THE ‘EARLY YEARS’ FOUNDATION STAGE AT MIS

At Mandarin International School (MIS), we believe that every child is unique.  That they are constantly learning to be resilient, capable, confident, and self-assured. We aim to deliver the best learning curriculum while offering a wide variety of activities and group sessions based on the Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom. This program provides a structure of learning opportunities through which we develop the different aspects of early education including the STEAM curriculum. Within the early years of schooling (nursery, preschool, and kindergarten) students will learn through a range of play-based opportunities as well as adult-led and independent activities both indoors and outdoors on an everyday basis. There are daily whole-class teaching sessions that include handwriting, phonics, mathematics, and literacy as well as weekly PE, dance, music, as well as Thai, and Mandarin language courses.

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The four principles which form the basis of EYFS:

 

  • A Unique Child – Every child is a unique individual who is constantly striving to learn, be resilient, be capable, confident, and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, where their individual needs are met and links are strong between their home lives and their school lives.
  • Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision as well as those who need extra guidance.
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We pride ourselves on our creative curriculum which allows children to engage in many real-life opportunities within an immersive environment.

The 7 Areas of Learning and Development

Personal, Social, and Emotional Development – This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of self-awareness and belonging as well as forming positive relationships through play and conversation while developing respect for others. This is also detrimental to developing social skills and learning how to manage their feelings to better understand appropriate behavior among social groups and learn how to behave appropriately in different situations. Through this course, students will be able to build up their confidence regarding their abilities by encouraging others to speak up in a group and to ask for help when and if they need to.

 

Communication and Language

Proper and productive development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich learning environment. This will ultimately encourage them to build their confidence and social skills in expressing themselves through conversation and concentration by focusing on listening, attention, understanding, instructions, and speaking to peers and adults in a variety of situations.

 

Physical Development

Moving and handling of sports equipment as well as equipment used in the classroom, (i.e.: pencils and scissors.) Health and self-care, teaching children to understand what being healthy means and how to properly care for themselves, for example dressing and going to the bathroom independently and how to make healthy choices concerning food.

Literacy

Laying out the foundation for children’s reading through rhyme, letter sounds, stories, and books. Writing allows children to make marks on paper and assign meaning to them. Looking at letter formations and learning to write their name.

 

Mathematics

Learning how to count, recognize, understand, and compare numbers and groups of objects. Begin to have an understanding of simple addition and subtraction. “Space, shape and measure”, learning about shapes and patterns and exploring with measurement, height, and weight and developing mathematical language.

 

Understanding the world

How to understand different people and different communities, learning how to solve problems, how to ask questions, make decisions, experiment, predict, and plan in a variety of varying contexts. It helps to develop their senses and understanding of their physical world. Children will discuss stories about their home life and past experiences and begin to gain an understanding of how other cultures operate. By doing this, they will learn more about people and communities where they come from. Children will also explore the impact of information and communication technology on their everyday lives.

 

Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using media and materials; learning to explore and share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-playing activities. They are presented with opportunities to experiment with different forms of media, resources, and a wide range of activities that will not only inspire them but also stimulate their creativity and motivation, keeping them moving forward.

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