National Curriculum Overview 2018-08-09T14:08:35+00:00

National Curriculum Overview

NIS National School located in the Nasr City follows curriculum of The Ministry of Education. Subjects are divided into two Categories: Core Subjects and General Subjects as follows:

Core Subjects:

The core subjects are the ones that count in and affect a student’s total grade. The core subjects for Grades 4 – 9 include Math, Science, Arabic, English, and Social Studies. While Grades 1 – 3 have Math, English and Arabic as their core subjects.

General Subjects:

These are subjects that do not count in the total grade; however they are electives. Those subjects include Religion, Computer, Art, Agriculture, and Home Economics.
The following pages will display the syllabus of the different courses of stages G 1 – 9 of NIS National School Nasr City Settlement. This will be followed by a special section on Early Years Syllabus: Pre-K2.

Course Title: Science (Elementary Course)


Course Overview:


Science is one of the major branches of knowledge that is required in all learning contents. In this course, students will learn to value Science through recognizing its impact on development. In a world that is technologically growing, students need to learn the relationship between Science and Technology. Through this course, students will learn through acquisition rather than recognition as an approach to a life-long educational process through self-learning, fun games, activities, and investigation.
This course allows students to explore the world around them as a means to acquire knowledge through enhancing basic thinking skills such as observation, analysis, synthesis, inquiring, and justification. Moreover, students’ social skills will be fostered through group work, negotiation, exchange of view points, persuasion, respecting and accepting others’ opinions. Much focus is laid on practical and applied aspects.
The course book consists of four units; each unit includes integrated lessons which satisfy the desired objectives of each unit.

Grade Level: Science G 1- 3


Course Description:


“Science for Life” is connecting what is learned to what the child already understands, creating a structure in mind that can support more information that is used to consider a variety of ideas. Moreover, there is emphasis on developing children’s critical thinking abilities.


By the end of G 1 course students will be able to understand, recognize and apply the following concepts:

  • Difference between living and non-living organisms
  • Animal adaptation.
  • Life and importance of plants.
  • Body parts.
  • Difference between healthy and unhealthy food.
  • Health eating habits.
  • The solar system.
  • The seasons.

By the end of G 2 course students will be able to understand, recognize and apply the following concepts:
  • Animal habitats.
  • Animal adaptation.
  • Plants and food.
  • Matter.
  • Changes of matter.
  • Properties of Materials.
  • Magnets.
  • Sound and light.

By the end of G 3 course students will be able to understand, recognize and apply the following concepts:
  • Classification of animals.
  • Life cycles.
  • Water cycle.
  • Water distillation.
  • Energy.
  • Energy uses.
  • Different types of energy.
  • Electricity.
  • Pollution and types of pollution.
  • The solar system.

Course Description: Science G 4

“Search and learn” are the approaches of this course. In this course Science is learned through discovery and experimentation. Scientific concepts are taught through deduction of results. The course provides critical thinking and analysis.
By the end of G 4 course students will be able to understand, recognize and apply the following concepts:

  • The different states of matter and its changes.
  • Types of elements.
  • The universe
  • Stars and planets
  • Motion of Sun and Earth
  • Motion of Moon.
  • Atmosphere and weather.
  • Human Digestive System
  • Respiratory System.
  • The Human Cell.
  • The importance of sunlight to living organisms.

Course Description: Science G 5

By the end of G 5 course students will be able to understand, recognize and apply the following concepts:

  • Energy.
  • Light.
  • Seeing colored objects.
  • Magnetism.
  • Relation between magnetism and energy.
  • Mixtures and solutions.
  • Environmental balance.
  • Energy pathway.
  • Food relationship among living organisms.

Course Description: Science G 6

By the end of G 6 course students will be able to understand, recognize and apply the following concepts:

  • Relation between force and motion.
  • Difference between mass and weight.
  • Thermal Energy.
  • Heat conduction.
  • Measuring temperature.
  • The atmosphere.
  • Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and Nitrogen.
  • Structure and function of living organisms.
  • Human Nervous System.
  • Human Locomtor System.

Course Title: Science (Middle School)

Course Overview:

This course widens students’ scope of thinking to realize, comprehend, and appreciate the glory of God in creating countless number of living organisms, the universe and all materials related to it. Students are encouraged, through this course, to apply Science in their daily life.

