AMA International School follows an American curriculum from Nursery through High School. The Pre-School, Primary, Middle School and High School curriculum is enhanced by the world-renowned Great Explorations in Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program of the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. The AMA International School is recognized by the Bahrain Ministry of Education and is accepted regionally and internationally.

AMA International School—Bahrain (AISB) Program endeavors to enhance a broader educational experience that focuses on creating a balance between sciences and humanities within the framework of international citizenship. It is a school that has a fully – equipped study environment with competent staff and teachers who are committed to nurture, encourage and inspire young minds ages 3 – 18.

In order to develop informed, thinking and disciplined individuals capable of participating fully in their respective national and global settings, AISB program aims to:

 

  • establish an environment which promotes the highest possible standards of education;
  • promote skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for life-long development of a total person;
  • prepare students to adapt and adjust to the complexities and challenges of an increasingly interdependent and constantly changing world; and,
  • foster awareness of rights, duties and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as respect for other cultures and nationalities.

 

 SUBJECT DESCRIPTIONS:

 

AMERICAN CURRICULUM

 

ENGLISH

 

The ability to communicate is fundamental to our being and happiness. Through language we learn to understand our world in both abstract and concrete terms, to organize our thought processes, to plan our actions and to interact with those around us. English is the means by which we express and understand ourselves and others, and without sufficient skills in this subject, individuals are denied access to vast areas of pleasure and work.

English forms an integral part of every other subject in our school. As such it is constantly being taught and developed. It is also taught as a discrete subject for at least six times a week with fifty minutes in every period.

Opportunities are given for speaking and listening through spontaneous stimuli and activities planned as part of the English curriculum.

A variety of approaches are used to develop reading, the use of structured reading schemes, the use of general fiction and non-fiction books, group reading and games.

Children are introduced and encouraged to use a range of different writing styles through a range of purposeful activities; for example, poems, stories, lists, captions, brochures, letters, invitations, explanations, research and much more.

 

MATHEMATICS

 

Mathematics is a major form of communication in the modern world and we aim to help our children enjoy the subject and develop confidence in their ability to use it in a range of different settings. Our children spend at least one hour per day working on mathematics using different innovative strategies backed by other activities that help the children further understand the concepts of time, space, shape, money, measures, algebra and graphical representation.

 

SCIENCE

 

Science is a natural and fundamental part of our lives and can be regarded as ‘organized curiosity’. Its study helps children to understand and respect the world around them.

It is one of the three 'core' subjects and forms a main part in the AISB Curriculum. It is generally approached through subject specific lessons using a comprehensive scheme. Activities include learning about forces and movement, investigating light, sound and music, electricity and magnetism, studying the variety of life and living processes, looking at the Earth in Space, materials, and weather. Much of the work relates to the ‘Exploration of Science' where children learn through practical investigations, developing skills of observing, comparing, predicting, testing, communicating and recording.

The Pre-School, Primary, Middle School and High School curriculum is enhanced by the world-renowned Great Explorations in Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program of the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.

 

COMPUTER EDUCATION

 

This subject deals with a body of concepts applicable to the appreciation of the computer as a data processing tool. It discusses the fundamental components of the different hardware and software used in schools, businesses, and other organizations. It also provides lectures on the concepts of program analysis through the use of flowcharting and provides substantial computer hands-on exercises in keyboarding using typing software then applied it using word processing software package thus developing the students’ skill in data entry functions. The subject gives emphasis on the impact of computers in society and the attending computer issues including the Internet.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

HISTORY

The past influences all aspects of our lives and shapes the customs and beliefs of the community to which we belong. We hope that by learning about the past the children will be able to develop a sense of identity, empathy with and understanding of people who have lived in the past, an appreciation of the ways in which we learn about the past and a greater ability to make sense of the world in which they live today.

 GEOGRAPHY 

It is very important that the children have an understanding of the physical world and human society in which they are growing up. In the study of geography we help the children to develop knowledge and understanding of local, regional and world environments and give the children the opportunity to develop the practical skills of map reading and fieldwork.

