Early Years Curriculum

Early Years Curriculum

In our Early Years programme at RISE International School, we guide our youngest learners as they begin a lifelong journey of learning.

We begin to develop the whole child from the age of three, nurturing their emotional well-being as well as their cognitive and social development. Our approach is constructivist-based, inquiry-driven, Play, and Montessori methods, all while using the British Early Years Foundation Stage as a framework.  

In keeping with the Cambridge requirements for certification and the British National Curriculum framework for EYFS

There are seven areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. There are three essential aspects of children’s natural development that are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn and helping them to form relationships and thrive. These three areas, called Prime Areas, are:

Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.  

We also support children’s learning in four Specific Areas, through which the three Prime Areas are strengthened and applied. The Specific Areas are: 

  • Literacy

Involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. 

  • Mathematics

Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure. 

  • Understanding the world

Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. 

Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. 

During their time in Early Years, children’s learning is continually assessed across all seven areas of learning against the Early Years Learning Outcomes to inform ‘next steps’ in learning and to help teachers plan responsively for each child’s individual learning. The Outcomes are also used to track children’s learning throughout their time in Early Years and to support their transition into Primary.


For more information about the EYFS curriculum