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Early Years Curriculum for Ages 2 to 5

In our Early Years programme at the British International School of Houston, we guide our youngest learners as they begin a lifelong journey of learning.

We begin to develop the whole child from the age of two, nurturing their emotional well-being as well as their cognitive and social development. Our approach is constructivist-based, inquiry-driven, and concept-based and stems from Reggio Emilia, Anji Play, and Montessori methods, all while using the British Early Years Foundation Stage as a framework.  

At BISH we believe: 

  • Each child is unique 

  • Goodness and compassion is present in every child 

  • Children are curious, creative, natural inquirers and motivated by their own interests 

  • Children learn through exploration and play 

  • Children learn through their mistakes and mistakes should be celebrated 

  • Teachers and children guide and facilitate learning and co-construct their knowledge as a group 

  • Relationships are fundamental 

  • School gives each child the opportunity to develop their learning in the way that suits them best 

  • School should provide learning experiences that value the whole child 

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With these things in mind, the BISH Early Years programme: 

  • Recognizes that children come with personal histories and strengths which provide a foundation for working with them 

  • Provides a safe environment that supports the needs and learning styles of each child as an individual 

  • Provides open-ended, self-directed provocations to nurture child-initiated inquiry and wondering 

  • Encourages children to re-visit experiences and use trial and error methods 

  • Welcomes children’s approximations and supports children and adults to view challenge, struggles, and mistakes as positive creative opportunities for learning and growth 

  • Provides opportunities for children to interact with challenging questions and inquiries of real importance to themselves and the world 

  • Encourages children to listen to each other and show respect for the ideas and prior knowledge of others 

  • Provides time for play and deep exploration 

  • Offers children opportunities to communicate their ideas through multiple means of expression including performing arts, visual arts, creativity, and movement 

  • Fosters a sense of belonging through caring, nurturing, joyful, and collaborative environments 

  • Encourages relationships through connections between children, families, and educators 

  • Features teachers as researchers, continuously reflecting on their observations 

  •  to determine the direction of the work the children may go,  

  • to develop understandings of how children come to comprehend their world and sharing the children’s thinking through documentation 

The British ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ Framework provides the scaffolding for the children’s learning and development. There are seven areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. There are three essential aspects of children’s natural development that are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn and helping them to form relationships and thrive. These three areas, called Prime Areas, are: 

  • Communication and language 

  • Physical development 

  • Personal, social and emotional development  

We also support children’s learning in four Specific Areas, through which the three Prime Areas are strengthened and applied. The Specific Areas are: 

  • Literacy 

  • Mathematics 

  • Understanding the world 

  • Expressive arts and design 

Underpinning the Prime and Specific areas are the Characteristics of Effective Learning: 

  • Playing and exploring 

  • Active learning 

  • Creating and thinking critically 

These Characteristics of Effective Learning are the key traits of successful learners and how we empower children to develop and use their acquired knowledge throughout their earliest years. Such characteristics are essential for future learning and later success.  

During their time in Early Years, children’s learning is continually assessed across all seven areas of learning against the Early Years Learning Outcomes to inform ‘next steps’ in learning and to help teachers plan responsively for each child’s individual learning. The Outcomes are also used to track children’s learning throughout their time in Early Years and to support their transition into Primary. 

To arrange a no obligation Stay and Play session, please contact Leanne McCann  Email: Leanne.McCann@houston.nae.school

Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn. Loris Malaguzzi, 1998