Our eclectic preschool curriculum is broad as it is deep and mirrors our own desire to learn and continuously grow in knowledge. Designed to provide children with a solid academic foundation, it implements a multi-sensory integrated approach to education.
Our monthly topics serve as cornerstones for learning and all activities are planned around them, allowing children to delve into the subject matter in a fun and age appropriate way and acquire a variety of skills/concepts, making learning more meaningful to them.
With the exception of Emergency Services, World Day, seasons and special cultural celebrations, all other topics are either chosen by children themselves, or are planned in response to their current interests.
Arts and Crafts
In the Blue Group, children are encouraged to allow their creativity to flow freely and express themselves uninhibitedly through art. Their artistic expression is valued and enhanced through one to one sessions, as well as group projects.
We place a great deal of emphasis on process art, where the creative journey or process of creation is more important than the end product.
Our art and crafts activities ensure that children get the best of both worlds. Teacher-directed projects expose children to new art processes, help develop skills and reinforce what children are learning.
Child directed projects foster creativity by allowing children to enjoy the process of creation and express themselves whilst exploring and experimenting with different media.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to literacy and numeracy, respectively. We aim to promote high standards to ensure school readiness and equip children with the necessary skills needed for a smooth transition.
Literacy - we implement the Jolly Phonics programme which is ideal for young learners as it offers a multi-sensory and “hands on” approach to teaching and learning, with fun actions, stories and songs designed to enhance letter (sound) recognition, blending and segmenting.
Numeracy – areas of focus include; number recognition and ordering, shapes, quantity, size, measurement, patterns, graphing and simple addition and subtraction.
Our differentiated literacy and numeracy programmes allow teachers to deliver lessons at varying levels of difficulty in order to cater to the needs of all students.
Our curriculum reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing and is therefore a main area of focus in the Blue Group.
The activity sheets following Circle Times are designed to enhance children’s fine motor skills (pencil control, cutting skills and hand-eye co-ordination) as well as their concentration span, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
BLUE GROUP CURRICULUM
Staff are dedicated to providing the best possible care and rich, stimulating learning experiences for your child, giving them the opportunity to unfold their full potential in a warm and welcoming environment where they feel safe, valued and respected.
We strongly believe that effective education in the early years has the power to transform the lives of children. Your child's needs as a learner are at the heart of our approach. We aim to instil a lasting love for learning in children that will accompany them throughout their lives and make them passionate learners.
We fully recognise the value of play and the important role it has in children’s learning and development in the early years, hence, the incorporation of regular free-play sessions in our daily routine, where staff join in to enhance children’s play and introduce new concepts.
We strongly believe that quality interactions with adults is key to the acquisition of language for young children. We endeavour to provide a language/literacy rich environment for your children and quality exposure to the English language, in order to help them understand and express their thoughts, feelings and desires effectively.
The open-ended programme we pursue is also geared towards helping children develop habits of observation, questioning, critical thinking, problem solving and encourages them to utilise their intellectual and creative abilities.
It aims to equip each child with the social, emotional, and academic skills required in school, ensuring a smooth, stress-free transition.
We largely adhere to the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) a statutory framework used in all early years facilities in England , which enables us to help your child develop and enhance their skills in the seven most crucial areas of learning and development including; Speech, Language and Communication - Physical Development - Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Numeracy - Literacy - Expressive Arts and Design - and Understanding of the World.
We aim to do this through a balance of structured, child initiated, adult led, and child led activities.
Our eclectic curriculum ensures the best outcomes for our young pupils. Concretely, this means that we pick the most effective and promising techniques from different styles and combine them to create a high-quality educational programme which lays a strong foundation for future academic success.
These different styles include…
Group Objectives In Line with the 7 Areas of Learning and Development (EYFS)
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
Self confidence, self efficacy , self awareness
Independence, basic safety (risk assessment) security and a readiness to learn from new experiences
Meaningful interactions with peers and adults
Sharing, turn taking
Behaviour management, conflict resolution skills
Building emotional intelligence
Teamwork and co-operative play
Speech, Language, Communication
Listening and concentration skills (auditory processing)
Understanding, retelling stories, recalling information, and following instructions
Speaking and conversational skills (observing nuances of polite conversation)
Awareness of how to be healthy
Ability to use a range of equipment
Practical skills (dressing , toileting, personal hygiene)
Gross and fine motor skills
Letter and sound recognition
Writing own Name
Syllabification of words
Reading CVC blends
Pencil control / controlled mark making
Number ordering and Identification 1-20 (and beyond)
Counting by rote, counting on and backwards and 1-1 correspondence
Shape identification and recognition (2D and some 3D shapes) Continuing and Extending Patterns
Sorting, categorising and quantifying objects/groups of objects according to various attributes
Performing simple addition and subtraction
Understanding of the World
Science (observation, explorative and investigative skills)
History (awareness of changes over time and knowledge of past times/ civilisations)
Geography (understanding of earth)
I.T. (understanding of digital media and technology)
Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring , colours, textures , shapes and other media
Colour wheel - mixing colours – primary/secondary
Famous artists and different art techniques
Music, music making, singing
Imagination and creativity
During the transitional months, July to September, our focus is on preparing children who are leaving for the school transition and settling newcomers into the group.
Our standard programme begins in October, once children have settled in and have been acclimatised to the group and the daily routine.
Our weekly programme from October is as follows…
Monday - Topic related activities
Tuesday – Mathematics /Numeracy Day -
Wednesday – Science Day
Thursday –Alphabet Day – utilising the Jolly Phonics programme