At GAA, we develop the whole child in a happy, play-based learning environment through the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
Through inquiry, we provide student- led learning in an engaging and collaborative process where children learn at their own developmental pace through the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile, attitudes and concepts.
In an environment that promotes exploration, innovation, respect, fun, differentiation and creativity, our students become internationally minded global citizens who are able to communicate, reflect and interact effectively with the world around them.
Come join our team on a journey of learning and discovery.
Explore the Kindergarten Curriculum
Achieving Our Vision
Curriculum: American Common Core Standards.
Framework: IB Primary Years Programme.
Through a play-based learning approach we have:
- All teachers are early childhood specialists.
- Educational assistants for every class.
- Early years student support team with a counselor and inclusion specialists.
Purposeful facilities that support learning:
- The Kitchen lab cultivates science and inquiry as well as hygiene and safety practices.
- Students develop techniques in aquatics and safety in the swimming pool.
- Our outdoor learning areas enhance gross motor skills and fosters an active learning.
- Early literacy skills and a love of books is promoted in the KG library.
- The Auditorium brings us together as a community to celebrate our learning.
Innovation and Technology:
- Our research-based approach ensures learning engagements remain current.
- Makerspace in every classroom ensures that students use design-oriented thinking to plan, create and build their ideas.
- The provision of iPads in the classroom include a range of educational applications and understanding how to use technology responsibly.
- All classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards and Apple TV’s to accommodate all learning styles in a fun and engaging way.
Student support and well-being:
- Built-in nap time for Pre-K students.
- 2 separate entrances for Pre-K and KG.
- Mindfulness practice is intertwined in our day through the MindUp Curriculum.
- Through the Zones of Regulation, students develop their self-management skills.
- Inclusive practice with the student support team, ensures every child has access to an outstanding education.
What Does Our Day Look Like?
School arrival time for Pre-K and Kindergarten students is at 7:30 a.m. with class beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 2:15 p.m for Pre-K and KG. Recess and snack/lunch woven throughout our day.
We encompass the holistic approach by exploring the below specialists:
- Physical Education
- Arabic Language
- Islamic Education
- Kitchen Lab
Our main pedagogical approach is inquiry, which moves students from their current understanding to new understanding by actively building connections between experiences and knowledge. Students become responsible for their learning by asking questions, carrying out investigations, and reflecting on their observations and processes in order to make a conclusion. Kindergarten classrooms are full of enriching, play-based engagements. Students manipulate the environment around them in order to make sense of the world.
We have enrichment opportunities throughout the year for students to share their learning, such as Arts Festival and Sports Day. Each class participates in community shares, student-led conferences, and end of unit celebrations; these are times when students communicate their learning to parents either in the classroom or in the auditorium.