The Academy offers a curriculum based on the guidelines of the Cambridge International Examination Lower Primary and Primary Syllabus. This is a structured curriculum which acknowledges the importance of English language (Speaking and listening, reading and writing), Numeracy (Mathematics), Science and also aims to provide a broad-based, child-centered approach to education. We also offer Urdu, French, Islamiyat, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), History and Geography as core subjects. Within this framework, due regard is given to creative art, music, drama, physical, social and moral development. Strong emphasis on thinking skills is essential in education for a multi-cultural society which will, hopefully equip our children for their future lives. There is also a firm commitment to self-discipline for children.
The curricula consist of the following:
The Foundation Stage Curriculum
The foundation stage is the period of education from 3 to 5 years of age. The last year of foundation stage is often called the Reception year (KG1)
It is called the Foundation Stage because it gives children a secure foundation for later learning. Childhood is important and we want all our children to have enjoyable and satisfying childhood experiences. Early experiences also affect children’s attitudes to basic learning. They create the basis for later learning, in Academy and beyond. There are six main areas of young children’s development and learning in no specific order:
Improving control and co-ordinations of their bodies while learning to move and handle equipment.
During the foundation stages these areas of learning will be introduced in ways that are suitable for young children, often through play. We also introduce phonic scheme ‘Jolly Phonic’ which is combined with THRASS (teaching, handwriting, reading, sound and spellings), Letter and Sounds.
As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher. The support and encouragement you provide are important throughout your child’s academic life, and especially during the early years.
Key Stage 1
KG2 and Grade 1
At this stage an important aim of the curricula is described as “Learning to Learn”. This process involves the development of confidence and independence, including the ability to persist and to learn from mistakes.
The children have a wide and varying curriculum accommodating their individual needs. Smooth transition is achieved through planning which builds on the Foundation Stage.
The children progress through the Curriculum when they are ready to access it. The children learn through a thematic approach supported by a wide range of activities. The Academy emphasizes on Phonemic development, creative development and thinking skills. We encourage much interaction to promote and develop their confidence during their Literacy and Numeracy lessons.
Key Stage 2
Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5
This transition phase is an extremely important time when children in Grade 2 will be building upon their skills base in core subjects to ensure that they are equipped to fully participate in the extended Key Stage 2 curriculum.
We aim to provide an enjoyable, varied and creative curriculum that motivates our children to learn and engages their imaginations. Our children will all be able to achieve and excel in all areas of Academy life and will leave Primary section as independent, confident learners with the life skills they need to help them find further success.
Some work will be planned through cross-curricular topics or projects designed to promote learning across a number of subject areas. However, the vast majority of subjects are delivered discretely and the emphasis on English and Mathematics, Urdu and Science is maintained throughout the key stage 2 grades. Towards the end of the Grade 5 children will have become more independent learners and will be used to recording their work in a number of ways including the use of computer technology. It is seen as important that teachers should find ways of building upon children’s personal enthusiasm and interests. For this reason, amongst others children need to be involved in the planning of their own programme of work. Similarly, they should be encouraged to review critically and honestly what they have achieved and to plan further in collaboration with teaching staff upon this basis.
In Geography children develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding of:
KG 2 and Grade 1
Children investigate their local area and a contrasting area in Pakistan, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They also begin to learn about the wider world. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the class room. They ask geographical questions about people, places and environment, and use geographical resources such as maps and photographs.
Grades 2 & 3, 4 & 5
Children investigate a variety of people, places and environment at different scales in Pakistan and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world. They find out how people effect the environment and how they are affected by it. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this, they use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlas, photographs and the smart board e.g. ICT.
Science is an integral part of modern culture. It stretches the imagination and creativity of young people. Its challenges are enormous. In Science children develop positive attitudes learn basic scientific skills and knowledge which will help them become more aware of the role and influence of science in our lives. There are four areas in the British (Cambridge) curriculum:
In History it develops chronological understanding
In KG2 and Grade 1
Children learn about people lives and lifestyles. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past. They use stories and sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They learn how the present is different from the past.
Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5
Children learn about significant people, events, and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about changes and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world. They are encouraged to use historical vocabulary to describe events people and developments.
