Our Early Years
Welcome note from the Early Years team
Early Years at Emirates International School Meadows is an inspiring, special time for our children at the beginning of their learning journey.
The Early Years Primary Years Programme (EY PYP) focuses on developing children as inquirers through a play based learning environment. As teachers of Early Learners, we act as nurturing facilitators, supporting the children in their interests along with developing key skills in Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
When walking into our Early Years classrooms, you will see vibrant learning areas set up following the current transdisciplinary theme, keeping the children’s interests as a central focus. Our purposeful learning environment is created to ensure that children work collaboratively, building key skills in higher order thinking, questioning and problem solving, as well as ensuring that all learning is meaningful.
Early Years children have daily access to our large, fully shaded outdoor play area and each classroom has interactive whiteboards to further enhance the teaching and learning. Above all, our children are made to feel happy and safe within the learning environment, enabling them to become successful, confident learners.
Learning is a life long journey and we feel privileged to be forming the foundations of this on a daily basis. The Early Years teaching team is dedicated to giving our children the best possible start on this journey, providing them with rich learning opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.
Within our Early Years classrooms teachers ensure that our specific learning intentions link with the current transdiciplinary theme. There are 4 transdisciplinary themes that are explored across Early Years 1 and in Early Years 2. Within each, children build key academic and social and emotional skills.
Our children are constantly encouraged to be independent in their thinking, express themselves and their opinions confidently, become problem solvers and work collaboratively with each other.
Within Early Years, children build the foundations of their reading and writing skills through our rigorous phonics program. We follow the Read, Write Inc. scheme of work to ensure that the children are developing their phonetic understanding, and achieving the correct milestones in order to begin to read and write and apply these key skills in their daily learning.
Early Years Timetable
Children in the Early Years learn through play, by exploring and inquiring in the areas of learning carefully set up in the classroom. Each Early Years class will have dedicated teaching time, as well as small group activities and child initiated learning.
- Phonics5 lessons per week (Streamed according to ability groups in EY2)
- Language4 lessons per week
- Mathematics4 lessons per week
- Science1 lesson per week
- Arabic3 lessons per week
- PE1 lesson per week
- Music1 lesson per week