At Hopscotch all teachers are native English speakers (also bi-lingual) and will communicate with the children in English. We reference the UK based Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework to structure our children's learning. Below is a breakdown of the seven core areas of learning.
Personal and Social Education
We use routine and positive reinforcement to provide children with a framework to build healthy habits. We encourage children to recognise consequences for any negative behaviour, use good manners and be empathetic and kind to one another in a positive and nurturing manner. Through carefully structured play children learn to interact in group, distinguish their own needs and build a sense of the difference between right and wrong. By focusing on effort over ability we encourage our children to develop a healthy balance of self esteem, independence and confidence.
Communication and Language
Listening and responding to verbal and social cues is a key component in building good communication skills - children are provided with opportunities throughout the day to improve these skills in a range of play based situations. Language is developed as a powerful means of expression through songs, stories and conversation with both peers and adults.
At a young age, physical development is extremely important. We motivate our children to use their bodies in an independent, challenging and interesting manner through such activities as daily Yoga sessions. These can enhance flexibility, core strength, co-ordination and body awareness and in addition improve their concentration and sense of mindfulness. Our indoor and outdoor space has been carefully designed to encourage children to push boundaries, take risks and develop movement. Using natural play equipment children will be given the opportunity to discover their environment and learn about the importance of keeping healthy, active and in tune with nature.
Interacting with oral story-telling and books encourages children to develop a sense of narrative, builds on their ability to structure sentences correctly and strengthens their skills of recall. Nursery rhymes and songs develop an awareness of rhyme and rhythm (an essential component for good spelling in later life). All these elements don´t mean much in isolation but, combined with an enthusiastic and entertaining narrator, they ignite a lifelong love of literature that in turn motivates a child to learn to read as soon as they can.
To develop mathematical understanding and thinking children first need to develop a strong sense of pattern – this can then help them to recognise the different sequences involved in counting. Here at Hopscotch we support early number sense through daily routines, action rhymes and songs, circle games and through the use of concrete objects.
Expressive Arts and Design
We are committed to providing a learning environment that encourages children to experiment with their natural creativity. We offer opportunities for children to express themselves through art, dance, movement and role play and believe that artistic expression is about process much more than it is about product. To this end junk modelling is a core part of our expressive art and design curriculum. The act of combining disparate materials, for example toilet rolls and a shoebox to make a robot involves higher-level thinking skills such as problem solving, imagination and adaptability. At Hopscotch we will have a music rich environment because early exposure to music (listening and making) benefits the development of perceptual skills, which affects language and literary abilities, fine motor co-ordination and spatial reasoning which is an essential component of strong maths ability.
Understanding the World
Our objective is to support children in their quest to make sense of their surroundings – locally and globally. Children will be encouraged to question the sources and origins of the food they eat, the objects they play with and the environment they explore.