Early Years

Foundation Stage

Starting school is an important step in every child’s life and here at GEMS Wellington Primary School, we strive to provide a welcoming and engaging environment that stimulates a love of learning from an early age. We provide a specialist Foundation Stage learning facility for children from three-years-old

Georgina Bradley

Assistant Principal - Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1

Meet The Assistant Principal - Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1

"In the Foundation Stage, we believe that learning should be meaningful and ignite children’s curiosity through a practical, hands-on approach. Learning opportunities are planned through structured play, based on the seven interconnecting areas of learning and development."


Explore the Early Years Foundation Stage British Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to five-years-old. The curriculum is referred to as ‘Development Matters’.  Your child’s learning journey is a two-year programme from Foundation Stage One (FS1) to the end of Foundation Stage Two (FS2).

At GEMS Wellington Primary School, the individual needs of each child are key to the success in their development throughout the Foundation Stage and are taken into account in both the setup of classrooms and the planning by the teacher. Individual planning is based on the children’s needs and interests in order to provide a personalised curriculum. We believe that children must have the opportunity to explore and investigate through play, as well as develop independence and self-care from choosing what they play with and how they want to learn.

Each class across the Foundation Stage has a full time Teaching Assistant to support the teachers in the delivery of the EYFS curriculum. The teachers provide a stimulating environment that encourages development of learning skills and critical-thinking skills.

  • Enhanced Opportunities

    In the Foundation Stage, children are introduced to our community by participating in whole-school events and celebrations such as Book Week, International Fair, STEAM Week and school performances. These provide children with real-life learning opportunities that help in developing a well-rounded child. 

    In addition, children have access to the school’s state-of-the-art dance studio, library and other communal learning spaces; enabling your child to reap the benefits and experience of a Foundation Stage unit within Primary School setting.

    Children in the Foundation Stage also benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers for PE, Swimming and Arabic, which assists with the transition into the Primary phase as the learning journey continues into Key Stage 1.

  • Characteristics for Effective Learning

    We have developed our pedagogy to the developmental stages of our youngest children. These are matched to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum that is underpinned by the use of the Characteristics for Effective Learning:




  • Do you offer an extended day for FS1?

    Within our Foundation Stage at WPS, we provide our after-school care, Little Cubs, for all our FS1 families. This convenient and high-quality service enables our parents to rest assured that their children are being well cared for after school hours. 

    Little cubs is a rich and engaging environment for your child. Our qualified staff go out of their way to ensure that your child’s stay with us is an enjoyable one, filled with lots of play, social interaction and exciting activities. The opening times for Little Cubs is Sunday to Wednesday 12.30pm to 2.00pm and Thursday 12.30pm to 1.00pm.

  • Why should you choose to send your FS1 child to GEMS Wellington Primary School?

    The Foundation Stage provision provides a wealth of benefits to the children and families within our care. All teaching staff are Early Years specialists with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This ensures that the children are being taught by practitioners with degree level qualifications and a wealth of knowledge from their time and experience in the Early Years.

    A further advantage of having a Foundation Stage Unit within the school setting is that the children have a secure sense of belonging from an early age, moving up to another year group full of confidence as they will have had opportunities to join in whole school events and see their older friends move on confidently each year.

    As Early Years practitioners, we encourage children to complete the two years of the Early Years curriculum. This means that they have increased levels of well-being, self-regulation and resilience for whatever challenges the school might have in store for them. These stronger relationships are important in establishing the best conditions for young children to thrive, learn, and ultimately move up into the Primary School.

    In this modern world, it is unrealistic for us to expect children to be able to enter Primary School and be successful without having previously experienced a range of learning opportunities to enable to them to become a curious and well-balanced learner. Data shows the academic progress for children within a school setting is significantly higher than that of children in a nursery setting due to the high-quality delivery of the engaging Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

  • How is literacy and reading taught? 

    In FS, children engage in shared literacy opportunities with their class teacher through the reading of shared texts, singing songs, playing literacy focused games and learning a weekly poem. The continuous provision in classrooms is set up to help children develop their fine motor skills, as well as communication and language skills through engagement with their peers and following instructions from adults in the classroom. Every day, the children have daily phonics lessons, they practice their emergent writing, letter formation or writing depending on the developmental age of the individual child. There are always opportunities for the children to read and write as part of the Foundation Stage provision.

  • Do FS students get homework? 

    Children in FS have a weekly reading book, poem and phonics words to learn which links to the ongoing learning in the classroom.

  • How long are break times?

    Break times are an important part of the school day for our little learners in the Foundation Stage, as the children continue to develop their social skills. Each day, children have a designed break time called ‘Little Athletes’ which are planned and monitored by trained staff, followed by time to eat their prepared snack. 


    Morning snack/break – 8:30 - 9:15am

    11:00 - 11:45am for their second break


    Morning snack/break – 9:15 - 9:45am

    11:30am - 12:00pm for the second break

  • Which subjects are taught by specialist teachers?

    The children are taught by specialist teachers for swimming (one lesson a week) during the cooler months, which are taught by their PE teacher and supportive by a TA and lifeguard. Our swimming programme and procedures are continuously monitored through Hamilton Aquatics Guidelines. The children engage in a PE session for their physical development (once a week). The children in FS2 also have one Arabic lesson a week in line with KHDA regulations.


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