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
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
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.
We have decided upon 10 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.
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.