Pupils join our Early Years section the year they turn two. This is a crucial stage in their development – in addition to rapid physical and intellectual changes, children experience a new environment, routines and friends.
Our unique, bilingual environment provides everything they need to have the best possible start in life. Early Years in Somosaguas and British Council Infants, located in the neighbourhood of El Viso in Madrid city centre, follow the English National curriculum -Foundation Stage.
British Council School has created the Bilingual Baby Club designed to create opportunities for parents and carers of children between 14 and 36 months of age who would like to take advantage of the expertise and resources of the school to build on their knowledge of supporting the development of their children, within the frame work of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Our focus in Early Years is investigation and play – learning through games and activities, both inside the classroom and in our outdoor play areas.
Every class has a team of three fully-qualified professionals who specialise in Early Childhood education: a Specialist UK National Curriculum trained Class teacher delivering 100% of the English National Curriculum, a specialist Spanish teacher delivering up to 20% of the Spanish curriculum, and a bilingual Teaching Assistant. With 12 children in our Pre-Nursery classes and around 22 children in our Nursery, Reception and Year 1 classes, each child receives the individual attention they need to develop their interests, abilities and social skills.
We encourage children to follow our Golden Rules and work closely with parents so they can support and encourage their children's development at home.
The Golden Rules
- Try Your Best
- Be Kind
- Be Gentle
- Look After Things
- Be Honest
|Academic approach||TEACHING LANGUAGE|
|Personal, Social and Health Education||English|
|Communication, Language and Literacy||English|
|Knowledge and understanding of the world (including Information Technology)||English|
|Creative development (Arts, Crafts and Music)||English|
|Language and Literacy||Spanish|
We encourage all of our pupils to participate in activities that develop their unique skills, talents and abilities. In Early Years, these choices include: