Nursery and Reception
Learning is divided into seven key areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
- Physical Development
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Communication and Language Development
Involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.
- Literacy Development
Involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials – books, poems, and other written materials, to ignite their interest.
Involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
- Understanding the World
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive Arts and Design
Involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Children are encouraged to develop their skills across a wide range of areas – both academic and social. Over the two years of the EYFS, our Nursery and Reception classes will gradually develop the basic skills the children need to thrive in later life - at school and beyond. We develop reading and writing through a series of progressive activities, including stroke making, learning the alphabet and phonics work. Children will also learn basic numeracy skills and by the end of EYFS will be able to perform simple addition and subtraction problems. We look at the wider world and try to understand how and why things happen. SIS also places emphasis on play-based learning and outdoor activities. We also love to give our students the chance to explore and experiment with Art, Music and other creative pursuits. Reception children are exposed to our language classes and begin to study Mandarin. Our Malaysian children also study the national language, Bahasa.
Children are assessed using the EYFS Profile which documents a child’s progress over their two years from Nursery, aged 3 to the end of Reception, aged 5. The profile contains a variety of evidence and teacher reflection and comment highlighting areas where children are doing well and where help is still required.
We welcome all prospective EYFS children to come and join the school for a few days and enjoy learning with our current children. Please feel free to make an appointment to come and look around the school or to chat with one of our staff.
Download some Phonics activities to boost your child’s phonics skills:
SIS Phonics Workbook 1
SIS Phonics Workbook 2
SIS Phonics Workbook 3
SIS Phonics Workbook 4