The Foundation Stage

The Early Years curriculum is similar to almost all schools in the UK and the majority of English speaking schools in the UAE. The curriculum is founded on Development Matters and the Early Learning goals of the EYFS. The children work in small classes with experienced teachers supported by Learning Support Assistants.

As one would expect, the children spend the majority of time with their Class Teacher but they do benefit from specialist teaching in swimming.

The Foundation Stage day is filled with a selection of activities to stimulate and encourage children through the key areas in the EYFS programme. Every day the children are encouraged to explore and extend their ideas through a selection of planned and self-chosen, child initiated themes.

The Foundation Programme encompasses continuity and progression in the following key areas:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development;
  • Communication and Language Literacy;
  • Understanding the World;
  • Physical Development;
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

Progression is achieved through offering a child-centered approach that is inclusive of all children’s needs. At Dovecote Green Primary School it is paramount that as a department we strive to meet the individual needs of each child. We strive to deliver personalised learning and care to ensure that each child receives the best possible start in life.

At Dovecote Green Primary School, structured play is at the heart of the Foundation Stage. We believe that children must have the opportunity to explore and investigate through play both indoors and outdoors. Each child’s development in learning is supported by a varied selection of play opportunities, where they can use the English and Maths skills taught.

These opportunities are enhanced by a high staff-child ratio. Ultimately by providing a stimulating environment and adult support, through play children at Dovecote Green Primary School have the ability to:

  • Investigate, extend and demonstrate an understanding of the world around them;
  • Practice and build concepts, Ideas, and Skills
  • Develop an understanding  of rules and routines
  • Widen their experience by taking risks
  • Explore their imaginative and creative skills
  • Broaden their communicative skills by working independently and as a member of a group.

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