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Curriculum Overview


Doha British School Wakra follows a modified version of the National Curriculum of England 2014.


Core subjects, English and Mathematics, are followed as directed by the National Curriculum and are taught on a daily basis as separate subjects. Science, another core subject, is taught as both a discrete subject and as part of the Creative Curriculum.


The Creative Curriculum includes the teaching of all other subjects, as outlined in the National Curriculum, through a topic based curriculum that enables our children to link subjects and ideas together to make sense of their learning and the world around them.


As an International school we are very proud of our host country, its values and history. We adapt our history teaching to include Qatar History from Year 1 to 6 and this provides us with many opportunities for wonderful local history studies. Qatar history is taught alongside history topics taken from the National Curriculum.


Arabic, including Islamic Studies, or Spanish is also taught from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6.

In addition to the National Curriculum 2014 at DBS we also include aspects of personal and emotional learning, the content of which includes the teaching of a range of values and skills that help to create a culture of success and harmony by teaching sensitivity to the needs of others alongside self-awareness and self-confidence, children learn how to behave as members of a purposeful community. These skills and attributes are delivered through weekly assemblies, class time and circle time.

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Secondary curriculum

The Secondary School curriculum at DBS Wakra focuses on supporting young, confident adults to reach their potential in line with our DBS Learner profile. Students should leave us prepared to face the challenges of life after school.

We create the right kind of learning environment so that our children are fully supported as they take on the challenges of becoming young adults.

Our focus on involvement outside the classroom alongside academic excellence aims to create the opportunity for students to become world changers in both their local and global communities.

Our courses are designed to meet the academic, personal and cultural needs of our students and better equip them for future challenges, while at the same time creating enjoyable learning environments that inspire and motivate.

Students follow the full range of subjects, which are linked to the National Curriculum of England but modified to create courses appropriate for an international education.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Courses in, Art, Music, Design Technology, ICT, PE, History and Geography are compulsory at Key Stage 3, along with the core subjects of Maths, English and Science that they will continue up to age 16. They will also study Arabic or Spanish. This extensive curriculum is taught by highly qualified specialist teachers who make full use of the school’s specialist facilities.

Individual mentoring is provided to students by their personal tutors.

There is a structured programme of trips and visits, including camps, that form an important part of the curriculum. These opportunities outside the classroom are designed to develop interpersonal and leadership skills, environmental awareness, independent learning and time management skills. As they progress through Key Stage 3, students become self- motivated, independent and enquiring learners and ready to take on the challenge of IGCSE courses.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, all students follow IGCSE courses in English Language and Literature or English as an Additional Language, Mathematics, Science and Arabic or Spanish. In addition Students choose a range of subjects suited to their individual aspirations and abilities. There is a detailed guide to the courses available and advice provided by senior teachers in helping students make the best decision.

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