Early Years Foundation Stage: Nursery and Reception
At Dover Court International School our aim is to give your child the best possible start on their educational journey. We believe that by providing a balance between child-initiated and adult-led activities, we offer a curriculum that meets the individual needs and interests of the children. In Nursery and Reception children learn through our Early Years Curriculum, developed within the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Through consultation with Early Excellence advisors in the UK our Early Years Provision has been developed in line with the best practice and current trends in the UK. We believe in the power of collaborative learning and the benefits of tailoring lessons to different learning styles.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our curriculum. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. They are explored through topics that capture the children’s interest and excite them. The first three areas are considered the Prime Areas and a stronger emphasis is put on these.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
EYFS shares two large outdoor learning areas, which act as extensions to the classrooms and that give us the opportunity to expand the range of activities students access on a daily basis. Small class sizes allow our teachers to focus on each child, giving them a more personalised education and helping them through any academic or social challenges they may encounter.
Children in Nursery have Mandarin lessons three times a week and in Reception four times a week. All Mandarin lessons are taught by native language specialists. Through thematic units and topics, developed to make the learning fun and engaging, speaking and listening skills are practiced using language games, songs, rhymes or poems, stories, repetitions, role-play and hands-on activities.
Music is delivered through the Juilliard Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme by our specialist teachers. This embedded programme gives your child a unique opportunity to both experience and learn about music through iconic works. Linking to the seven areas of learning, our dedicated PE department make Physical Education and swimming both fun and challenging. The skills taught are transferable and not taught in isolation and help the children develop their spatial awareness and improve their gross motor skills.
Key Stage 1: Year 1 and Year 2
The Key Stage 1 Curriculum at Dover Court International School is designed to keep students interested and engaged in their learning and to ensure that there is continuation and progression from the earlier years all the way through Primary School to Year 6. The broad and balanced English National Curriculum along with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) ensures progression and continuity for each child in their learning. The curriculum is further enhanced through trips, visitors to school, specialist teaching, STEAM challenges, House Days and weekly assemblies.
Our classrooms are bright and engaging, reflecting the current unit of work and the children's continuous learning. Learning is differentiated so that each child is challenged and supported. Kagan Cooperative Learning is used throughout our classrooms as a strategy to promote cooperation and communication amongst the students.
Language is developed through daily Mandarin classes led by native language specialists. The KS1 Mandarin Programme focuses on both verbal and written communication. By using thematic units and topics, speaking and listening skills are practiced through language games, songs, rhymes or poems, stories, repetitions, role-play and hands-on activities. The children are also introduced to the basic stroke-orders and radicals of the Chinese characters, along with Chinese Pinyin pronunciation. Children are also introduced to many aspects of Chinese culture.
Specialist lessons are an integrated part of our curriculum, taught by specialist teachers. In KS1 the children have weekly music lessons, delivered through the Juilliard Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme, giving them a wonderful opportunity to engage in music, both practically and in a more theoretical way. The keyboard acts as an entry point for music theory learning in our school. There is no better way for children to understand musical concepts than from first-hand experience. From the age of five, every student will actively use the keyboard to explore the fundamentals of music and notation.
Physical Education and swimming are taught weekly by our PE teachers, making sure that all children get that chance to be active, challenged and also learn to be confident in the water.
Though ICT is an integrated part of the curriculum, our students also receive computer science lessons in the ICT suites, taught by our computer science teachers.