IB Elementary through to Primary
Uptown Primary is an Authorized IB World School in Mirdif, Dubai. The Uptown community is international, representing 56 countries, where over twenty mother tongues are spoken. Similarly, the staff provides great quality and diversity, originating from a significant number of countries and continents. All well qualified, they are pivotal in assisting ignite the flame in your child’s desire for learning, through academic, cultural, sporting and social growth.
It is fair to say that life at Uptown Primary is about Quality of Life and Quality of Performance. The academic programme is appropriately rigorous but it is also meaningful and authentic. Standardised testing ensures the school is able to make valid comparisons of the program with International standards.
In addition, Uptown Primary offers a diverse and enjoyable sporting and extra-curricular programme throughout the school. Students perform well on the various sporting arenas and stages in which they compete and perform.
The school is is located in the Uptown residential community in Mirdif.
Who runs the school?
The School is managed by Taaleem who own and operate several good schools in the region. The Principal is Tim Waley (MEd, BEd, Grad.Dip.Ed.Admin.).
Is this a non-profit school?
What facilities does it offer?
Uptown Primary offers a welcoming, purpose-built campus dedicated to the pursuit of learning. The school environment complements, provokes and stimulates students’ learning.
- Swimming Pool
- Well-equipped ICT Suite and interactive White Boards
- Art Studio
- Music Practice Rooms
- Dance Studio with Sprung Floor
- Safe Play Areas
- Well-resourced Classrooms
- Science Lab
- Facilities for the Physically Challenged
What is the school’s philosophy?
According to the school’s website, this is a school focused on the development of children in a genuinely happy and supportive environment. Uptown believes that it is vital that children are active participants in cultural and sporting endeavours. The school Violin programme which commences in Grade 3 is widely acknowledged for its quality and is further evidenced through Uptown Primary offering the only primary Violin Ensemble in Dubai. The standard of achievement by the students taking external music exams is exceptionally high.
According to the school website:
The Early Years At Uptown
A young child engages with the world in a direct and interactive manner. We encourage an active learning approach through which children construct meaning from experience.
Children are given the time and space to explore, investigate and play in order for them to learn about themselves, other people and the world around them. Children enjoy a secure learning environment in which the individual is valued and respected.
Our curriculum is developmental and is based on individual needs and interests. Learning is therefore a balance between the intellectual, the social and the personal; each is important and interlinked. Inquiry in the Early Years is demonstrated by wondering, exploring and investigating; theories are verified or modified through play and reflection.
The Perceptual Motor Programme in the Early Years
For many children their main form of entertainment is the television or computer games, which are 2-dimensional. At Uptown Primary, we believe that movement is essential for learning. It awakens our senses and helps to anchor new information within the brain. This is why we integrated the Perceptual Motor Programme into our curriculum.
The aim of the Perceptual Motor Programme is to develop connections between the senses, the body and the brain. It integrates the left and right sides of the brain, developing spatial awareness, orientation and gross motor co-ordination. The programme exercises the eyes and works both the body and the brain. It has been proven to assist the central neuro-system’s ability to process information at school.
The Perceptual Motor Programme consists of a combination of core exercises to promote self control, body management, concentration, balance and posture. The exercises include crawling, rolling, cross-walking, balance beam, trampoline and tunnel crawling just to name a few.
Primary Years Programme
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) caters for students aged 3 to 12 and offers an opportunity to acquire essential skills in an atmosphere where deeper understanding of concepts is nurtured.
Teachers collaboratively plan units of inquiry across six transdisciplinary themes:
Who We Are
Where We Are In Place and Time
How We Express Ourselves
How The World Works
How We Organise Ourselves
Sharing the Planet
The PYP is committed to inquiry as a vehicle for learning through the concepts of form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility and reflection. Our students also engage with the transdisciplinary skills of thinking, research, communication, social and self management skills.
