Curriculum and Support Programs
Our Curriculum is at the heart of the school’s strategies to raise achievement and improve outcomes for our students. It is broadly based on the Curriculum of England and Wales for all subjects that are taught through the medium of English, but adapted to make it more relevant to students for whom English is a Second Language. We teach the following subjects in English:
• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• Physical Education
• Art
• Social Studies
The following subjects are taught in Arabic:
• Arabic
• Islamic Studies
• Quran
• Qatar History
For all of these subjects except Quran; we follow the National curriculum Standards for Qatar as set by MOE.

Iqra English School has selected Macmillan English as the course book for English lessons. Macmillan English is the first International English course book to be informed by English lessons taught in native-speaker classrooms. It is designed for second-language learners of English but uses many of the approaches to reading; writing and speaking that underpin the teaching of English to first-language children. This six-level course recognizes that proficiency in English is an essential part of modern life, and that early exposure to rich and genuine language allows young learners to move confidently towards native-speaker fluency in both oral and written English.
In the early levels, the course does not assume a first-language child's experience of spoken English or culture. Language structures are introduced and practiced to give a firm grounding in grammar, but from the start, the exposure to new language is more extensive than in traditional second-language courses. As children move up through the course, they experience more first-language teaching methods. As almost all of the students at Iqra are non-native speakers of English, additional support curriculum is used to ensure that the students are sufficiently exposed to the language. These include:
a) Nelson Handwriting
Nelson Handwriting is a consistent whole-school handwriting scheme from year 1 to year 6. It introduces letters in line with “Letters and Sounds” and includes pattern practice and motor skills work; with three levels of differentiation and cursive handwriting in step-by-step stages in line with the latest UK curricula.
b) Nelson Spelling
Nelson Spelling provides a whole-school programme for the teaching of spelling from year 1 to year 6. It is fully matched to the latest UK curricula. It introduces spelling rules, structures and patterns in small steps, and offers three levels of differentiation with plenty of writing practice and a clear record of progress for every child.
c) Jolly Phonics
Jolly Phonics is a comprehensive programme used in year 1 &2, based on the proven, fun and multi-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age. This means that we teach letter sounds as opposed to the alphabets. These 42 letter sounds are phonic building blocks that help children to decode the English language; using the skills called blending and segmenting. Our teachers use phonic stories such as Dandelion series to reinforce phonics teaching in year 2.
d) Rising Star Cracking Comprehension
Rising Star Cracking Comprehension scheme is used for Reading and Comprehension lessons. This is an excellent resource for reading comprehension as it uses a combination of a CD-ROM for the whiteboard containing interactive teaching texts and questions, audio recordings, printable texts and activities. The activities are differentiated with guided reading and independent tasks giving the students an opportunity to enhance their reading and comprehension skills.


Macmillan Mathematics is a course for 6-12 year olds, taught through English that does not assume English as a first language. Therefore, Macmillan Mathematics bridges the gap between mainstream curriculum teaching and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) or English-medium teaching with a course that can be used with confidence by all teachers. The course has been written by experts in the field of primary education and is based on thorough research.
• Mental Maths:
Maths curriculum is additionally supported by Rising Stars Mental Maths curriculum. This curriculum is designed to build number fluency and speed in mental calculations. Progression is built into tests across each year group and between years, and the questions include varied mathematical language.


Macmillan Science follows current best practice in Science education and is written by leading authors of primary science resources in the UK. Through stimulating content and carefully graded activities and exercises, pupils are guided to develop a sound framework of scientific knowledge and understanding. Macmillan Science bridges the gap between mainstream curriculum teaching and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) or English-medium teaching with a course that can be used with confidence by all teachers.

Arabic, Islam, Quran and Qatar History

We follow the National Standards of Qatar set by the MOE for Arabic, Islam and Qatar History. The Arabic standards aim at enabling students to comprehend and communicate in the language effectively with emphasis on the importance of grammar in language teaching and learning, and application of the grammatical rules in written and spoken Arabic. Qatar History and Islamic studies foster values and preserve children’s identities, and aim to adhere to a national heritage that ensures the stability for Qatar and Qatar’s future generations. Our curriculum for Quran it aims to help the children recite with accuracy, preciseness and to perfect their memorization of Surahs in the Quran.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education curriculum broadly follows the British National Framework for PE and aims to ensure that all pupils:
a) develop competence to do well in a broad range of physical activities
b) are physically active for sustained periods of time
c) engage in competitive sports and activities
d) lead healthy, active lives.


Our Art curriculum is based on British national standards and aims to ensure that all pupils:
a) Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
b) Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
c) Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design


The scheme of work we use for ICT is structured by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Through teaching ICT we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyze, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. Our aim is to integrate new technologies into the classroom and allow students to explore them which can provide young people with a road map to the future. We firmly believe that it is vital that ICT is embedded in the main curriculum and not seen as a separate subject. ICT skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.

Social Studies

Oxford Primary Social Studies is a complete six-year Primary course which provides an engaging introduction to the key areas of Social Studies. It has been developed specifically for the Middle East and pays particular attention to the cultural requirements of the region. The course offers a structured syllabus covering Citizenship, History, Cultural Studies, Geography and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and features engaging topics which help students understand their environment both locally and in the rest of the world.