Early Years, Early Years 1 and Year 2
At ISH we believe that young children learn best…
- through high quality play
- when actively engaged
- when they make their own choices
- when supported by skilled adults
- at their own pace
- in a challenging and responsive learning environment
In the Early Years, we recognise that children are naturally curious and wish to experiment, explore and make sense of the world around them. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters guidance to track the children's learning against the development statements and learning goals. The seven areas of learning are; Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Our environment is inspired by the Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches, which is student-centered, constructivist and utilises self-directed and experiential learning. We emphasise the growth of children's inquiry, creativity, curiosity and imagination, while the development of basic skills is carefully nurtured. Our child-centered approach to learning recognises that children learn at their own pace. We aim to develop the children’s unique and individual potential as inquisitive and active learners.
Throughout the Early Years, we track the children's learning through documentation in their Learning Journey. This is shared with parents and carers regularly and informs our planning, enabling us to create individual next steps for each child. We place great importance on the whole child and seek to work very closely with families to ensure individuals fulfil their potential; socially, emotionally and academically.
In Early Years, Physical Education, Music and Dutch is fully integrated into the programme, through free flow and class sessions. The children are allocated a home classroom in which they start the day. Following this, they have access to all the learning opportunities across the indoor and outdoor environment.
In Early Years One, we follow a similar start to the day, with time in the home classroom for the morning routines. This is followed by free flow access to the classroom and the outdoors. During the day, there are opportunities for whole class teaching moments, as well as specialist lessons for Music, Dutch and PE.
The children continue the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum during the settling period and after this they follow the IPC curriculum. For Literacy, Writing and Phonics, they follow the Writing Workshop Units of Study in Writing and the Units of Study in Phonics.