Infant School at Metropole
The Infant School, which runs from FS1 to Y2 (age 3-7 years) focuses on leading learning through play and this is at the heart of everything we do. Students start their early education with a play-based approach to learning, which continues into years 1 and 2 where learning continues to promote independence with added structure.The natural environments on campus give students a chance to explore and discover as well as build independence and resilience in their own learning. Our world class facilities include the Forest School, farm, indoor environment and Foundation Stage outdoor areas.
Our Forest School is a special place for our children where they are encouraged to test boundaries and explore taking risks in the great outdoors. The messy mud kitchen is a favourite attraction alongside other practical activities such as learning to cook, peeling vegetables and sawing wood which develop life skills and a growing sense of independence. Students are given the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills through exploration and inquiry, in a safe engaging environment. They lead their own learning, taking topics in a direction that engages them and builds their areas of interest; confidently showcasing their discoveries within our community. In the Infant School there is a strong focus on links with our farm as well as the sustainable development goals to lead change in our world. These are embedded in all of the themes through the year. Within the school day, we provide opportunities for the students to develop extra curricula interests which are carefully planned to complement the curriculum. We make no excuses for your children being imaginative, learners taking risks to lead change in our community.
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Head of Infant School
Meet the Head of Infant School
"My name is Emily Smith and I am the Head of Infant School for FS1-Y2. I have been within the GEMS family since 2015 and worked for GEMS Metropole since 2016."
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EYFS Curriculum Overview
The EYFS curriculum is broken down into seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
The first three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
We follow the Statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
Ongoing observation and assessment forms are a huge part of the EYFS experience and we send parents a half termly update of the observations of their children’s learning.
Communication and Language
At GEMS Metropole we ensure that our children are given the best opportunity to experience a language rich environment. We use talk in the classroom daily, to model and teach children how to widen their language as a means of communication.
Children are encouraged to speak in full sentences while using past, present and future forms accurately. Speaking to teachers and other children supports their oracy skills and children are then able to develop their own narratives and explanations.
Our highly qualified staff at GEMS Metropole ensure that children have the opportunity to refine and articulate their spoken language.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
At GEMS Metropole we are exceptionally proud of the relationships that we have with both children and parents as we believe this builds the foundations to a successful learner.
Our high quality learning environments provide children with the resources they need to develop socially, independently and emotionally.
In Continuous Provision children have ample opportunities to talk about their feelings and are taught how to play cooperatively with others by taking turns and working as part of a group.
At GEMS Metropole the outdoor learning areas provide ample opportunities for the children to not only develop physically, but also to incorporate and use all the skills they have been taught in the classroom.
Our outdoor environment is a palace where children can, explore and manage their own risks in a safe environment. GEMS Metropole has a bespoke sand area that has been designed to enable children the freedom to explore while having the space to develop their control and movements.
One of the areas we are most passionate about is being healthy. Children at GEMS Metropole are actively encouraged to bring a healthy lunch to school and our community rooms offer a sociable space for children to enjoy these.
At GEMS Metropole we provide children with a high quality learning environment that supports children with ample opportunities to develop and enhance their skills in counting, awareness of shapes, understanding numbers and number problems.
Staff use their knowledge and expertise to plan Mathematical activities, in and outside the classroom through practical hands on activities. In lessons we provide children with the opportunity to solve problems practically and with a purpose. Our highly skilled staff tailor learning to meet the needs of all children through addressing common misconceptions while supporting new concepts.
Literacy and Phonics
At GEMS Metropole we want our children to develop a passion for reading and writing for pleasure from the start. Our expectation is that children will leave the foundation stage unit with the strategies and skills to read and write simple sentences ready for them to build on these skills in Year 1. One of the first steps to enable children to access the joy of books is for them to learn the sounds associated with each letter and critical to this is the use of a structured phonics scheme.
Our children follow a bespoke synthetic phonics programme that has been tailored to integrate specific UAE links that are relevant and familiar to the children. The programme allows children to engage with phonics in a multi-sensory way using real life objects, play and rhyme. This systematic teaching of phonics, along with working in partnership with parents, really supports early reading and writing and provides children with a firm foundation on which to build.
