Focus on the early years
EDUCATION acknowledges that learning is developmental and provides for each child’s physical, social, emotional, intellectual and cultural development.
At Marlborough College Malaysia, this journey begins with the youngest pupils in the Pre- Prep department.
Children enter the Reception class at age four and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage ( EYFS) curriculum.
The EYFS is a British programme that provides a strong foundation for young children’s development and emphasises the importance of learning through play and the role of play in its own right.
Through play, children develop language skills, emotional creativity as well as social and intellectual skills.
Play takes place both indoors and outdoors. It is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world.
The role of the teacher in this setting is crucial. Our Early Years teachers provide high- quality planned experiences that allow pupils the opportunities to practise their ideas and skills, take risks in a safe environment and solve problems that they encounter.
When children play, they are learning at the highest level as they are engaged and interested in the activity.
Our EYFS teachers observe the play and join in when invited or when they see an opportunity to extend the learning that is taking place.
Marlborough recognises that children enter the Reception class at various stages of maturity and academic ability.
We aim to nurture each child and provide for their individual needs, building from their existing knowledge, understanding and experiences.
Throughout their first year in school, children are offered a wide range of opportunities while a strong emphasis is continually placed on their education.
Personal and social skills play an important part in our daily life. The children are nurtured in a positive and caring environment and are given opportunities to develop confidence and self- esteem.
The EYFS curriculum allows teachers to become facilitators who co- explore learning experiences with children, helping them work towards achieving each Early Learning Goal and become prepared for the Key Stage One curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is planned to progress seamlessly to more recognisable and structured subject areas in Year 1 and 2.
English and mathematics are taught daily. Science, geography, history, religious studies, and information and communications technology are included in the timetable.
Specialist teachers teach art, music, physical education/ games and languages. They liaise closely with form tutors to ensure that pupils’ needs are met and talents in specialist areas are nurtured.
Marlborough College Malaysia adopts a child- centred approach through the curriculum. This is delivered through different topics that are carefully planned for pupils to develop their skills and learn more about the world they live in.
We recognise that for pupils to become confident and curious about their world, they need to explore and develop their skills through frequent practice.
By revisiting topics and themes, pupils can consolidate their learning and develop confidence. Our teachers are skilled and know when to challenge and extend the thinking of individual pupils.
Throughout the Pre- Prep department at Marlborough, the curriculum is carefully planned to be an exciting journey that pupils share in the joy of learning and discovery.
In these early stages of education, we aim for every child to know that they are valued and have a unique contribution to offer the wider school community as they grow and find their individual talents. –
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Involvement in the arts during early years education allows students of Marlborough College Malaysia to hone their skills and develop confidence.