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+965 2225 6777

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2 Street, Block 12

Salmiya, Kuwait

07:00 - 14:30

Sunday to Thursday

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+965 2225 6777

For all enquiries

2 Street, Block 12

Salmiya, Kuwait

07:00 - 14:30

Sunday to Thursday

Early Years

Welcome to Foundation

Gulf British Academy’s Early Years Foundation programme for Pre-KG, KG and Reception classes aims to meet the standards set out in England’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum framework. We promote learning through play and activity based teaching.

We recognise that children learn differently and at different rates, so we provide a creative and varied Foundation programme to ensure your child has the opportunity to flourish. This is a very important stage in your child’s education and we strive to foster a love of learning and exploration in order to prepare your child for Key Stage 1.

The early years leaning goals are based on 3 prime areas of development and 4 specific learning areas:

Prime areas of development

Communication and language

Using a variety of situations, emphasis is placed on listening, understanding, attention, and expression through speaking and answering simple questions.

Physical

Here we focus on developing spatial awareness and manual dexterity as well as instilling the importance of a healthy diet, physical exercise, and basic hygiene.

Personal, social and emotional

Through activities and speaking in groups, we promote confidence and self-awareness, and encourage children to play co-operatively with empathy and good behaviour.

Specific learning areas

Literacy

Focus is centred on learning simple reading and writing skills, developing phonic knowledge and understanding the basics of what is being read and written.

Mathematics

Learning covers basic counting, sharing, subtraction, addition, shape recognition and measurements using objects and basic mathematical language.

Understanding the world

We encourage pupils to observe and talk about their surroundings and their lives, and how they themselves are similar or different to other children.

Expressive arts and design

Exploration and imagination is the focus here. Children sing, dance and make music. They learn through play as well as paint to express their own ideas.

Early Years Curriculums and Expectations

Curriculum Overviews 2018-2019 (Reception)

Download the curriculum overview for Reception (pdf).  It covers Terms 1, 2 and 3, and summarises the topics that will be covered across the core subjects.

End-of-year Expectations (by end of Reception)

Download the end-of-year expectations for Foundation (pdf).  It outlines the learning expectations for Maths, Writing and Reading based on the New National Curriculum.

Please work on these targets with your children throughout the year.  This will support the work we do and help to ensure they achieve their full potential.

A day in the life of...

The Reception timetable is very flexible and often changes in order to fit the needs of the children. Lessons can be shortened or extended as needed.

7:30am – The day starts at 7:30am for pupils and we begin with circle time. This is a time for teachers and pupils to talk and discuss, share ideas, sing songs and form relationships and good communication within the classroom community. Once circle time is finished, we move on to phonics.

8:05am – Phonics is a vital part of the Reception classroom and it builds the basis for reading. There is a big emphasis on the teaching of phonics and it forms an important part of the day. Children begin by learning the sounds that individual letters make and slowly move on to blending these sounds together to read words.

8:40am – Break time. A chance for pupils to put the learning and prime areas of development into practice through playing with their friends. Reception do not eat at break times. This is solely a chance to “learn through play”.

9:00am – Snack time. This is the opportunity for children to eat in a relaxed and informal manner.

9:10am – From 9:10am until 12:20pm, pupils will cover all areas of development from Literacy to Personal, Social and Emotional development.  Lessons are taught in an interactive and play-based manner with a mix of direct and indirect teaching. Each Reception class timetable is different in order to fit in specialist lessons such as music and Arabic.

12:20pm – Formal teaching stops at 12:20pm and the Teaching Assistants take the bus children to catch their buses. During this time, non-bus children have “free play” or story time.

1:00pm – This is the end of the day for our Reception children and parents come to collect their children from the classrooms. We take great care to ensure we are fulfilling our safeguarding and child protection duties at GBA, so children will only be sent home with a known adult.

Learning links

Please find below a list of Early Years Foundation Years-specific, external links to online learning resources/useful websites that you can visit to augment your child’s learning.

Always review the websites ahead of time so that you are able to help your child find the best resources available within the sites. Some offer a great number of games, songs, stories, videos, etc., so it is important to know the website well in order to support and develop your child’s learning.

Busy Things

Excellent site built around the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. You can access a free 7-day trial, but you need to subscribe after this period to access the content – various subscription packages are available.


Topmarks

Games of varying quality to support different areas of learning. Select the appropriate age group.


CBeebies

Many games often recognised by children from their favourite programmes – (note: videos may not work).


LearnEnglish Kids – British Council

British Council “LearnEnglish Kids” – songs and stories at different levels.


Fun with Spot

New and improved! Try creating your own Spot story.


Play School (via The ABC)

Various educational games, videos and craft ideas.


Barnaby Bear (via BBC Schools)

Visit the world with Barnaby Bear!


The Little Animals’ Activity Centre (via BBC Schools)

Plenty of good quality activities to support learning.


Poisson Rouge

Many delightful games. Spend some time exploring! (site may need registration first).


PhonicsPlay

Great site with some free phonics games.


Letters and Sounds

Phonics website – check out the resources and games from Phase 1 to Phase 4.


Starfall
A site based on phonics (American). Many early reading activities, stories, etc.


Crickweb – Early Years

Lots of maths and literacy games.


Oxford Owl

Interactive books and reading activities to share with your child at home.


ICT Games

Some excellent numeracy and literacy resources.