Young children naturally engage in play. In keeping with the philosophy of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in England, learning and teaching in Early Years at ISB is child centered and ensures play is the foundation of all learning experiences. Children have a mixture of adult led experiences in a whole class or small group setting and regular periods of free play inside and out. We seek to take forward children’s development and learning and meet their individual needs and interests. We foster the characteristics of effective learning as outlined in the EYFS framework: “Engagement” by playing and exploring, “Motivation” through active learning and “thinking” by encouraging them to create and think critically
Staff plan carefully, as a team, to ensure that the learning experiences and the learning environment we provide for your child will stimulate their natural curiosity to ask questions, and find solutions. We endeavor to cater for all learning styles by ensuring children have access to a wide range of sensory materials and technology (such as the interactive whiteboard, digital cameras and iPads) in their daily play sessions. We strive to ensure that children form positive relationships with staff and their peers by being sensitive and responsive to their needs, interests and feelings while also setting clear boundaries, which are consistently upheld by all staff.
There are seven key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which are covered by a number of early learning goals. The seven key areas are:
Music is integrated into all curricular areas and utilised daily, however our Music specialist Miss Kate who takes the children for a music session each week. Children are encouraged to listen to a variety of music and also to make their own sounds and rhythms with instruments and with their voices and body parts.
Playing percussion instruments, singing, taking part in movement and dance, are all aimed to develop a sense of pleasure and enjoyment in music.
As with Music Art and Design is integrated into all curricular areas however the children also have a dedicated Art and Design workshop with our Art specialist Miss Sara once a week. They use a range of materials, tools and resources to represent what they see, hear, touch and feel.
Cookery is offered on a weekly basis as a group activity during the morning play session.
For further information on the EYFS curriculum, please follow the link below: