The foundation stage is based on the British National Curriculum and the philosophies of the IB Primary Years Programme, now following Play Based learning as an initial step towards student voice, choice and ownership. It is designed to make the child comfortable with the new environment, to develop skills, train character and enhance knowledge whilst promoting international awareness and understanding in a playful manner.
Our early years learning environment has been designed to enable young minds to further develop what they already know and can do. It includes teachers who understand that children develop rapidly during the early years physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. They are responsible for ensuring that all children feel included, secure and valued and no child should be excluded or disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, special educational needs, disability, gender or ability. They plan purposeful activity based on student choice by providing opportunities for play based learning, both indoors and outdoors, leading to students to engaging in their own planned activities and initiatives.
We have the following age groups in our Pre-school:
Nursery (3 – 4 years)
It is acknowledged that experiences during the early years lay the foundation for all future learning. Research indicates that the rapid rate of development that occurs in the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and aesthetic domains is particularly significant. It is our responsibility to recognize and maximize this crucial stage of learning. Although development usually occurs in recognizable and predictable direction, it is unique in each child. For many children, these early years also mark the first transition from home to group experiences outside of the family and to new physical environments. Children at this time are ready to learn basic skills such as communication, independence and social interaction. In both groups play and independency are encouraged through hands-on activities, and introduction to basic recognition skills. A lot of focus is on EPL exercises which build their fine and gross motor skills. Children from birth are full of curiosity, and we provide a framework that gives crucial support for them to be active enquirers and lifelong learners.
Prep I (4 – 5 years) & Prep II (5 – 6 years)
Children by this time are ready to learn basic skills such as recognition, basic writing, sentence formation and articulation. We support the student’s understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it, to move from not knowing to knowing, to identifying what is real and what is not real, to acknowledge what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. Students are encouraged to be curious, be inquisitive, ask questions, explore and interact with the environment physically, socially and intellectually. Activities are geared towards using a child’s natural love for play and creativity to teach and reinforce these concepts. The structure of the learning environments, including the home, the classroom, the school and the community along with the behaviour modelled by others in that environment, particularly by the parent and the teacher, will lay down the knowledge foundation that will nurture meaningful participation and enquiry on the part of the students. Project work is both individual as well as group work, and is centred on the transdisciplinary themes. We believe our environment is one in which learning knows no bounds.
* For children younger than 3 years please contact the Pre-Primary Coordinator