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EYFS

An Exciting New Learning Journey

A new school adventure can be an exciting milestone for any family. As a leading British International School in Qatar, Doha College has been delivering academic excellence for over 40 years. We believe in an inclusive approach to education that engages and inspires children's learning.

By putting children and their needs at the heart of everything we do, we are able to adapt and meet the individual needs of every single child, providing happy and memorable early years.

As a united and forward-thinking college, we work together to shape a modern, relevant and multi-skilled education for young people. For our youngest students, we follow the world-renowned Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for England.

 

The seeds for success are sown in the early stages of education. Excitement for learning, high levels of motivation and caring teachers with a vested interest in the children's progress are essential ingredients for happiness in school and high performance at all levels.

Dr. Steffen Sommer, Principal

The EYFS Curriculum

The EYFS curriculum is delivered over two years (FS1 and FS2). EYFA provides a positive, stimulating and supportive environment, instilling a deep sense of emotional well-being and high level of engagement. Feeling confident and secure in a learning environment can significantly enhance learning.

In EYFS, students enjoy exploring, discovering and developing new skills through a play-based approach as well as embracing the principles of High Performance Learning, that helps develop skills such as independence, innovation, creativity, enquiry, and problem‑solving. Children learn through their own initiate as well as teacher-led activities.

Developing important personal attributes such as respect, making positive relationships, cultivating ideas and becoming an active, independent learner are all qualities nurtured through our seven key areas for development.

Communication and Language

Through imaginative play, games and stories, children naturally develop listening, attention, understanding and speaking skills.

We ensure our students are engaged and listen attentively, understanding how to respond appropriately. Children follow instructions and answer questions about their experiences, expressing themselves effectively and developing their narratives and explanations by connecting ideas.

Expressive art and design

Children develop their creativity through singing songs, making music, dancing, and experimenting with ways of changing them.

By practising and exploring a variety of techniques, tools and materials, students can engineer and construct with a purpose in mind. They are enabled to make choices and select resources independently to achieve their goals.

Children develop their imagination by representing their ideas, thoughts and feelings in original ways through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Literacy

Students are taught phonics every day; in FS1 through play and in FS2 using the Read Write Inc. (RWI) programme. Children are enabled to practise, apply and master their reading and writing skills through the continuous provision of role play. In addition, each classroom contains inspiring and stimulating library areas, as well as access to the main school library resource.

Mathematics

Children are taught mathematical skills and have access to practise and apply these through challenges and purposeful play, as well as learning to recognise numerals and count. Exploration in areas such as time, measuring, money and shapes is key. Students will also focus on practising estimation and finding totals, using mathematical vocabulary and solving problems. Children apply knowledge and skills to identify their own mathematical problems based on their own interests and fascinations.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We aim to develop high levels of well-being by supporting our students to make positive relationships with adults and other children, manage their feelings and behaviour, and develop self-confidence and awareness.

Children learn to play co-operatively, taking account of one another’s ideas and show sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others. They also develop the confidence to try new activities, have a go and plan their learning.

Physical Development

We actively encourage knowledge and understanding of the importance of good health and develop skills to manage basic hygiene and personal needs.

Children are taught to handle equipment and tools appropriately and are enabled to develop good control and coordination.

Understanding the world

Children are inquisitive and enquire about the world, people, communities and technology. We promote learning around making observations, talking about features and recognising similarities and differences. The importance of identifying varieties of technology being used and the purpose of its selection is also nurtured.

What our Students Think of EYFS