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INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM

The English Centre’s intention is to that our pupils receive an education that allows them to participate fully, with confidence, in different cultures and languages. We understand this goes beyond the teaching of languages. Communicating with pupils of different nationalities, experiences in other countries and participation in overseas projects are an essential part of a global education. For this purpose our own project has been developed; The International Curriculum,(from 2 to 18) which includes, not only the programmes, objectives and competencies, but also encourages Cross Cultural Activities, pedagogical innovation and continued professional development.

» This curriculum has been specifically designed for our pupils and meets the expectations expressed by their families.

» A curriculum that encourages and motivates our pupils to enhance and apply their knowledge.

» A curriculum that uses XXI Century methodology supported by the use of the latest technology.

International Curriculum Staff are experts in the application of new methodologies. A team that enjoys their role as facilitators to learning, promoting skills such as: team- work, investigation, collaboration and self-evaluation. They support and extend International traditions, customs and celebrations within the school.

Aplicación en Early Years
Teaching in Early years is based upon active learning developed in a totally English speaking environment, based upon the Seeds for Life Project.
Our aim is that pupils to interact with the English culture and familiarise themselves with it and for them to develop the necessary skills to become self-sufficient, eager to learn and enjoy learning. Modern methodologies are used as well as resources such as IPads which involve pupils in their learning from the very beginning, encouraging creativity and curiosity.

 

The Early Years area has become a learning space – communal areas, the playground, the outdoor classroom, activity room, gymnasium… learning is not limited to the classroom. You can sense these areas are alive, small groups of children investigating, exploring; working on different skills all day. We provide individualised learning, which is fun and effective.

We have specialised teachers for our pupils to enjoy and learn through direct contact with music, art, dance and movement. We believe these to be the key elements for these ages, due to the importance of a holistic development, intellectual, aural, sensory; linguistic and motor skills.

Application in Primary
The transition from Early Years to Primary is supported through common activities and our Moving Up Day, when they spend a day in Primary.
The curriculum objectives are the same and we encourage critical thinking, self-evaluation, collaboration, cooperation and Peer Learning.

 

Two elements are introduced in this stage: the concept of Literacy which offers the opportunity of experimenting, using and having fun with language and Topic closely linked to Literacy, where pupils work in an cross curricula manner which doesn’t separate but brings together learning and focuses on the objectives making it more effective. Reading is encouraged in the classroom through their class libraries and supported by the Big Cat Phonics programme and graded readers.
The use of multimedia highly motivates our pupils and classrooms have Apple TV, projector, screen and computer. The first cycle of Primary also has a Classroom Language Assistant (CLA), another English speaker to talk to, consult, listen to and interact with inside and out of the classroom. This provides for the acquisition of skills and learning objectives that are not limited to subject areas.

Application in Secondary

Ya con una capacidad lingüística afianzada, nuestros alumnos pasan a la etapa de Secundaria en la que pueden aplicar las competencias adquiridas en varias áreas aparte de la asignatura de inglés: Project Based Learning (PBL), Business Studies, Technology, ICT, Science y Physical Education. Facilita también el acceso a Certámenes y Congresos a nivel nacional e internacional.

 

At his point our pupils’ linguistic skills are consolidated and they move on to Secondary where they can apply acquired skills in various areas apart from the English: Project Based Learning (PBL), Business Studies, Technology, ICT, Science and Physical Education. This also enables access to National and International Competitions, Events and Conferences.
Pupils prepare for external examinations under the Modern Foreign Language Department as well as access to exchange programmes, both physical and virtual. In house and external activities are organised to enable pupils to improve skills such as: speaking in public, presentations or proposals before public and private institutions and effective communication skills at an International level.

Download PBL (Project/Problem Based Learning)