Course Description: Science (Middle School) – Grades 7-8-9

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify the physical and chemical properties of a matter.
  • Identify the concept of an atom and its structure.
  • Understand the global warming phenomenon and its effect.
  • Identify the concept of energy and its transformations.
  • Recognize what are fossils, extinction, universe and cell division.
  • Know types of motion.

Course Title: English

Our NIS curriculum for English gives our learners extensive practice in the four language acquisition skills; speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The skills are presented in a natural context that connects students to their life. This is achieved through dialogues and cross-curricular materials. Independent learning is promoted through portfolios, projects and debates. A variety of well-illustrated stories, dialogues, informational texts, songs, and poems are presented and displayed to motivate learners. All material presented in the Students’ Book are reinforced and supported by applications in the Workbook. Extra exercises are designed in the Grammar Practice Book to allow students to practice independently at their own paces and their cognitive abilities.

The curriculum allows for the integration of technology as a helping tool in learning. The visually stunning printed resources are completed by electronic materials for use with an interactive whiteboard and videos of all dialogues to transfer students to a real cultural setting and atmosphere.

The approach in this course is designed to provide all learners whether they are daily exposed to English or not, with a sound knowledge of English structure and context to be able to practice the language.

Methodology of the course encourages communication inside the classroom, backed up by a wide variety of practice exercises to reinforce reading and writing skills. It aims to give learners confidence in speaking naturally and fluently. Moreover, it trains students to write accurately and for a purpose.

Course Description: Grades 1 & 2

Students of those two grade levels and by the end of 12 main units in each grade will be able to:

  • Read and understand vocabulary words such as toys, colors, school items, means of transportation, related adjectives, numbers, and food.
  • Describe Birthday Party events and things they see daily around them in nature.
  • Structure simple sentences.
  • Master some grammatical skills such as Present Tenses, Plural Nouns, Articles: A/An, Question Formation.

Course Description: Grade 3

Students of G 3, by the end of 8 units with different themes, will be able to:

  • Read, understand, and utilize extensive vocabulary words related to such subjects as school, farm, professions and jobs, championships, train station, mail, etc….
  • Express ideas related to the same vocabulary items with reference to real life experiences.
  • Use Graphic Organizers and note taking strategies to analyze reading texts or a literary work; namely “White Fang & Dan Tries To Help”.
  • Utilize Graphic Organizers to write essays.
  • Practice grammatical skills such as Past and Future tenses, Comparative and Superlatives, Prepositions of Place, Countable and Uncountable Nouns, and Possessive Pronouns.

Course Description: Grade 4

Students of G 4, by the end of 8 units with different themes, will be able to:

  • Read, understand, and utilize extensive vocabulary words related to such subjects as school clubs, theater, water birds, crafts, shows and performances, changes in nature, people in the world, and the Incas civilization.
  • Apply the same ideas of the vocabulary topics in their writings to express their viewpoints and to reflect on the material learned.
  • Use Graphic Organizers to comprehend and analyze reading texts.
  • Recognize the elements of literature and appreciate some literary works, namely; “Escape from the Fire” & “Little Women”.
  • Practice grammatical skills such as: Past, Present, and Future Tenses, Comparatives and Superlatives, Time Clauses, Conditionals, Countable and Uncountable Nouns, and Relative Clauses.

Course Description: Grade 5

Students of G 5, by the end of 8 units with different themes, will be able to master the following grammatical skills:

  • Past tenses: Past Continuous, Past Simple & Past Simple Passive
  • Infinitive of purpose.
  • Present Perfect.
  • Adjectives with –ing, -ed.
  • Defining Relative Clauses.
  • Definite/Indefinite Articles.
  • Second Conditional.
  • Students will be able to express themselves through writing and experimenting different types of writing.
  • Dependent and independent reading will be enhanced through reading passages and extra readers.
  • Literary skills will by acquired through drama and novel: “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens & “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare.

Course Description: Grade 6

Students of G 5, by the end of 8 units with different themes, will be able to master the following grammatical skills:

  • Present Continuous with future meaning.
  • Reported Speech.
  • Past Perfect.
  • Question Tag.
  • Reported Commands.
  • Present Perfect and Past simple.
  • Past Perfect in relative clauses.
  • Passive.
  • Present Simple & Present Continuous.
  • Indirect Pronouns.
  • Making requests.
  • Present Perfect Continuous.
  • Literary skills will be incorporated through reading and analyzing drama and novel: “Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare & “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens.
  • Students will be able to express themselves through writing and experimenting different types of writing.
  • Dependent and independent reading will be enhanced through reading passages and extra readers

Course Title: French

This new course provides students with skills that enable them to express themselves in the target language. Students learn with interest and fun using both audio and visual means to address the varying needs of students. Students will be fully exposed to the French cultural background.

