Academic Overview

JESS Ranches Primary provides education for children aged 3-11 years. There is a strong emphasis on multi-sensory, cross-curricular learning throughout the school, with a clear focus on skills and attitudes in the development of life-long learning.

Children entering JESS in Foundation One begin a 2-year programme following the Early Years Foundation Stage, a UK Early Years curriculum based on a practical, hands-on approach. Children are guided through 6 areas of learning, namely:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • LiteracyMathematics
  • Physical development
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Understanding the world

On entry into Year One children commence Key Stage One of the English National Curriculum.  This is also a 2-year programme leading to Key Stage Two when the children are in Years 3-6.

The National Curriculum subjects are divided into core subjects: English, mathematics and science and foundation subjects: history, geography, art, design technology, music, physical education.

In addition, our pupils learn Arabic from Y1 and French from Y5 as well as Social Studies from Y1-6. Information Technology is an integral part of the curriculum on offer at JESS and is used across all subject areas. It is also taught as a discrete subject by our IT specialist in our purpose built suite.

The Learning Support department within our school responds to the individual needs of particular children, offering support as well as extension for children who require extra input.

Learning and Teaching 

At JESS we firmly believe in the concept of lifelong learning, enabling each child to achieve his/her potential.  Learning should be a rewarding fulfilling and enjoyable experience equipping the pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to make informed choices about important things in their lives.  We conduct all our learning and teaching in an atmosphere of trust and respect for all, responding professionally and sensitively to the needs of all our pupils.


Assessment is an ongoing process and a feature of daily school life. It involves both pupils and teachers, it informs future planning through target setting and allows for the celebration of effort and achievement.

Standardised assessment is a feature of practice and the National Curriculum Standard Assessment tests are used in Y2 and Y6.  These standardised assessment tests cover the core curriculum areas of English, mathematics, and in Y6, Science.  In Dubai all schools are also required to administer international standardised benchmark testing in the form of PISA, TIMMS, PIRLS and GL.  Teacher assessment is also used from F1-Y6 whereby staff assess pupil work on a regular basis against the criteria of the specified curriculum.  These ‘steps’ are identified in a mid-year interim report and on the end of year school report.