The Early Years is comprised of two year groups: KG1, and KG2.
The Early Years academic programme is based on the six main areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
- Language, Communication and Literacy;
- Physical Development;
- Creative Development (Art and Music)
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
The different areas of learning are taught through themes in specific units from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The Academic programme for the above areas of learning has been designed specifically to sequentially build the foundation for successful learning in the next and subsequent stages. It is based on an international standard curriculum with general objectives for the whole programme and specific objectives for each year group.
The Programme has been structured around fundamental shared beliefs about what we at REA want the students to learn, the ways in which students learn best, the way teachers should teach to maximise student learning and the ways in which student learning will be assessed. The individual pace at which each student learns is respected through differentiation. The programme will be delivered in both Arabic and English until fluency in English is established.
The programme consists of 16 units of work, each based on a theme chosen to appeal to young children. These units of work give teachers the framework to design classroom activities for their children that let them achieve the learning outcomes and have fun.
Each IPC Early Years Unit usually lasts between four and six weeks, depending upon the interest level of the children and the length of the school day.
Every unit contains an introduction which gives the following information:
- An indication of the length of the unit.
- The main intended coverage within the strands.
- A letter to parents explaining what the children will be learning
- An entry point activity
- International aspect
- Resource material needed
- Some advice/suggestions on parental involvement.