Course Description: Grade 1

This level gives much stress and concern on oral skills with special concern that this is the first exposure of students to the French language. Much emphasis is given to gaining a lot of vocabulary. By the end of the course, students will be able to reiterate and understand basic vocabulary words such as the numbers, colors, school stationary, days of the week, and few action verbs that assist in sentence structure.

Course Description: Grade 2

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Express their feelings in the target language.
  • Describe themselves in the target language.
  • Read, understand and use vocabulary words such as body parts, fruits, and different meals of the day, clothes, and means of transportation.

Course Description: Grade 3

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Present themselves in the target language.
  • Communicate among themselves and others.
  • Use the vocabulary learned in context.

Course Description: Grade 4

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Express and present themselves in the target language.
  • Read and write simple structured sentences.
  • Count till 70 in the target language.
  • Utilize verbs in the proper tenses.
  • Use the newly learned vocabulary in correct structured sentences.

Course Description: Grade 5

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Take part in a conversation in the target language using topics related to their real life.
  • Read and understand texts in the target language.
  • Understand and respond to a message in French.

Course Description: Grade 6

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize a number of linguistic skills that will support them in the preparatory stage.
  • Follow and participate in a conversation that deals with their daily life situations.
  • Understand and respond to messages in French.
  • Produce simple sentences in French.

Course Description: Grade 7

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Express their daily life situations in the target language.
  • Ask and respond to questions in the target language.
  • Read and understand texts in the target language.
  • Produce sentences about invitations and appointments.
  • Reply to oral expressions.

Course Description: Grade 8

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Read documents in the target language.
  • Read and express themselves in the target language.
  • Analyze the texts they read.
  • Distinguish between present and past tenses of verbs.
  • Utilize the Personal Pronouns.
  • Write précis in the target language.
  • Read and understand texts in French with the aim of responding to comprehension questions.

Course Description: Grade 9

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Utilize more tenses such as Future Tenses.
  • Use the appropriate tenses that enable students build up correct structured sentences.
  • Learn rich vocabulary to be able to express themselves in French.

Course Title: German

Course Overview:

The course focuses on transferring the culture of the target language. The course applies in its approach the 4 basic skills of language acquisition; namely; reading, writing, speaking, and listening. There is a stress on grammatical skills that support sentence structure to enable students to express themselves properly in the target language.

Course Description: Grade 1

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and read letters of the target language.
  • Appropriately read some vocabulary words such as school tools, toys, colors, numbers, food, and animals.
  • Express some ideas and thoughts in the target language.

Course Description: Grade 2

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify names of family members.
  • Recognize days of the week.
  • Read and understand some vocabulary words related to such topics as clothes, seasons, food, names of meals that transcend the German culture, fruits and vegetables.
  • Write sentences about classroom objects.
  • Describe some animals using related adjectives.
  • Express themselves and speak about their families.

Course Description: Grade 3

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Express greetings.
  • Read and recognize the numbers (1 – 12) in the target language.
  • Describe people, especially their family members.
  • Use some verbs that help in sentence structure.
  • Read and comprehend some vocabulary words that are used in daily life routine.

Course Description: Grade 4

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Listen to, recognize and read some vocabulary words in the target language.
  • Use the vocabulary learned in a meaningful context to be able to express themselves.
  • Properly pronounce new words.
  • Apply some grammatical concepts such as punctuation marks, articles, some verb tenses.
  • Write memos and précis.

Course Description: Grade 5

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Express themselves in real life situations such as feelings, agreements or disagreements, etc…
  • Describe people around them, animals.
  • Express their needs and wishes.
  • Recognize, understand, and read some vocabulary words such as family members, food, drink, days of the week, months of the year, and dates.
  • Recognize and read numbers (1-100) in the target language.
  • Tell the time in the target language.
  • Express greetings and invitations.
  • Construct a dialogue.

Course Description: Grade 6

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize, understand and read vocabulary words such as food, drink, types and names of animals.
  • Express greetings, wishes and needs.
  • Write invitations and letters, and sentences about their daily routine in school.
  • Tell the time in the target language.
  • Recognize the German currency.
  • Discuss education in Egypt and Germany.

