Our three to five year olds follow the curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage, designed to meet the educational needs of young children through seven areas of learning. Progress is closely monitored and recorded using the Foundation Stage profile and portfolios.
At Dhahran British Grammar School (DBGS) we currently have one FS1 class known as Rainbows and three parallel FS2 classes. We have large, bright, well-equipped rooms in a new building that is shared with Key Stage One. There is an outside play area for the foundation stage children that is partially shaded. All our teachers are highly experienced and the staff student ratio is excellent. There are two teaching assistants in Rainbows and one with each FS2 class.
The Early Years building is brightly decorated and our central corridors show-case creative work from each class. Our young children have access to a variety of themed play areas that reflect the learning they are engaged in. We have a variety of wonderful P.E. facilities as well as a soft play room, containing a range of climbing apparatus and construction equipment to encourage children to invent their own apparatus and further develop gross motor skills in a safe environment. There is a large shaded sand area with climbing frames, swings and slides that the FS2 children share with those in KS1.
We ensure that the children have frequent opportunities for cross phase interaction. A crucial element of this is the foundation stage weekly assembly which is followed by Tribe Time. Tribe Time was instigated specifically to ensure links across our classes and to ensure that children move from Rainbows to FS2 with confidence. During Tribe Time the FS children work in groups that include members from each of the four classes.
The foundation stage children at DBGS have fulfilling and varied days with access to specialist teachers and wonderful amenities. Parents are encouraged to visit school for many events so that they can see, first hand, the progress that their children are making.