DIS focuses on teaching students to think critically, to explore knowledge, to question facts upon finding them and to approach all challenges and learning with enthusiasm.  It motivates and equips students to further their education beyond DIS, to perceive education as a life-long process and become successful individuals.  The IB Student Profile permeates through the school and the curriculum.  This is reflected by our LETS posters seem all around the school.  Teachers refer to the attributes and qualities we develop in our learners for all age groups when delivering the curricululm.  DIS extends students' learning beyond the classroom by a programme of education visits in Dubai and beyond.

Art and Design

In Art and Design students are encouraged to take creative risks when exploring, experimenting and responding to ideas and selecting information and resources in order to develop their work. When designing and making, they develop and use their technical knowledge and skills to manipulate the qualities of materials, processes and the formal elements appropriately. They consider and discuss the ideas, methods and approaches that are used by artists, craftspeople and designers, relating these to both context and purpose. They evaluate their own work and that of others, reflecting on their own view of its purpose and meaning. They are able to adapt and refine their ideas, processes and intentions. 

The Department teaches according to the British National Curriculum from years 6 to 9 and then follows the IGCSE curriculum for years 10 and 11. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is then offered as well for IB1 and IB2 students.


The Commerce Department  consists of Economics and Business Studies at the IGCSE level and Economics and Business and Management at the IB level. Although Accounting is traditionally included in the Commerce faculty at most institutions, it is not offered at DIS.

Computing and ICT

The Computing and Information Communication Technology department encourages students to develop lifelong skills including:

  • The ability to understand and implement new and emerging technologies within a business environment

  • How to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems

  • Considering the impact which new technologies will have on ways or working and the social, economic and ethical issues associated with them.       

Design and Technology

Overview of Design & Technology at Deira International School:

Design and Technology enables leaners to identify, consider and solve problems through creative thinking, planning and design, and by working with different media, materials and tools. Students gain technical and design awareness as a result, and develop skills such as initiative, resourcefulness, enquiry and ingenuity. They also develop the communication skills central to design making and evaluation. Design and Technology provides an ideal basis for further study and prepares learners for their future within a rapidly changing technological society.

The Department teaches according to the British National Curriculum from years 6 to 9 and then follows the IGCSE curriculum for years 10 and 11. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is then offered for students in IB1 and IB2.




We offer a challenging and diverse curriculum which follows British and International Standards, and is designed to provide an excellent education for all students; giving each individual the skills that they will need to achieve outstanding results in their IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Examinations. As a department we are also aware of the changing forms of language that young people living and working in the 21st Century will experience and use in their life-time. We recognise that the shifting definition of ‘text’ should now encompass any medium through which ideas, experiences, opinions and information can be communicated. Thus, the exploration of texts in the English Department includes not only those texts presented in traditional written or print form, but also texts presented orally, electronically or on film. By extending the Curriculum in this way, we believe that we are equipping our students with a much wider range of communication skills, further enabling them to meet the challenges of living and working in a technologically fast-moving society.


The Humanities Department comprises of four subject area at DIS, these include:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Global Perspectives
  • Leisure and Tourism

The Department teaches according to the British National Curriculum from years 6 to 9 and then follows the IGCSE curriculum for years 10 and 11. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is then offered for students in IB1 and IB2.

Islamic Studies

The Islamic Program of the Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates.

Educational goals, behavioral and educational teaching of this subject.

The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country; its culture and tradition follow the rules and principles of Islam. Since Islam enriches the life of its followers, it endows them with a strong faith and a basis to lead a happy, fulfilling life. It is important to start learning about Islam at a young age so that the young Muslim can be influenced by the teaching of the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in order to lead a proper Islamic life.


Key Stage 3

The KS3 Mathematics course is taught from Y7 to Y9 with the Checkpoint examination taken at the end of Year 9. All classes at KS3 are grouped based on individual student levels. This allows all students to work at a pace most suited to their ability. Each term students are set an internal exam paper to allow them to build confidence and to be given an indication of the level they are working at. Students are also given the opportunity for regular self-assessment of their progress.

