Early Years Foundation Stage

The Pre-School caters for children from 18 months to 4 years of age and follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The main approach of the Early Years Foundation Stage is to recognise and develop the many ways in which children express themselves. This involves following a curriculum rich in language, words, movement, play, painting, drawing, sculpture, music, role play and most importantly outdoor experiences in the natural environment.

The British International Pre-School runs a world class outdoor education programme.

Our aim is to provide a happy and stimulating environment and a well-balanced programme, allowing every child to develop his/her potential at his/her own pace.
We put great emphasis on allowing young children to explore and use their natural curiosity. We help them to make meaningful connections between their surroundings and their experiences. We develop their imaginations and through the richness of their many languages, develop a common language, English, in readiness for joining our main school learning community.

The Pre-School benefits from having secure outdoor play and activity areas as well as being adjacent to the Gausel Forest, a local children's farm and the beaches of Gandsfjord. Children spend at least two hours each day outside in the play areas around the school. Qualified, specialist staff deliver an outdoor education programme similar to the Forest Schools Programme widely used in the UK.

Pre-School class leaders and assistants ensure that all children become happy and engaged learners, who are keen to come to school and able to interact with their friends and teachers.

Pre-School 1 concentrates on social development - becoming independent of parents while at school and learning how to share and play alongside others.

Pre-School 2 continues to develop independence skills. Children are encouraged to manage their own clothes, food and play. Activities are taught through themes and the sounds of the alphabet are introduced. Children learn number symbols and practise many simple, practical number activities. Pre-school 2 offers an exciting daily outdoor programme, led by our specialist outdoor education teacher.

At the conclusion of Pre-School 2, students move into the Main School Reception Class for their final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Here, students will prepare for the first year of primary education.

The Reception programme builds upon the Pre-School areas of development. Learning through play and outdoor activities remain a high priority. Dedicated literacy and numeracy lessons are introduced and other fundamental skills necessary for future learning are promoted. This year is designed to establish firm foundations for future study.

Please vist our Lower Primary page for more details about Reception Class.