DHA is an English National Curriculum School and in the Foundation Stage we follow the key outcomes and objectives outlined in the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. However, in order to provide an all-inclusive curriculum, we ensure that it is delivered in a way that is meaningful and challenging for all of our children. In FS, our curriculum is delivered thematically to ensure the children apply their knowledge to real life contexts.
Children are encouraged to develop their skills across 7 areas of learning – Personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, physical development, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world and expressive arts and design. The children learn through exploratory, hands on play as they are encouraged to take their learning in whichever direction they desire.
At DHA we believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure and caring environment to help them grow and mature into independent learners. All teachers in FS provide a safe setting, where children feel confident to take risks, share their ideas and be creative.
Exciting, warm, friendly, organised, fun, creative, natural. These are just a few verbs we would use to describe our Foundation Stage building. Our enriching provision allows children to get messy in the mud kitchen, learn about volume in our waterworks area and develop skills whilst taking care of our animals and watering our vegetables in the designated FS garden located in the heart of the FS building.