Early Years Curriculum
Foundation Programme (18 months – 3 years)
This specially designed programme is for both an adult and their young learner to enjoy Spanish together. Through song, dance, play, speech and design, you and your child are immersed into the Spanish language and culture. In our welcoming environment you can join your child and learn together on the first steps of their Spanish journey.
How we learn
By repetition, praise, play and creation our foundation class absorb the Spanish language whilst developing their tactile skills. Having a familiar adult by their side creates a comfortable and encouraging classroom in which adult and child can learn together. Our experienced teachers will then provide the adult with advice, along with our exclusive learning app, on how to keep the Spanish learning journey continuing at home and outside of class hours.
Below are the engaging and relatable monthly topics for you and your young learner…
|March||The Forest||September||My body|
|May||Sea||November||Weather and time|
To record your child’s progress (along with yours) you will develop a professional Spanish portfolio. This is a fun and helpful recap along with confirmation of covered topics. Examples of your arts and crafts, supported written exercises and flashcards provide evidence of your child’s progress along with yours!
4 – 6 Preschool Years – Beginner Level
The 4-6 year old program is an introduction and primer for conversational and simple day to day Spanish. At this level children focus on the learning of vocabulary they need to use in their daily lives. The course focuses on languageiemersion with an emphasis on practical usage and fun activities to ensure that students are engaged.
Course Structure: Weekly Lesson
Duration of the program: 1 year
Book: Misión ñ
Our professional resources bring our topics to life. Recommended by the Cervantes Institute of Madrid, our textbooks and resources have continuity and stimulate the retention of Spanish.
Classes will follow this structure:
- Greeting and Warm Up activities
- Circle Time: Communal sharing and greeting, how are you today
- Vocabulary Presentation (Flashcards prepared by children) and theme song
- Story time: we read a fairy tale
- Arts and Craft
- Mental Agility activity: puzzles, bingo, memory.
- Farewell Song
We have decided upon 14 key topics that will open the interest, passion and enjoyment for our young learners. From animals, transport to the human body, children will be acquiring vocabulary alongside simple grammar rules that will be enforced through song, speech and play
- Introducing yourself and saying goodbye
- Colors and counting
- Items in the class room
- Members of my family
- Objects and toys
- My city
- My house
- My body
- Clothes, weather and seasons
- Hobbies and routine
Grammar will be taught using intuitive games:
- Differences between feminine and masculine words.
- Usage of Singular and Plural vocabulary
- Verb “to like”
- Verb “to want”
- Verb “to be”
- Verb “to have”
- Día de muertos.
We know the importance of routine, structure and praise when learning a new language. So, what do we do? Below are the short (but sweet) activities to bring the Spanish language alive for our children.
- Greeting song ¡Hola! ¿Que Tal?
- Flashcards of topic vocabulary
- Song relating to the topic vocabulary
- Supported written exercises
- Arts and crafts to cement vocabulary with a `hands on´ approach
- Story time – allowing the child to experience the topic in context and in full
- Farewell song – with actions
Expression is the key. We encourage our learners to speak, sing, write and create. Our learners feel safe and enjoy their time in our learning environment, thus building the self-confidence to communicate in Spanish. Through routine, practise, correction and praise our learners build a solid foundation on their Spanish journey.
On their Spanish journey our young learners will be accumulating evidence of their progression. Along with their arts and crafts, the students will also have written work and homework that reinforces the learnt vocabulary and simple grammar structures. Our teachers will present the learners portfolio to parents at the end of each term to show progression along with methods to continue the Spanish journey at home.