Would you like to learn more about our Early Childhood programme?
Chester College’s Early Learning Programme has been specially developed and tailored for the educational needs of children between 3 and 6 years old.
Our programme is organised into 3 progressive levels: Early Learning (3 year olds), Pre-Kindergarten (4 year olds) and Kindergarten (5 year olds), which are equivalent to the 3 years of the “Educación Infantil” cycle of the Spanish educational system.
We aim to develop in children a love for learning and school. We teach them through work and play activities which encourage active participation of the young learners in both small groups and class settings.
The children are also encouraged to work individually in the various class centers. There are monthly topics through which the lessons in Language Arts (English and Spanish), Maths, Science, Social Studies and Art are integrated.
Learning through the medium of English takes up between 50% and two thirds of the total school time. Additionally, Spanish is developed systematically around the same topics. Great benefits are derived from the ages of the children, which are excellent for acquisition of native pronunciation, good listening skills and confidence in both languages, as well as for developing musical appreciation.
The children enjoy extensive playing fields within a natural environment with fosters the love and respect for nature, as well as imagination and creativity.
School hours go from 09:30 – 16:30 PM, Monday to Friday. There are optional extracurricular activities from 16:30-17:30.
Language Arts - English & Spanish
These two languages are part of our daily lessons. We learn new words regularly in our circle time activities where we read stories, engage in discussions, sing together and have our weekly “presentation time”. We also focus on the sounds of the alphabet which allow us to discover the wonders of words.
English Language Art lessons and Spanish lessons take place at different times, but in an integrated and coordinated manner.
Math is learnt through games and the monthly theme. For example, we count leaves and chestnuts and sort them out by size and colour, in our Math centre, in the autumn. We also study numbers and counting, shapes, dimensions and colours.
Art and Creative Development
Young learners are encouraged to develop their creativity and enhance their eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills through learning to manipulate a variety of writing and art tools.
Music lessons engage the children in group singing activities, games and movement that promote listening and performing, as well as an appreciation of a variety of music styles.
All early learners have a series of weekly Suzuki-based sessions, where they are playfully introduced to the joys of Music and the playing of the violin. Suzuki is an internationally known music curriculum and teaching philosophy dating from the mid-20th century, created by a Japanese violinist of the same name, which aims to create an environment for learning music which parallels the linguistic environment of acquiring a native language.
Motivation and the building of a positive learning environment are essential. We all like learning while we have fun, so we use play and creative elements to instil a love for music and music creation. The aspects we work on in this area – including psychomotricity, discipline, creativity and team work – are hugely beneficial for all areas of child development.
Science and Social Studies
Topics are selected by their relevance to children´s lives. We talk about the family, the school, the city and the environment where we live. The children are encouraged to observe the changes that take place as seasons change and, as a consequence, learn concepts like the properties of water, life cycles, food groups and the like.
Through daily PE sessions, mostly outdoors, early learners work on important aspects of their athletic development, motor skills and functional movement. Fun games and activities are used to enhance the learning and the development of lifelong skills and attitudes. The children are encouraged to participate in games and activities which develop gross motor skills, coordination and balance, group cooperation and sharing.