Seville International Primary
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In Primary, Yago School has designed an ambitious educational project with the objective that students have integral, differentiated and exquisite formation at the end of this educational stage, which is why the teaching process is enriched with a great variety of methods, programs, and educational, cultural, sports, artistic, humanitarian, environmental, and recreational activities.
Primary School Design and Methodology at Yago School
The Primary stage of our school covers ages 5-6 to 12 years old and covers six academic years from first to sixth of Primary School. At this stage, the academic curriculum is broader than in Infant, and homework plays an important role in stimulating students’ personal growth, independence, and autonomy.
The fundamental objectives of this stage at Yag School are:
To educate in and for the freedom and responsibility of each student, attending to their intellectual, vocational, technical, physical, social, and religious formation.
To provide students with the tools, attitudes, and skills necessary to face the professional, technological, and scientific challenges of the 21st century.
To promote the spirit of hard work as the means to knowledge, acquiring study habits, learning techniques, and valuing personal effort.
To respect race, gender, sexual identity, religion, attitudes, and opinions of others, developing and promoting values such as sincerity, respect, discipline, solidarity and other ethical, civic, social and environmental values.
To teach communication skills for the correct and effective use of the Spanish, English, and Chinese languages.
To promote school and extracurricular activities linked to physical education and sports as a means to maintain a healthy and fulfilling life.
To revalue the role of the teacher.
To favor individualized teaching-learning processes, helping our students to reach an optimal personal development according to their abilities and aptitudes.
Languages in Primary School
We understand that the use of English is fundamental in the increasingly globalized world of today. For this reason, bilingualism is one of the fundamental pillars of our educational project. Students at Yago School are accustomed to using English as a vehicular language from the moment they join the school. English, Drama, Public Speaking, Natural Science, Social Science, Art, Music, P.E., and ICT are all taught in English. In addition to English Language and Literature, we prepare students for the official Cambridge external exams held in Primary 2, 3, 4 & 6 in which they achieve excellent results year after year.
“Seventy percent of our day is spent in English, and students also have the option to participate in study abroad programs that allow them to reinforce and put into practice what they have learned”.
Yago School is also 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 our competitive world.
“One of the goals at Yago School is for our students to finish Primary with a B1 level of English and good level of Chinese certified by the Confucius Institute”.
Science and Technology in Primary
We are aware of the importance of educating our students in science, and in the use and integration of new technologies as fundamental tools in the learning process in their daily life. We therefore promote STEAM methodologies that integrate science and technology into the daily tasks of all subjects, but specifically Natural Science, Mathematics, Art, ICT, and Design and Technology (D&T).
Students from Primary 1-3 use a wide range of technological devices in the classrooms, which are equipped with iPads, whiteboards with Cannon, and Apple TV. The laboratories are specially designed for training our youngest in iCT with Lego kits, Bee Bots, 3D printers, and other computer equipment. From Primary 4 onwards, we give an iPad to each student as a fundamental part of The Yproject, a project designed to develop the digital competence of students that favors a methodological change adapted to the current needs of our students.
“All students at Yago School receive a personal iPad in Primary 4 as part of our YProject which allows them to use it in the classroom and at home as a tool for research and creation of projects of all kinds”.
Mr. Walling, science teacher
Music and Art in Primary
Music is the language of excellence. It is universal. It is the art of emotion and goes where a word or an image cannot reach.
All students in Primary receive two hours of Music a week, and four important areas are worked on: auditory training, vocal training, instrumental piano practice, and Music Theory (Musical Language).
This subject is taught by professional teachers and musicians, who do their best to make our students vibrate with music and become producers of emotions through such.
All students are given the possibility to perform in weekly assemblies, concerts, recitals, Music Week, and the Christmas and Summer Shows. Any time is a good time to express and demonstrate everything they know and feel through music.
“At our school, all our students study piano from the age of 6 as it helps develop language and reasoning, memorization, coordination and perhaps most importantly, it enhances their emotional development”.
Mr. Montiel, Head of Music
Art is in most schools a secondary activity. At Yago School, we believe that it is essential and that it helps develop creativity, reinforces quality of learning, stimulates cognitive skills, and allows students to imagine, express themselves, and communicate.
Primary students move to a magnificent Art Room surrounded by glass and equipped with materials and resources that allow them to develop their artistic and aesthetic skills with paint, plaster, and ceramics.
In addition, the program of the subject of Art in Primary at Yago School continues with the program to promote cultural sensitivity, started in Infant, which brings our students closer to different artists and artistic trends. Throughout Primary, students get to know and imitate the techniques and styles of artists such as Matisse, Botero, Goya, Gaugin, and Delanuy.
Yago School endorses UNESCO, which “highlights the importance of art in the creation of sensitive, empathetic and creative human beings who develop an important key element of social interaction”.
Sports in Primary School
Within our project, Physical Education (P.E.) is understood as a vehicle to transmit values related to companionship, health, healthy competitiveness, effort and personal sacrifice as tools for improvement.
