Nurturing children to become independent learners.
At BEYC we follow the British Foundation Stage Curriculum taught through a Reggio Emilia approach, nurturing creativity and independent learning.
- Learning is child led. Children construct and drive their own learning, through their own interests. Communication, questioning and play are the key ways in which children learn.
- Children are encouraged to investigate and reflect on their findings and experiences. They are encouraged to share ideas in their own ways. Children interact with others building an understanding of their place in the world.
- Teachers facilitate learning but do not prescribe to children what they should learn. Children and teacher have mutual respect for one another. Learning is a collaborative process between teachers, students and their peers.
- The teacher guides the children to find answers to questions, rather than being told the answers. The role of the teacher is to observe and provide children with opportunities to explore their ideas.
- The environment is the third teacher, recognised for its potential to inspire children. The space is cared for by the teachers and students alike. Children’s work is celebrated around the learning environment.
Development through the Foundation Phase
Our phases are determined by the children’s natural development. The engaging, fun way in which we teach stays the same throughout, however the development of skills will differ from phase to phase. Children that begin life at BEYC in Foundation, will often leave the school at Year 1 a whole year ahead of their peers.
In the Foundation stage the children develop what we like to call “pre-skills”. It is called the Foundation as it is the phase where children develop the muscle strength and dexterity as well as the language skill and knowledge of number to be ready for the Reception Phase where the real progress is seen. Like building a house, a good foundation is never seen, but the impact of it on the latter stages is vital.