(Ages 3 to 5 years)

The International School @ ParkCity is committed to creating the best possible first school experience for your children; we want them to be happy, confident, independent and creative learners. The knowledge, skills and attitudes that children gain in Pre-School is crucially important for their futures as it lays the foundation for the kind of skills and behaviour that child are expected to master in later years. We take this responsibility very seriously and are constantly monitoring what we do and how we do it to make sure that your child is getting the best possible education. While we base our curriculum on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum from the UK, we also incorporate best practice from Early Years education throughout the world.

It is of high importance that all children are well cared for in a comfortable, safe and well-resourced learning environment. At the same time we give a high priority to the process of learning through practical play based activities and first-hand experiences. Both inside and outside the classrooms our children will learn with enjoyment, satisfaction and success. They will have time to make friends, time to learn, time to play and time to grow.

The EYFS sets out the stages of development from birth through to the end of the Reception year. Active learning, play and exploration, creativity and critical thinking are central to EYFS. These ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ underpin learning and development across all areas of the curriculum.

There are seven areas of learning and development, three prime areas and four specific areas.

Prime Areas of Learning and Development:
The prime areas are fundamental to your child’s development, they run through and support all areas of learning. The prime areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children develop a positive sense of self and respect for others, social skills including dressing, undressing and washing, as well as having an enthusiasm for learning.

Communication and Language
Children develop confidence and competence in communicating, understanding, speaking and listening.

Physical Development
Children will be helped to develop skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement and to understand the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Specific Areas of Learning and Development:
The specific areas of learning grow out of the prime areas and include essential skills and knowledge. These specific areas are:

Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Developing a growing understanding of problem solving and numbers, through stories, songs, games and play. Children should become comfortable with numbers and use language such as ‘heavier than’ or ‘bigger’.

Understanding of the World
Learning to make sense of the world, finding out about the natural environment, using tools and different materials to make things and exploring ICT.

Expressive Arts and Design
Developing imagination and creativity in art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and
role-play activities.

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