Welcome to Early years

Zoe Hodgson

I’m Zoe Hodgson and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Crescent International School Early Years Program.
At our Early Years School we encourage the children to learn and grow in an atmosphere which is stimulating and nurturing. We believe that learning takes place both indoors and out, which enables children to become active explorers through purposeful play activities. Our Reception classes offer a safe, caring learning environment with strong communications skills.
As part of the core curriculum, we strongly focus on developing key literacy and numeracy skills, artistic abilities and interests, and general knowledge and understanding of the world. We educate our children to become strong, responsible, independent learners. As a team of eight well-educated and trained Early Years teachers and assistants, we ensure that every student in our care receives the attention and caring they deserve to learn and grow.

I look forward to welcoming you to our school!

Zoe Hodgson
Early Years Coordinator

Early Years Philosophy

As a school, we have a strong community feel within a nurturing and inclusive environment, we open all year round to new students, which students settle into school life very quickly with our warm welcoming and our playful way of learning.
Reception follows the English National Curriculum; we want our students to become independent thinkers and to have a global perspective on everything they do. Our teachers value our students learning and progression, we do this by continually assessing through observation and conversation. This is recorded through photographs and recorded observations.

When teaching, we encourage creative play and interactive learning on a daily basis. We have a high emphasis on structure, prominently we focus on 4 specific areas and these are:



Understanding the world

Expressive Art and Design.

These four areas are demonstrated in numerous playful learning activities, for example, arts & crafts, reciting nursery rhymes and dances, water play, story time, educational games, group building exercises, basic reading and writing, forming letters and numbers using a range of fun materials such as paints, salt, foam, sand and much more. The Early Years Curriculum is themed to enable the areas of learning to be interrelated. In addition, we also focus on the 3 prime areas of learning which are concentrated in our daily routine at school, these are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

The Early Years Curriculum aims to nurture the child’s independence, social and cognitive development to ensure we prepare them for the transition to Primary School.

A Student’s Typical Day

7:45 – 8:10
Students arrive in the morning either by school van or by being dropped off by their parents. When they arrive at school, students will play with their peers in their homeroom being supervised by all teachers before the morning assembly.
8:10 - 8:20
Reception 1 & 2 attend assembly together in reception 2 classroom. Assembly begins with the morning prayer and national anthem; a different song will be played each day for the students to sing and dance to.
8:20 – 9:00
Reception 1 & 2 students sit in the cafeteria, while teachers serve them breakfast. Once a class has finished eating, they will go the toilet supervised by all teachers, once they have finished, students go back to their homeroom with their teacher and prepare for their first lesson.
9:00 – 9:15
Students will have circle time with their homeroom teacher, this involve asking general questions and singing and dancing to nursery rhymes.
9:15 – 10:45
Students have 2 lessons of 45 minutes. Reception students take the majority of lessons in their homeroom, with teachers coming to them to teach Thai Language, Qur’an and Swimming.
10:45- 11:30
Students are served lunch by all teachers (provided by the school cafeteria) from 10:45 – 11:15. Students will go toilet supervised by all teachers from 11:15 – 11:30.
11:30 – 15:00
Students have 4 more lessons of 45 minutes. Lessons are scheduled each day to provide a variety of subjects including the core English, Maths and Science alongside specialist subjects such as Arabic, Computer, Thai Language, Arts and Music.
(R1 naptime from 13:00 -14:30)
14:30 - 15:00
Students will be taken to the toilet, followed by snacks eaten in their homeroom class. Students taking school vans are escorted by their teachers straight to the vans. Students not taking school vans are supervised in Reception 1 classroom until their parents come to collect them, which they will need to sign out in the logbook.

Routines and Expectations

At CIS we expect all children to follow rules of the classroom, these are as follow:

Follow directions

Always share

Raise your hand to speak

Play nicely

No touching/hitting/pushing

No bullying

At CIS we expect parents to provide the following:


Water bottle

Extra clothing e.g. shorts and t-shirt


Trainers (for P.E)



Swimming clothes/bag

Healthy snacks e.g. fruits, sandwiches, milk.

Medicine (please provide note for teachers explaining directions)

A diary will be provided for all students, please ensure this is being checked and signed by parents/guardians when receiving letters and reports. For student’s personal hygiene, we ideally prefer students to be potty trained and being able to go toilet themselves, as well as being able to wash and dry their hands.
*Please make sure students do not bring toys and money to the school.

Early Years Faculty

Below is the opportunity to get to know our incredibly teachers. Select a photograph to access their teacher profile and learn more about their qualifications, teaching experience, and philosophy of education.

Zoe Hodgson: Nursery - Reception II English, Early Years Leader
Mabell Loa: Reception II Maths & Science
Ms. Aima: School Librarian
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