Infant at Yago School
Active learning in a creative and stimulating environment
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At Yago School, we offer an educational project that aims to help children develop their abilities in a creative and stimulating environment. We implement innovative methodologies through an international education in which our students participate actively in their learning process. Our nursery school is a safe and trustworthy space for the education of children, which contributes to their greater autonomy and integration in their social context, two more advantages of our pedagogical proposal.
Design and Methodology of our Nursery School
Our team of teachers has developed its own educational plan for the Infant stage, in order to achieve a complete and comprehensive training of students; we base our classes on manipulative, meaningful, active and playful learning.
Characteristics of the educational project at the Infant stage at Yago School:
The globalization of contents through activities that allow us to begin with learning situations that are familiar to the child.
Continuous evaluation and systematic observation of the achievements and capabilities of each child, in order to be aware of maturity levels and to prevent possible difficulties.
The autonomous and cooperative work of each child, through suggestive activities that allow the child to strengthen as an individual and also as a member of a community. To carry out these activities, we use the tools offered by the current digital environment. They are resources that help us in the teaching process in an intuitive, playful and integrated way.
The observation and exploration of their physical, natural, social and cultural environment, generating interpretations that allow them to understand reality and participate critically. In addition, our children are able to remember the concepts that are worked on in the classroom due to the environment that the school provides.
Languages at our Nursery School
The use of the English language as an instrument of communication and representation in a climate of trust and acceptance is fundamental in international education. The teacher offers many opportunities for dialogue in the learning process, as well as relates, discovers, and explains facts, emotions, and real or imaginary experiences.
“Seventy percent of our day is spent in English, and students must address their teachers in English in the hallways, lunchroom, and recess, allowing them to reinforce the language in their daily lives naturally and put into practice what they have learned”.
Ms. Becca, Infant 5 teacher
In addition, Yago School is committed to simultaneous and compulsory Mandarin Chinese as a third language from the age of two. In addition to English and Spanish, Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. China is one of the world’s major economic powers and speaking Chinese is increasingly valued in a more competitive world.
“One of our school’s objectives is for students to finish Primary with a B1 level of English and great knowledge of the Chinese language, which is why they start to become familiar with the language and culture starting in Nursery and Infant in a fun and practical way”.
Ms. Shulin Yang, Infant Chinese teacher
Science and Technology in Infant
At Yago School, we have a great variety of pedagogical materials, such as books, toys, iPads, Bee Bots, and Lego packs, so that children can enjoy and have fun while they learn. These pedagogical materials foster meaningful learning strategies that are transferable to real-life situations, stimulate the development of metacognitive skills by provoking reflection, and help them to think. In the necessary subjects, we have created textbooks to complement their learning. We introduce STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) methodologies and interdisciplinary activities that bring students closer to science and technology with the aim of developing creativity, imagination and critical thinking; we are constantly improving, and we offer excellent quality education. Our students have been our constant reference when it comes to specifying content and designing activities.
“In Infant, 3-year-old children begin to become familiar with new technologies in the classroom and they have the subject of ICT in Infant 4, where we teach them programming, office automation, and robotics. We are also a LEGO-Studio-Robotix School, which helps with thinking skills and consolidating a good foundation of digital competence”.
Ms. Fióna, Infant ICT teacher
“At Yago School, we have a wonderful vegetable garden that allows students to learn the contents of science first-hand, experiencing the life cycle of plants as well as developing a respect for nature and awareness of the importance of caring for the environment”.
Ms. Victoria, Infant Science Teacher
Within the technological framework and progress that characterizes our society today and that allows us to look at the present and future of education from an innovative perspective and full of possibilities, our students have interactive whiteboards and iPads, internet access, image-video projection, audio devices, and computers in the classrooms. This facilitates a digital-technological environment in all subjects and levels to complement the implementation of “new” methodologies, in which cooperative work among students, the creation-editing-communication of projects, research of dynamic content and personalized learning rhythms acquire a major role.
All our students use applications, programs, interactive games, and digital content repositories in our bilingual Yago School Nursery, and more frequently in Infant 3. In addition, in the subject of ICT at the age of four, students start with iPads provided by the school, which are also used for learning the contents of other subjects. ICT also includes training in Computer Science, Programming, Robotics, and 3D Design.
Through a responsible and updated use of technology, we promote and complement a balanced learning, adapted to the real and specific needs of each student, and focused on developing the digital skills they will need to work in the environment that surrounds them, facing the challenges of the XXI century with the best possible preparation.
“In Infant, students learn actively and with STEAM methodologies, where they work across various areas integrating technology”.
