Our Early Years curriculum is based on the 2014 Early Years Foundation Stage Framework of England.
The framework develops concepts, skills, learning strategies and positive attitudes in the intellectual, social and physical areas of learning. Opportunities are provided for individual, small group and whole group instruction. The curriculum is facilitated through open-ended themes allowing children to build on what they already know and to stimulate further questions for enquiry and exploration.
The ways in which our students interact with each other and the environment – through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically - underpins effective learning and development across the Prime and Specific areas of learning. As they develop their individual characteristics of learning, in response to relationships and experiences within the context of our environment, students enjoy achieving what they set out to do and creatively choose their own ways to do things, justifiably proud of meeting challenges for their own sake.
The Prime areas of learning encompass Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These areas of learning are fundamental in supporting the children’s development in all other areas. The Specific areas of learning provide the important contexts for learning as our students grow. They include the essential skills and knowledge our students will need for successful participation in a global society – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
For young children’s wellbeing and development, the outdoor environment is as valued and important as the indoor environment. When given the choice, the outdoors is where most children want to be and playing outdoors is what they most want. The outdoors is different to indoors and these differences are what make it special and important. We ensure that our students have access to a high-quality outdoor environment and that the climate here in Hong Kong provides a wonderfully rich and dynamic environment for exploration, play and discussion. Rain does not stop outdoor play, we provide all-weather suits and ask that you provide a pair of Wellington Boots for your child that can stay at school.
Further details of the Early Years Foundation Stage and helpful guides for parents can be accessed at Foundation Years