At Kings’ School Dubai, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for our youngest children, aged 3 to 5 years, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
The 3 Prime Areas are a focus initially and these are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language Development. These Prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and future learning.
As they grow, the Prime areas will help to develop skills in 4 Specific Areas: Literacy Development; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design. As active learners, our children acquire skills and knowledge in many different ways. We believe that for learning to be effective, it is not ‘what’ children learn that matters, but rather ‘how’ they learn, and this ‘how’ is what practitioners consider when planning learning environments and experiences for children.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning describe how children learn in the Foundation Stage and can be divided into 3 groups:
Playing and Exploring - Finding out and exploring, being willing to ‘have a go’ and playing with what they know.
Active Learning - being involved and concentrating, trying and persevering, taking pleasure from achieving what they set out to do.
Creating and Thinking Critically - having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things.
Every child is unique and our teaching is designed to treat all children as individuals. Our holistic approach means that parents/carers, class teachers, specialist teachers and learning assistants work very effectively together to support our ethos ‘the best by every child’.
Most importantly, we believe that happy and well-motivated children are good learners. The Foundation Stage is a safe, secure and friendly environment for our youngest children to gain confidence and independence, in preparation for the next stage of their schooling. It is an excellent foundation for future learning.