Mr. Villar, Head of Innovation
Art and Music in Infant
Expression is one of the main skills that Yago School encourages through different disciplines, areas, and opportunities to put them into practice. Art and music are two forms of artistic expression of special importance for the integral development of students, especially in the Infant stage when language is not fully developed.
In Infant, we help our students to develop their imagination and creativity, to know themselves better and to be able to express their inner world through the subject of Art. Our Infant students work in the artist’s corner, meeting an artist monthly and working on his/her style and works, and taking a glimpse into his/her lives. In this way, students acquire culture, sensitivity to art, and develop a number of important social and emotional skills for their personal development.
Music education in the Infant stage stimulates all the student’s faculties: abstraction, logical and mathematical reasoning, imagination, memory, order, creativity, communication, and the improvement of the senses.
“Students have fun, sing, learn rhythm and melodies with different percussion instruments starting at the age of three. This is the basis for Infant 5 students to learn the musical notes that will allow them all to start practicing piano at the age of six”.
Ms. MJ, Infant 3 Music teacher
“Music helps students develop language and reasoning, memorization, coordination, and perhaps most importantly, emotional development”.
Mr. Montiel, Infant 5 music teacher and Head of Music
Through rhythm, movement, sounds, and a selected repertoire of songs, music influences the integral and globalizing formation of the child, providing cognitive and sensitive experiences in a harmonious way.
The educational value of music represents a valuable aid for the rest of the school curriculum, providing maturity for future learning.
Sports in our Infant School
In Infant, we consider motor development to be the basis of a person’s integral development, and therefore we work with specialists in the psychomotor skills of our students. The objective is to develop their abilities to the maximum and improve their vital functions and mood.
At our school, we have a specific area for working on children’s psychomotor skills between 3 and 5 years old. It is a space specially designed to meet the educational needs of students where they can practice physical activities and sports. We practice different activities such as: gymnastics and motor circuits, sports games with balls and rackets, as well as rhythmic and expressive work.
We focus on body awareness in time and space, learning to move in general in a safe and controlled way, changing direction and maintaining control. We develop basic natural movements and awareness of the different parts of the body. We improve overall fitness, strength, flexibility, endurance, speed, balance, and breath control.
“Day after day, I am surprised by my students completing circuits faster and more accurately in the psychomotor classroom or at recess, balancing on the brachiation ladder or demonstrating their aim, balance and coordination. Above all, seeing their smiles makes me very happy”.
Ms. Evelien, Infant psychomotor skills teacher
With active games and activities adapted to the age and level of the children, we bring enormous benefits to their body and mind on 3 levels:
1.- On a cognitive level, it allows the little ones to increase their attention span, concentration, expression, creativity and memory.
2.- At the motor level, it allows children to become aware and have control of their bodies and movements.
3.- At the affective and social level, it facilitates relationships with others, their own knowledge, their internal motivation, and the ability to face their fears.
“Every month, our students practice different sports from around the world, such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and baseball which allows them to learn about different cultures and disciplines while they are doing physical education”.
Values in Infant
At Yago School, we place the formation of values as the axis on which the education of the students revolves and promotes, among others, respect, solidarity and companionship from Infant to Baccalaureate.
Each month, we propose different values, such as order and punctuality, responsibility and obedience, solidarity, joy and friendship, respect and tolerance or care for the environment. In the morning routines, there is always a space to work on the value of the month, and one of the assemblies on Fridays is always dedicated to work on the value of the month through storytelling, role plays, skits or games that help them to understand, assimilate, and put them into practice.
In addition, Secondary and Baccalaureate students bring values closer to the youngest students of the school through their volunteer activities and CAS projects (Creativity, Action and Service) in collaboration with “The Yago Foundation”.
“In a school with so many green areas, nature classrooms, vegetable gardens, animals, like chickens and ducks that run free around the school, one of the values that children understand best is respect for nature and care for the environment”
Ms. Victoria, Science and Values teacher
“Yago School is a secular school, but with a deep respect for the teaching of religion. Students who opt for Catholoic religion also have the possibility of preparing for First Communion or Confirmation at the school with our chaplain Father James, and those who opt for Values deepen their ethical and civic principles without having contact with religion”.
In addition to the traditional and avant-garde values that Yago School works on with all students, Yago School offers Catholic Religion or Values as optional subjects from Infant to Secondary.
Frequently Asked Questions
What languages are classes taught in?
