Foundation Stage | The Aquila International School, Dubai


We use Dubai, the exciting plans for the future of Dubai, and the unique culture and heritage of the UAE, to make learning relevant and exciting for our children. In all classes we encourage the children to make choices and to become resilient, to ensure that every child makes as much progress as possible.

When children join EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) at The Aquila School, they are provided with endless opportunities to holistically develop as learners and make as much progress as possible by actively learning through play and exploring their environment.

Foundation Stage learning areas include purposeful and well-resourced indoor and outdoor areas of learning, including specialised areas such as our separate playgrounds for FS, libraries, sports facilities, food technology room, hydroponics farm. We also have free-flow learning areas rich with a variety of resources for children to explore and enhance their learning experiences.

At The Aquila School, we make learning exciting and relevant to children’s interests and learning needs. We encourage children to lead their own learning and make choices. This empowers children and ensures learning and teaching is informed by their interests and big ideas. As a result, our children are fully engaged and motivated in every step of their learning.

Through continuous observation and Assessment for Learning strategies, our teachers skilfully teach our children what they need to know now. Every day, our EYFS children are challenged to reach the next steps in their learning.

Our exciting and engaging play-based learning opportunities create a firm foundation of skills and knowledge ready for their next phase of learning in primary.

These efforts ensure EYFS Aquila children are confident, lifelong learners who love coming to school and engaging in amazing learning experiences every day.

Early Years Foundation Stage

At The Aquila School we understand the importance of children leading their own learning and learning through structured play. Our Foundation Stage children have access to a number of learning areas both indoors and outdoors, which includes a bike track, large continuous provision area and soft play.

The curriculum followed in FS1 and FS2 is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, adapted by our staff to have a global dimension and to be relevant to children living here in the UAE. From FS1 the children will have the opportunity to take part in weekly PE, swimming and music lessons with specialist teachers. Both native and non-native speakers will take part in Arabic lessons throughout the week.

Areas of learning in Foundation Stage:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematic Development
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Arabic

Beyond the Classroom

Children at The Aquila School are provided with many opportunities to develop and thrive. Learning is not limited to the classroom, but can also take place outdoors or through an educational visit, or a community service project. Lessons are lively, fun and challenging, and provide children with many opportunities to think critically and independently.

Social and Emotional Development

In addition to the English national curriculum, our school values, ethos and teaching approaches encourage children to develop collaborative enquiry skills, and understand that they are important individuals who can make a positive difference to the lives of others We want to promote curiosity, encourage children to ask questions, and to teach them to use their skills and knowledge confidently in real-life situations.