The Academy follows the locally agreed syllabus of Islamiyat. As the children in our Academy come from a variety of faiths we have fostered an ethos based on mutual respect and understanding of and for each other. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the Islamiyat period if they wish. They need to discuss the matter with the head teacher or principal.
ART & DESIGN
We offer Art as a subject where children develop their knowledge and understanding by communicating, thinking, exploring, discussing and investigating. They are encouraged to use a variety of materials and processes to communicate their ideas and meanings, design and make images and artifacts. The children are encouraged to observe other artists work and produce in their style.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
The Academy is extremely well resourced for ICT with a large number of computers,
multi-media centres, and interactive smart boards together with video and still camera, listening centers, etc. All children from Nursery to Grade 5 are encouraged to use computers. Children are also expected to use computers to enhance their work in other subjects.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE)
All children are expected to participate in P.E and other games to develop and improve their health and fitness. It is important that children have the correct uniform for this lesson. Children are encouraged to take part in all sports events, unless a letter from parents asks for them to be excused for any valid reason. The Academy has an international level experienced coach for foot ball, cricket, basket ball and other physical activities.
Swimming is a compulsory part of the PE curriculum. The Academy has an indoor heated swimming pool on the premises. All the children from Grades 1 to 5 are expected to take lessons, at least once a week in their swimming costumes (girls) and swimming trunks (boys), along with caps, goggles and towels.
Music is part of the curriculum and the Academy offers music lessons for nursery, playgroup and KG1 every day. They are encouraged to listen to the environment sounds and make body sounds, identify, use and name different instruments. They learn and sing nursery songs. In KG2 and Grade 1 they listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. They play musical instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating and identifying high and low pitch, long and short duration and making musical pattern once a week. From Grades 2 to 5 children sing songs and play instruments with increasing confidence, skill, expression and awareness of their own contribution to a group or class once a week. They are encouraged to control sounds through singing. Music is our daily medicine that aids far better communication with others and ourselves.
GOOD WORK ASSEMBLY
Every week children invite their parents for their good work and creative presentations, to show them their work which they have been doing during that week. Children are praised by their heads and receive stickers and certificates for their best performance, behaviour and attendance.
Homework is an integral part of the academy. It allows for practising and consolidating work done in the class. It is training for students in planning and organizing time. It inculcates the habit of study, concentration and self-discipline. We give children simple and short homework. Please check their diary on a regular basis. For further guidance on homework please contact the Head of the Section.
The Academy offers curricula based on the guidelines of the Cambridge International Examination, Cambridge Secondary 1, Cambridge Secondary 2 (IGCSE) and Cambridge Advanced (AS Level and A-Level) Syllabus. These structured curricula are designed to help students to achieve their individual potential and create a positive future for themselves, their families and their communities. It reflects the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to be well prepared for future learning and the professional world.
GRADES 6, 7 and 8.
These three grades follow the Cambridge Secondary 1 curricula which provide a seamless progression from Primary and further develop student’s skills and confidence in all subjects. It offers a curriculum framework for educational success for students, typically 11-14 years old, with an integrated testing structure. The syllabus is progressive in each subject from Grade 6 to Grade 8 and prepares the learner for the Secondary 2 (IGCSE) level.
ACE is offering the following subjects in these Grades. All Subjects are compulsory.
STUDENTS MUST take TEN subjects at this level.
Arts and Design
Easy Urdu (Optional for Foreign Students)
French (Modern Foreign Language MFL)
Geography (Grades 6-7 Only)
Geography (Grade 8 Only)
History (Grades 6 –7 Only)
History (Grade 8 Only)
Information and Computer Technology (ICT)
Islamiyat (Compulsory for all Muslim Students)
Pakistan Studies 1 The history and culture of Pakistan (0448/1)
(Grade 8 Only)
Pakistan Studies 2 The environment of Pakistan (0448/2)
(Grade 8 Only)
Urdu (Second Language) (Compulsory only for Pakistani Students)
For detailed syllabus content for each subject in each grade please contact the Head Teacher (Secondary) through the Academy reception.