Throughout school we use Talk 4 Writing to support early stages of writing and storytelling. Children are provided with text rich stories to support their oracy, imagination and creativity. Our aim is for children to verbally retell stories through images and symbols that they are able to process independently and in their own way.
Understanding of the World
At GEMS Metropole we are passionate about providing our children with the opportunity to observe objects and materials. Each classroom has been specifically designed to enable children the space to investigate and explore in a scientific way. Children are taught key skills in predicting, observing and evaluating to help them make sense of the world around them.
Throughout the Foundation Stage, our designated investigation areas provide children with open-ended opportunities to make links with other areas of the curriculum, while using the many resources that are readily available. We are exceptionally proud of how our children are able to find things out for themselves and then record this using pictures, short films and written work.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children at GEMS Metropole are encouraged to express themselves in a way that reflects their own personality. Children are exposed to a rich learning environment that encourages role-play, art and music.
In Foundation Stage our teachers, along with consultations with the children ,adapt the classroom environment regularly to support children's imagination. These adaptations encourage children to take on different roles where they fully immerse themselves in magical tales through dance and role-play.
Students at GEMS Metropole School are introduced to learning in a fun, welcoming and stimulating environment. At these early ages, children require a lot of care and support through which their curiosity can be nurtured.
The core academic areas of learning in Foundation Stage are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
The learning of the core concepts of knowledge is achieved through both lessons and hands-on learning, with play and activities being essential components of our Foundation Stage students’ day.
Communication and language
Children are taught to listen attentively and to respond to the world around them with questions that are relevant. They are supported in feeling confident to speak in front of groups of people who are familiar to them, including their class as they move into FS2.
Environments are set up to encourage conversation between peers as well as adults in the classroom, extending their language as their variety of experiences increase.
Children are encouraged to express how they feel and use full sentences, extending their language with the help of modelling and support from the teacher and other adults.
Expressive arts and design
Children are taught to use a variety of tools in order to be creative and experiment with colour and textures. They are encouraged to share their process with others.
Opportunities for children to use role play and take on the different characters form narratives they have both made up or seen in the world around them are widely available in the environments.
The children have the opportunity to perform regularly, sing songs and move to music.
In Literacy, children are exposed to a range of high quality stories and encouraged to speak about what has been read to them. They are also given opportunities to retell stories in the environment and use new vocabulary that they have learnt.
Children are given the chance to talk about key events that have happened in stories and anticipate what might happen.
By the end of the FS2 year, children read simple sentences out loud and can tell you what they have been read. They should do this independently.
In addition to the reading, children are taught to form recognizable letters and write simple phrases and stories.
Children in the foundation stage taught to have a deep understanding of numbers to 10. They are given opportunities to subitise numbers to 5.
By the end of FS2, children should be able to count verbally beyond 20. Through the environment and during teacher led sessions, children explore the values of numbers and compare quantities using mathematical language to say if it is the same, more or less.
Children explore patterns, including odd and even numbers as well as repeating patterns.
Mathematical facts such as doubles and halves are taught as well as how we can distribute objects evenly.
Personal, social and emotional development
Children are supported in understanding their own feelings as well as how those around them may feel. They are taught to regulate their feelings for different situations and encouraged to begin to be able to wait when an adult cannot respond to them straight away.
Children are taught to persevere through challenges and show independence, perseverance and resilience.
Children develop their fine and gross motor skills through the foundation stage. They are provided with opportunities to move energetically, negotiating space and moving in a range of ways such as skipping, jumping and climbing.
In addition to large scale movements, children are also exposed to activities which support their fine motor skills such as using scissors, paintbrushes and cutlery.
Understanding the world
Children are taught to make observations of the world around them, coming on things that are the same and different. They use their experience and what they have learnt in class to make links to this. Children are exposed to understanding what life in like in different country as well as the one that they live in.
The environment promotes language for children to understand that states of matter as well as being able to comment on the seasons.
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