Fo­cus on the early years

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRIGHT KIDS -

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. –

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. marl­bor­ough­col­lege­malaysia. org.

In­volve­ment in the arts dur­ing early years education al­lows stu­dents of Marl­bor­ough Col­lege Malaysia to hone their skills and de­velop con­fi­dence.

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