EARLY YEARS AND PRIMARY
THE ENGLISH NURSERY
The English Nursery, founded in 2001, is the kindergarten of the Fundación Educativa de Inglaterra. Located in the campus of Colegio de Inglaterra —The English School, The English Nursery is organised into two levels: Pre-Nursery (2 to 3 years old) and Nursery (3 to 4 years old).
Our mission is to educate happy children interested in being inquirers, good communicators, thinkers, and reflective so they can develop their potential in an environment respectful of their individuality that seeks to strengthen their personality and abilities while playing. This allows them to exercise cognitive functions through constant reflection. We also prioritise an environment of tolerance and open-mindedness that stimulates healthy coexistence and the use of technology in the creation of knowledge.
Understanding the importance of this crucial moment in life, The English Nursery has highly qualified teaching staff with each classroom managed by a tutor and a teaching assistant. Additionally, to support the processes in each area of child development, the curriculum is enriched with specialised teachers in the areas of Spanish, Music, Drama, Art, and Motor Development as well as with specialised professional of the Learning Support Department in the areas of Psychology, and Speech and Occupational Therapy. All the staff focuses on having a safe and healthy environment in which every child feels valued and respected while building long-lasting enriching learning experiences.
In Nursery, we start to implement the IB Early Years of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP seeks to stimulate an environment of creativity and natural curiosity regarding the exploration of the world, promoting the development of skills and the inquiry of concepts and ideas. All of this is framed by values and principles that allow students to establish a set of personal values that are vital to their personal and social life.
PRE-JARDIN - JARDIN - TRANSITION
Welcome to the Pre-School section comprised of Pre-Jardin, Jardin and Transition. We have a highly qualified teachers’ staff that work as a team to provide high-quality education and whose main goal is to maximise the academic and personal potential of the students within an environment of respect, protection, kindness, and interest for learning.
The main purpose of the Pre-School section is based on the child’s integral development, on the heart, and on the mind, strengthening the social, emotional, physical, and cultural needs. In order to accomplish this, we have built a curriculum that considers the individual needs of our students and their different ways of sensing the world and of learning.
In 2008, we were authorised to implement and deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. This programme offers an approach built on research and learning based on concepts. It also encourages students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own performance from an early age.
Moreover, it focuses on making students become independent apprentices, transferring acquired skills to other contexts through their experiences, and to promote internationalism in order to develop citizens of the world in relation to culture, language, and learning to live in a community.
We implement the Dignity and Mutual Respect Programme that is specially aimed at developing skills to encourage greater tolerance for frustration and at using behaviour alternatives to aggression. Simultaneously, the programme addresses the promotion of respectful environments, the assertive management of discipline and communication as well as agreements, norms, limits, and what is expected of children when it comes to their socialisation in their school and personal context.
We promote respect for individuality and personal differences to make our students understand the importance of empathy and solidarity. We also encourage commitment to serve others in order to develop their social and thinking skills and at the same time, to be responsible for their own actions. Our academic team comprises a bilingual tutor and a teaching assistant in each class as well as specialists in Drama, Physical Education, Art, Rhythm, Music, Spanish, Technology, and Learning Support. This gives the opportunity to be immersed in a diverse and transdisciplinary learning environment for each of our students. The academic team is led by a Head of Section and each grade by a Head of Year.
The "e-learning" plan begins in Pre-School where the integration of technology into teaching-learning processes is pursued to facilitate collaboration, innovation, and creativity.
The Department of Learning Support is comprised of experienced therapists in Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Coexistence as well as of specialised teachers in Mathematics, English, and Spanish who provide additional support in and out of the classroom for students who require it because of different rhythms and learning styles.
We offer a programme of extracurricular activities ranging from sports to age-appropriate activities that strengthen skills, leadership, and teamwork.
Welcome to the Primary Section (Grades 1 to 4) of The English School. The Primary section provides a safe environment that fosters intellectual, innovative, creative, artistic, and physical development.
Our highly qualified and committed teachers encourage our students to be passionate and enthusiastic about their learning. This integral approach comprises a challenging curriculum, that includes Language (Spanish and English), Social Studies, Sciences, Mathematics, and Ethics. Students stay fit and healthy through our personal, social, and physical education programme, experiencing as well an approach to art, music, and drama in inspiring classes delivered by specialised teachers.
We are authorised since 2008 to implement the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. Within this inquiry-based curriculum, we provide students with a foundation of essential concepts, knowledge, skills, and attributes.
Learning Support is offered to those students who require additional support in English, Spanish, and Mathematics. Additionally, the Creative Minds programme challenges students through creative and enriching experiences. We foster differentiated instruction strategies to meet individual needs and interests taking into account that children have their own unique learning styles and progress at their own pace.
Our students also get hands-on access to technology and innovation through our e-learning plan that enriches the educational experience by improving flexibility and creativity, encouraging learning through high-quality teaching practices. Coding is part of the curriculum and ensures in our students the development of necessary skills for the 21st century. The pedagogical project is also framed within the concept of internationalism and it aims to develop citizens of the world in relation to culture, language, and ethnic groups. We foster the students’ development of human values, encouraging respect for diversity and collaboration. The Dignity and Mutual Respect and the KiVa Antibullying programmes inspire students to be respectful and tolerant, creating an atmosphere in which they feel comfortable and safe.
We offer a great variety of extracurricular activities addressed to develop different talents. These activities take place after school from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
We are all looking forward to fulfilling our mission statement by offering academic excellence and high-quality learning in a happy and safe environment, creating confident leaders who act with integrity. Our students develop a social conscience, care for the environment, and are capable of transforming their surroundings in a positive way.
The Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. The PYP is based on a transdisciplinary framework that focuses on the integral development of the child and his/her inquiry and discovery skills. It concentrates on developing student’s academic, social, and emotional well-being, focusing on international mindedness and personal solid values, through the exploration of the learner, of the learning, and of the teaching and learning community. Everyone related to the school community has voice, choice, and ownership to impact the learning and teaching.
The PYP is a trusted, timeless, and transformational curriculum that invites students to show agency working with teachers and the learning community to take charge of what, where, why, with whom, and when they learn. This provides opportunities to demonstrate and reflect on knowledge, approaches to learning, and learner profile attributes.
The PYP is committed to creating a culture within the learning community where students co-construct and self-adjust their learning experiences, building self-efficacy, a greater sense of learning ownership, and contributing to their social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
The PYP acknowledges the power of play as the primary vehicle for inquiry, supporting thoughtful and intentional opportunities for child-initiated play — hands-on learning —. Through play and exploration, students will learn to inquire as they build and test theories to help them make sense of the world around them.
The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six transdisciplinary, related themes and to analyse the links between them. The themes include “who we are”, “where we are in place and time”, “sharing the planet”, “how we express ourselves, “how the world works” and “how we organise ourselves”. At the end of the PYP, students are required to participate in an exhibition to verify the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes, and actions of the learner profile.
Action, agency, the learner profile, and international mindedness will work hand in hand to strengthen students’ confidence in their capacity to make a positive change in the world.