Welcome to Primary 2

Primary 2 begins the next step in a student’s learning journey and builds on learning from both Early Years (EY1 - EY2) and Primary 1 (Y1 - Y2).  Our aim is that all students in Primary 2 will receive a broad, balanced and enjoyable learning experience that will equip each individual with the skills necessary for a successful transition in to Secondary School. 

Learning takes place through the objectives of the English National Curriculum, this is supplemented by inquiry based themes where our students become immersed in a variety of topics. Our curriculum provides us with opportunities to further develop deep thinking, which is enhanced by our Principles of Learning and Teaching (LETS), students positive attitudes to learning are developed through use of the 6 R's and the 5 B's. We encourage our students to be successful by providing them access to:

  • a classroom environment where all children feel important, safe, secure and supported;

  • becoming more independent and responsible;

  • lessons that allow all students to be successful no matter what their learning style;

  • lessons that are challenging and allow them to think about their learning;

  • a greater understanding of how well they are doing and what they need to do to make progress;

  • learning experiences that take place outside the classroom.

Students are assessed regularly, through self reflection and teacher feedback, they become increasingly aware of the progress the make and next steps for improvement. This progress is tracked by the teachers, which in turn informs their planning. Planning is differentiated to provide opportunities for each student to reach their potential.

We encourage and value parents as partners and provide frequent opportunities for parents to share in their child’s learning through our Long and Medium Term Planning documents, the VLE, Popple website, weekly homework tasks, Student Led Conference, Progress and End of Year reports. We hold a 'Meet The Teacher' evening combined with English and Mathematics workshops to inform you of how learning progresses from year to year. The workshops highlight the teaching strategies used in class and how you can best support your child at home. I hope to be able to answer questions that parents have on these occasions but am always happy to meet with or telephone parents to discuss individual concerns that arise at other times.

Year 3 (Lower Primary 2)

Our aim in Year 3 is to further develop children’s independence and encourage them to be organised with both their possessions and work. The transition from Primary 1 to Primary 2 is one where the child’s eagerness to learn is shared with that of the teacher, where your child aspires to reach a common goal of progress both educationally and socially.

In Year 3 all the children have lots to learn and do. Our core curriculum is built around developing and embedding skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic and Islamic Education.

Learning is extended through many interesting topics to keep the children focused and motivated about their learning. These include Dubai and Where We Are From, Healthy Me, Rainforests, Weather Around the World, Ancient Egypt and Famous People.

In Year 3 the children become increasingly responsible for themselves by using the 6 R’s and 5 B’s, helping them to become even more aware of their ‘attitudes’ and even better independent learners. These core values are clearly displayed in each classroom and are at the heart of the teaching in Year 3.

As parents, we hope you will come and visit us to share in your child’s learning by looking at their books and enjoying our bright and colourful displays.


Year 4 (Lower Primary 2)

Our aim in Year 4 is to expose your child to a wide range of activities that promote a lifelong love of learning. Through our core curriculum we offer opportunities to take part in whole class, group, independent, peer, practical and inquiry learning.

Through a holistic approach to learning, our Year 4 children are exposed to a range of learning styles. Our topics include the Aztecs which incorporate an exciting ‘Aztec Day’, where children are given the opportunity to dress up as ‘Aztecs’ and participate in a variety of hands on, fun activities which gives them an enriches their knowledge and understanding.

Through our Health Lifestyle Week the children are made aware of the importance of healthy eating, a balanced diet and how exercise affects our body. Our practical science investigations include; Animals including Humans, Living Things & Habitats, States of Matter, Electricity and Sound.

In addition to our classroom based learning, the children in Year 4, have an opportunity to take part in a ‘beyond the classroom’ experience involving an 'Adventure Day' and an overnight camp which takes place in tents at school. Here the children experience a range of outdoor activities such as; rafting, zip lines, team building activities and a sensory trail. This opportunity allows for the development of the children’s independence, interpersonal skills, self- esteem and motivation.

Throughout the year the children will be kept motivated and focused on tasks through which they develop ‘attitudes of learning’ that encourage them to reach their full potential. We pride ourselves on effective teacher, parent communication as we know how important this is in the positive development of the child.

Year 5 (Upper Primary 2)

Our aim in Year 5 is to further develop the children’s ability and confidence in core skills and understanding. We expose the children to range of learning and teaching styles that do not provide a child with an answer to a problem but a demonstration of the techniques needed to find the answer, enabling them to become more self-sufficient learners.

We set high expectations from the outset and focus on developing independent learners and thinkers. Our curriculum provides opportunities in which the children can develop the necessary skills and attitudes to learning that will encourage them to succeed. Our inquiry based themes are linked to specific curriculum areas and include special days and events such as ‘Ancient Greek Day’, ‘Healthy Lifestyle Week’ and a study of famous people in the 1960’s. Our learning is further enhanced through field trips and special guest speakers. Through these wonderful experiences our children gain an awareness and appreciation of people, the local community and the planet around them.

