Our Early Years Programme offers a rich, challenging and stimulating curriculum designed to generate an enthusiasm for learning and value it as a life-long process. Our schools endeavour to ensure the development of a strong foundation of skills, knowledge and understanding while meeting the needs of the individual child.
The Early Years Programme is founded on the belief that all children are naturally curious and disposed to learning. They are creative, imaginative, energetic and resourceful. The focus of the curriculum aims to capitalise on these natural dispositions by providing meaningful, authentic activities in which children can become absorbed, committed and successful.
As an integral part of the IB Primary Years Programme our Early Years curriculum takes a trans-disciplinary inquiry approach to learning and is inspired by the philosophy and practice of the world renowned Italian Reggio Approach. Children are given time to explore concepts and construct their theories together with teachers in small groups:
The flexibility in thinking involved encourages not only the development of proficient language skills but also the creative and lateral thinking skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
Children are exposed to the English language in its written form throughout the Early Years sretting within imaginative and symbolic play contexts and teacher led activities. As the child progresses through the Early Years setting this is supported and developed directly by the teacher to ensure the gradual acquisition of literacy skills needed as they move onto primary school.
Our youngest children are a fundamental part of our community who make a significant contribution to the educational experience of our schools. The identity of our Early Years Departments is constructed around the three pillars of children, parents and teachers. We consider the child to be a bearer of rights who is a collaborative protagonist of their own learning experience and who must be supported by the teaching staff to fulfil their potential and prepare them for the rigours of an international primary education and beyond. As a group of international schools our ethos is one of tolerance, respect and open mindedness and we believe that diversity enriches our community.
Children learn by building relationships with their surrounding environment. The carefully planned and stimulating physical environment of our Early Years settings reflects this both inside and out. The spaces are organised to support and enrich the children’s learning experience. Children are given time and space to explore natural and open ended materials, that are carefully chosen with the teachers and support the development of inquiry projects. Our gardens stimulate children’s curiosity about the natural world.
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