In the Nursery and Reception we follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The curriculum is based around four key principles:
In Nursery and Reception our children are welcomed into a stimulating and creative environment where they have opportunities to experience a wide range of activities and to learn through play. Aside from developing communication, language and mathematical skills, the curriculum places emphasis on developing personal and social skills and becoming independent and determined leaners.
Communication and Language; Literacy
Children will learn to speak and express themselves, and to listen and respond in a range of situations, in a language rich environment. They will be encouraged to link sounds to letters and begin to read and write.
Practical activities will help children develop their mathematical understanding and numeracy skills. They will develop their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, solving simple problems and will learn to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. They will learn to understand simple mathematical vocabulary.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children will learn how to work, play and co-operate with others. They will be encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves and understand and manage their feelings. They will develop independence and a confidence in their own abilities.
Children will develop their physical control and co-ordination, as well as an awareness of space. They will develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and will be encouraged to make healthy choices.
Understanding the World
Children will learn about the features of the environment around them, as well as beginning to develop an understanding of people, places and technology in the wider world.
Expressive Arts and Design
Through art, crafts, music, dance, drama and a wealth of other opportunities, children will learn to communicate and express ideas and feelings in a creative way.
Key Stage One:
In Years 1 and 2 we follow the English National Curriculum. We build on the firm base that children have received in the Foundation Stage and provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum that allows them to become confident and enthusiastic learners. The curriculum favours a practical and creative approach and encourages children to understand how their skills can be applied to real-life situations.
Subjects taught include: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Music, Physical Education and Religion.
Children will also receive, as stipulated by the Spanish Ministry of Education, a daily lesson of Spanish (Lengua y Literatura).
Key Stage Two:
In Years 3 to 6 we continue to follow the English National Curriculum. Subjects studied include English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Music, Physical Education, Religion and, from Year 5 upwards, French.
Children will receive a daily lesson of Spanish (Lengua y Literatura) and a weekly lesson of Cultura Espaņola (exploring Spanish history, geography and culture). Throughout the school, the class teachers for each year group co-operate closely with the Spanish teachers who work with their class. This ensures continuity and balance between English and Spanish Curriculum and the way it is taught.
Great emphasis is placed on the contribution of each individual to the school life. This is primarily concerned with the child's contribution in class, but in Key Stage Two the children also begin to participate in team colour events and the Student Government. All children benefit from the regular assemblies prepared by each class. In turn these offer invaluable opportunities to gain confidence in language skills in front of an audience and offer a forum for sharing ideas and experiences.