Exciting times in Early Childhood
Since becoming an authorised International Baccalaureate Primary Years School (IB PYP) in 2005, Sotogrande International School (SIS) has always received excellent feedback during inspections. We are proud of the way we have explored many different curricula and approaches to Early Childhood learning. As an IB school, our framework has enabled us to incorporate the best practices from Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Forest Schools and National Curricula into our own curriculum.
As a school we believe in a ‘CAN I’ culture, ‘CAN I’ standing for constant and never-ending improvement. With this in mind, we are always reviewing and reflecting on the teaching and learning of our students. Our aim is to ensure that we offer the best programmes possible. Over the past five years, our Early Childhood teaching teams have been researching and evaluating which frameworks and approaches work best for younger students. This has resulted in the team strongly favouring the Reggio Emilia approach, not only because of the close alignment to our school philosophy but also to that of the International Baccalaureate.
What is Reggio Emilia?
The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and early primary education. It is a pedagogy described as student-centered and constructivist that uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments.
In what ways do Sotogrande International School and the Reggio Emilia approach connect?
Core to our SIS philosophy, the Reggio Emilia approach echos our belief that our youngest students are competent, curious individuals who should be at the centre of their own learning. They learn by constructing relationships with each other, with the adults who support, guide and teach them and with the surrounding environment.
Our action plan
With the support of Marianne Valentine, who is a coordinator from The Inspired Education Group and a Reggio Emilia/Early Childhood PYP expert, our team has been able to develop ideas further, deepen our understanding and begin to implement our action plan to become a Reggio Emilia Inspired Early Years (4 months – 3 years) and Early Childhood (3 -6 year olds) Centre.
What does the future hold?
As a school, we are excited about the future. Our action plan spans three years, the first phase detailed below will be in place for September 2019.
- Implementation of a Reggio Emilia approach to outdoor learning. To develop our outdoor space and include the creation of a designated safe and secure wooded area for EC1-P1. This will enable teachers to plan and embed outdoor learning into our curriculum.
- Creation of a multi-purpose indoor learning space. This will provide an additional multi-purpose learning space for our Early Childhood students.
- The classroom is the third teacher. Our aim is to create environments that are filled with natural light, order and beauty that encourage collaboration, communication and exploration.
- Redesign of the school day. Exploring timetabling structures that more effectively use all learning spaces, indoor and out, and allow for flexibility.
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Head of Primary