 

ART, MUSIC AND DRAMA

 

These subjects play a very important part in children's lives as they give them the opportunity of exploring, expressing and communicating different ideas and feelings. They derive a great deal of pleasure from playing musical instruments, working in different art media or using role play to create imaginative story lines that can often be linked into English and topic work. The school has a well-deserved reputation for involving the children in play productions.. We have a flourishing band and the children take part in a range of music festivals and events throughout the year.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

We aim, through physical education, to help children develop physical competence, an appreciation of skilled and creative performances, improved interpersonal skills and enhanced self-esteem. The children have the opportunity to enjoy a number of sports including football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, and other outdoor games . Tournaments, sport festivals, and league matches were participated by the school team whenever events take place.

 

FRENCH

 

French is taught as an elective from Grade 1 to Grade 12. The children learn a wide vocabulary range and work to develop confidence in speaking and listening to French through a combination of games, songs, activities, worksheets, and interactive resources. Children taking the elective classes have the opportunity to show their knowledge through the quiz bee and spelling bee sponsored by the French Elective Department.

 

ARABIC LANGUAGE & ISLAMIC STUDIES

 

Arabic Language learning is a vital part in the curriculum to orient the student with a basic overview of the Arabic language, its place in the world (i.e. various dialects), its alphabet and numbering system. The emphasis is on mastery of the language to further promote Arabic as an integral part of the children’s daily lives.

The Islamic Studies are based on a comprehensive 12-year curriculum. The curriculum contains broad aspect of Islam based on the Qur’ān and authentic Hadīth. The topics in the curriculum are laid out in a systematic manner to suit the learning needs of the students. Topics are selected based on age, grade and learning levels of each grade. Some topics are covered in multiple grades to add different perspective, details and additional emphasis.

 

BAHRAIN GOVERNMENT

 

A general overview of the study of the Kingdom of Bahrain that guides the children with the knowledge of the important facts and figure which include: Geography and Population, Climate, Population, Society, Education, Health and Welfare, The Economy, Agriculture and Fishing, Petroleum Industry, Other Industry, Labor, Banking and Finance, Government and Politics, The Constitutional Experiment, Legal System, Foreign Relations.

 

INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (IGCSE)

 

The IGCSE Curriculum in AMAISB offers a combination of subjects studied within a school term and in sequential years. It is the Cambridge Curriculum 2 offered for Grade 9 and Grade 10.

 

 

 

ENGLISH

 

 

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their academic or professional career. The qualification reflects the widespread use of English in education and commerce, and also in entertainment.

The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study. In Syllabus 0510, marks for the oral component do not contribute to the overall grade candidates receive for the written components. A count-in oral component is offered in Syllabus 0511.

 

 

ARABIC

 

 

The Cambridge IGCSE First Language Arabic syllabus is designed for students whose first language is Arabic. This First Language syllabus develops learners' ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and in order to develop an appreciation of how writers achieve their effects. The syllabus also complements other areas of study by encouraging skills of more general application.

 

 

FRENCH

 

 

This syllabus is designed for learners who are learning French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.

The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of countries where French is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages.

 

 

BUSINESS STUDIES

 

 

The Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies syllabus develops learners' understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Learners find out how the major types of business organization are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence.

Learners not only study business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry. The syllabus provides both a foundation for further study at Cambridge International A Level and an ideal preparation for the world of work.

 

 

PHYSICS

 

 

The Cambridge IGCSE Physics syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. They learn about the basic principles of Physics through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. Learners also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at Cambridge International A Level, skills which are useful in everyday life.

As they progress, learners gain an understanding of how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.

 

 

ECONOMICS

 

 

The Cambridge IGCSE Economics syllabus develops an understanding of economic terminology and principles and of basic economic theory. Learners study the economics of developed and developing nations and how these interrelate. They also learn to handle simple data and undertake economic analysis, evaluate information and discriminate between facts and value judgements in economic issues.

A foundation for further study at Cambridge International AS and A Level, the syllabus also encourages a better understanding of the world in which learners live, and helps them play an active part in the decision-making process, whether as consumers, producers or citizens of the local, national and international community.

 

 

CHEMISTRY

 

 

The Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry syllabus enables learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of Chemistry through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. They also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at Cambridge International A Level, skills which are useful in everyday life.

As they progress, learners understand how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.

