Academic

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery (ages 3-4) and Reception (ages 4-5)

The Early Years (between the age of 3-4 in Nursery and 4-5 in Reception) are designed to provide a structured and stimulating environment, that gives our youngest learners their first taste of school life. 

MIGS Early Years follow the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum that is play-based. Children are actively involved in talking about their experiences, sharing their ideas, learning both cooperatively and independently and celebrating their achievements with their friends and teachers. 

Complementing the teaching and learning approach of the EYFS, MIGS has built in the elements from the Reggio Emilia and Montessori-based approaches to learning to further enhance all learning areas as shown below:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

From the Reggio Emilia’s pedagogical vision, MIGS has taken the use of its project and inquiry based working and investigative learning techniques. This approach allows for projects to be broadened in scope and/or increased in depth to develop connections across learning objectives of the learning areas of the EYFS outlined above.

From the Montessori Approach MIGS has adopted its use of a wide variety of physical learning materials and physical toys, tools and objects to help children develop fine motor control, social skills and the ability to concentrate on a task.

The blending of these pedagogical approaches ensures that the development of strong foundations that focus on developing a positive and independent attitude towards learning that they will be further developed as they progress in to the Junior School (Year 1) and beyond.

Education in Nursery and Reception

More information on each of these learning areas is available below:

Students develop the ability to listen and speak, follow instructions and use English for different purposes. They will show an interest in reading, recognize letters and sounds in word and writing, and speak with emerging self-confidence.

Students will take part in physical activities which promotes coordination, spatial awareness and agility and manual dexterity. This is when elements of fun are injected through games and activities with the purpose of developing and refining the aforementioned skills.

Students learn to form relationships with fellow students and teachers, interact with confidence, and express their feelings. At this juncture students will become curious and enthusiastic, resulting in capable, confident learners.

Students begin to build an understanding of literacy through the introduction to phonics, sounds and letters, and punctuation. They will develop a basic familiarity with writing and be given the opportunity to communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings with fellow students and adults.

Students are taught to recognise and use numbers in order and in context. An introduction to the practical elements of addition and substraction; vocabulary involved in comparing quantities; and observation of shapes and patterns; will be made.

Students will explore a range of art, music, dance and imaginative play to promote creativity, imagination and responsiveness.

Students will learn about a range of technology commonly used at home, in school and the world around them. They will explore and use technology and multimedia devices for particular purposes, and demonstrate a moderate to good understanding of the fundamental mechanisms.