GRADES 9 and 10
ACE follows the Cambridge Secondary 2 curricula which are typically for students aged 14-16 years. This builds on the foundations of Cambridge Secondary 1, and supports the academy using student-centred and enquiry-based approach to learning. ACE offers Cambridge IGCSE a globally recognised qualification. Cambridge Secondary 2 provides excellent progression to the next stage of Cambridge International Education - Cambridge Advanced for 16-19 years - as well as other progression routes. Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus for each subject is covered in two years Grade 9 and Grade 10.
Cambridge IGCSE encourages learner-centred and enquiry-based approache to learning. It develops student skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, providing students excellent preparation for the next stage in their education. We build a core curriculum, extend it to suit our students and introduce cross-curricular perspectives. Clearly defined learning outcomes and content, mean Cambridge IGCSE is not only compatible with other curricula, nationally and internationally but relevant and sensitive to different needs and cultures.
ACE offers a combination of subjects. Cambridge IGCSE develops student knowledge, understanding and skills in:
ACE is offering the following subjects in these Grades. Students MUST take a minimum of NINE subjects at this level.
A. Compulsory Subjects for All Students:-
English - Second Language 0510
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 0417
B. Compulsory Subjects only for Pakistani Students
(Continued from Grade 8 and students will write the final CIE examinations at the end of Grade 9)
Pakistan Studies 0448
Urdu - Second Language 3248
C. Major Subjects (Choose ALL THREE Subjects in each group)
Accounting 0452 Biology 0610
Business Studies 0450 Chemistry 0620
Economics 0455 Physics 0625
D. Optional Subjects (Foreign Students must choose three subjects from here in lieu of B. above)
Art and Design 0400
English Literature 0486
Environmental Management 0680
Grades 11 and 12
ACE follows the Cambridge Advanced curricula which are typically for 16-19 year olds. This helps students to develop in depth understanding, independent learning and critical thinking skills which universities value highly. It builds on the foundations of Cambridge Secondary 2 and leads to entry to universities worldwide. Cambridge Advanced includes Cambridge International AS and A - Level; both focus on equipping students with skills they need to succeed at university, and as such, are recognised by universities and employers worldwide. At ACE, Cambridge International AS Level is available for students in Grade 11 while Cambridge International A-Level is available for learners in Grade 12.
Each subject that a Cambridge international student takes at AS and A Level receives a separately certified grade. From 2010, the Cambridge International A Level will be reported on a grade scale from A* grade, awarded for the highest level of achievement, to E, indicating the minimum required performance. According to Cambridge International there is no A* grading in the certification of Cambridge International AS Levels.
ACE is offering Cambridge International AS Level subjects which consist of half the content of the corresponding Cambridge International A Level and may be completed in one year. ACE can offer Cambridge International AS Level as a qualification in its own right or as a stage on the way to Cambridge International A Level. Students may study Cambridge International AS Level alongside other subjects to increase breadth in the curriculum and build further knowledge and understanding to other subjects they are studying at Cambridge International A Level.
The staged assessment route is not possible in all subjects. The outcomes awarded for Cambridge International AS Level language syllabi cannot be carried forward to Cambridge International A Level.
Cambridge International AS Level provides valuable feedback on performance, identifying strengths and weaknesses prior to any final assessment. Taking the Cambridge International AS Level examination part-way through the international A Level course provides feedback that students can use to set learning goals for the second half of the course. It can also provide students with the motivation and momentum to complete their programme of study.
ACE is offering the following subjects at Grade 11 for Cambridge AS Level which continued on to Grade 12 for Cambridge A-Level. (N.B. As stated before the staged assessment route is not possible in all subjects.)
Students must choose subjects from either Group 1 or Group 2 and subjects from the optional to make a total minimum of five subjects.
Applied ICT 9713
Art and Design 9704
English – Literature 9695
Physical Education, Swimming, Clubs and other extra-curricular activities
In the Secondary Section, due importance is provided to such activities which act as a catalyst for the growing mind and body. These activities provide the base for a sound character and make the student believe in himself, interact with his peers and to be an important member of his family and community at large. This is achieved by providing him with specialist faculty and state of the art equipment. Opportunities are organized for the Secondary students to interact with University Level Students and Faculty through regular workshops and visits. Regular participation in both inter academy and international competitions brings a sense of achieved excellence in ACE students.