The First Steps follows the British Curriculum using the EYFS and Key Stage 1 to cover all our classes. With a German and French Language program designed to children from mixed families in order to maintain or improve the 2nd or 3rd language. These languages progammes are completely optional.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS or Foundation Stage) there six areas of development. These are:
- Language, literacy and communication – this focuses on speaking, listening and the
enjoyment of books. As the children near Reception age they begin to recognise and form letters.
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy – the children are supported in their development and understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space by providing a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about them.
- Personal, social and emotional – this is how a child views themselves and their relationships with others – are they confident? Do they express needs, thoughts, ideas? How do they interact with others? We support children’s emotional well-being and help them to know themselves and what they can do.
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World – children explore and find out about their environment. They find out about the people and places that have significance in their lives.
- Creative – the children explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and imaginative and role play activities.
- Physical – the children develop and practice their fine and gross motor skills and to increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to do to be healthy and safe.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is delivered in different ways for our young children. There are many different child centred activities taking place each day.
Nursery: (2 – 3 year olds) These children are in school part time but are very much a part of the school. The Nursery unit is fully equipped with stimulating toys and activities and free access to our outside environment where the children can safely explore supervised by caring staff. The topics in Nursery are focused on basic concepts such as colour, animals and transport. This allows children to bring their own experiences to school and build on them. It also ensures that they begin learning very essential English vocabulary necessary throughout school.
The topics are taught using music and singing, painting and performing role play and teacher led activities. They are always busy!
Kindergarten: (3 – 4 year olds) In KG the topics from Nursery are extended to develop children’s knowledge of the world. They develop their ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings and express their ideas through a variety of play based activities. They continue to build in confidence and independence allowing for more activities where the children develop their own ideas and projects. The children build friendships and with the guidance of their teachers learn to work cooperatively with others. The learning takes place in a similar environment to Nursery but the children will be showing greater awareness of the environment around them.
Kindergarten 2: (4 – 5 year olds) The Reception children continue with the Foundation Stage curriculum furthering their skills to include independent reading and writing and mathematical concepts. They have abundant energy and are provided with opportunities to explore their worlds in through manipulating a variety of objects and materials. The approach focuses on child centred learning but there remains a higher expectation meaning the children complete more teacher led and independent activities, preparing them for Key-stage One of the National Curriculum.
Year 1 and 2 : Key Stage One.
Key Stage 1 consists of two groups: Year 1 and Year 2. The curriculum is carefully constructed to build on the strengths of the six key areas of learning and development from the Foundation Stage. It incorporates the best practices of the English National Curriculum, in creating a thematic approach where learning is integrated into child-centred activities. There is also a careful balance between academic, creative and physical activities that ensures our curriculum develops the whole child.
Students in Key Stage 1 continue to enjoy physical education, swimming, and Thai, as with the early years children and we still offer German and French language programs as options for first language or mixed language children.