Welcome to Foundation Stage
We would like to welcome you to Al Shohub Private School. We look forward to working with you in a happy home/school partnership and meeting with you and your family on many occasions during your child’s time with us.
We encourage you to participate in Al Shohub Mother’s association and be involved in the many activities at school, particularly the parent-led UAE National Day – our social highlight of the year.
We look forward to getting to know you and your child and developing those all-important home, school partnerships.
The transition from home to Foundation Stage, or from another pre-school setting is a very big step for young children (and for parents too) We aim to make this transition as smooth and reassuring as possible. To support this we will have phasing into school sessions to allow your child to transition happily. Please talk to our staff and share any concerns you or your child may have.
It is very important that you prepare your child for what will happen on their first days in school. Make time to talk with them to ensure they understand that you will be leaving them at school but that you will return later. Even if a child has been to Nursery they may still find it difficult to be left in a new, unfamiliar and much bigger environment at first.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This is the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. It is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care, and learning needs.
At Al Shohub we believe that children should be actively involved in their learning and aim to do so by teaching in a creative and thematic way. As a result of this, learning is cross-curricular and all subjects are taught in a fun and engaging way. Each half term (or when the topic changes) topic overviews are sent home introducing the new thematic unit alongside the key skills delivered through each subject area. The EYFS curriculum is broken down into 7 main areas which are explained in more detail below.
All areas of learning and development are equally important and are inter-connected; you cannot do one without the others.
In planning and guiding student’s activities, the teachers are mindful of the different ways that students learn and reflect these in their practice.
What are the Characteristics of Effective Learning?
These run through and underpin the seven areas of learning and development, as detailed in the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’ (2012). They describe learning processes that occur throughout everyday activities and experiences. They also support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. At Al Shohub School your child will learn to take an active part in their own learning and development by using the Achievosaurs.
What are the Achievosaurs?
There are seven Achievosaurs altogether, each linking to an aspect of the characteristics. They enable children to become more aware of how they learn, and give them language to explain the skills they use when learning. In your child’s class, you will find all the Achievosaurs with name tags on.
Play is important and should be a key element of learning.
Students access the curriculum through play-based activities throughout the Foundation Stage. Play gives students the opportunity to make sense of their experiences, exploring and practicing the things they have learned. This might be independent, alongside others or as part of a group.
Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) Classes
Our FS1 class is located in a designated area near the FS2 classes. They have a large area outside of their class known as the shared area. Together with FS2, they share a large outdoor space, safely enclosed by a fence and gated walls. In addition, the students have access to the PE halls, Library and Auditorium. Each classroom has its own toilet and sink.
Each class is staffed by the class teacher and two classroom assistants.
How a typical day in FS1 will look:
(This will change according to your child’s timetable)
7.30 Students arrive at school
7.45 National Anthem
8.00 Registration and Greeting Time
8.15 Wake and Shake
8.30 Arabic Structured activities inside
9:15 First break – snack time
9.30 Structured activities inside and outside
10:55 Second break – Lunchtime and outdoor play
11.30 Structured activities inside and outside
Foundation Stage 2 (FS2) Classes
Our FS2 classes are located in a designated area near the FS1 class. They have a large area outside of their class known as the shared area. Together with FS1, they share a large outdoor space, safely enclosed by a fence and gated walls. In addition, the students have access to the PE halls, Library and Auditorium. Each classroom has its own toilet and sink.
Each class is staffed by the class teacher and one classroom assistants.
How a typical day in FS2 will look:
(This will change according to your child’s timetable)
7.30 Students arrive at school
7.45 National Anthem
7:50 Registration and Greeting Time
8.00 Phonics/Communication and Language
8:50 Structured activities inside and outside
9.40 First break – snack time
10.05 Mathematics Structured activities inside and outside
10:55 Structured activities inside and outside
11:45 Arabic Structured activities inside and outside
12.35 Second break – Lunchtime and outdoor play
12:55 Structured activities inside and outside
Visiting the school library
In FS, we want to encourage a love of books as the starting point of learning to read. As part of our curriculum, we do visit the school library once a week. A book may be borrowed for you to read and share with your child. If the book is lost or damaged, a charge will be incurred.