Most areas, projects and subjects are taught in English. Science, art, music, psychomotricity, English, public speaking, storytime, morning and afternoon routines, and even Chinese, are taught using English as the vehicular language so that the students learn it through immersion, the most natural way possible. They are therefore exposed to English for most of the school day, as only Spanish reading and writing, and mathematics are taught in Spanish in order to lay the foundations for these subjects.
How many languages will my child know when he/she leaves Infant?
Spanish, English and Chinese.
Logically, they will use their mother tongue best, which is Spanish in 85% of cases.
Students who begin at Yago in Infant 3 begin by familiarizing themselves with English, acquiring vocabulary and very simple grammatical structures; this is the same process that children experience in their mother tongue when they begin to speak. Little by little, they begin to use idioms, mix words from both languages, and by the end of Infant 5, they are able to use more complex structures with more spontaneity; most end up reading in English as well. The level acquired by each child depends on maturity level, ability, and reinforcement received at home.
Finally, they have a hang of basic Chinese. With only one or two small modules of this language, they are able to pronounce the phonemes, count, say “hello”, and much more.
How does the school use new technologies in children from 3 to 5 years old?
In Infant, three year old children should be exposed to screens very little, but iPads provided by the school with applications, programs and interactive games, adapted to the age of the little ones, are used on specific occasions.
In addition, at age four they start with the subject of ICT, which includes training in Computer Science, Programming, and Robotics with Lego and Bee Bots packs to develop their digital competence. We also make use of all the technological resources to work on the contents of the rest of the subjects or learning areas.
Is the school prepared to give distance classes to children at the Infant stage?
Yes, just as in the rest of the school, we have digital platforms such as Google Classroom and other websites that allow us to provide an educational service at a distance for students who have to stay at home for different reasons. The tutor hosts videoconferences to continue the emotional bond with children and we also post audio-visual content and resources of all kinds on the platforms, which give parents the opportunity to adapt the work schedule to their interests.
What is the schedule for Infant students?
The schedule for Infant students is the same as the rest of the school, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with breaks for morning recess, lunch, naptime in the case of three year old students, and afternoon recess for snack.
In September, there are some adaptation days with a reduced schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., especially important for the three year olds.
Guidance and attention to parents
If there is something that characterizes Yago School, it is the exquisite attention offered to the parents. The monitoring of each student is personalized and there are different channels of communication between the school and the family.
The digital platform EDUCAMOS offers all kinds of academic information, schedules, tutorials, extracurricular activities, routes, circulars, and notices in an agile, comfortable, fast, and efficient way. It is necessary to ask for personal passwords at the Secretary’s Office, activate them and consult the information periodically.
Likewise, Yago School students have a SCHOOL JOURNAL for their personal organization. In Nursery and Infant, the tutor will consult it first thing in the morning in case parents want to communicate something and every afternoon parents must check it by putting a tick on the corresponding day.
On the other hand, we have YAGO ONLINE SITE, a space where you can access different tools, documents, forms or very useful tutorials.
TUTORIALS: One of the most important teacher responsibilities is to keep parents informed of the academic progress and personal development of their children. Tutors have a schedule of availability to meet with parents. Parents can speak directly with a teacher by making an appointment through the Teacher’s Agenda on the Yago Online site, or you can also contact your child’s teachers by email.
The Counseling Department is made up of four professionals (a Spanish psychologist, an American psychologist, and two therapeutic pedagogues) and is a specialized body that supports the work of the School in all actions aimed at ensuring the integral formation of the students and the adaptation of the teaching processes to the characteristics and needs of all students.
This department has special responsibility in relation to the measures of attention to diversity, coordinates the psycho-pedagogical evaluation and collaborates in the design and development of curricular adaptations aimed at students with specific educational support needs, as well as the design, development and evaluation of curricular enrichment measures for high abilities. Already from Infant, we detect talents or learning difficulties, and this department is responsible for establishing the necessary measures to ensure a good performance of the students with the help of the Coordination of the stage.
Likewise, the department is responsible for the organization of different Parent Schools that offer relevant information on educational matters.
“I love the naturalness with which my son started using English from the beginning. He doesn’t get nervous or embarrassed – he simply reproduces his daily life, imitating his teacher, and incorporating English words and expressions into his vocabulary. It seems so easy to learn this way!”.
“What I value most about Yago School is the professionalism of the teachers. They are all attentive, polite, cheerful and affectionate with the children, which makes my daughter arrive and leave the school HAPPY every day!”.
“I was looking for an international school with practical STEM methodologies. The way of working in the different areas, where the child manipulates, investigates, experiments, discovers, knows how technology works and gets excited, is what I value the most without a doubt. They also learn in English most of the time, as well as Chinese. It’s quite a comprehensive project!”.
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