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Foundation Stage (FS1 & FS2)

Safa British School Dubai is a British school that provides Foundation Stage education (FS1 and FS2), as set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of England. Our purpose built campus is conveniently located on Meydan Street, close to Jumeriah, Umm Seqeim, Down Town and Business Bay, and we are proud to welcome Foundation Stage pupils to our diverse family of international, young learners.

The EYFS is a framework set out by the British Government, that sets the standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to five years of age. It is important that all children are given the opportunity to experience the best possible start to their education.

We need to ensure that our children enter school having established solid foundations on which they can build. Children will start in our Foundation Stage having had a range of different experiences. Within FS1 and FS2, learning experiences of the highest quality are planned, considering children’s needs and achievements and the range of learning experiences that will help them make progress. Well-planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge, both within the indoor and outdoor learning environments. The Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and is consistent with the National Curriculum for England.

In the Foundation Stage, the curriculum is planned and resourced to take children’s learning forward and to provide opportunities for all children to succeed in an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued.

The curriculum for the Foundation Stage is designed to ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and to build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The curriculum is planned in seven areas of learning and development; all areas are important and inter-connected.

There are three prime areas which are:

Communication and Language Development

Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development

Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.

There are four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These specific areas are:

Literacy Development

Involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics

Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the World

Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

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