Early Years Curriculum

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.  

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

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:

  • Communication and Language development 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 also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships 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 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 involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Understanding the World 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.  
  • Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.



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.


Art and Design:

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: