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Foundation Stage

In the Nursery and Reception we follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The curriculum is based around four key principles:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;

  • children learn to be independent and strong through positive relationships;

  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between school and home;

  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

In the Foundation Stage, since we are an international school, we see it as particularly important to welcome children from all backgrounds and try to create an atmosphere where every individual child feels welcome and secure and in which all feel they have something to contribute.  By valuing the children’s backgrounds and building on their previous experiences, we hope to build their self esteem and encourage all round progress in terms of their moral, social and cultural development.  We recognise the importance of this development to the growth of the well-balanced child. We aim to present the English language to the child as a normal part of the school environment. We give opportunities for the child to listen, repeat, experiment and express through real and play situations. We aim to develop the child’s confidence, vocabulary and understanding enough to enable them to begin to express themselves in English naturally and with enjoyment.

Key Stage One

In Years One and Two we follow the English National Curriculum.

In Key Stage One our overall aim is to develop the confidence of the children in all forms of the English language: spoken, written, creative, grammatical. We aim to build on the firm language base given to the children during their years in Nursery and Reception. At I.S.M. our aim is that children develop their language skills throughout the day's activities, not in isolated English lessons.

Within the classroom, children are asked to work in a variety of situations in order to promote development of their English Language. They work as a class, in small groups, in pairs, on activities such as telling their news, forming questions and giving answers, on discussions, debates, telling stories or reading poems, sequencing, predicting, etc. They work in both formal and informal situations and are always encouraged to express themselves in English among their peers and with staff.

Key Stage Two

In Years Three to Six we follow the English National Curriculum.  Subjects studied include Literacy, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music & Dance, Physical Education and, from Year 5 upwards, French.

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.

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.  

    

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  Pre-School
  C/ Rosa Jardón, 1
  28016, Madrid
  91 345 95 19
  preschool@internationalschoolofmadrid.com
 
  Primary
  C/ Rosa Jardón, 3
  28016, Madrid
  91 359 21 21
  primary@internationalschoolofmadrid.com
 
  Secondary
  C/ Serrano Galvache, 13
  28033, Madrid
  91 302 30 80
  secondary@internationalschoolofmadrid.com