The Foundation section is comprised of three year groups Nursery 1 (ages 2, 8- 3) Nursery 2 (ages 3-4) and Reception (ages 4-5). At the British International School of the University of Lodz we base our teaching and learning delivery on a play- based curriculum using the 2017 EYFS (The Early Years Foundation Stage) framework with the addition of other foreign language learning, such as Spanish.
Our timetable is built on:
Understanding the World – through songs and games children learn about the physical world, community, places, technology and the environment.
Creative Development and Music- children are allowed to express themselves through a variety of activities in art, music and movement. We regularly prepare shows where children have the chance to get involved in acting, singing and dancing to celebrate different international festivals. Children are exposed to classical music while having a rest/ napping, eating their snacks and playing.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development- we help children develop a positive sense of themselves, form positive relationships, develop respect for others, understand appropriate behaviour in groups and develop social skills.
Numeracy- we develop children’s skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, measures. We also teach them numbers and to understand them. Children start simple addition and subtraction through playing and singing.
Literacy- we develop children’s knowledge about the written world through Jolly Phonics where using the TPR method (Total Physical Response ) children, in a natural for them way – singing and showing, get to know the sounds of the English language. They begin to form them in sand, playdough, on magic boards, and later on blend them to start their own reading. Children have access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems etc. ) where we develop their own interest in literature.
Communication and Language- children are given opportunities to experience a rich language environment in order to help them express their own feelings and communicate with others.
In Foundation playing underpins the learning and all aspects of children’s development. Through play, the children develop language, put new ideas into practice, take risks, show their great imagination and learn how to live in a group.