Early Years Foundation Stage

Young children learn from everything around them – people, the environment, the atmosphere, the routine, and the experiences that they share. All of these elements make up the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. All aspects of children’s growth and development are closely woven together. However, the EYFS describes areas of learning so that teachers and staff provide a wide variety of learning opportunities for children to develop well and reach their full potential.

In the Pre-Prep School we plan a challenging and age-appropriate curriculum that uses the progression of knowledge and skills found in both the EYFS and English national curriculum at Key Stage 1.

We map our curriculum throughout the Pre-Prep using seven areas of learning.

The three ‘prime areas of learning’ that underpin all other learning are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The four ‘specific areas of learning’ are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world (science, history and geography)
  • Expressive art and design (art, music, design and technology)

The Pre-Prep curriculum also acknowledges the Brazilian national curriculum for early years, the Lei de Diretrizes e Bases – 9394/96 and the Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para a Educação Infantil. Furthermore, pupils have weekly Portuguese lessons in which the children develop their Portuguese skills. Here they learn about Brazilian culture with a specialist teacher who focuses on communication and language through traditional Brazilian stories, songs and games.