Our Approach

Our Approach


Fostering curiosity, creativity and independence – we lay the foundations for a lifelong love of learning.

A child’s amazing learning journey begins in the Early Years Foundation department in Sunmarke. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their unique potential.

We blend a range of outstanding Early Years practices from around the world to support our unique philosophy of learning. We are highly committed to child-initiated learning and providing a sophisticated play-based curriculum.

Our unique philosophy and journey in EYFS is explained in this Acrostic of the word ‘Amazing’:

A- Autotomy: At Sunmarke children are the centre of everything that we do; they have full control over their own learning. All projects stem directly from the children’s interests and every classroom is unique.

M– Mindset: In line with Sunmarke’s ‘Positive Education’, we teach the children to have a ‘Growth Mindset’ and encourage them to believe anything is possible. We are passionate about developing the children of the future, incorporating elements of creativity and imagination in all that we do.

A- Academics: We provide a broad and balanced, yet innovative curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (England), we are building the foundations for each and every child’s future.

Z-Zest: Children have great enthusiasm and energy for learning.  Happiness is a key agenda for the whole of Sunmarke School, we truly believe that if a child is happy then more learning will take place.

I– Individuality: Every child is unique; with our personalised curriculum, it is ensured that every child is on track to reach their fullest potential.  Teacher/pupil relationships are extremely strong which allows teachers to identify your child’s interests and strengths as well as which areas to challenge them more in.

Imagination and Creativity: Creativity is an important human characteristic. Early years staff help our young children to develop their creativity by providing a creative environment, helping children to build up their skills through play, behaving creatively themselves and praising children’s creative efforts.

N– Nurture: We nurture every child to enable them to grow and reach their fullest potential.

G– Grow: Every child that enters into EYFS has a unique, incredible journey and it is wonderful to watch them grow and develop.

Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Imagination is the door to possibilities. It is where creativity, ingenuity, and thinking outside the box begin for child development. Imaginative and creative play is how children learn about the world. During imaginative play, children manipulate materials, express themselves verbally and non-verbally, plan (intentionally or unintentionally), act, interact, react, and try different roles. Great opportunities for learning are possible when children participate in creative play with dolls, vehicles, blocks, rocks, cardboard, or boxes. Employing creative thinking while manipulating play dough, creating recipes by mixing dirt and water, working with art materials, splashing in puddles, or pretending to fly can further child development.

Imagination fosters cognitive and social development. Everyone wants to raise children who reach their highest intellectual and social/emotional potential. In early childhood education, critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities are goals for children’s development. Imagining, trying new ways of doing things, and experimenting help develop critical thinking in children and foster creative problem-solving. Furthermore, imagination builds social-emotional development by allowing children to contemplate different resolutions, thus boosting children’s confidence, which can be used in interactions with others. Imagination and creativity are also skills that our children will need when they join the workforce of the future.

We’re also delighted to announce that our Early Years Foundation Stage has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ in our latest KHDA’s DSIB inspection report (2018-19) with ‘Outstanding Personal Development & Learning Skills and Outstanding Curriculum and Curriculum Adaptation’.

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