Curriculum

OUR CURRICULUM APPROACH

Our Programs combine activities that are both child-initiated and adult-led and take place indoors and outdoors, to offer a range of experiences from which children can learn first-hand.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the British pre-school curriculum. As well as receiving the essential foundations for writing, reading and mathematics required for the transition to primary school, a range of other activities are included such as African dance, music, ICT, languages and water play.

Parents have regular meetings with their child’s teacher to discuss their development and look through the activities they have worked on. Each child has a progress folder where observations and photographs of their milestones through the years are recorded and celebrated.
The curriculum aims to meet each child’s need in the following:
  • COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
    • Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and
    • To speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
    • Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.
    • Children must be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    • Development in this area helps children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationship and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings;
    • To understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
  • LITERACY
    • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.
    • Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
  • MATHEMATICS
    • This area of learning involves providing children with a wide variety of opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers;
    • Calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes and measures
  • EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
    • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials
    • Providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in arts, music, movement, dance, role-play, design and technology.
  • THEME-BASED CURRICULUM
    • Our curriculum is theme-based, with topics such as science and technology, animals, all about me covered.
    • These themes are broken down in mini-themes throughout the term and are designed to interest and capture the imagination.
  • UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
    • This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • LIBRARY ACTIVITY
    • Our school library plays a key role as a place for building confidence and encouraging curiosity. Reading stories is crucial to helping a child develop their speech and vocabulary. Each week, each child may choose a book to borrow from the library to take home and share with their parents. Reading aloud to children consistently, promotes healthy brain development, improved language and listening skills.
    • To keep our library interesting and varied, each child is encouraged make a donation of books on their birthdays.