The subject of P.E. comprises three hours per week and the Yago Physical Education department seeks to work on students’ skills and motor development through different sports, circuits, games, and activities.
Students work on the motor level, and thus improve gross coordination, fine coordination, reflexes, laterality, and aerobic condition, adapting circuits to the exercises and sports practice depending on the age of the student.
At school, we have large spaces, sports pitches, artificial turf soccer fields, and a sports pavilion for recreation and sports practice.
We focus on the advantages associated with team sports, such as cooperation, respect for classmates, and turn taking.
The final objective is always to offer content that motivates students, and to ensure that they know the history and why sports are practiced all over the world, allowing for their motor development and a progressive fondness for sports and physical activity.
“Each month, our students practice different sports from around the world such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and baseball, which allows them to learn different cultures and disciplines at the same time as they improve their physical education”.
Mr. McMaster, Physical Education teacher
In addition to the P.E. hours, Primary students at Yago meet in the Concert Hall weekly for assemblies. Each fifteen days we have a sports asssembly with events such as gymkhanas or biathlons, and students also strengthen their English language skills.
Traditional and avant-garde values preside over the day to day life at Yago School.
In Primary, teachers take advantage of “Tutor Time”, a module that takes place from 8:35 to 9:00 just before the start of each school day, to work on students’ emotions and values.
On a weekly basis, Primary students meet in the Concert Hall to have an assembly. This is a participatory meeting where all students have the opportunity to express their experiences and opinions on the theme of the day, developing their oral and artistic expression skills in front of an audience of teachers and classmates. Each session is unique and is carefully prepared by the teaching staff, and at least once a month the value proposed for that month is discussed in depth.
“If there is something that characterizes the students at Yago School, it is the open-mindedness of its students and their education in values. I have been working at the school for 10 years and I see all the students improve their values. I also see that those who take Religion classes are expanding their faith”
Mr. Morgado, religion teacher and catechist
In addition to these specific activities, everyone at Yago School takes advantage of all subjects, spaces, and events to reinforce values which are so important for the integral development of children.
Finally, in the subjects of Religion and Values, students work on the values that will help them grow as complete and responsible people and citizens.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do all teachers speak perfect English?
At Yago School, all English teachers are native English speakers. We also employ native or bilingual teachers for other subjects taught in English. All teachers have a C1-C2 level and cannot use Spanish at all throughout the school day.
Does the school have psychologists or pedagogues?
Yago School has a large Couselling Department composed of two psychologists and two therapeutic psychologists who attend to all students, making assessments, attending to their emotions and specific needs, leading the school’s anti-bullying program, and providing support, reinforcement or enrichment to all students who need it, and organizing both curricular adaptations and enrichment of subjects.
What is the schedule for Primary children?
The Primary timetable is identical to that of the rest of the school, except for the periods of access to the dining room-restaurant. Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. every day, Monday through Friday. The doors open at 8:35 a.m., however, and students are free to stay with their tutors in the classroom until 9 a.m. Around 11 a.m., they have a half-hour break for snacks and outdoor games and go down to lunch between 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. After lunch, they enjoy 30 minutes of playtime at recess before continuing classes. In the afternoon, a snack is served to the Primary 1 and 2 students.
What materials does each student need to buy?
Each student at Yago School pays an annual amount for the supplies that the school provides throughout the year: notebooks, photocopies, pens, paints, folders, compasses, rulers, cardboard, etc. Therefore, they should only bring a pencil case to store the material that is given to them.
What happens if the children do not speak English?
Yago School stands out for its individualization and personalization of the teaching-learning process. In this subject, when children fall behind the level of English required in each course, they must receive specific English support in very small groups, two days a week during school hours at an extra cost, which helps them to reinforce those linguistic areas where they have more difficulty.
Students who join Yago School from Primary 2 onwards with a lower level than that of the school must receive these English support classes.
Counselling and attention to parents
The School has different channels of communication from school to family, which is essential for the development of the teaching activity.
TUTORIALS. The school has a schedule of availability of the teaching staff and the team of psychologists specialized in therapeutic pedagogy and speech therapy for meetings-tutorials. Tutors offer personal, emotional, social and academic information about each of their students at least once a trimester on a mandatory basis.
We also offer a PARENT SCHOOL which deals with appropriate topics of interest for each of the stages of development.
The digital platform EDUCAMOS offers all kinds of academic information, schedules, tutorials, extracurricular activities, routes, circulars, and news in an agile, comfortable, fast and efficient way.
Likewise, Yago School students have a SCHOOL JOURNAL for their personal organization.
YAGO ONLINE SITE, which can be accessed through our website, is a space where parents have access to various useful tools.
Counselling and attention to parents
“My children go to school happily and I am not surprised, because the teachers are very professional, vocational, cheerful, and affectionate.”
“I switched my children to Yago School and from the beginning, both they and I felt part of this truly bilingual international project.”
“The best thing is to see how they educate my children day after day, how they take care of their emotions, how they care about teaching them values, and also how they inspire them to express themselves through artistic activities.”
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