- Pupils follow the English National Curriculum since they are 18 months old and are taught by experienced, caring British qualified staff. In the Foundation Stage (Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception), the children have direct access to their Outside Learning Environment. In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), we embrace the resources of Murcia and have good links with Museums and Parks in the city centre.
- There is an Induction English Programme for children entering into Year 1 and Year 2 with limited English. Spanish is taught in all years and there is additional Spanish offered for International Children entering the school.
- Spanish Curriculum is taught from Nursery following guidance from the Spanish Ministry of Education. The sessions are planned using a practical approach as King’s do with the National Curriculum. This allows children to be creative, have fun and learn through practice instead of traditional approaches.
- We aim to provide children with the educational experiences which develop a positive approach to learning and create a learning environment which is enhanced by making the child feel at home at school.
- Self-discipline, a sense of responsibility, and respect for others are encouraged. Classroom walls are covered with displays of children’s art and craft, as well as pictures on interesting topics and language-based information to help them develop literacy skills.
Reception (Ages 3 to 5)
The classes for three to five-year-olds provide a stimulating and creative environment where young children may experience a wide range of activities which lead into Key Stage 1 of the English National Curriculum.
These two years are very important as they form the basis of a child’s future education. At King’s College we follow the requirements set out in the Desirable Outcomes for Children’s Learning (i.e. the 6 goals for learning for children within the Early Years setting):
- Language and Literacy cover important aspects of language development and provides the foundation for reading and writing. Children are helped to acquire competence in English as soon as possible. Particular emphasis is laid on speaking and listening and in pre-reading and pre-writing activities.
- In Mathematics children are introduced to important aspects of mathematical understanding and are provided with the foundation for numeracy. This is achieved through practical activities and by using and understanding simple mathematical language.
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World teaches Children to acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of their environment, other people and features of the natural and man-made world.
- Personal and Social Development focuses on children learning how to work, play, co-operate with others and function in a group beyond the family.
- The Physical Development programme aims to help children develop physical control, mobility, awareness of space and manipulative skills in indoor and outdoor environments. Children are actively encouraged to establish positive attitudes towards a healthy and active way of life.
- Creative Development focuses on stimulating children’s imagination and their ability to communicate and express ideas and feelings in a creative way.