"Early Years" constitute two years of pre-school from the ages of 3 to 5 year olds. They are considered both transitional from home to school and a preparation for formal schooling, which begins in Primary Year 1 (6 years of age). We have based our program on the Foundation Stage of English National Curriculum, which has been adapted to meet the needs of the multicultural students of Hibiscus International School.
The following are the skills our students shall achieve by the end of their second year in Early Childhood Education.
Personal, Social and Emotional development[+]
Disposition and attitudes:
To sustain involvement and persevere in an activity, particularly when trying to solve a problem or reach a conclusion; to be confident to try new activities, initiate ideas and share with the group; to develop respect for their own culture and beliefs and those of others.
To take into account the ideas of others; to form good relationships with peers; to work as part of a group, taking turns and sharing fairly, understanding that there needs to be agreed values and codes of behavior for groups of people and to work together harmoniously.
To display a strong and positive sense of self-identity and be able to express a range of emotions freely and appropriately; to understand what is right and wrong and why that is.
Communication, Language and Literacy[+]
Language for communication and thinking:
To talk and listen confidently and with control, consistently showing awareness of the listener by including relevant detail. To use language to work out and classify ideas, showing control of a range of appropriate vocabulary.
Linking sounds and letters:
To use knowledge of letters, sounds and words when reading and writing independently; to attempt to read simple, regular and sometimes more complex words, using phonics.
To read books of their own choice with some fluency and accuracy; to show an understanding of how information can be found in non-fiction texts and to be able to answer questions.
To hold a pencil and use it effectively to form recognizable letters which are correctly formed; to communicate meaning through phrases and simple sentences with some consistency in punctuating sentences.
Numbers as labels for counting:
To recognize, count, order, write and use numbers; to use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems.
To begin to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting in practical activities and discussions; to use a range of strategies for addition and subtraction, including some mental recall of number bonds.
Shape, space and measurements:
To use mathematical language to describe solid (3D) objects and flat (2D) shapes; to use language such as 'greater', 'smaller', 'heavier', 'lighter' to compare quantities.
Knowledge and understanding of the world[+]
To communicate simple planning for investigations and constructions and to make simple records and evaluations of his/her work; to identify and name key features and properties, sometimes linking different experiences, observations and events; to begin to explore what it means to belong to certain groups and communities.
To repeat, link and adapt simple movements, sometimes commenting on his/her work; to demonstrate coordination and control in large and small movements using a range of tools and equipment safely; to recognize the importance of keeping healthy and eating healthy; to recognize the changes that happen when they are active.
To express feelings and preferences in response to artwork, drama and music and make some comparisons and links between different pieces; to respond to own work and that of others when exploring and communicating ideas, feelings and preferences through art, music, role-play and imaginative play.
We encourage children to talk about their feelings, value, and support one another to find solutions over disagreements and issues.
Once a week the children have music with our music teacher and everyday there is an assembly and Reading Program (D.E.A.R - Drop Everything and Read).
Communication with Parents[+]
We believe that your involvement in your child's early years at school is essential. We encourage you to be as involved as you possibly can be. We are always available to talk with you either before or after school (by appointment). In addition to the more formal meetings (PTM) that we arrange during the year, we also supply a communication book in your child's folder for messages, comments etc. We look forward to getting to know both you and your child/children.