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Delivering an Inspired Curriculum for Student Success

Language and Literacy

Our Language and Literacy curriculum provides a high-quality education in English equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word. 
With strong English language skills, students have access to the whole curriculum; develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually; and are also able to participate fully as members of society.
Students learn to speak clearly, convey their ideas confidently, justify ideas with reasons, ask questions, and communicate effectively. We develop students’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge and also enhance acquisition and command of vocabulary across the whole curriculum building systematically on students’ current knowledge.

Our English curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate


Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. 
We provide a high-quality Mathematics education. Use Math principles, students develop a better understanding of the world, recognise the interconnectedness of things since mathematics is often the common denominator, enhance their ability to reason analytically, and develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Our Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • are able to reason mathematically, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • are able to solve a variety of increasingly sophisticated problems mathematically apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

Science Curriculum

We have an inspiring Science curriculum providing students the foundation for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, and encouraging a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. 
Students are taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. They develop an understanding of how Science impacts their lives and the world. They apply the power of rational scientific explanation to understand what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. 
Our Science curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
  • learn to observe; seek patterns; identify, classify and group data; compare, investigate and test; research; and collect, analyse and present findings


As a STEAM and completely technology enabled school, Sunmarke offers a cutting edge ICT (Information, Computing and Technology) programme that develops logical thinking and creativity, and enables students to use technology to make links between various subjects of the curriculum.
Students are taught the principles of information and computation, and how digital systems work. They learn to use ICT to create programs, systems and a range of media. They become digitally literate and are able to develop and convey ideas levels suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. 
Our ICT curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • can understand and apply concepts of computer science including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems and write computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply technology to solve problems
  • are competent and creative users of technology

Design and technology

Our Design and Technology (DT) curriculum is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, and one that students greatly enjoy. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real world problems. 
Students acquire broad subject knowledge drawing on what they have learned in mathematics, science, computing and art. 
Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. 
Our DT curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test ideas and products 
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook


As an international school, Sunmarke provides an exciting history on globally relevant topics. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Students learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 
Our History curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • know and understand significant events in history: the nature of ancient civilisations and societies; the expansion and dissolution of empires; achievements and follies of mankind
  • understand concepts such as continuity and change; cause and consequence; similarity, difference and significance; and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain perspective by understanding the connections between: local, regional, national and international history; and cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history.


Our Geography curriculum serves to spark students’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Students develop knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments and how these have changed over time, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes, the interrelation and impact humans have had on the environment. 
Our Geography curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • develop knowledge of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine, and of their defining physical and human characteristics
  • understand the processes that have defined key physical and human geographical features of the world, as well as how these have changed over time
  • have geographical skills to:
  1. collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through fieldwork
  2. interpret geographical information including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  3. communicate information through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length


Our Music curriculum is designed to engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. 
Through critical engagement with music, listening with discrimination to the best in the musical canon, and also composing, students develop their creativity, self-confidence, and their sense of achievement. 
Our Music curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others
  • learn a musical instrument and have the opportunities to progress to advanced levels of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

Foreign Language Programme

We have a high-quality Modern Foreign Language programme where the second languages of Arabic and French are taught. An additional second language of German, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese and Hindi may be offered as either part of the curriculum or as an after-school enrichment activity. 
Many of our students are already well versed in two or more languages, so their acquisition and development of other languages is made easier as a result of the listening, reading and writing structures they have already developed.  
Our focus of study in modern languages is on practical communication. Students learn to express complex ideas and thoughts that go beyond immediate needs and interests in the foreign language. They develop and justify points of view in speech and writing with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. They learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the foreign language, and are equipped with the skills to work and study in other countries.

Physical Education

We have a high-quality Physical Education (P.E.) curriculum that inspires students to participate, excel and succeed in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. 
We place a great emphasis on student participation in P.E. and sport. Students develop physical strength; balance and flexibility through competency in sports; build character and leadership and teamwork skills; learn values such as perseverance, courage, humility, fairness and respect; enhance strategic and creative thinking and spatial awareness; hone their interpersonal skills; and develop a can-do spirit learning to stretch their own limits.
Our P.E. curriculum includes a range of activities that includes but is not limited to athletics, badminton, basketball, cheerleading, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, swimming, and tennis.
Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives
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