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PRIMARY

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.

Ángela Botero

Head of Primary

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    PROGRAMMES

    The Primary Years Programme - PYP

    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.