Welcome to Early Years
At DIS we value Early Years Education and recognise the impact of a child’s early experiences upon their future learning. We believe our Early Years programme provides a stimulating, secure and fun environment for children aged 3 to 5 years old, where they can grow in confidence and independence, achieving skills which will allow them to become life-long learners.
Our curriculum is based upon the English Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) and is delivered by experienced and highly dedicated classroom and specialist teachers.
We are committed to working within the four themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which are:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
We promote a healthy lifestyle and by meeting the physical and emotional needs of our children, we create a clean and safe environment for them to thrive in. At DIS, we work together to promote children's welfare and protection.
Our aim in EY1 is to develop children who are confident and at ease in their new school environment. They learn in a well-resourced, friendly and stimulating environment. In EY1 we provide a well-planned topic based curriculum that meets the learning needs and styles all of our children. Opportunities are provided to learn through play, investigate, explore, ask, create and consolidate their understanding, using both indoor and outdoor areas. The learning experiences take place in an enjoyable, safe and rewarding environment, which enable them to begin their lifelong learning journey with confidence. The children work mainly with their homeroom teacher who is supported by a teaching assistant, and they also receive specialist teaching in PE, Music, Arabic and swimming as part of the curriculum.
What topics are we learning about in EY1
EY1 Long Term Plan 2016-17
EY1 Fairytales & Fantasies
EY1 Me & My World
Our aim in EY2 is to provide students with an enjoyable, topic based curriculum that encourages them to learn through play, exploration and discovery. Children in EY2 begin the day with a lively ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ session to prepare them for a busy day of learning. Our children are encouraged to develop as independent, creative and inquisitive learners. Learning and teaching takes place within well planned topic-related themes that allow children to link their knowledge of the world around them with exciting new discoveries. We deliver a phonics program in which children work in differentiated groups to maximise their progress. Children develop their reading and writing skills at their own pace through short, active phonic sessions giving them confidence and enthusiasm.
Our Learning objectives are taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and we provide teaching activities that are designed to be diverse, relevant, fun and active. The EY LET's statements are built into weekly planning. This allows the children to reflect on what and how they learn using statements such as ‘I am proud of my work’ and ’I learn in different ways.’ To celebrate the completion of a topic, parents are invited to our ‘Sharing Sessions’ during which students proudly present their learning.
At DIS, we treat each child as an individual nurturing and valuing their personalities, abilities and cultures.
We recognise that parents are the child's first educators. We respect and value our parents and we aim to have an open, honest and supportive relationship with the families of our school.
We believe that children and adults flourish best in a welcoming and inclusive environment with appropriate learning opportunities. At DIS, each child is free to develop at his or her own pace, guided and encouraged by the teachers. The carefully prepared indoor and outdoor environments are aimed at providing the children with a variety of early experiences, enabling them to learn and achieve whilst enjoying themselves in a fun and stimulating environment. We use a wide range of resources to support the children's learning and development within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Observations of our Early Years children are a key part of our planning, so that their individual interests and strengths may be recognised and developed appropriately. It is important to us that warm and caring relationships are built between our teachers and their children, as we feel that a solid platform of trust encourages children to become risk takers in their safe and comfortable environment.
We believe that children succeed in an environment where everyone knows what is expected of them, and where children are free to develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else. We aim to work towards a setting in which children can develop their self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. For this, we set clear boundaries, and will, through simple ‘ground rules’ maintain consistency for our children.
School Timings 2016-17
Our school day timings for the new academic year 2016-2017 are as follows:
Early Years: 7:50am to 12:30pm; Sunday to Thursday