The British International School Early Years Foundation Stage

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ANY school really starts right at the beginning – in the Foundation Stage where children develop a love of learning. BIS Foundation Stage One and Two classes welcome 3 – 4 year olds and 4 – 5 year olds respectively and offers them a safe and stimulating enviroment where they can learn from a variety of experiences. The Foundation Stage classes are housed in modern, fully air-conditioned premises at the school.

Facilities include areas for a variety of learning situations, indoor and outdoor play spaces, a soft play room and access to swimming pools during supervised lesson time. The classes are staffed by qualified and experienced expatriate teachers who are supported by trained classroom assistants. Education is a team effort involving the child, parents and the teacher, and in Foundation Stage BIS strives to foster a friendly cooperative working relationship between home and school.

It is the School’s ethos that each child is a unique and special individual whose route to learning does not necessarily conform to accepted principals. They provide exactly what each child needs at the time they need it in a inquiry-based environment.

In their endeavour to provide the very best pre-school education for our children BIS has a number of guiding principals:

The Early Years teachers at the British International School believe that play underpins all development and learning for young children, and that Foundation Stage children learn best when:

* they feel happy and secure, and know that their thoughts and needs are valued and respected;

* they are actively engaged in a stimulating and language-rich indoor and outdoor learning environment;

* they are encouraged to think independently and to make their own decisions;

* the adults in their lives understand, support and offer them positive challenges in all areas of their learning;

* they feel confident and are prepared to take risks and make mistakes;

* they are given opportunities to learn collaboratively with their friends and through their friends.

BIS has taken the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance as a basis and have designed a multi-sensory , exciting and motivating curriculum around these.

There are six areas of development around which they have constructed an activity based curriculum. These areas are: Language Development, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, Creative Development, Physical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Personal Social and Emotional Development. The children are class based for some time each day (for story time, singing, snacks etc). BIS believes that this is necessary to establish routines and the close bond with a teacher that characterises the whole school. We know we have a lot to offer, come and discuss how to give your child the best possible start. (William Xue)

Jakarta Globe, November 17, 2009

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