Pre-Prep (Early Years and Key Stage 1 - Ages 3-7)
Children are born ready and eager to learn and at AGS we aim to preserve this enthusiasm and enable all children to reach their full potential.
At AGS we provide opportunities for all children to interact in positive relationships within a supportive environment.
Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. That is why they are called the foundation years – the building blocks for life!
We encourage the children to play and explore within their environment. We believe that they should be encouraged to be active learners who ‘have a go’ and enjoy achieving what they set out to do. We feel that it is vital that children are given opportunities to make choices and express their own ideas.
The Seven Areas of Learning and Development:
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in the early years. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
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.
The three prime areas are:
Communication and Language development
We give 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.
We provide opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We help our 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 in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials including books, poems, and other written materials to ignite their interest.
We provide 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 measures.
Understanding the World
The children are guided 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.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are given opportunities 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.
Key stage 1 covers the age range from 5 -7 years - Year 1 and Year 2
(KG & Grade 1)
The school has capacity for 4 classes in both year groups.
Teaching assistants support the class teacher in the delivery of the curriculum and specialist teachers deliver P.E., Computing, Arabic, I.E. for Muslim students, Social Studies and French. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and these are used to support the children’s learning.
The Key Stage 1 curriculum provides a smooth transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Real life links and first-hand experience are incorporated into the planning and delivery of a broad and balanced topic based curriculum.
Parents are encouraged to support their children’s learning through reading, spelling and other homework activities.