Elementary - GR 1-5

Elementary - GR 1-5


From the Leadership's Desk


Aroma Pannu

Assistant Head for Elementary (Pre-K - GR5)

Welcome to GEMS US

As a life-long learner I hold a Bachelor of Arts with specialization in Early Childhood Education, Special Needs Education, and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior Divisions from the University of Ottawa, Masters of Science in Educational Leadership, and a Graduate certificate in Educational Technology and Informational Literacy. 

I come to GEMS US with 20+ years of experiences in a variety of roles that have allowed me to work with children from 2 years of age right up to high school. These experiences have helped me believe in the power of developing positive relationships and building strong connections throughout the school community.

As an educator I strive to create a warm, caring, engaging and joyful learning environment focused on meeting the holistic developmental needs of a young child. Through a teaching

journey that has spanned American International Schools in the UAE, Egypt, Indonesia, India, and Germany, I have developed a firm belief that children’s interests and play are powerful vehicles for learning during the foundational years of school.

With home being north of Toronto, Canada I have also been lucky to grow up as a Third Culture Kid spending some of my formative years in Dubai. Now, my husband Mr. Murphy and I are greatly enjoying the adventure of bringing up our three children as global nomads. Outside of the ‘school’ day I can be found reading, walking, and spending time with my family. I am very excited to be a part of  GEMS US and look forward to meeting you.

Kindergarten (PRE-KG, KG1 and KG2)

Pre-KG and KG1

Age: 3 and 4 years old


The formative years of Pre-KG and KG1 introduce children to learning in a caring, safe, supportive and nurturing environment, where they are encouraged to explore, discover and make choices throughout their day.  Play is at the center of the program and considered a child’s “work” as they expand their ability to work cooperatively while strengthening their social, emotional, physical and cognitive abilities. 

Through carefully planned experiences students are introduced to:

  • English (letters, sounds, speaking and listening)
  • Math (numbers, shapes)
  • Creative Expression (colors, drawing, painting, creating)


Age: 5 years old

The KG2 year introduces children to the US Common Core curriculum and is considered the first year of formal education in the American system.  Children begin to apply their letter/sound knowledge as they emerge as readers and writers.  In mathematics, strong numeracy skills are developed through meaningful, hands-on experiences.  Instruction is personalized to meet each child’s established learning goals.  KG2 children continue to enjoy opportunities for choice and play in our purpose-built, expansive indoor and outdoor areas.


Elementary School (Grades 1 - 5)

Ages: 6 - 10 years old


Elementary School is more structured and text-based than Kindergarten, but students are transitioned into the higher levels of learning at an appropriate pace while new levels of learning are developed.

At GEMS United School, the core subjects in Primary School are:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Arabic
  • Islamic Studies
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Music
  • Art
  • Library Science
  • Instructional Technology

Students are continuously supported and parents are encouraged to be involved in their child's educational experience. 

Physical Education at GEMS United School


Our comprehensive Physical Education program emphasizes both physical and social development. Physical Education is a continuous process to motivate each student to make wise choices. Through this program, students will demonstrate an understanding of sportsmanship, cooperation, respect for and acceptance of one’s-self and others, self-discipline and confidence. Concepts of safety, knowledge of rules and game strategies, and the promotion of a lifelong physical fitness program are emphasized. GEMS United School provides a wide variety of physical experiences using diverse equipment and outstanding sports facilities.


If you would like to find out more about our program of learning, please call us on 04 818 3600. Or, if you would like to apply for admission to GEMS United School, Dubai Sports City, please click here.