Our children’s experiences beyond the classroom are developed from Year 4 by experiencing a two night camp at an Outdoor Education Centre, in Dibba, Fujeirah. Where the children experience activities such as raft building, mountain biking, archery, snorkelling, climbing and abseiling. This opportunity further assists their independence and development of skills outside the confines of the classroom allowing children to bring non classroom based talents to the fore.

In addition to Arabic the children study and are exposed to the basics of French language. Through our Year 5 school production they also have opportunities to demonstrate other talents such as singing, dancing and acting.

In Year 5 we challenge and motivate children to achieve their very best, celebrating both difference and diversity, we ensure our students are prepared for our Year 6 transitional programme.

Year 6 (Upper Primary 2)

Our aim is to continue to build on, and further develop the high expectations from Year 5. In Year 6 we deliver a Primary School curriculum that provides all students with a broad and balanced learning experience which embeds creativity, technologically enhanced learning and a seamless transition into Year 7.

The Year 6 transitional programme allows for an enhanced range of teaching approaches, this allows the teachers to place the student at the centre of the learning process. Some of the most exciting ‘learning’ takes place when students are given the opportunity to take the lead into unknown areas, where they can take risks, make mistakes and find solutions to solve problems - all of which is a core element of learning in Year 6.

We create opportunities to extend student learning beyond the classrooms. As part of the Outdoor Education Program, visits to Umm Al Quwain Marine Club and into the local community provide the opportunity where the student and teacher can look at a topic through a different lens. Such activities instil greater independence and self-reliance, and provide opportunities for the development of social skills and non-academic learning.

This is a critical year for our students as they transition from Primary to Secondary School; pastoral care is one of our highest priorities. We are keen to instil a sense of dual citizenship amongst them so they feel comfortable no matter what teacher they are with or what classroom they are in. The students can share their thoughts and feelings and will be treated as young adults.

Primary to Secondary School Transition

Year 6 - A transitional year

Year 6 is a critical time in a child’s learning journey. Our students are being challenged academically by developing the right attitude to learn, by having the quantity and quality of learning extended further and developing a greater independence to learn and improve for themselves. They are also being challenged socially by, having to adjust to a new environment, develop new social groups and by a significant movement from the top of a very familiar hierarchical group to the bottom of a new one.

It is due to these issues that Deira International School (DIS) Year 6 transitional programme provide opportunities for students to experience smooth and gradual transition from the Primary School to the Secondary School.

Transition seems to be commonly thought of as a particular ‘event’, it should more appropriately be regarded as a ‘process’. This transition requires students to make ongoing adjustments over quite some time: for example, when encountering the different requirements and expectations of their various teachers, when managing multiple homework and other deadlines, and while getting to know new classmates and different social hierarches’

Research Division New Zealand Ministry of Education (2009) - A study of students, transition from Primary to Secondary schooling

By using the above approach we want to provide the students with a sense of dual citizenship between the two schools. This will allow your child to feel that no matter what they may want to share they can do so effectively and successfully in both schools.

Research suggests that there are 5 aspects to providing smooth transition for our students. In order for these to occur, positive attitudes to change should be promoted both at home and school, so that students:

  • develop new friendships, improve their self-esteem and confidence

  • settle well into school life

  • show a continued or increasing interest in school and school work

  • get used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease

  • experience curriculum continuity 

In order to achieve these aspects, we will provide your child with access to high quality teaching and learning through a curriculum that supports and enhances learning for all abilities, in an environment that allows students every opportunity to reach their full potential, a sense of belonging to both Primary and Secondary School; a caring, supportive and engaging pastoral system that will cater for the various maturation levels of our students; a network of communication that fosters positive relationship between school and parents, as your support is crucial to the successful transition of your child.

This will lead us to achieving our aim, that ALL our Year 6 students will experience:

Delivery of a Primary School curriculum that will provide all students with a broad and balanced learning experience which embeds creativity, continuous learning and a seamless Year 6 to Year 7 transition.

Parent Information

Primary School Council

What is a School Council?

The DIS school council is a democratically elected group of students who represent their peers, it enables all students to become partners in their own education and make a ‘real’ and positive contribution toward the direction and ethos of the school.

Student’s interested in becoming a member of the Primary School Council, must first write a letter to their class teacher stating what skills and qualities they have and why they would make a good representative for their class. The letters are then shortlisted against specific criteria. The shortlisted students are then put forward for election and are voted for by their peers.

What will be asked of the class representative?

Each class representative will attend (during school time) regular meetings to discuss and plan new and exciting projects within the school and try to resolve any issues that may have been brought to them by members of their class. They will also assist the Class Teacher and Leadership Team with various “prefect? type tasks. 

School Timings 2016-17

School Timings 2016-17

Our school day timings for the new academic year 2016-2017 are as follows:

Primary: 7:50am to 2:50pm; Sunday to Thursday


Attendance Register


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Lesson 6

14:40 – 14:50

Class Time 

  • Deira International School
  • Dubai Festival City, P.O. Box 79043, Dubai, UAE
  • +971 4 232 5552
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