FS and KS1 at FPS

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Mini-School

The Foundation Stage is the beginning of every learner’s educational journey. The Foundation Stage at FirstPoint provides all learners with outstanding provision from day one of their education journey.  

We follow the UK Early Years Framework which is a play based curriculum. At GEMS FirstPoint School we understand the importance of play as Albert Einstein expressed, “Play is the highest form of research”. Our young learners learn and build upon their fundamental skills through play...

Isabel Olley

Head of Mini-School FS
& Key Stage 1

Meet The Head of Mini-School FS & Key Stage 1

I capitalise the School ethos of Family first; Happy, engaged, inquisitive learners; Cutting-edge digital innovation; Individualised learning journey for all and Infinite opportunities. As the FirstPoint vision states, we pride ourselves on the belief that family comes first. It is imperative that we work closely together to share all the ...

Welcome to Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Mini-School

Explore the Foundation Stage

  • Key Curriculum Information 

    At GEMS FirstPoint School, our curriculum follows the Early Years Framework 2020. During the foundation years of school, children are introduced to important areas of learning that act as the starting point for subjects when they move into more formal learning. 

    In Foundation Stage, learning is introductory and play based, as students are nurtured and welcomed into the world of education in a positive, colourful, fun and happy environment. Fundamental information is taught to students and students are observed to ensure they are at the standard for their age level. 

  • Language

    Students in the Foundation Stage are introduced to Arabic language and dedicated lessons delivered by Arabic specialists take place from FS2. 

  • Enrichment Opportunities

    The Foundation Stage curriculum is enhanced through Enrichment at the end of each day in FS2 where the children have the opportunity to explore new skills and talents such as dance, arts and crafts and many more. In addition to this, children in FS1 and FS2 have multiple opportunities to take their learning outside of the classroom by going on exciting school trips. FS1 enjoy going to Little Explorers, the Dinosaur Park and also the aquarium. In FS2, they enjoy going to the beach, Green Planet and a Spinneys factory. All of these trips enhance the children’s education and place their learning in a real life context.  


The Key Areas of Learning and Development Covered At This Stage

Foundation Stage FAQs

  • What are the seven areas of learning in FS?

    The seven areas of learning are Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Physical Development, Understanding the World, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Expressive Arts and Design. The children will develop in all these areas through a play based curriculum.

  • My child is not toilet trained, is this a problem for starting FS1?  

    All children must be toilet trained for starting school as we do not have the facilities for changing students in school if they soil themselves.  

  • What are the toilet facilities for FS children?  

    Each classroom has access to two toilets, appropriately sized for the younger students.  

  • Does the school provide snack and lunch?

    No, every child should bring their own healthy snack and lunch to school. We have a no nuts policy due to students having severe allergies towards nuts.  

  • Should my child be able to write their name by now?

    Some children are able to write their name, however, it is also as important that they are able to recognise it at this stage. It is also important that they are able to hold a pencil with an appropriate, strong, tripod grip as this will make name writing easier when they are ready. They can also practise drawing anticlockwise circles as well as other marks such as lines up and down, side to side and wiggles to help with accurate letter formation. This could even be in a tray of sand or glitter so the children practise making these marks with their finger.   

  • Why is my child not writing in capital letters anymore?

    It is important that the children learn to write in lowercase letters as this is how we teach them in phonics and ultimately it is how they will develop their reading skills. Also it will enable them to become fluent and quick writers as they get more secure. Accurate letter formation is a very important aspect of writing and one that is easier to learn correctly in the beginning rather than having to reteach later on. 

  • My child hates colouring in what else can I get them to do that’s not on an electronic devise? 

    Some children really don’t like colouring in and that’s fine there are lots of other things we can get them to do which will strengthen their fingers and engage their higher order thinking skills. For strengthening their fingers playdough is fantastic and as their fingers get stronger plastercine or modelling clay is slightly harder to squeeze so is a good alternative. Get the children to squeeze, prod, poke, pinch and roll the dough and even get them to model some simple shapes or letters to cross into other areas of their learning whilst ‘playing’ and having fun. Free mark making/ drawing is often more enjoyable and certainly way more creative for children. They can be the artist then they might colour their own creation in. Painting either with paint or a less messy alternative is to have a bucket of water and a paintbrush in the garden or on the balcony once it is dried up it is mess free! Traditional jigsaws or games where by the children have to take turns and follow rules are by far one of the best uses of time. Enjoying seeing your child win and also support them when they experience those times they don’t win, this is a life skill we need to teach. Being happy for others even when we are disappointed is a priceless gift we can give our children through playing games. 

  • My child can count to 100 does that mean they are at the top of the class? 

    As amazing as counting to any big number is we have to remember it is by memory much like learning the words to a song and the more important aspect of number work is the understanding of what a number is. We as teachers prefer that children are really secure in knowing numbers and their value to 10 rather than rushing ahead counting to numbers which have no real meaning to them. For example, 10 means 10 teddies on the bed, 10 means 5 teddies at one end and 5 teddies at the other end there are still 10 altogether, 10 means if you have 7 teddies you need 3 more to have 10. We need to make children aware that numbers aren’t just a word or a symbol but they mean an amount. Matching numerals to an amount of objects to 10 is better than just counting to 100 and the words having no meaning. 

