Pre-School Curriculum (Foundation Stage)
Children from the age of 3.8 years to primary school starting age may attend the pre-school. The premises consist of spacious, bright classrooms and include separate rooms for music and movement, languages and indoor play when the weather is adverse. A large outdoor play area is also provided.
At Foundation Stage we offer the Montessori approach to learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, and at Year 1 we offer the UK National Curriculum blended with the Montessori philosophy for teaching and learning.
THE UK NATIONAL CURRICULUM (EYFS)
The EYFS framework sets out the content children are expected to cover by the end of Foundation Stage. It is organized as seven areas of learning:
The children are taught by qualified Montessori staff in a fully equipped Montessori environment.
The Montessori method of education is designed to produce a well-rounded individual. Children are taught essential concepts in a concrete way - by handling carefully designed materials.
For example, the child is taught the difference between a sphere and a circle by holding each of them in his / her hands. Children learn through practical activity in a Montessori classroom. By following a carefully planned programme, each child will be well prepared to move on to primary school. The curriculum consists of:
Mathematics : Mathematical concepts are introduced in a "hands on" way. The child is taught to recognize quantities and then numerals working first from 1-10. He / she then moves on to working from 11-20 and beyond to hundreds and even thousands. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and measure may all be taught.
Language: The Montessori Method the uses a phonic approach to teach the child the basics of reading. As the child gains more confidence he / she is introduced to sight words and high frequency words. We have carefully graded sets of reading books available to the children at all levels.
At Raffles International School we believe that every child is different, therefore every child receives his / her own individual learning programme based on his / her needs, interests and skills. Our entire curriculum uses a holistic approach and teaches children to be independent, enquiring and enthusiastic learners. A Montessori education prepares a child for life and is the best start you can give your child.