The Curriculum

British Orchard Nursery is the only Nursery in the UAE to have an internal Baseline Book for Assessment.

British Orchard Nursery provides quality learning through the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.

The EYFS Framework separates your child’s learning into seven areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal
  • Social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

At BON, we use a Baseline Assessment book. Each child that attends our nursery will leave with one of these assessment books. This book will be their record of achievement during their time with us. It allows us to monitor the next steps for each child in their education and signposts how we can help them move forward.

Communication & Language/Literacy

We provide a language rich learning environment which gives children opportunities for speaking and listening and for sharing their ideas and feelings. Through listening to stories and sharing a wide range of books, the children will develop a love of reading. At the same time, they will learn about the shapes and sounds of letters through songs, rhymes and our Jolly Phonics programme. We also provide opportunities for the children to understand the relationship between the spoken and written word and to develop their mark making; attempting to write for themselves, making lists, captions, cards and writing their own stories with words and pictures.

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Arabic and French Curriculum

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BON caters to the multicultural environment in UAE with additional language offerings. BON is proud to support local heritage by offering Arabic language classes in all locations. BON also provides French classes at its branches. Children learn through fun and interactive activities, songs, and artwork. Their progress is monitored throughout the term and parents are informed weekly through our reports. For more information about languages at BON, please contact a branch near you.


Children are encouraged to develop their experience of numbers, pattern, shapes and measurement through play and structured contexts. Their understanding develops as they talk through what they are doing. Activities that develop mathematical thinking include jigsaws, play dough, threading and lacing, sand, water, cookery, role and imaginative play, the track area and construction. Children use numbers in play and learn to recognize and use them later to develop their mathematical ideas and solve problems including addition and subtraction.

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Physical Development

Physical Development helps children to gain confidence in what they can do. It enables children to feel the benefits of being healthy and active and develop a positive sense of well-being. We promote opportunities for the healthy development of children’s bodies and physical skills through opportunities for indoor and outdoor play. Activities to promote gross motor skills include participation in the grass, garden and track area as well as the swimming pools where they are running, jumping, hopping, skipping, riding tricycles, throwing and catching balls and bean bags and watering plants. Fine motor skills are encouraged using a variety of resources including play-dough, paint, crayons, scissors, beads and puzzles.

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is made up of the following aspects: Dispositions and Attitudes, Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem, Making Relationships, Behaviour and Self-control, Self-care and Sense of Community. We provide an environment which makes learning exciting and develops curiosity. Children can become independent and self-confident, making positive relationships with their peers and adults, working alongside others companionably and co-operatively. They will develop a sense of community in this way and an appreciation of their own needs, views and cultures as well as those of other people and to understand the similarities and differences between them in our diverse society.

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Understanding the World

Understanding of the World involves supporting children's development as they try to make sense of the world around them. Children learn about their own and other people’s cultures in order to appreciate the similarities and differences between them in a diverse society. They are encouraged to explore and investigate materials and the natural world, to learn about change and patterns, to recognize similarities and differences, and to question how things work. We help them to use a variety of tools and techniques to assemble materials creatively and safely. They will also develop an understanding of technology through using programmable toys and the computer.

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Expressive Arts & Design

Expressive Arts & Design involves extending children's creativity, curiosity, exploration, and play. We encourage the development of children’s creativity through opportunities to learn about and share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a mixture of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities. Children explore a variety of media working with color, texture, shape, space and form. They develop their imagination through stories, role play, dance, music and musical instruments. All of the children are encouraged both to express their individuality and to acquire new skills through a wide range of exciting activities.

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Baseline Assessment Book

BON encourages innovative thinking & the biggest innovative intervention in curriculum delivery at BON is creating our "Baseline Assessment Book" using the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, a comprehensive overview for the early learning goals of each child.

  • The "Baseline Assessment Book" links every point in weekly curriculum plan to points in the assessment book an in-depth, comprehensive way, ensuring that each learning goal in the curriculum was covered, followed-up, and clearly measured.
  • Students at BON will learn and be assessed on all Early Learning Goal in each of the 7 areas of curriculum outlined in the EYFS (UK) curriculum. Such rigorous assessment levels have led to 680 assessment points on which each child at BON is assessed over 3 years.
  • BON follows a standardized 3 year rolling curriculum. This curriculum was designed so that a child does not repeat any area of the curriculum during the time at a BON nursery until at primary school at age 4.
  • The in depth standardized curriculum and assessments offered at BON provides peace of mind for parents who can rest assured their child is receiving a quality early years education following recognized international standards and will meet all early learning goals.
  • Children will easily be able to transition to schools locally and internationally due to the rigorous curriculum and assessment process, ensuring milestones are met.
  • BON is the ONLY nursery in the UAE to provide assessments as extensive as the ones laid out in the "Baseline Assessment Book".
  • Our curriculum has been assessed by senior educationists from UK, Singapore and UAE and for which BON has been awarded several times, most recently the Golden Peacock Award for Innovative Product/Service.