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Specific Areas of Learning

Specific Areas of Learning

Specific Areas of Learning

Specific Areas of Learning

We provide students with access to a wide range of reading materials (our Library, books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest and to encourage a love of literature.

Literacy development in the Early Years involves encouraging children to link letters and sounds and to begin to read and write. Our reading, writing and spelling programme, Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc (RWI), is a multifaceted approach to developing early literacy skills.


Early mathematical understanding is acquired through problem-solving experiences using hands on materials in enjoyable, meaningful contexts. We provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World

Through a range of themes and by following our students’ interests, we guide children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design 

We enable our students to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design technology.

Our Enquiry Units identify a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours which reflect interdisciplinary areas and are essential to ensuring children are prepared as active learners and problem solvers for success here in the Early Years Foundation Stage and beyond. Our units focus on ways of thinking, communicating, conceiving and realising ideas and information. Early Years teachers act as facilitators and assist children to develop the capacity to design, create and evaluate processes as a way of developing creativity and innovation. Different concepts underpin the planning and the concepts represent the big, abstract ideas.


Discovery Bay International School, Early Years Foundation Stage is the first school in Hong Kong to have Forest and Beach schools in action!

The Forest and Beach schools offer a safe and supportive environment in which children develop physically and emotionally through co-operative activities and play.  Sessions take place all year round so children can experience seasonal change and learn to be resilient in cooler, hotter and wet weather.  It is child-lead allowing children to build confidence by informing decisions and trying new things. Within our Forest and Beach schools programme, children have the freedom to explore, play, build, create, imagine, and use their senses to experience the outdoor environment and engage with one another. The sessions are carefully planned, led by trained forest and beach school practitioners and take place outside the classroom in all weather.


     At Forest School all participants will:


      Be treated as equal, unique and valuable

      Competent to explore and discover

      Face appropriate risk and challenges

      Experience regular success

      Develop positive relationships with themselves and other people

      Choose to initiate and drive their own learning process and development