Infants Department (From 3 to 5 years old)
The success of our school is based on tailoring our teaching methods to suit the needs of each pupil as they progress through different the different stages of the learning process. It is precisely at this stage (3 to 5 years) when human children develop their communication skills consolidate language acquisition and is therefore the perfect stage to strengthen input of English, Chinese and German together with Spanish as a native language. Thanks to our successful teaching methods, we can assure parents that pupils will learn all aspects of our quadrilingual curriculum in a stress-free way. We aim to show that that learning is enjoyable and fun and parents are sure to be pleasantly surprised as to just how quickly the children make great strides in their learning journey.
Early Stimulation (Glenn Doman)
Our Quadrilingual Education incorporates the following areas::
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development: The children gain confidence, to establish positive relationships and to take interest in their environment
- Communication and Language: The children begin learning Chinese, German, English and Spanish through stories, songs, music and movement. We use “Jolly Phonics”; a multi sensory approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. Speaking and Listening – Reading-Writing, is taught using the same approach in Chinese and German.
- Mathematic Development: IBasic maths and number concepts, helping to develop logical reasoning skills, counting, number recognition and sequence using practical fun methods.
- Knowledge and understanding the World:Building self awareness to enjoy and respect the environment.
- Physical Development: Physical activity plays a major role in motor skills development.
- Creative Development: Within the specially equipped classes we nurture a child’s natural talents to explore, discover and apply their creative skills.
All the above areas are taught and supervised by qualified, experienced teachers.
Our European project enables the pupils to develop their musical talents through our instrumental and choral groups.
The Suzuki Method
The Suzuki Method was conceived by Dr Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist. Suzuki noticed that children pick up their native language quickly. He reasoned that if all children have the skill to acquire their native language, then they have the necessary ability to play a musical instrument.
The Suzuki Method is known primarily as a method of teaching music and a musical instrument to children. However, this approach, also known as the Education of Talent Method or focus on mother-tongue acquisition, has proven world-wide that its scope and applications are as vast as the notion of education itself.
Importantly, this method does not exclude the application of other educational systems; rather it enables any methodology or pedagogical system of any area of knowledge to be supported in accordance with the principles of the Suzuki Method. And this is possible because these principles are based on the way children learn their mother tongue, that is, in an atmosphere of love and respect.
Teaching any instrument, like the mother tongue, should take place in a positive environment; one of motivation, joy, honesty, discipline with love and recognition of achievements. There must be an atmosphere of order with much joy and this teaching method relies not just on the positive connection between teacher and pupil, but also on the active involvement of parents.
The school currently organizes open days at Nursery and Infant levels. They prove to be enriching days for both parents and child.
To do this we use strategies to encourage reading which involve the participation of parents. In this way a child is able to improve expression, expand his/her vocabulary and broaden his/her view of the world.
Given that literacy is an essential element of a child’s learning process; we ensure that reading and writing skills are integrated into all aspects of the curriculum at Nursery / Reception stage. It is essential that we promote an appreciation of the importance of reading and writing as a source of information and enjoyment so that the child develops what is a vital level of competence in preparation for the challenges of the primary curriculum.
In addition to benefitting from the methodology of the classroom, pupils have access to the resources of our school library, where books are available in all four languages (Spanish, English, Chinese and German).
The teachers are aware that all pupils are unique and have varying inherent capacities and levels of development depending on the environment, experiences, stimulation and education received etc. understanding that intelligence is an ability and a skill that can be developed.
Some ways in which the theory of multiple intelligences is put into practice in the classroom include ensuring that learning objectives are made relevant to pupils so that they may develop their skills in all areas of intelligence; timetabling cross-curricular learning and implementing various means of assessment so that pupils are given optimum chances of demonstrating their abilities.