The Early Years and Reception programme is aimed at providing a child-centered approach to learning and in developing the whole child. Specialist teachers lead children in Physical Education, Music and French. Formal lessons in ICT are offered to children in Reception and the Early Years. The school’s Learning Support Department also supports learners with special educational needs (see philosophy section for more details).
Children in the PPS are grouped according to age and placed in five groups namely EY Green (1 year-olds Infants and Toddlers), EY Blue (2 year-olds), EY Red (3 year-olds), EY Yellow (3-4 year-olds) and Reception (rising 5’s). In order to provide the optimal learning environment, we have based our curriculum on the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 0-5 document designed for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years. The Foundation Stage ends in the Reception Year and the EYFS 0-5 document contains a curriculum framework that leads to the Early Learning Goals. These are the objectives most children should achieve by the end of the Reception Year. The EYFS 0-5 gives guidance for teachers in seven learning areas for effective planning, assessment and teaching and prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2). To further enrich our curriculum we also incorporate elements from other internationally recognised educational programmes.
Special Features of the PPS:
- ICT INTEGRATION IN THE CLASSROOM
- PARENTS AS PARTNERS PROGRAMME
- DAILY MORNING EXERCISE ROUTINE
ICT INTEGRATION IN THE CLASSROOM
In keeping with the LICS philosophy ‘Maximising the potential of future world citizens’ it is important to develop in children the skills necessary to ensure that they will be successful in their future roles in society.
To this end the PPS places great importance in ICT integration into the classroom through the use of E-Beams, Bee-Bots (robotics) and programmable toys. This equipment is used to enhance the delivery of curriculum objectives in an interactive and fun way.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS PROGRAMME
The PPS at LICS also places great importance on parental involvement in the learning and development of young children. To this end we have a very well established ‘Parents as Partners’ programme that provides workshops, talks, social events and opportunities for parents to work with and provide activities for, learners during the school day.
DAILY MORNING EXERCISE ROUTINE
The PPS has developed an early morning exercise routine for children in the Early Years (2-4yr olds). We believe instilling an understanding of the importance of physical activity in young children will help them lead a life time healthy living.
The benefits of physical fitness are well documented and include: improved memory, a stronger immune system, maintenance of body weight, improvement of self-esteem, the list is endless. The morning exercise programme supplements and complements our well established gross motor programme.
Another special feature of the PPS is the Afternoon Activity facility offered to children aged 2 to 5 years. This programme runs from 14:30hrs to 15:45hrs from Monday to Thursday. Activities offered in this programme are well planned and supplement those provided in the morning sessions.