Little Gems aspires to provide a caring, safe, and happy environment. We welcome all children irrespective of race, nationality, and religion and recognize each child as an individual, striving to help them achieve their potential. Our curriculum aims to cover the seven areas of learning in a fun and stimulating way, emphasizing learning through play and practical activities. We also endeavor to teach our children social values and develop their self-confidence through praise and positive reinforcement. At Little Gems, we feel it is essential for young children to be involved in community service and to begin to understand how to support others. We raised funds for a charity SIAB (School in a Bag).
School in a Bag delivers rucksacks filled with stationery, learning resources, and eating utensils to low, orphan disadvantaged, and disaster-affected children worldwide. To date, the initiative has delivered over 82,000 SchoolBags to children in 39 countries. A typical SchoolBag contains 12 pencils, a pencil case with ten biros, 12 coloring pencils, a math set, a ruler, 6 exercise books (two each of lined, squared, direct), a water bottle a lunch box. The contents are always brand new, and to ensure equality amongst the beneficiaries, the SchoolBags are all identical. After our fundraising, we were able to provide 58 bags to children across the world.
Parents choosing to send their children to our school do so in the knowledge that we are a well-established school with a long-standing, excellent reputation. We have unrivaled facilities compared to the other Pre-Schools in Bahrain and offer a high standard of education, particularly regarding preparing children for their assessments when applying to other schools. Our teachers are qualified and highly experienced, and our high adult: child ratio ensures that the children receive the attention they deserve. Our driving aim is to treat each child as an individual and provide a curriculum that develops the "whole child."
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that sets out the Early Learning Goals for the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) within the seven learning areas. All the areas of learning and development are essential and interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's capacity to learn, form relationships, and thrive. The Prime areas are:- Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional Development. The specific areas through which these three prime areas are strengthened and applied are:- Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts, and Design.
To enhance their language development, the children enjoy a wide variety of speaking and listening activities. Active listening is practiced during a daily story time whereby all the children are encouraged to discuss the story, predict the ending, and relate the text to their own experiences. All the classes cover two themes or topics each term, which provides a wealth of opportunity for teaching new vocabulary. Interactive 'circle times' take place twice a day and aim to develop the children's confidence in speaking in front of their peers. Roleplay activities help them to learn how to express themselves effectively in different situations.
To develop their gross motor skills, the children are encouraged to move with control, coordination, confidence, and imagination. This is achieved in various ways through the use of gigantic toys and P.E. equipment, such as cars, bicycles, hoops, and balls, and regular dance and movement sessions. For the development of fine-motor skills, our children learn pencil control, complete pre-writing patterns, and use a range of small (and large) pieces of equipment such as construction sets, puzzles, safety scissors, and play dough, and threading and lacing activities. We also teach the children how to look after their bodies, the importance of physical exercise, healthy eating, and safety.
The children are always encouraged to talk about themselves, their family, where they come from, and special events in their lives. We have a whole school International day during the year whereby the children dress up in their national dress and bring in a plate of their home country's traditional food to share with their class. The topics covered during the year provide a wealth of social interaction, language development, and creative expression. Parents are encouraged to get involved by sending in related objects of interest, discussing the themes, and singing the songs at home. The topics usually end with a themed party, or for the older children, field trips to relevant interest places.
In addition to the British Curriculum, we offer Arabic lessons to children age three and above. These sessions take place three times a week for the Nursery children and twice a week for the Upper Pre-Nursery children with Bahraini teachers and are available for children of any nationality, subject to space availability, who wish to take part.