Course Description: Grade 7

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify vocabulary words related to their family and environment.
  • Recognize names of countries and nationalities.
  • Identify different professions and occupations in the target language.
  • Recognize internationally common vocabulary words in different languages.
  • Know about names of different foods and drinks in the target language.
  • Read the date and year in the target language.
  • Count from 1 to 1000 in the target language.
  • Utilize grammatical structures that enable them build up proper sentences such as: Subject-Verb agreement and the four forms of nouns.

Course Description: Grade 8

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Talk about themselves and their families.
  • Recognize and read the different professions and jobs.
  • Ask questions.
  • Express wishes and advises.
  • Recognize, read, and understand vocabulary words related to shopping, clothes, colors, parts of the body, means of transportation, and directions.
  • Utilize grammatical structures that enable them build up proper sentences such as: Past Perfect and Nasr City – 2nd Objects.

Course Description: Grade 9

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize, understand, and use vocabulary words such as sports, parts of the body that helps them to identify their pains and diseases, types of music, and hobbies.
  • Identify the currencies of Germany.
  • Give detailed descriptions of their surroundings and express real life situations utilizing the learned vocabulary over the previous grades.
  • Utilize grammatical structures that enable them build up proper sentences such as: Superlatives and comparatives, Possessives – Modals- Relative Pronouns.

Course Title: Social Studies

Course Overview:

The course strengthens and fosters such values as loyalty and a sense of belonging to Egypt. The approach works on two parallel levels, namely; the informational and the emotional aspects. The course connects the past and present to the future. Students will recognize their responsibilities, duties, and rights. The course will provide students with basic concepts such as the importance of the nation’s unity, independence, and integrity. Students will practice appropriate democratic approaches that enable all citizen to live and communicate in a modern and civilized society.

Course Description: Grade 4

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize difference between country, capital and country.
  • Read maps using map symbols and colors.
  • Use the map to locate their governorates.
  • Recognize the importance of Egypt’s geographical and historical position.
  • Differentiate between atmosphere and climate.
  • Understand the origin of Old Egyptian civilization.
  • Differentiate between different types of Earth surface and layers.

Course Description: Grade 5

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the different natural resources.
  • Differentiate between natural and human resources.
  • Suggest solutions to preserve natural resources.
  • Know the sources of water in Egypt.
  • Define the importance of the different economic activities.
  • Understand the origin of Ptolemy and Roman Empires in Egypt.
  • Know some of the achievements of Ptolemy and Roman Empires.
  • Explain the reasons of the fall of those two governments in Egypt.
  • Define the start of the Coptic era in Egypt.
  • Recognize the important monuments and works of art during the Coptic era.
  • Explain the reasons and importance of international trade.
  • Read maps and analyze data statistics.

Course Description: Grade 6

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand concepts about the environment, namely; agricultural, industrial, coastal and desert environments.
  • Define the important areas of agricultural and industrial environments in Egypt.
  • Mention some population problems in those areas.
  • Define the natural properties of those two environments.
  • Mention customs and habits of the different Egyptian environments.
  • Use Information Technology to collect data on the different Egyptian environments.
  • Recognize the different monuments left behind the different Egyptian eras.
  • Recognize conditions existing in Egypt before different occupations.

Course Title: Math

Course Overview:

This course aims to provide students with up-to-date information that align with every day technological progress. It uses critical thinking and analysis as an approach to learning. It will enable students to be specific in expression as well as performance. Through this course, students will acquire vocational skills that will enable students to carry on successfully through their life careers. It will build on students’ creativity and imagination through different applications. More intellectual and cognitive skills will be gained through delving into this course such as organization, time management, objectivity, mathematical sense, problem solving, and strategic thinking.

Course Description: Grade 7

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply all operations on rational numbers.
  • Apply all operations on algebraic terms and expressions.
  • Know parallelism and geometric constructions.
  • Read and interpret data.

Course Description: Grade 8

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply all operations on real numbers.
  • Solving equations and inequalities.
  • Know the different properties of Isosceles triangle.
  • Calculate the mean, mode, and median.

Course Description: Grade 9

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between relations and functions.
  • Know the difference between ratio, proportion, and variation.
  • Calculate the different trigonometric ratios.
  • Recognize and understand different rules of analytic geometry.