At DIS we take great pride in the quality of work that our students are able to produce. We offer a traditional academic curriculum, which supports our students with a rich variety of learning experiences. We make good use of excellent ICT facilities and interactive whiteboards in several teaching rooms and use various web based packages where they enhance the learning experience.

We also offer excellent support to those students who are more able in Mathematics and we are well resourced to provide extension material. The top students take part in the Junior Maths Challenge each year and consistently outperform comparable students from the UK.

The Mathematics department is staffed by specialists who promote positive experiences of Mathematics and encourage students to become independent thinkers able to successfully pursue the subject at IGCSE level 

Key Stage 4 (IGCSE)

This subject focus is based around four main areas. These are: Using and applying mathematics; number and algebra; shape, space and measure; and handling data. Students are able to explore mathematics using ICT as well as investigative tasks which will aid their thinking and communication skills.

Mathematics is an essential tool for all students. Students are encouraged to develop their confidence to use mathematics to tackle problems in the abstract and realistic situations. They will also develop the ability to think and reason mathematically, and to realize the application of mathematics in the world around them.

The skills that learnt over the course will involve tackling problems that are unfamiliar. Students will gain the confidence to work through such problems, which will be a valuable tool for later life. IGCSE Mathematics is required to gain entry on to many further education courses and depending on the level of success, will set the students up for the IB Diploma programme 

The Mathematics IGCSE now has 2 tiers of entry, Core, that goes up to a grade C, and Extended that covers grades from an A* to a E. The two-tier mathematics specifications have also been revised to allow for the withdrawal of coursework. There are two papers, worth approximately 40 & 60% of the marks. Students are expected to use a scientific calculator on both papers and should be able to use all the functions confidently and competently by the end of the course.

Our most able students complete the course in Year 10, usually obtaining A* or A grades. They then go on to study for the Cambridge International A-level by completing the AS level in Year 11. Students take one Pure Mathematics module and one Statistics module. This gives them a huge advantage in their further studies.

IB Diploma Programme

After completing the IGCSE examinations, or equivalent, students who continue their studies at DIS can follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme (IBDP). Mathematics is a compulsory part of the diploma programme; all students no matter their ability must maintain their mathematical studies. To this end DIS offers three different levels, Higher for those students who wish to follow a career path in engineering, or go to the top universities for Business or economics. Standard level for those students who will require a good level of mathematical knowledge in their academic future and finally Maths Studies for the students who will not need a particularly high numeracy level for future studies or for those who struggle with the course content.

The courses are assessed through two or three exams and an item of portfolio work completed and marked in school. This is usually begun towards the end of the first year of study or towards the start of the second year.

Technology plays a large part in the diploma and the maths courses all require the students to be skilled in the use of graphics calculators. The current model recommended by the school is the Casio fx 9850 GII. Students will learn to use this in a variety of ways to enrich their mathematical knowledge.

Secondary School Mathematics Updates 2015-16

General Enquiries

If you require any information about the mathematics programme here at DIS please feel free to get in contact. I will be happy to answer your questions.

Ms Dallison
Head of Mathematics

Modern Languages

As a department we fully support our school’s mission statement ‘To provide a holistic and diverse educational experience in an international environment’ .  Our aim is to promote language learning where horizons are widened and new areas of knowledge and experience are opened up, giving personal satisfaction and a sense of achievement. Our moto is;

“To better communicate, take the language gate”

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Department was established in 2010 and comprises of music and drama that extend from primary through to secondary school. In previous years music has stood alone as a department but with the development of drama over the last couple of years it was important to amalgamate both areas.

Physical Education

Welcome to PE!  Our philosophy is to nurture young children who will continue to participate in physical activity throughout their lives.  Through a broad and balanced curriculum all children are given the opportunity to achieve their potential within a stimulating, informative and safe environment   We want our students to be healthy, confident, resilient, self motivated, teamworkers who strive for the best.  By this rationale, the faculty believes that Sport for All and Elite sporting performance can flourish side by side.


Welcome to the Science department at Deira International School.


The study of science ignites student’s curiosity about phenomena in the world around them, teaches them how to think critically and how to explore opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Students learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence and they take account of others' views and understand why opinions may differ.   They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that affect their own lives, the direction of societies and the future of the world.

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