The Foundation Stage Curriculum provides our youngest pupils with an introduction to school and helps the children to develop a love of learning. At Star International we strive to help the children develop a positive self-image, develop their independence and help them to become successful personally and academically. We do this by creating a happy, caring and stimulating environment. We consider it essential that we work in partnership with parents so they are able to support their child's learning.
We follow the guidelines set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum used in England and Wales. This curriculum covers three Prime Areas which are most essential for a child's healthy development and future learning. These Prime Areas support the learning in the four Specific Areas of the curriculum which enable children to acquire essential skills and knowledge whilst providing a context for learning.
The Prime Areas
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Specific Areas
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We deliver this curriculum through a variety of topics using a wide range of activities, aimed at meeting learning objectives from across the EYFS curriculum areas. Each half-term parents can access a curriculum overview indicating planned learning focuses for the topic. Each week an update is available for parents showing the focus in each area of the curriculum for the week ahead. This enables parents to support their child's learning outside of school.
Assessment in the Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage practice on-going formative assessment in the following ways:
- Observations –recording what children can do and gathering evidence
- Using information from parents – feedback on targets, discussions, work-samples/evidence from home
- Specific assessments (e.g. phonics)
Teachers adapt their planning in light of the children's on-going assessments to meet the needs of the group and individuals.
Learning in the Foundation Stage
In the Foundation Stage the focus is on children learning through play. There are opportunities for:
- Child initiated learning
- Adult-led learning (e.g. whole class teaching, group work)
- Adult-supported learning (e.g. planned or ad-hoc support on an individual or group basis)
Learning takes place throughout the Foundation Stage department both indoors and outdoors. We are fortunate to have a large indoor area enabling us to provide activities that might otherwise need to be scheduled outside in a temperature controlled environment. This ensures that the children can remain physically active even in Dubai's warmest months.
We also have access to two Splash Pools for Foundation Stage Children to develop their water confidence in a play-based setting.