THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (NURSERY TO RECEPTION 2)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the first three years in a child’s schooling experience at International British Academy (IBA). The EYFS course follows the stages as indicated in the outline below:
|Year Group||Age Range||UK Key Stage|
|Nursery||3-4 Year Olds||Early Years|
|Reception 1||4-5 Year Olds||Early Years|
|Reception 2||5-6 Year Olds||Early Years|
Before a child starts school, parents have already played a fundamental role in providing early learning experiences. Teachers at IBA value the continued involvement of parents in the education of their child. We aim to develop self-confident and happy children who are eager to learn and share their experiences with others in a safe and stimulating environment.
The period of schooling from the age of three to the end of the Reception 2 year is described as the Foundation Stage. It is a distinct key stage and is important both in its own right and in preparing children for later learning. Early childhood is a crucial stage of life in terms of children’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and of their wellbeing. Growth is both rapid and differential and a significantly high proportion of learning takes place up to the age of six. It is now recognised that it is just as important how a child learns, as what a child learns and this is taken into consideration when planning the range of activities for each day.
Children are constantly encountering new experiences and seeking to understand them. Building on what they already know, they extend their skills, develop more confidence and deepen their understanding of the world by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. In a relaxed environment where staff is trained to structure a curriculum that emerges from the observation of the learners’ interests and builds upon their current knowledge, children will enjoy measurable, long-term social and intellectual benefits.
EARLY LEARNING GOALS
The early learning goals below set out what is expected for most children by the end of the Foundation Stage and these goals are set in context within six areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Language and literacy
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
We aim to increase:
Personal, social and emotional development:
By encouraging the children to gain confidence and independence, and to show appropriate respect for themselves, others and the environment.
Communication, language and literacy:
By stressing the need for good oral communication and listening skills, the importance of books, print awareness and basic aspects of writing development.
Knowledge and skills in mathematics:
By providing many practical activities in sorting, data collecting, measuring, time, space, shape and number.
Knowledge and understanding of the world around them:
By exploring, observing and investigating the natural world around them, finding out about their families, past and present events in their lives.
By helping children to move with increased confidence and control, through developing and practising their gross and fine motor skills.
By using a variety of materials, tools and instruments to improve their creative, aesthetic and musical appreciation.
A Message from the Headmaster
Welcome to the International British Academy’s website and thank you for your interest in our IBA. This is an exciting time to be a part of this growing and dynamic school as we prepare to be the international school-of-choice for parents who want their children to experience an education that prepares them for a changing world and a global society.
As we prepare our students for entry into highly selective universities and to pursue challenging careers with rigorous and diverse academic programmes, we also ensure that each student learns personal and social responsibility through programmes that encourage self-discipline and community service.
At IBA our vision is to provide the highest quality of British education whilst at the same time preserving the best of Filipino culture and tradition in a multicultural and international environment where differences are respected and treasured.
The most important person to you and this academy is your child and we consider it a privilege to work with you to ensure that your child achieves their personal best in a safe and nurturing community. Remembering that one of our important tasks is to produce leaders for the future, IBA encourages its students to exercise leadership that is compassionate, democratic and tolerant with an education that rests on the following five pillars:
- Academic excellence that promotes ethical enquiry and informed choices
- Student-centred approaches to learning, which nurture creativity
- Developing confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem
- Promoting democracy and a sense of responsibility to our community
- Promoting a respect for the environment
I hope that browsing the pages of this web-site gives you a glimpse into the life of the IBA family where we strive to challenge every student to achieve his or her potential, and to develop the skills and interests to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
– Mr. Bryan Riddin, Headmaster, International British Academy