The primary school at Al Shohub consists of six year groups, split into two Key Stages:
Key Stage 1 – Year 1 (5 to 6) and Year 2 (6 to 7)
Key Stage 2 – Year 3 (7 to 8), Year 4 (8 to 9), Year 5 (9 to 10) and Year 6 (10 to 11)
Our school is a close and caring community which values each child as an individual and encourages them to work to high academic and social standards. In the primary classes we have a team of dedicated teachers and teaching assistants who will guide and support your child in becoming a strong, resilient and independent learner.


At Al Shohub our academic core is based on the rigour of the National Curriculum for England in conjunction with the UAE Ministry of Education and we integrate both local and national contexts into our learning, taking full advantage of our position in Abu Dhabi.
All students within the primary school learn the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Arabic Language
  • Islamic Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Moral Education
  • Music
  • Physical Education (P.E.)
  • French (Years 5 and 6)

We aim to provide exciting opportunities which will stimulate your child’s desire to be an independent and resilient learner. Through the provision of a broad, balanced and creative curriculum we will equip your child with core subject skills and provide them with the knowledge and understanding to apply their learning in a range of ways.
At Al Shohub we have high academic and social expectations of our students and the learning community as a whole. As such, a cohesive homeschool partnership is a non-negotiable to ensure your child reaches their full potential. Students in all primary classes are expected to read daily and complete all homework tasks given to consolidate their learning.


At Al Shohub, an assessment opportunity is considered to be any moment in time when a child demonstrates their ability. We use a wide range of assessment strategies to get the most robust picture of your child’s learning. Assessing what students know helps us to identify any gaps in their knowledge and we use this to inform future learning. Assessment measures at Al Shohub are interactive and continuous to ensure they are effective. Our teachers are experts in their roles and we will involve you and your child in every step of the assessment process.

At Al Shohub we track the progress and attainment of your child in three ways:

Formative Assessment
This is a continuous process used to inform progression through the learning journey. This mode of assessment is carried out through planning and observations, marking and questioning as well as self and peer assessment techniques.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment sums up what a student has achieved at the end of a period of time, relative to the learning objectives taught and is used to inform planning and set targets. It can be carried out in a range of ways including using observation, questioning, marking or small end of unit or end of term tests.

External Summative Assessments
These are external, standardised tests which are used to inform teachers, subject leaders and senior leaders about the attainment and progress of all students. Senior leaders use this information to understand how our students achieve in comparison with their peers on a local, national and international scale.

All students in the primary school will complete an external computerised test at the end of each year.These annual tests provide information about where the children are in relation to their age as well as adiagnostic breakdown of gaps in their learning.

In addition, students in Year 1 will complete a phonics screening assessment in the summer term, and students in Year 2 and Year 6 will complete the UK SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests) in Mathematics, Reading and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.