 

 

ACCOUNTING

 

 

The Cambridge IGCSE Accounting syllabus introduces learners to the theory and concepts of accounting and the ways in which accounting is used in a variety of modern economic and business contexts. Learners focus on the skills of recording, reporting, presenting and interpreting financial information and build an ideal foundation both for further study and for a future career within the profession.

 

 

BIOLOGY

 

 

With an emphasis on human biology, the Cambridge IGCSE Biology syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of biology through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. They also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at Cambridge International A Level, which are useful in everyday life.

As they progress, learners understand how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.

 

 

MATHEMATICS

 

 

An essential subject for all learners, Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a basis for more advanced study. The syllabus aims to build learners' confidence by helping them develop a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships, and places a strong emphasis on solving problems and presenting and interpreting results. Learners also gain an understanding of how to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.

 

 

ICT

 

 

The Information Communication Technology syllabus encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.

The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spread sheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Learners analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose.

Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used, providing that learners have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills in the syllabus.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB Program)

 

 

The IBDP Curriculum in AMAISB is offered in Grade 11. It allows the students to
take up at least one subject in each of the 5 groups in the IBDP.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP.

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.

Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

 

The three core elements are:

 

•Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.

•The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

•Creativity, action, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The six subject groups are:

•Studies in language and literature

•Language acquisition

•Individuals and societies

•Sciences.

•Mathematics

 

 

SCHEME OF STUDY:

 

 

  1. A.PRESCHOOL
  2. B.ELEMENTARY
  3. C.MIDDLE   SCHOOL

Level

Ages

Subject Offerings

No of Period/s Per Week

 

Nursery

3

English

5

 

Mathematics

3

 

Science

2

 

Arabic

4

 

Computed Education

2

 

Islamic Studies

1

 

Construction/Play

3

 

Social Studies

2

 

French

3

 

PE

1

 

Arts

1

 

Ethics

1

 

KG   1 & 2

4-5

English

5

 

Mathematics

3

 

Science

2

 

Arabic

4

 

Computed Education

2

 

Islamic Studies

1

 

Social Studies

2

 

French

3

 

PE

1

 

Arts

1

 

Ethics

1

 
 

Grades   1 – 3

6 - 8

English

6

 

Mathematics

5

 

Science

3

 

Arabic

6

 

Computed Education

3

 

Islamic Studies

1

 

Social Studies

2

 

Bahrain History

1

 

Bahrain Government & Citizenship (BGC)

1

 

French

5

 

PE

2

 

Arts

2

 

Ethics

1

 

Grades   4 - 6

9-11

English

6

 

Mathematics

5

 

Science

3

 

Arabic

6

 

Computed Education

3

 

Islamic Studies

1

 

Social Studies

2

 

Bahrain History

1

 

Bahrain Government & Citizenship (BGC)

1

 

French

5

 

PE

2

 

Arts

2

 

Ethics

1

 
 

Grade   7 - 9

12   - 14

English

6

 

Mathematics

5

 

Science

3

 

Arabic

6

 

Computed Education

3

 

Islamic Studies

1

 

Social Studies

2

 

Bahrain History

1

 

Bahrain Government & Citizenship (BGC)

1

 

French

5

 

PE

2

 

Arts

2

 

Ethics

1

 
     

II.   International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

Grade   9 -10

14-15

ENGLISH

5

 

FRENCH/ARABIC

4

 

BUSINESS/PHYSICS

3

 

ECONOMICS/CHEMISTRY

3

 

ACCOUNTING/BIOLOGY

3

 

MATHEMATICS

5

 

IT

3

 
     

III.   International Baccalaureate (IB Program)

Grade   11

16

Group   1       

Studies   in Language in Literature

ENGLISH   A- LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

6

 

Group   2       

Language   Acquisition

ARABIC/FRENCH

4

 

Group   3       

Individual   and Societies

BUSINESS/   Physics

ECONOMICS/   Chemistry

4

4

 

Group   4

Experimental   Science

PHYSICS/   Business CHEMISTRY/ Economics BIOLOGY/ IT

4

4

4

 

Group   5

Mathematics

MATHEMATICS   SL  

5

 

Core   Requirements:

EXTENDED   ESSAY

THEORY   OF KNOWLEDGE

CREATIVITY/ACTION/SERVICE

1

1

2

 
           

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