Children commence Arabic at NBS from the age of 3 and a half to 4 and a half years. The programme of learning at this age models a home environment atmosphere with an emphasis on games and fun.


Before academic learning commences children in Nursery are formalised on how to sit properly and develop their fine motor skills to be able to hold a pencil correctly for commencement of writing in Arabic. Prior to writing, children practise following dotted lines and other patterns to strengthen their finger motor skills before studying Arabic alphabet, numbers and colouring. All of this incorporates technology such as computer, interactive whiteboards, powerpoints and specific software. Arabic planning caters for all learning styles and abilities. In Reception, the nursery curriculum is revised before students move on to learn Arabic phonics and children then commence reading, to be able at the end of their Reception year read three-lettered words independently. Children are also taken to the Arabic section of the school library to familiarise themselves with books to stimulate a love of reading.


In EYFS, the school has developed its own textbook for in-class use and for homework purposes. When homework is returned to school, the teacher and children correct and the teacher either demonstrates or indicates the children’s next steps in learning.


As well as academic activities the children are also immersed in cultural activities such as Arabic songs, poetry, public speaking and dancing for in-school and national celebratory events e.g. National/Liberation celebrations, Arabic International Day.


To foster a love of Arabic, teachers encourage and motivate students to learn through social media, competitions, recognition and reward postings on the school portal, and via the ‘Excellence’ display board and award ceremonies in school. Students are encouraged to excel educationally as well as build self-esteem and resilience as Arabic language is challenging. On a par with the academic study of the language, the school’s Arabic programme always incorporates promotion of socially cultural manners as well as Nottingham’s British School’s values.


In EYFS, assessment follows the same principles as the English curriculum in EYFS learner profiles. In the Primary and Secondary phases, children take quizzes and have formal examinations bi-annually with mainstream school subjects.


All students studying in Kuwait must follow the Ministry of Education’s published schemes of work for either native Arabic speakers or foreign language speakers (AfL). Arabic teaching in school is monitored by inspectors from the Ministry of Private Education to quality assure the highest standards are upheld; and the teaching and learning for all year groups and levels are in accordance with Ministry regulations.


Communication between the Arabic department and parents is done either through the school’s portal, Edunation, formally in writing and via face-to-face meetings with parents where academic, pastoral and behavioural issues are discussed. Also, throughout year groups, newsletters are posted weekly to parents showcasing events in the department; and recognition and reward for students. In addition, a weekly CIS, curriculum information sheet and each lesson’s powerpoint is sent to all parents to follow and support their child/ren at home with their learning.


The department continuously seeks to improve itself and this involves feedback from stakeholders on the school portal, Edunation, and from organised meetings in school. From the feedback, workshops and coffee mornings are organised to demonstrate or inform parents. The Arabic department takes every opportunity to develop itself and the language through student exhibitions, staff peer to peer model lessons, project based learning, reading challenges for students and best reader events.