A warm welcome from Julie Engles, the Head of Foundation Stage

 

We nurture and support each and every one of our youngest learners, helping them to explore, investigate, discover and create. Our teachers are friendly, caring, and provide outstanding educational opportunities and experiences – all based on the world-renowned Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Simultaneously, we enable young children to learn about UAE culture, traditions and language.

 

Did you know?

Studies have shown that children who are educated in their early years have a greater breadth of educational opportunity.

We want to offer these life-changing opportunities to all children at Amity International School from the very beginning of their education.

 

More about our curriculum 

The curriculum aims to enable every child to reach their full potential in all areas of their learning and development. Our Early Years programme is based on the English Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, while also reflecting the culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.  The framework gives a clear picture of the way in which we help our Nursery and Reception children to learn, including how we assess your child’s progress and the expected levels your child should reach by the end of Reception. These are called the Early Learning Goals.

 

In Foundation Stage children are taught in bright, modern, well-resourced classrooms with Smartboard technology and access to iPads. The Early Year Foundation Stage curriculum is delivered through a multi-sensory, play-based approach. In the Foundation stage we have our own PE room, music room and library all located within the department. All classrooms open onto outdoor areas so our young learners have easy access to engaging and enabling indoor and outdoor environments. These also act as an extension of the classroom, which allow children to access a wide range of learning opportunities every day.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage has 7 areas of learning and development:

 

  1. Personal, social and emotional development

  2. Communication and language

  3. Physical development

  4. Literacy

  5. Mathematics

  6. Understanding the world

  7. Expressive arts and design

 

The curriculum is delivered through an exciting range of topics which enable children to develop their skills in all seven areas.

 

Learning is enhanced through trips to local sites such as Emirates Park Zoo and visits by those who serve our community such as the Fire Service. Children in Foundation Stage have the opportunity to participate in high quality performances for parents such as the Flag Day Parade, National Day celebrations, concerts and class assemblies.

 

Lunch time is a happy, sociable time in Foundation Stage. Children eat their lunch in their classrooms with their friends, teacher and teaching assistant, which helps to promote good manners, independence and social skills. We encourage healthy eating and we ask that children who bring a packed lunch bring one with a variety of healthy foods. Hot food is also available from our catering service ‘Keita’ which is delivered to the classroom.

 

Questions?

If you have any queries, please contact any of our Foundation Stage Leadership Team members. We are happy to assist.  

 
 
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Studies have shown that children who are educated in their early years have a greater breadth of educational opportunity.

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Arabic

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Every child in the Foundation Stage enjoys weekly Arabic lessons taught by specialist teachers in an engaging, hands-on manner. Foundation Stage Arabic is taught through songs, games, art and other practical activities. Our Arabic teachers in FS are specialist teachers who are experienced in working with very young children.

Literacy

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At Amity, our aim is to transform our children into confident and successful readers and writers. Our children experience a motivating and engaging language-rich environment which places emphasis on the importance of speaking, reading, and writing. We use our daily teaching sessions to encourage children to become active listeners and to take part in class and group discussions as confident communicators.
 
In the Foundation Stage, children are taught phonics through a structured programme which teaches early reading and writing skills. In Nursery, children start working in Phase 1 in the first term and engage in learning the initial sounds as soon as they are ready. In Reception, all children are streamed into learning groups according to their experience and competence, this ensures progression and allows children to move through the phases at an appropriate pace. Teachers also develop children’s phonic knowledge and reading skills through weekly group guided sessions, where they are encouraged to read and talk about a text.

 

Reading books are sent home weekly for all children in the Foundation Stage. Children also visit the FS Library every week to hear a story being read, and to change their Library books.

We provide children with regular opportunities to develop their fine motor skills, which in hand supports the development of their writing skills. Early intervention and support is given to any of our children experiencing difficulty in any aspect of their reading or writing development.
 
 We hold workshops for parents to help them to support their children’s learning at home. All Parents are warmly invited to contribute and take part in these events. We seek to work in partnership with parent to ensure the best outcomes for all children

Mathematics

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To develop early numeracy skills in the Foundation Stage, we inspire confidence and a love of Mathematics in all our students. We do this by allowing our children to explore early mathematical concepts through practical, hands-on activities. 
 
This enables them to understand numeracy concepts using everyday language and to apply their learning to real-life problems in various ways:
 
Daily teaching sessions
Cross-curricular challenges
Outdoor learning opportunities
Talking, discussion and asking questions
Thinking and self-discovery
Using objects and manipulative
Real-life learning 
 
This has a unique and robust approach, helping us to create inspired and confident mathematicians, while ensuring understanding and progression for every child

 

Physical Education

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PE is taught by specialists teachers. PE helps children to develop their motor skills, their balance and co-ordination with holistic benefits for their mobility. The children engage in a range of games, sports and activities to develop their throwing, catching, skipping and kicking skills as a fundamental for their physical development. 

 

At Amity we use PE as a means to assist and improve mental and emotional development in children. The earlier the age of physical education is taught, the earlier children begin to develop the ability to think critically. We also offer a range of co-curricular activities that take place during the school day.

Swimming

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All children in the Foundation Stage at Amity International School will learn to swim in a weekly swimming lesson taught by our experienced and specialist PE staff. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop early confidence in the water and to ensure our children acquire the necessary competence in this important life skill.

Pastoral care and personal development

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The EYFS recognises the importance personal development has in enabling our youngest students to become successful learners and confident individuals. The curriculum aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to develop into confident, healthy and independent children capable of making positive choices. 

 

Circle Time is very important in the EYFS. This is when we consider social and moral dilemmas and tackle subjects such as inappropriate behaviour or being kind to our friends. Children sit together with their teacher and teaching assistant to discuss their thoughts, their feelings and to share responsibilities in a respectful atmosphere. Each week we have a ‘Star of the Week’ which is given for effort, kindness or good manners and this is presented in our Assembly. 

Music

The children in the Foundation Stage will attend a weekly music lesson with our music teacher in FS. They will be signing, exploring different instruments and even having a go at yoga. Music and movement promotes children to speak more clearly, develop a larger vocabulary and strengthen social and emotional skills. The children will showcase their musical talents in our termly assemblies and concerts that parents are invited to attend

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