The teaching of Arabic in the Al Yasmina  Academy meets Ministry of Education regulations. Arabic is taught as a compulsory subject for native speakers in FS1 and FS2 and for all other children from Year 1 to Year 6. Children are taught to communicate in modern standard Arabic. Islamic Studies is mandatory for all Muslim students from Year 1 to Year 6. It is taught in Arabic to native speakers and in English to non-native speakers. In addition, native Arabic speakers study UAE Social Studies (which is taught in Arabic) from Year 1 to Year 6 while the non-Arabs are taught the subject in English from Year 4 to Year 6. Studies are designed to:

(a) Keep local and other native Arabic speaking and Muslim children familiar with their national identity, religion and heritage

(b) Provide non-native, foreign students with the basic functional skills of the Arabic language to help enhance mutual understanding, peaceful co-existence and cross-cultural harmony and tolerance.

Arabic lessons include role plays, educational games, interactive ICT activities, songs and folk stories.

Weekly Timetable

Native Arabic Speakers

Subject FS1 FS1 Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6
Islamic - - 3 3 3 2 2 2
Arabic 5 5 6 6 6 5 5 5
Social Studies 1 1 1 1 11 1 1 1

Non native speakers

Subject FS1 FS1 Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6
Islamic - - 2 2 2 2 2 2
Arabic - - 4 4 4 4 4 4
Social Studies - - - - - 1 1 1

Islamic studies

Islamic Studies is taught to Muslim pupils and is delivered in either Arabic or English depending on whether the child is an Arabic speaker or not. Teachers follow the prescribed curriculum of the Ministry of Education for the teaching of Islamic Studies. Homework is given on a weekly basis to support school based studies.