Early Years

What your Child Will Learn

Early Years Overview. Welcome to the Early Years section of The Bridge International School. We lay a solid foundation that provides your children with exciting and rewarding experiences. We hope the information you will findon this website will help you gain an understanding and appreciation of your child’s early year’s experiences. We provide a basic foundation for your child’s education and make each child’s first experience with school a successful and happy one. As teachers and parents we must remember, and keep in mind, that a positive self-image is the main ingredient to a child’s success; as such, our job as parents and teachers is to make this a priority. As we look forward to nurturing and molding these little ones, we are reminded that Knowledge enters the mind gradually, almost unconsciously. It is the teacher’s job to plant it like a seed, tend to it with encouragement and love, and nurture it while it grows and blooms. Our teachers, specialists, and support staffcreate such an atmosphere for all our students to grow and blossom.

In Early Years, when pupils are in the Pre-Nursery or Foundation classes, there are seven areas of learning and development:

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

• Physical Education provides opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, to develop their coordination, control and movement, to understand the importance of physical activity and make healthy choices in relation to food.

• 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 have confidence in their own abilities.

• Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters to foster reading and writing.

• Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition – subtraction problems, describing 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 enabling 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, movement, role play, design and technology.

Welcome to our school! We know you will enjoy being here as a family and working towards achieving the best.