The enriched CBSE curriculum at GEMS New Millennium School promotes development of skills which underpins the content. The breadth and depth of learning is brought into sharp focus, offering challenge and fulfilment in equal measure.

An overview of the Curriculum @ NMS Exponential | Empowering | Experiential 

The Curriculum at GEMS New Millennium School is based on the Central Board Secondary Educations of India (CBSE) and is classified into key stages:

Working seamlessly with the subject areas, the curriculum framework is brimming with opportunities for young minds to learn within context. Teachers prepare themselves for successful experiences that promote deep learning.

Although evidence suggests that theme-based weeks give students the freedom to connect and collaborate across subjects, there’s also room for regular lessons that provide students with platforms for intensive learning experiences.

Our curriculum is carefully reviewed for continuity, progression and challenge across grades. With the UAE National Agenda in mind, suitable modifications are made along with opportunities for strategic cross-curricular link-ups.

Key Stage

CBSE For Year Group




Primary School

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Middle School

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8


Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

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NMS Enriched Curriculum

English Curriculum

Drawing from the CBSE guidelines and beyond, our dynamic and progressive curriculum echoes a strong focus on shoring up skills such as listening, reading, writing and speaking while broadening scope through best practices from other curricula.

Here are some of the key features of our English Curriculum:

  • Big Write (Strategy to enhance students’ writing skills)
  • Use of assessment focuses to track reading
  • SPAG (spelling, punctuation & grammar)
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PALS)
  • Banded reading library resources

Student engagement in activities such as the Model United Nations (MUN), World Scholar’s Cup (WSC) Global Round, Leadership Summits, the NMS Literacy Week and Spelling Bee has helped enrich their English learning experience.

Science Curriculum

Based on the CASE methodology, our Science Curriculum features strategies such as Consider All Possibilities (CAP), Plus-Minus-Interesting (PMI), Odd One Out that form the nucleus of the teaching and learning approach.

Every unit engages students in Scientific Writing, with a view to enhance scientific literacy, and is directly linked to the TIMSS target, in line with the UAE National Agenda. Students express themselves confidently in debates, discussions and presentations.

Mathematics Curriculum

Students have every opportunity to develop probing and problem solving skills aided by thematic and functional contexts. Our Mathematics Curriculum has been carefully put together to meet the targets outlined in the UAE National Agenda.

Second Languages

Students can choose from French, Hindi and Malayalam as their second language. For those who join as beginners to the English language in Grades 1 and above, there is ample learning support available through the ELL program.

Arabic Curriculum

We recognize that some students need beginner’s lessons in Arabic. That’s why Arabic is introduced right from KG 2.

Students are evaluated to assess their entry levels with specific support literature (texts & practice worksheets) and their progress is regularly tracked. The regular MoE curriculum is also enriched to equip students as they pursue grade-specific attainment levels.

At GEMS New Millennium School we ensure that our students are equipped for the 21st century by providing them ample scope for creativity and critical thinking. Students are challenged to give their best both academically and through extended activities.

Kindergarten (KG1 and KG2)

Age: 4 and 5 years old

Students at GEMS New Millennium School develop self-confidence in an exciting, intriguing and fascinating environment. Each student’s individual needs and identities are nurtured and supported for individual growth. The Kindergarten curriculum is designed to develop independence while encouraging students to pursue knowledge and become lifelong learners. The school provides a safe and nurturing environment so that the necessary transition from home to school is easy and comfortable. The faculty comprises of qualified, experienced and talented teachers who stimulate the curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills of the students.

As an integral part of the New Millennium curriculum, emphasis in these early years is placed on the child’s development, guided by the expectations of the seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communications and Language
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • EVS (Science and Coding)
  • Creative Development (Music, Art and Dance)
  • Physical Development (Physical Education, Swimming and Aerobics)

Students engage in hands-on, experiential learning, including field visits, morning assemblies, theme-based learning weeks and community outreach activities. Extended learning takes place through subject centres in the classroom, learning zones and free flow areas, which stimulate learners through a range of resources and child initiated activities.

Primary and Middle Years (Grade 1 to Grade 11)

Age: 6 to 14 years old

Throughout both the Primary and Middle Years of school, we empower students to take responsibility for their learning and develop outstanding learning skills. The curriculum ensures alignment within subject areas. Contextual learning opportunities allow students to develop practical skills and allow students to explore possibilities.

Learning Zones

Learning Zones in the school’s corridors provide learning spaces for students to work independently and develop their research and critical thinking skills. These zones are effectively used by high-attaining students, who work on extended tasks, which are cross curricular in nature.


The following subjects are taught in Grade 1 to Grade 10:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • EVS (Primary Years) and Science (Middle Years)
  • Islamic Education (for Muslim students) or Moral Science (for non-Muslim students)
  • Arabic
  • Social Studies
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French, Hindi or Malayalam)
  • Music, Dance and Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Swimming and other sports
  • Art and Design
  • Computing, programming and ICT