WHAT TO EXPECT IN EYFS
GIS teachers ensure that all children feel included, secure, and valued and build positive relationships with parents to work effectively with them and their children. As a result, all our children are unique and are supported on their learning journeys. Our lessons are Child-centred and play-based learning to increase children's engagement, always focussing on the idea that higher levels of engagement often lead to higher levels of progress.
At GIS our youngest students are empowered by following the statutes:
- Because younger children learn primarily through imitation and doing, we provide lessons rich in multisensory, experiential exercises that spark learning through action, imagination, and fun.
- Have opportunities for children to engage in activities planned by the teachers and those they plan or initiate themselves.
- Children do not make a distinction between "play" and "work", and neither do
- Teachers observe and respond appropriately to children, informed by a knowledge of how children develop and learn and a clear understanding of possible next steps in their development and learning.
- For children to have rich and stimulating experiences, the learning environment is planned and well organized using active learning and stationery worktables.
- Provide the structure for teaching within which children explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves, thus enabling them to learn, develop and make good progress.
For each area of development and supportive subjects
This area underpins children's wellbeing and attainment in all other areas of their learning. It helps them to develop social knowledge and friendships, regulate their emotional responses and respond to the needs of others, and develop self-esteem and confidence.
Children's personal, social and emotional development is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the essential attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their feelings and those of others. Children should be supported to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set simple goals, have confidence in their abilities, persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. Through adult modelling and guidance, they learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children, they know how to make good friendships, cooperate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes provide a secure platform for children to achieve at school and later in life.
Speaking, listening, reading, and writing are crucial to children's development. Showing children the importance of language through fun activities and encouraging them to engage with a wide range of texts helps to ignite a lifelong curiosity for learning.
The development of children's spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children's back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment are crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children's language effectively. Reading frequently to children, engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in various contexts will give them a chance to thrive. Through conversation, story-telling and role play, where children share their ideas with support and modelling from their teacher, and sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and language structures.
Our curriculum encourages children to develop movement skills through play, promoting positive attitudes towards exercise and laying the foundations for healthy, active lives.
Physical activity is vital in children's overall development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and developing a child's strength, coordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children in developing their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, coordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional wellbeing. Fine motor control and precision help with hand-eye coordination, which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence
Children must develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the fast working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in a speech before writing).
Children's natural curiosity must be encouraged so that they are equipped to reflect, question, explore and interact and be guided in their understanding of the world. This area of the curriculum lays the foundations for various subjects in primary education and beyond, including science, digital literacy, history, geography and religious education.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and community. The frequency and range of children's personal experiences increase their knowledge and insight into the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting essential members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes, and poems foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building necessary knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support learning across domains—enriching and widening children's vocabulary to support later reading comprehension.
At an early age, it's vital to help children recognize how mathematics impacts everyday life. Through games and activities, we can introduce children to mathematical language, thinking and concepts they will need when they start their primary education.
Developing a solid grounding in numbers is essential, so all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. For example, children should be able to count confidently and create a deep understanding of the number 20, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding - such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and tens frames for organizing counting - children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built. In addition, the curriculum must include rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics, including shape, space and measures. Finally, it is essential that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, 'have a go', talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes.
Creative expression allows children to communicate their ideas and develop their imagination through art, design, music, dance and drama. This important curriculum area brings together skills and cognitive processes across the curriculum.
The development of children's artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. Children must have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, allowing them to explore and play with various media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in are crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.
Involving EYFS kids in their education through play-based learning, like the LEGO® Education Program, would benefit their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Students gain from opportunities to connect ideas, foster creativity, and apply their knowledge and skills to develop their science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills, which include understanding cause-and-effect relationships, making predictions and observations, solving problems, and creating representations. Student discovery and participation in these learning experiences can be facilitated by engaging them in playful ways. Hence, academic engagement and other positive effects on the physical, social, and emotional health of the EYFS learners are expected to be evident in this play-based learning.
We follow the Four Cs approach in which students' active experimentation in finding answers to problems, their production of objects and investigation of causes and consequences are the best ways for them to learn new information about the world. The four phases of the 4Cs process are "Connect – Construct – Contemplate – Continue".
The GIS Genius Minds Program for EYFS is a hundred percent HANDS-ON Program exclusively designed for early students to develop lifelong learning skills. This program awakens their interest, understanding and curiosity to comprehend the superb phenomena of our everyday life and instils in them the marvellous ability to question.
When you're in kindergarten, every day is chock-full of discoveries. These hands-on kindergarten science experiments and activities exploit kids' boundless curiosity. They'll learn about physics, biology, chemistry, and more basic science concepts, gearing them up to become lifelong learners. One of the main objectives is to guide the students to be focused on recognizing patterns and formulating answers to questions about the world around them.
The students are encouraged to develop their curiosity and make observations through hands-on experiments. And as they are introduced to science, the young pupils develop organized and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
These emerging skills will help our students encourage their budding science skills and develop a love for science at an early age which will hone their critical thinking skills as well as their problem-solving skills.