“Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.” (Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), 2012)
The Foundation stage is a critical time in a child’s school career. This is the time when they form attitudes towards learning and begin to understand the learning process. How children adapt, interact and learn at this young age can impact on how they will achieve in the future. At this time children are eager and willing to try new things and absorb information rapidly. It is important to maximize on this and play is the perfect way to allow children opportunities to explore concepts, acquire knowledge and experiment with their own ideas. Play is children’s “work”, during play children are motivated and excited to try out and develop a range of different skills. It is important that children are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities that support all areas of their development. These activities should be a mixture of adult led and child initiated. During the activities teachers will keep observations of the children to evaluate how they are progressing and accessing the curriculum.
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.”
– Chinese proverb
It is important to remember this Chinese proverb, I am sure we can all remember being told something and then forgetting it instantly. Children are exactly the same; they need to be actively involved in the learning process at each stage from planning what they want/need to do through to carrying it out. Here at ISB we are dedicated to fostering children’s love of learning and inquisitive nature. We strive to provide an enabling environment for our students that is both visually stimulating and inviting so as to ensure they reach their full potential. Students at ISB benefit from a range of exciting learning opportunities that encourage them not only to form positive relationships with their peers and teachers but to think creatively and begin to evaluate their own work and learning. The teachers take time to create planning that is individual to the needs of the students in each class to ensure that they are finding their own ways of developing ideas and not simply following the ideas of others.
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
– Henry Adams
At ISB we hope to see our students grow into independent, confident, globally aware young people that are ready to change the world and it all starts in Early Years!