  • My child is muddling their tenses and still talks like a baby, is this a problem? 

    The English language is really quite tricky, there are lots of aspects of it that we take for granted when we become fluent speakers. We have to appreciate that for our children, some of whom are learning it as a second even third language, they will make mistakes and that is ok. Muddling tenses is perfectly normal for example “I playing with Thomas yesterday” instead of “I played with Thomas yesterday”. As adults we need to be mindful not to make children feel they have made a mistake as it can knock their confidence in having a go, instead just repeat back to them the sentence correctly and model how it should be said. The children will learn from you speaking in good clear full sentences, this goes for baby talk too we should always speak in full sentences they learn from us! 


Explore Key Stage 1

  • Overview

    In these years of school, students lay a solid foundation for learning that they will use for the rest of their lives. The National Curriculum for England has a very structured flow of learning that challenges and assesses students to ensure development in key academic areas is being met. 

    Our enriched international curriculum gives students a number of opportunities to develop competencies and an understanding of the world and cultures in it. The Ministry of Education (UAE) has developed a regionally renowned curriculum for the learning of Arabic and Islamic that is second-to-none. Followed correctly, students will finish Key Stage 1 prepared for Key stage 2 and be well rounded, intellectual and global learners ready to take on greater challenges. 

    Our curriculum throughout all ages encourages students to enquire and develop their critical thinking skills. Development of leadership qualities and skills will be put into practical application in Key Stage 2, providing each student with the opportunity to share class and school responsibilities that nurture organisational skills, co-operation, accountability and team spirit. Enterprise and entrepreneurship will be key features of school life 

    Students in Key Stage 1 will prepare for the UAE International Benchmark assessments as prescribed by the KHDA. 

  • Subjects Taught

    • English 
    • Mathematics 
    • Science 
    • Enterprise  
    • Social Studies 
    • Moral Education   
    • Thematic Curriculum
      which is a project-based approach to learning that encompasses History, Geography and Visual and Performing Arts. 
    • Personal, Social and Health Education 
  • Specialist Subjects

    • Arabic (for native speakers and for non-native speakers) 
    • Islamic Education 
    • Physical Education 
    • Desert School 
    • Computing 
  • Enrichment Opportunities

    Key Stage One’s curriculum is enhanced through an extensive range of extra-curricular activities and education visits. The extra-curricular activities range from coding to arts and crafts to football skills to let’s speak French. The students love having the opportunity to learn a new skill or talent during the extra-curricular activities which take place after school. In addition to the extra-curricular activities, the students put their learning into a real life context during educational visits. In Key Stage One, the students go to a variety of places including Ski Dubai, a farm and Legoland. All education visits are related to the students learning and enhance the curriculum.  

  • Assessment

  • Extra Curricular Activities

    Information & Technology

    Creative Arts




    Science & Maths


     Dough Disco

     Friendship Club

    Football Skills

    Let's Speak Dutch

    Groovy Growers

     Little Chefs

     Arts and Crafts

     Eco Club

     Irish Dance Superstars

     Let's Speak French

    Desert Explorers

     Mini Enterprisers


     Netball Skills

     Arabic Songs


     Cosmic Yoga

     Qur'anic Stories


     Zumba Kids

     Arabic Home Learning


     Fine Motor Skills in Arabic



Key Stage 1 FAQs

  • How many hours per subject do the children study?

    Each week, the children will have 5 hours of English (in addition to separate Phonics and Reading sessions), 5 hours of Maths, 2 hours of Science, 1 hour of Enterprise, 4 hours of Arabic, 2 hours of Islamic (if applicable), 1 hour of Social Studies, 1 hour of Moral Education, 2 hours of PE, 1 hour of Desert School, 1 hour of Computing and 2 hours of theme.  

  • Can the children wear their PE kit the whole day when they have PE?

    Yes, they can wear their PE kit to school on PE days.  

  • Does the school provide snack and lunch?

    No, every child should bring their own healthy snack and lunch to school. We have a no nuts policy due to students having severe allergies towards nuts.  

  • Who teaches the children Arabic?

    Arabic specialists teach the children Arabic. The students are split into groups, Arabic A for native Arabic speakers and Arabic B for non-native Arabic speakers.  

  • What devices do the students use in class?

    From Year 1, we have the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place. Children have the opportunity to use their own device within the school setting to enhance the curriculum further. We also have other devices available for students if they do not have their own. The devices are only used for educational purposes and during certain lessons.   

  • What Phonics scheme does the school use?  

    FPS follows Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme. The children have set lessons each day for Phonics in Years 1 and 2. The children complete the Phonics lessons with their class teacher.  

  • Do you follow a specific Maths scheme?  

    At FPS, we have adapted the curriculum to the Maths Mastery approach. A maths mastery approach has ambitious expectations for all learners, gaps in learning are immediately addressed, all learners’ access rich mathematical content and conceptual and procedural maths are taught together.  

  • How do I know my child is progressing?  

    Each half term, every parent is sent a data capture with a full report at the end of the academic year. We also have one target setting meeting at the beginning of the year and two parent consultation meetings throughout the school year.  The partnership between the school and home is vital so there is continual, open communication between the parents and class teacher.  


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