On this part of the ISS site you will find regularly updated information relating to all matters in the Early Years.  Letters to parents, social media updates, details of the curriculum and long term plans outlining the topics that students are studying over the course of the year.

We would like to encourage all students and parents to visit these pages as often as possible, and if you have any suggestions for items you would like to see here, or any queries relating to the ISS Early Years, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Miss Whitehouse

Head of Early Years







Cambridg University Curriculum





Early Years Curriculum

In the Early Years we follow the Early Years Foundation stage 'EYFS' curriculum.  This is delivered through interactive, hands on, fun and stimulating activities that stretch skills and imagination.  
Young children learn social skills, such as caring and sharing, taking turns and accepting simple boundaries.  

Our learning environment is positive and welcoming, mistakes are looked upon in a positive manner and all children are respected and treated equally.  We also understand that children learn and develop at varying rates and therefore ensure that each child's learning and developing needs are catered for and are personally meaningful.


7 Areas of Learning and Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Physical Development

involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Communication and language

development involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.

We focus on these 3 Prime Areas of learning and development with our 2 year olds in the Busy Bees Class.


The first 3 Prime Areas of Learning



involves encouraging children to learn the phonic sounds of each letter of the alphabet to prepare them to start learning to read and write in their Reception year. This is done by a program called 'Letters & Sounds'   Children are also given access to a wide range of  books and poems and have 'story time' everyday to ignite their interest


involves providing children with opportunities to practice and improve their skills in identifying numbers, counting objects in a group and comparing group sizes. They will also be encouraged to identify and describe shapes and learn colour names. 

Understanding the World

involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

Children aged 3-4 years in our Ladybirds class participate in activities which involve all 7 areas of learning and development.


The additional 4 Specific Areas of Learning

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