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Ages 3 - 5

The following is an overview of curriculum for Nursery and Reception. For all of the details, review the Early Years Curriculum Guide linked at the bottom of this page.

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Our Early Years curriculum for children in Nursery (Preschool) and Reception (Junior Kindergarten) integrates the best components of the International Primary Curriculum and follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

International Primary Curriculum 

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is thematic, creative and employs specific goals for learning in each subject as well as for personal development. The curriculum applies a global approach that helps children connect learning to where they are living now and view learning from the perspectives of people in other countries. To aid learning, teachers choose themes, like Animals and Clothes. They ensure a varied and exciting curriculum that follows an appropriate progression of skills and helps children reach their highest potential.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children at birth to age five. It ensures children’s readiness for Primary School and provides a broad range of knowledge and skills that form a strong foundation for future progress through school and life. EYFS integrates four guiding principles that shape learning:

  1. Every child is a unique child, constantly learning and resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  3. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there’s a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  4. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
 


As part of EYFS, children play, explore, create and think critically through a variety of activities shaped by the seven Areas of Learning and Development. We use these inter-connected areas to promote children’s individual interests and unique learning needs. The three Prime Areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. Learning in the three Prime Areas is strengthened and applied in the four Specific Areas. The activities, stories and games through which learning takes place in each area are challenging, exciting and fuel progress towards learning outcomes. Through a mix of child-initiated and adult-led experiences that are relevant to the children’s lives, we also encourage effective listening and positive behavior.

Homework

Children take home activities to supplement their learning at school. These fun activities, which are based on the children’s learning in school that week, can be shared with parents for completion. Homework is set each Thursday and returned the following Tuesday. Children also read their home reading book, and parents record progress on their child's reading record.

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