Sotogrande International School is a World IB School offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (3 – 11 years old). The curriculum is inquiry-based and concept-driven which equips students with the skills needed for their future. For our youngest students (4 months – 3 years) we have a separate Reggio Emilia inspired Early Years Centre, Fundamentals.
At Sotogrande, not only do we strive for academic excellence, but we focus on the development of the whole child, using a multitude of exciting learning environments. Classrooms are modern and equipped with the latest Apple technology, allowing teachers to be creative and prepare interactive and fun lessons. Outside children have access to playgrounds, woodlands with play areas and even a bug hotel!
Our established, passionate and experienced teaching teams offer a personalised approach to learning, providing extraordinary educational experiences that allow our students to connect with, and explore their passions and purpose. Within Primary this is supported by teams of homeroom teachers, teaching assistants and specialists in Spanish, music, drama, sports and technology. In addition, we have dedicated Student Support Services, an English Language Development department and a peripatetic music team.
We offer a full and varied extra-curricular activities programme providing many opportunities for students to explore their unique interests, gifts and talents. Activities range from music and expressive arts to STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths), chess and sporting clubs.
Children in Early Childhood receive an international, child-centred education based on the latest research. We offer, unique to this area of Spain, the International Baccalaureate Curriculum, Primary Years Programme, with a Reggio Emilia inspired approach to learning. This approach is student-centred and uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments.
Children are taught by passionate, experienced and dedicated teaching teams of homeroom teachers and specialist language, music, drama, sports and IT teachers with excellent teacher/student ratios.
Within our designated Early Childhood building we have open-plan learning spaces. Our rooms are filled with natural light, calmness and beauty to encourage collaboration, communication and exploration. We believe that learning should happen in and beyond the classroom and therefore have developed outdoor learning spaces to facilitate this. Our students have the opportunity to use our carefully designed outdoor classrooms, a large playground and our safe, natural, forest area.
As a school we have been recognised in many ways as leaders in education. Among our many awards we are proud to be recognised as an Apple Distinguished School, serving as a “lighthouse” for other schools who regularly visit us to find out more about how we integrate technology into our curriculum to support and enhance learning.
IT and encompasses the use of a wide range of digital tools, media and learning environments for teaching, learning and assessing. Technology provides opportunities for the transformation of teaching and learning and enables students to investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organize and be responsible for their own learning and actions. ICT allows students to make connections and reach a deeper understanding of its relevance and applicability to their everyday lives. Through the use of Technology, learners develop and apply strategies for critical and creative thinking, engage in inquiry, make connections, and apply new understandings and skills in different contexts.
Within our Curriculum, students are supported and use technology as a tool for learning. Throughout Primary we run a 1:1 iPad programme and we are equipped with a dedicated Maclab. In addition we have a full technology programme where teachers and students are supported by a Team of IT specialists who integrate technology throughout the curriculum. Some examples of technology projects include developing computational and critical thinking skills – Coding and robotic, real-world engagement projects using advanced video and audio editing and 3D design.
At SIS our Mathematics Curriculum provides a sequential, activity-based program which enables student learning through the provision of meaningful experiences that relate to real-life situations. In the PYP, mathematics is viewed as a vehicle to support inquiry, providing a global language through which we make sense of the world around us. Our maths programme is divided into five strands:
We help children to develop a positive attitude and appreciation of mathematics as part of everyday life, that is useful, relevant and enjoyable. Our personalised approach provides for children’s individual needs and builds upon prior experiences. Through flexible groupings and regular assessments, we develop the skills, concepts and strategies necessary to be successful in mathematical situations. It is intended that students become users of the language of mathematics, appreciate it’s beauty and the crucial role it plays in the world, and reach their full potential.
Language wraps itself around, in, through and between everything that we teachers and learners do in the classroom. (Ritchhart 2002: 141)
At SIS we create a challenging and motivating multilingual environment where the language of instruction is English. The PYP Language Scope and Sequence identifies language within three strands:
Through our English language programme, we aim to develop confident, curious, highly proficient and enthusiastic readers, writers, viewers, presenters, speakers and listeners.
English is always taught meaningfully and in context. We advocate the learning of language through inquiry, allowing students to make connections with context, to explore and investigate. In Primary School, English is integrated into the units of inquiry and also organised into stand-alone language sessions.
For our Early Childhood students who are learning English as an additional language, it is introduced through our immersion programme. A more specialised programme is followed in Primary School. To ensure all students meet their true potential and accelerate progress to the highest level, we offer personalised learning, flexible language groupings and extra English Language Development classes with specialist highly qualified English teachers.
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