Attitudes are also a focus in the school and our students are encouraged to demonstrate the following attitudes: Appreciation, Commitment, Confidence, Cooperation, Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Independence, Integrity, Respect and Tolerance.
The PYP believes that student action is a vital component in the programme and this action can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, whether individually or in a group working collaboratively.
The Exhibition is a culmination of students’ experiences at Uptown Primary School and in the IB Primary Years Programme. It allows students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry and to synthesise and apply their learning from previous years as well as reflecting upon their journey through the PYP.
The Exhibition provides our students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their learning, to explore multiple perspectives and to demonstrate how they can take action as a result of their learning.
The Exhibition unites members of our school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates all the essential elements of the PYP. It celebrates the transition of our IB Primary Years students to the IB Middle Years Programme.
Performing and Visual Arts
According to the school website:
We strongly believe in the benefits of Music Education. Research indicates that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance in all areas of learning. It has been found that music affects the growth of a child’s brain academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Music can also train the brain for higher forms of thinking.
Music lessons are an integral part of the Uptown Primary curriculum and are transdisciplinary in nature. Lessons cover a wide range of age appropriate learning activities based on creating and responding and are often connected to what students are learning in their classroom, making music meaningful and relevant to all learning.
The students learn to play the recorder and the violin as part of their music curriculum. Concerts are held on a regular basis, showcasing the learning that has taken place.
Outside of music lessons, we have an auditioned representative Uptown Primary School Choir, Violin Ensemble and School Band. A number of music ECAs are available each semester to promote music and the arts. From Grade 1, each student is offered the opportunity to partake of private music tuition in violin, voice, piano, keyboard, drums, guitar and music theory.
Through their active participation in our music programme, concerts, ECAs and our individual private tuition programme, students have the opportunity to be exposed to and to participate in both live and recorded musical experiences, leading toward a lifelong appreciation of music.
Our students enjoy specialist Visual Arts lessons in our purpose-built art studio. They learn about different artists, different art styles and explore different art media while studying Art Theory. Students begin to think and behave like an artist and appreciate art as a form of communication.
Art is an opportunity to consolidate our understanding of the units of inquiry.
A completed Application Form does not oblige the school to accept your child. However, once you have been notified of your child’s placement decision and the registration and relevant semester fees have been paid, a contract is deemed to exist between the school and the parents/guardians, provided that the school regulations are observed. The school reserves the right to place your child in the grade level deemed to be the most appropriate, within the bounds of Ministry of Education guidelines.
- For new and continuing students, a non-refundable registration fee may be charged. The school will advise of the amount and due date.
- In order to register your child, you are required to pay the balance of the first semester fee as per the invoice.
- A student may not start school unless the semester fee has been paid in full.
- According to Ministry of Education regulations, the school reserves the right to withhold any reports until fees have been paid in full.
- According to Ministry of Education regulations, the school reserves the right to withhold the final results and abstain from issuing transfer certificates until settlement of all school fees is made.
- Re-registration for continuing students will not be accepted unless all fees due have been paid in full.
- If my child requires individual assistance to participate in the curriculum, I agree to pay the additional fee required by the Exceptional Needs (ESL) department.
- With regard to Education Needs and ESL, it is understood that continued enrolment in the school will be in doubt in instances where the further educational opportunities offered by the school would not meet the specific needs of the student.
Age/Grade/Birthday Cut Off
As with most international schools that offer IB programmes, the minimum age requirement for KG1 at Uptown Primary School is 4 years (by 31 December of the entry year). Please see sidebar on the right for more details.
|Registration(AED)||Semester 1(AED)||Semester 2(AED)||Total(AED)|
|K 1 and K 2||5,000.00||11,500.00||16,500.00||33,000.00|
|Grade 1 and Grade 2||5,000.00||14,500.00||19,500.00||39,000.00|
|Grade 3 to Grade 5||5,000.00||17,500.00||22,500.00||45,000.00|
Good (as of 2011)