Starting school is a big step for children and their families. At Amity, we work really hard to ensure that the start of your child’s learning journey is as seamless and as happy as possible.
The first stage of this begins in the Foundation Stage with a two-year programme of learning.
Early Years Foundation Stage
During these very important years, an engaging and integrated two-year programme of learning is offered based on the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), through a carefully balanced ‘playing-to-learn’ approach.
Seven different learning areas are covered.
Children are encouraged to communicate with one another and develop their vocabulary and their skills in talking, listening, and expressing themselves in a wide range of situations. Children are also encouraged to listen to the thoughts and ideas of others with support from skilful adults.
At this stage, they are also introduced to the Arabic language through biweekly Arabic lessons.
We provide opportunities for all children to explore words and text in a range of contexts, including through activities like Helicopter stories, role-play and drama. We use the Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme as well as Bug Club.
Our learning environments support the development of personal and social skills through building successful relationships with others.
We actively encourage and facilitate the development of skills and positive attitudes to learning through the Characteristics of Effective Learning that enable children to develop a strong sense of self-worth.
Our aim is for children to become valued members of the class and to develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence.
Physical Development provides opportunities for children to develop their skills in both gross and fine motor movements.
We do this by encouraging the children to be active, developing their coordination, control, and movement, both indoors and outdoors. In addition, children have a weekly P.E and Swimming lesson from specialist teachers.
We also support children in developing an understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to be healthy and safe.
Literacy has two areas – Reading and Writing. Literacy is one of the core foundation skills we want young children to develop, as it underpins all their future learning in school. We support children to link sounds and letters to begin to read and write through daily structured phonics inputs and Group Guided Reading sessions.
We ensure the children have access to a range of books both fiction and non-fiction and are read to individually and in groups. Children are encouraged to make marks with a wide range of different media and materials such as chalk, paint, crayons, and pens and to begin to form letters.
We nurture a mastery approach to Mathematics which helps young children develop fluency in early mathematical skills. Children are given opportunities for daily Mathematics input as well as access to an environment in which they can explore, enjoy, and learn about numbers and shapes.
Mathematics is embedded in learning areas throughout the classroom. Children develop their understanding of numbers, measurement, patterns, shapes, and space and explore Mathematics through a wide range of resources and in Continuous Provision.
Expressive Arts and Design offers opportunities for children to become creative and critical thinkers by exploring and sharing their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of creative, open-ended activities. Every classroom has a creative or workshop area which is assessable to the children and enables them to do the following:
- Design and Technology such as construction, junk modelling, transient art.
- Imaginative and role-play activities
Understanding the World provides opportunities for children to solve problems, question, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan, and explore, to find out about their environment. They gain an understanding of the wider world and what makes us similar and different to others.
By engaging with the world around them, children learn more about people, communities, and the world in which they live. Children also explore technology and how this impacts their everyday lives.
Outstanding Foundation Stage Facilites
We are proud of our outstanding learning environments and amazing facilities which support children’s learning throughout their time in the Foundation Stage. These include:
- Large networked classrooms with uninterrupted access to outdoor learning spaces
- Foundation Stage Library and PE Gym
- Foundation Stage Music Room
- Training Swimming Pool
- Access to the whole school facilities such as the 400m running track, the RYA approved Boathouse and the 500 seat auditorium for Class Assemblies and the Winter Concert.
- Full Co-Curricular programme with options such as karate, ballet, football, tennis, bike club, Mad Science, Arabic, Music and Movement and much more!