Please encourage your child to take care of both the school books and their own belongings.
Book Bag- It is important that your child has a school book bag for them to carry home their reading book. If your child does not have their book bag they will not be allowed to take a book home.
In FS Arabic sessions are active, fun and engaging and also incorporate learning through play. The Arabic department works closely with the FS team to link the student’s learning in Arabic lessons with the same topics being taught in class. The FS children will have Arabic lessons embedded throughout their weekly timetable. The sessions will be located in the Arabic Classroom in the FS2 shared area.
PE – Physical Education
Students will take part in one PE lesson each week, led by our specialist PE teachers. They will need to wear Al Shohub PE kit and white trainers only on their PE day, the students will remain in their PE kit all day.
How we encourage independence and how you can support your child
Independence is key in the foundation stage and we encourage our children to be as independent as possible right from the start. At school, we encourage the children to-
∙ Say goodbye to mum and dad at the classroom door or playground and come in by themselves
∙ Put their own book bags and water bottles away
∙ Get their own lunchboxes at snack and lunchtime and be able to open them by themselves
∙ Eat their snack and lunches all by themselves
∙ Be able to take themselves to the toilet, this includes taking clothes on and off and washing hands
∙ Put their own shoes on and doing them up (velcro shoes really help with this)
∙ Pack their own book bags at the end of the day
∙ Carry their own book bag and lunchbox
∙ Ask an adult for help when they need help
Uniform and Clothing
FS students are expected to wear full Al Shohub uniform each day. Uniform can be purchased from Zak’s and Gulf Classics uniform shop. As part of our school uniform, it is compulsory that all children wear plain black leather shoes. Please clearly label every item with your child’s name, class and year group to avoid confusion.
Hats are a compulsory uniform item and should be in school every day. We follow the rule ‘No hat, no play’ to ensure that all children are safe when out in the sun.
The Early Years Curriculum provides the students with opportunities for exploration and independent learning. All students will be asked to wear a school apron which is provided during messy activities. However, accidents do happen when children are learning to do things for themselves, therefore please be prepared for paint and pen on clothes. Messy clothes are an unavoidable part of FS life and the mess should hopefully wash out.
We do expect students to be fully independent and confident in using the toilet when they start with us at Al Shohub. However, there can be the occasional accident. We ask that you supply your child with a spare set of clothes including undergarments which can be stored in their class at the beginning of use term. All clothing items including spare clothes must be named clearly. Please include underwear, a t-shirt, leggings or a dress.
Your child should only bring to school their book bag and lunchbox each day. Please do not send a school bag with your child as they do not need it in FS.
As part of our Early Years’ Curriculum, we include cooking and food tasting activities which link in with our planning. Therefore, we would be grateful if you could complete a medical form to inform us of us any allergies or dietary restrictions your child may have. We will provide this form when your child starts school.
Importantly, please specify if you know that your child suffers from nut allergies.
Due to the severe symptoms of those who suffer from nut allergies, no foods containing nuts or nut derivatives are allowed in the school. We are a healthy school and therefore promote a healthy diet.
Al Shohub is a health promoting school and as such we encourage all students to come to school each day with a healthy snack of fruits and vegetables. Snack time will only last for 15 minutes, so please try not to make snacks too big. At lunchtime, students are expected to have a variety of healthy foods in their lunch box. These may include a small sandwich; a yogurt; a portion of fruit; cheese cubes; a portion of vegetables or a small container of rice/pasta.
Students should not bring fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate for their snack or lunch. Items such as cakes or biscuits can be included as a treat, but these should be as part of a healthy, balanced lunch.
Al Shohub is a nut free school and this includes lunch items such as Nutella sandwiches or hazelnut biscuits. These items will be removed from your child’s lunchbox and returned to the adult who collects them.
All children have access to chilled water at all times. We ask that you send a reusable named, filled plastic water bottle each day into school.
