Early Years

Early Years Curriculum:

Arabic:

The Early Years Arabic teacher covers the following:

Quran recitation and memorization.
Daily duas.
Arabic Alphabet and Numbers.
Daily Arabic vocabulary. (Colours, Shapes, Animals etc)
Arabic conversation is included during the course of the morning so that the children can slowly learn to converse in basic Arabic.
An overview of the Arabic Curriculum for the Early Years can be found in a copy of the school prospectus.

Islamic Studies:

Through following our Islamic curriculum, we hope to educate the children in the basics of Islamic behaviour in such a way that it becomes a natural part of their lives.

We aim to teach them the basic duas of Salaah, Wudu and daily life.

The children learn about Allah, the Pillars of Islam and our Prophets, which Insha Allah develops their love of Islam, and make them proud and happy to be Muslims.

An overview of the Islamic Studies Curriculum for the Early Years can be found in a copy of the school prospectus.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

The EYFS curriculum is for children aged from birth up to five. The EYFS is divided into 4 distinct themes all of which have an underlying principle.

1) A Unique Child: This recognises every child is a competent learner, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Montessori perspective: Within each child lies a hidden potential. For this potential to be unlocked we need to give children the opportunities to develop trust and autonomy, which will nuture confidence, self-esteem and courage. The ability to embrace new challenges, take risks and act with initiative is a natural outcome of these conditions and underpins the principles of the ‘Unique Child’. Montessori saw freedom as the single most important factor in allowing children to develop as spontaneous, creative individuals.

The Unique Child relates to all the areas of learning through the Characteristics of Effective Learning:

A) Playing and Exploring

B) Active Learning

C) Creating and Thinking Critically

2) Positive Relationships: This outlines how children learn to be independent from a base of loving and secure relationships.

Montessori perspective: The parents are the child’s first educators and need to be respected. A partnership with parents gives children opportunities to develop their full potential and become unique, strong and autonomous individuals with consideration for themselves and others.

3) Enabling Environments: This explains how the environment plays a key role in a child’s development and learning.

Montessori perspective: A favourable environment, which supports the child’s self construction, is carefully prepared by knowledgeable practioners, ensuring that children’s developmental needs are met.

4) Learning and Development: This recognises that every child learns at different rates and all areas of learning are equally important.

Montessori perspective: Not just being a particular way of learning and development, more importantly montessori principles are concerned with the development of the whole personality, seeing it as the foundation on which everything which follows will be built. Children are active learners and will learn from the environment if it offers appropriate stimuli to their development. Learning is guided by the children’s developmental needs, and flourishes when the children are given time and space to observe, explore and investigate the environment and engage with it.

Within the Learning and Development are 7 principle areas:

Three prime areas:

A) Personal, Social and Emotional

B) Communication and Language

C) Physical Development

Four specific areas:

A) Literacy

B) Mathematics

C) Understanding the World

D) Expressive Arts and Design

At Date Valley School we aim to provide well-planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play, both indoors and outdoors, this is an important way in which we support young children to learn with enjoyment and challenge.

As a mum or dad, how can I help with my child’s learning?

All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school. You can also help us to create a really good picture of your child’s development by filling out the ‘MashaAllah’ sheets to display on the ‘MashaAllah’ wall to celebrate your child’s achievements.

Supporting the EYFS at home:

Spend lots of time talking with your child
Read plenty of books together
Encourage your child to take part in lots of activities – digging in the garden, visiting interesting places, taking part in sports
Play lots of games together – spending quality time with your child is the very best way to help them learn and develop
Let us know if your child does something new or interesting
Let us know if you have any problems or worries about your child, or if you need our help
Jazakumullahu Khairun for your continued support.

From the Date Valley Early Years Team.

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