Foundation Stage / Early Years Curriculum
Our Fs1 and Fs2 year groups each benefit from their own lively and well resourced central areas, where they are encouraged to mix with children from other classes in their daily free-flow time. The children also have access to two playgrounds and a specially designed mud kitchen. Each classroom has its own dedicated outside area to encourage our children to spend as much time as possible learning outside (this can be up to two hours per day outside in winter months). In addition to their Early Years Class Teacher, each class has its own teaching assistant, as well as weekly sessions with specialist teachers for Arabic, music, PE and a library lesson.
Within the Early Years, our curriculum focuses on guiding children through seven core areas of learning: Physical development, Personal, social and emotional development, and Communication and language, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Across those disciplines, our children are presented with a variety of problem-solving activities, designed to help them develop critical thinking skills and enhance their curiosity about the world around them. While safety is paramount, we want to create a nurturing environment to encourage our children to take on tasks and challenges that push them beyond their comfort zone.
“In the Foundation Stage Department, teachers have an excellent understanding of how young children learn most effectively. Teachers use open questions skillfully to probe students’ thinking and enable them to communicate their ideas in depth.”KHDA Inspection Report
At Horizon, we value our sense of community and regularly create opportunities for children in the older years of the school, to come into the Early years classrooms to help the younger ones with their reading and writing. We also invite parental involvement and welcome parents into the classroom to share their expertise and get a snapshot of what their children are doing.
We’ve identified continuity of learning as a key marker for success, so we pay particular attention to the transitions between year groups. Before children start FS1, we invite them for a stay and play session to help settle them in, and when it’s time for them to move up to FS2, students have jump-up days to introduce them to the next stage.