Early Years Curriculum

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Early Years Curriculum

Setting The Foundation For A Fulfilling Educational Journey

Sunmarke’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) offers a broad and balanced curriculum for our youngest students aged 3 to 5 years, once again proving its credentials as one of the best British curriculum schools in Dubai. Children acquire new skills through 7 areas of learning and development.

In the initial stages, three Prime Areas are in focus:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development 
  • Communication and Language Development.

Growing up, the Prime Areas help develop skills in 4 Specific Areas: 

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Characteristics of Effective Learning

The characteristics of Effective Learning describe how children learn and respond to teaching in the Foundation Stage, a factor determined by their individual learning characteristic. Three traits of effective teaching and learning identified by the EYFS are:

Playing and Exploring: Finding out, discovering, willing to ‘have a go’ and playing with what they know

Active Learning: Being involved and concentrating, trying and persevering, taking pleasure from achievements

Creating and Thinking Critically: Developing their own ideas, making links and selecting their own ways to complete tasks

7 Curriculum Areas

To enhance the learning experience and make it impactful, Sunmarke has selected 7 curriculum areas taught through unique projects and interests, most of which are child-initiated activities that incorporate elements of imagination, investigation and ‘out of the box’ ideas, concepts and solutions.

The EYFS curriculum is designed and based on the philosophy of learning through play which enhances critical thinking abilities, fuels risk-taking and creative skills.

Examples of topics are ‘I believe I can fly’, ‘Somewhere out there’ and ‘Up up and away.’ The initiative EYFS curriculum is designed and based on the philosophy of learning through play.

Our teaching philosophy is designed to treat all children as unique individuals in their own right. Our holistic approach towards education ensures that parents/carers, class teachers, specialist teachers and learning assistants work very effectively together to support our firm belief that ‘every child is unique’.

Our maxim is that happy and well-motivated children are good learners. The Foundation Stage is a safe, secure and friendly environment for our youngest children to gain confidence and independence, as they prepare for the next stage of schooling. It is a foundation for future learning.

Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL) are a revived element in the current Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). CoEL advocates that while planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners must reflect on the different ways that students learn, and these lessons must be reflected in their practice.