Early Years and Lower Primary
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation programme is designed for children aged between 4 and 5, with the specific goal of making learning a fun and enriching experience. Led by specialist teachers who are highly experienced in educating young children, our curriculum includes Music, ICT and Robotics, Mandarin, Bahasa, physical development activities, singing and story-telling sessions, and Agama Islamiya for Muslim children. All activities are designed to enhance learning in the key areas as well as help the children to adapt to the Year 1 international school syllabus.
The EYFS curriculum comprises seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Language and Communication
- Reasoning and Numeracy
- Understanding the World
- Arts and Design
Nilai International School’s outdoor environment also plays an important role in delivering the curriculum: Early Years have their own outdoor space, and access to a large communal area. We are an Eco-school with an Outdoor Play Policy which helps children to become confident outdoors. Teaching them to be safe and to understand and manage risk is the first step to making them eager to challenge themselves to learn something new every day, and become the very best people that they can be.
Key Stage 1 consists of Year 1 and Year 2, where the children are usually 5. Key Stage 2 is the term used in English schools for the Upper Primary curriculum. It comprises Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Students in Key Stage 2 are usually aged 7 to 11 years old for the description from the docs
Year 1 is all about activity-based learning, and children learn to concentrate on developing longer periods of activity. Reading is also the main focus, and children read every day. This helps them to learn in English, which is often their second language, by increasing the vocabulary they can use to make progress in all subjects. In Humanities subjects in Year 1, a theme is followed and the content is put into context for the children to understand. Although English, Mathematics, and Science are also taught as separate lessons, they are also integrated into most other lessons. In Year 1 we also continue our focus on interpersonal skills and support the children to build their relationships with peers and adults. The children go to different teachers for specialist lessons such as Mandarin or Music, and this is excellent preparation for moving further up the school. We plan opportunities for our children to experience the joys of discovery, problem-solving, being creative and developing self-confidence. By the end of Year 1, most children are reading fluently and are ready to begin more formal learning.
Year 2 offers more teaching which is more traditional and formal, but a holistic approach is still taken through the teaching of Humanities. Children are more fluent in reading and writing and are able to focus for longer periods of time. Children are encouraged to develop even greater independence and to begin taking on small responsibilities. They also share some experiences with Year 3 so that their transition to Key Stage 2 is a smooth one. Year 2 develops vocabulary further and this supports progress in writing. They start to follow more complex concepts in both Mathematics and Science.
The Cambridge Curriculum in Key Stage 1 includes English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Physical Education and Swimming, Art, ICT, Personal Social, and Relationships Education, Music and Drama, and to this, we add our main local languages, Bahasa and Mandarin, and Agama Islamiya for Muslim children.
Partnership with parents is a powerful tool and we ensure parents are kept well-informed of their children’s progress throughout the school term. We welcome and appreciate parental involvement in a student’s learning and school life, and we also encourage teamwork between teachers at different levels to make the progression to Key Stage 2 a smooth one.
Nilai International School’s outdoor environment also plays an important role in delivering the curriculum: Primary students have access to a large area for play and adventure. We are an Eco-school with an Outdoor Play Policy which helps children to become confident outdoors. Teaching them to be safe and to understand and manage risk is the first step to making them eager to challenge themselves to learn something new every day, and become the very best people that they can be.