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The British School in The Netherlands

Early Years Curriculum

Both years within the Foundation Stage are based on a specialist Early Years curriculum made up of seven key developmental areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, Social and Emotional

In this area, we help children to:

  • develop a positive sense of themselves, and others;
  • form positive relationships; learn how to respect others;
  • develop social skills; manage their feelings;
  • understand appropriate group behaviour;
  • develop confidence in their own abilities.
Cummunication

Communication and Language

This vital area of development focuses on providing the children with a rich tapestry of learning experiences that develop their language abilities, confidence and skills. For children, developing language is all about having the confidence to try and express themselves along with the patience to listen to others in a wide range of different situations.

Physical Development

Physical Development

Staff provide all sorts of exciting opportunities for the children to be active, interactive and energetic. Healthy choices in relation to food and the importance of lifelong physical activity as part of a person’s all-round well-being are also taught.

Literacy

Literacy

This area is planned to encourage and support children to link sounds and letters together whilst acknowledging that all children develop at their own pace.

Mathematics

Mathematics

Children enjoy solving problems and the learning we invite them to take part in within Mathematics provides all sorts of stimulating opportunities to develop and improve their thinking and reasoning skills.

Understanding the World

Understanding the World

Opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment is a key aspect of learning in this area.

Expressive Arts & Design

Expressive Arts and Design

This area of the curriculum provides children with opportunities to share ideas, thoughts and feelings through exciting activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.