Early Years

Three important years of learning

Our pre-primary programme takes place over three years:

  • Nursery
  • Foundation Stage 1 (FS1)
  • Foundation Stage 2 (FS2)

Habits, ideas and skills, especially the love of reading and learning, picked up at this age stay with a child for life, and have a huge impact on their development as children, adolescents and adults.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum

With the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage as the basis for the three year course, the DPS-STS pre-primary programme involves total immersion in English and is built around the following seven areas:

 

Prime areas of development

  • Communication and Language: Listening, Attention & Understanding, Speaking
  • Personal, Social, and Emotional Development: Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships
  • Physical Development: Gross and Fine Motor Skills

 

Specific areas of development

  • Literacy Development: Comprehension, Word Reading, Writing
  • Mathematics: Numbers, Numerical Patterns, Shape, Space & Measure
  • Understanding the World: Past & Present, People, Culture & Communities, the Natural World
  • Expressive Art and Design: Creating with Materials, Being Imaginative and Expressive

 

The three Prime Areas are used to structure learning in Nursery and continue to be important in the next two years as children learn to collaborate, discuss their ideas, and develop their written skills.

In Foundation Stage 1 teachers also introduce themes based on popular story books as the development of Literacy and Mathematics becomes increasingly important and by Foundation Stage 2 children develop increasingly sophisticated skills as they are introduced to a range of new ideas in six topic based units taught through the year.

 

Information Technology (IT)

Children become accustomed to the use of IT throughout the pre-primary school. It is an everyday part of teaching, and as they progress through the school, children have a growing opportunity to familiarise themselves with the digital world.

 

Specialist lessons

Children develop close relationships with their Homeroom teachers who monitor their progress very carefully, and who are also responsible for their specialist Bangla programme. From the beginning children are also introduced to a range of specialist teachers for the following subjects:

  • Music
  • Swimming
  • Physical Education
  • Library
  • Montessori work

 

Play

Independent, active learning is crucial for all children and in these early years this happens when they are playing. Play develops a wide range of vital physical skills and is the key to a child’s gross motor skills development, both at this age and for later development. We believe that a child who plays well, learns well.