2 ½ - 3 years

  • There is a slightly more formal approach to learning with the introduction of structured Arabic lessons and more integrated topics. More time is spent actively teaching numbers and phonics rather than just exposing the children to them. The teacher may also want to begin performing simple one-on-one assessments at this age.



    • Have a good knowledge of nursery routines and following verbal instructions to line up, sit still etc. Anticipate what is coming next
    • Engage in formal pre-writing skills such as tracing worksheets
    • Have a definite hand-preference and be shown how to hold a pencil correctly
    • Develop cutting skills
    • Learn how to use paint and glue and other art materials appropriately
    • Engage in more structured listening activities like guessing the sound
    • Listen and respond to a variety of musical styles
    • Listen to and discuss a selection of stories
    • Begin to make own selection of books
    • Assist with tasks such as cleaning up, passing out pencils and helping others.
    • Throw and kick a ball
    • Climb under, over and on objects
    • Eat properly with a spoon and cup
    • Assemble a 6 piece puzzle
    • Describe an object using colour, size, shape and use
    • Participate in group discussions
    • Count to 20


    • Learn to take turns and play cooperatively most of the time
    • Express positive and negative emotions
    • Learn less common shapes such as crescent and diamond
    • Understand concepts of more, gone, now, soon, before and after
    • Understand and use simple directional words such as up, down, behind, over and under
    • Begin to classify animals and forms of transport
    • Use plurals correctly and incorrectly (i.e. “foots”)
    • Begin to use past tense correctly and incorrectly (i.e. “hitted”)
    • Give some information about themselves