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The Foundation Stage at Glendale

Learning in our Foundation Stage goes beyond just memorising facts and figures. Our experiential learning allows children to develop deeper understanding of key concepts.

As a premier British curriculum school in Dubai, at Glendale International School, we recognize the immense significance of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This crucial period sets the tone for your child’s learning, development, and care. Our EYFS curriculum built on the National Curriculum for England (NCfE) encompasses a wide array of experiences and skills we aspire for every child to embrace, ensuring the most enriching start to their educational journey.

Every child is unique, and our Foundation Stage curriculum recognizes and celebrates this individuality. Through a blend of structured activities and child-led exploration, we provide a nurturing environment where each child can flourish at their own pace. We understand that play is the language of childhood. Our classrooms are vibrant spaces where play is purposeful and learning is embedded in every activity. From imaginative role-play to hands-on experiments, every experience is designed to stimulate young minds and promote holistic development.

7 Areas of Learning​

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social, and Emotional Development



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Foundation Stage Learning at Glendale International School

Prime Areas

At Glendale International School, we place the personal, social, and emotional development (PSED) of our young learners at the heart of our Foundation Stage curriculum. We believe that cultivating these skills is essential for shaping well-rounded individuals who are not only academically proficient but also emotionally intelligent and socially adept.

Speaking and listening are more than just skills; they are the gateways through which children engage with the world and express their understanding. In our Foundation Stage curriculum, we place a strong emphasis on nurturing these vital skills to ensure each child reaches their full potential across all seven areas of learning and development.

We encourage children to engage in a variety of movements, helping them develop the agility and coordination needed to navigate their environment safely and confidently. Our activities are designed to be fun, engaging, and appropriately challenging, ensuring that every child feels a sense of accomplishment and progress.

Specific Areas

Through engaging storytelling, interactive reading sessions, and creative writing exercises, we nurture a love for reading and writing, laying the foundation for effective communication and lifelong learning.

Our hands-on approach includes playful counting games, basic arithmetic, and problem-solving activities that make maths enjoyable and relevant, setting the stage for future numeracy skills.

From nature studies to basic scientific concepts and understanding diverse cultures, we encourage curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world they live in.

Our Expressive Arts & Design program includes a variety of creative activities like painting, music, dance, and drama, encouraging children to express themselves artistically while developing their imagination and creativity.

Specialist Subjects

Exploring creativity and problem-solving, our Foundation Stage curriculum fosters hands-on learning, sparking innovation from the start.

Our nurturing environment encourages every child to discover their artistic potential and appreciate the beauty of creative expression.

Our young learners engage in fun, age-appropriate physical activities that boost their motor skills, coordination, and overall physical well-being, laying the foundation for lifelong health and fitness.

We nurture creativity through playful exploration, capturing magical moments, and fostering visual literacy skills with our Photography classes right from Foundation Stage.

Learning Habitats for Foundation Stage

The Glendale Experience: What Makes Us Unique?

At Glendale International School, we are redefining education through our creative and enriched British curriculum that is as unique as each of our students. Our educational philosophy is centred around mastery of overarching concepts that bring real-life context into the classroom, connecting and integrating all areas of learning. This innovative framework not only stimulates intellectual curiosity but also fosters practical understanding, transforming the educational journey, making learning both meaningful and enjoyable.

We strongly believe that true understanding comes from deep engagement with subjects, which is  why we encourage our children to immerse themselves in learning, offering ample opportunities for practice and providing real-time feedback. This method ensures not just the acquisition of knowledge but the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

At Glendale, learning is not a passive experience. It’s an active journey of exploration and discovery. Our students are not just recipients of knowledge; they are creators, thinkers, and innovators. They learn to view the world not just as it is, but as it could be, equipped with the skills, confidence, and passion to make a difference. Here, each student is on a unique path to becoming a curious, compassionate, and confident individual, ready to thrive in an ever-changing world.

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