Should your child be taking medication or suffer from a medical condition, it is important that you note this on the medical form and inform the school nurse/ clinic.
Should your child become ill or have an accident at school the following steps will be taken:
1. The school nurse will contact you by telephone
2. If you are unavailable your emergency contact will be telephoned
3. If it is a serious incident, an ambulance will be called. If you are unavailable, a known member of staff will accompany your child to hospital
It is expected that all students attend school 5 days per week, Sunday to Thursday for the full day unless otherwise informed.
It is imperative to strive for regular attendance as continuity in learning experiences is paramount. If your child is too unwell to attend, we ask that you telephone or email the school as soon as possible on the first day of the absence. Absences of more than 2 days require a doctor’s certificate on your child’s return.
The expected attendance level for the year is a minimum of 95% with 98% punctuality. Requests for extended leave will not be authorized if your child’s attendance falls below this level. 100% attendance certificates are issued at the end of each full term and parents of students whose attendance levels are particularly low will be contacted by the Head of FS.
End of Day Timings
The FS day ends at 13:00.On a Thursday it is 13:30. All parents are expected to make arrangements for their children to be collected at this time. Once your child has been signed out and collected from the playground or rainbow area, the person who has collected them will be responsible for them whilst they are on school grounds. You must wait until your child’s name has been marked off the list before leaving.
Keeping in Contact with you
Please ensure you have provided one email address and two phone numbers that are regularly checked for correspondence between the school and home. Your child’s teacher will email you before school begins. If you have any questions before please email email@example.com
Al Shohub Communicator App (d6 app)
At Al Shohub the communicator is a primary form of contact. Here you will be notified of the newsletters, the school calendar, and important notices.
Class Dojo App
Each class has their own class Dojo where you can communicate with your class teacher quickly and efficiently. You will be able to view pictures and videos of your children whilst they are busy at school.
Dropping off and collecting children
The pedestrian gate A (located near to FS) will open at 7:30; FS1 parents should arrive through the main gate and drop their child off to their classroom for the first term to allow them to settle.
FS2 children should be dropped off to their class line in the main school playground. For the first few weeks, FS2 should be dropped at their classroom until they have settled.
This is the allocated time for parents to drop off their children to school. Please do not attempt to drop your child off before this time or through any other entrance to the building.
In order to help your child to settle into school we recommend introducing a simple routine;
∙ Help your child put their bag on the trolley
∙ Guide your child to her class line and teacher
∙ Say goodbye
During the first two weeks, you may stay a little longer to settle down your child until she gets used to the staff and the setting. Please leave via the external class door no later than 7:40 am. When the FS1 students are settled into school and comfortable with the setting we will ask you to drop them off at the classroom door and for the students to walk into class on their own.
It is very normal for some children to cry for a few moments when parents leave. Staff are experienced in dealing with this so please take your lead from the staff. Always ensure that you say goodbye to your child before you leave, even if they are crying so that they understand that you have gone. Once you have left the classroom please do not come back until home time, children often settle quickly and seeing their Mum or Dad looking through the window may unsettle them again. Should your child remain upset, we will contact you.
Please don’t worry, if you feel anxious your child will sense your distress.
It is very important for you to collect your child promptly at the end of the day as this avoids anxiety. If another adult is collecting your child, you must make the Class Teacher aware of the change in advance. All adults must wear their Parent ID badge when collecting their child.
Further information will follow regarding your child’s first few weeks of school.
Useful Educational Websites
A website full of educational games on; initial sounds, colors, comparing and ordering, matching and mouse skills. http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html
A website full of fun educational games and activities. http://www.busythings.co.uk/
More games for children to practice the skills of blending and segmenting. Resources such as flashcards for sounds and high-frequency words can be downloaded here http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/
Fabulous interactive games for learning HFWs and recognizing phonemes. http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Sound, letter formation, word and spellings games http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy.html
Useful Educational Apps
Twinkl- great for phonics, letter formations, high-frequency word games
We are excited to begin and build a long-standing family relationship with your child and your family.