Your child’s first experience at school is crucial to how they will approach learning for the rest of their life, and at Tenby Schools Setia Eco Gardens our aim is to provide an Early Years education that incites a natural curiosity in students aged 3 to 5, inspiring excitement and motivation towards learning both inside and outside the classroom.
To achieve this, the Early Years programme adopts a play-based approach, as we believe that it is through playing that children are most engaged to learn, while also giving them the opportunity to build vital social and interpersonal skills from a young age.
The programme forms an ideal basis for your child’s entry into either the International (Tenby International School) or Malaysian National (Sekolah Sri Tenby) schools after completion.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), which is the national Early Years curriculum of the United Kingdom.
The EYFS places emphasis on holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development. It believes that rigorous assessments are of secondary importance to developing a well-rounded, inquisitive learner at this early stage, and evaluates student progress based on classroom observation which is benchmarked on early learning goals, meaning your child will not sit for formal exams.
Areas of Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Developing a positive sense of themselves and others
- Forming positive relationships and developing respect for others
- Developing social skills and learning how to manage their feelings
- Understanding appropriate behaviour in groups
- Developing confidence in their own abilities.
- Developing coordination, control, and movement
- Understanding the importance of physical activity
- Making healthy choices in relation to food
Communication and Language
- Developing confidence and skills in expressing themselves
- Learning to speak and listen in a range of situations
Areas of Learning
Aside from personal, social and emotional development, the Early Years programme has clearly defined learning areas and objectives. The four specific areas are:
Englishto begin to link letters and sounds, explore texts and poetry, and begin their reading, writing and literacy journey.
Understanding the Worldto make sense of the physical world and their community.
Mathematicsto develop skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and describing shapes, spaces and measures.
Expressive Arts and Designto express and explore a wide range of media and materials. To share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, movement, dance and more.
We go further than the prescribed curriculum by offering additional elements to learning such as extra Maths lessons, separate PE and swimming slots to maximise opportunity for physical development, and a daily phonics lessons to encourage independent reading and writing. Mandarin and Bahasa Melayu lessons are also offered in the Early Years.