Scholars International Academy


Foundation Stage


At SIA, we know that the period between birth and age five is one of the most important developmental periods in a child’s life. During this phase, children learn and progress at a faster rate than at any other time in their lives.

By following the British Curriculum’s Early Years Foundation, we provide a high-quality and consistent program that allows children to build the self-confidence, resilience, and curiosity that will serve them throughout the rest of their school years.

To guide children on a learning journey, SIA uses two essential tactics: play and warm, supportive interactions with teachers. Early childhood research is overwhelmingly clear: Play is essential for children’s development. It is how they learn to explore and investigate their world, relate to others, set their own goals, and solve problems.

Our program employs a mixture of free play, where children can explore their interests and preferences by leading their own pursuits, and structured activities, where children learn to how to become part of a group. We also adhere to regular routines that help children feel confident and secure.

Much of what children learn at this stage also comes from adults. Highly observant, children frequently model what they see from adults. Our teachers are trained to be compassionate, supportive, and attentive. They respond to a child’s individual needs and unique learning style, help children learn how to navigate social situations, and encourage a child to keep on trying when they encounter difficulties.

Through these positive relationships, SIA children learn to be strong and independent. 

They leave the Foundation Stage having learned how to share, how to play, how to socialize, and most importantly, feeling happy and looking forward to the next stage of their education.

In planning and guiding children’s activities, we focus on three areas of development that provide a strong foundation for all future learning:

Communication and Language

Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the basis for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. Our teachers read frequently to children, and actively engage them in stories, rhymes, and poems.

Personal and Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development is important not only for a child’s cognitive development, but their ability to lead healthy and happy lives. Strong, warm, and supportive relationships with SIA teachers help children learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. Through supported interactions with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate, and resolve conflicts peaceably.

Physical Development

Indoor and outdoor play provide opportunities for children to develop their stability, balance, spatial awareness, coordination, and agility. Activities like puzzles, games, and arts and crafts help children to build fine motor skills.

To ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, we focus on four specific areas:


SIA teachers talk with children about books (stories and non-fiction) and the world around them. They also enjoy rhymes, poems, and songs together. These practices provide children with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words, forming the basis for the skilled word reading that is taught later.


At SIA’s Foundation Stage, children are taught to count confidently, and to develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them, and the patterns within those numbers. We provide frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding, such as the use of small objects and tens frames for organizing counting.

Understanding the World

The higher the frequency and range of children’s experiences, the greater their knowledge of the world around them. At SIA, children learn about the broader world through books, conversations with teachers, and field trips to parks, libraries, and museums.

Expressive Arts and Design

Art provides a valuable way for children to understand themselves and learn self-expression. It also supports their imagination and creativity. At SIA, students are given the opportunity to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.

This programme sets the standards that promote teaching and learning to ensure children’s school readiness. Our programme gives children a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

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