Early Years

(2-5 years)

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Primary

(5-11 years)

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Secondary

(11-16 years)

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Baccalaureate

(16-18 years)

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Early Years

Students from 2 to 5 years

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This educational stage includes three year groups at El Plantio International School. The students start their school life at Pre-Foundation (2 year old students) to continue the next year in Nursery and finish in Reception. Supported by assistants, the teachers have a maximum of 25 students per class and ensure that the children achieve the goals of the National Curriculum for England. The curriculum in this stage, called the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, encompasses the following development areas: Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the world, Physical Development, Expressive and Arts design.

Objectives of this stage

his cycle lays the foundation for the early years of school life. The objectives for this period are to develop routines and work habits, and learn basic skills in writing, reading and mathematics, which are always taught in English. The methodology to achieve this is based on practical activities where students always work in teams.

This educational stage includes three year groups from Year 1 to Year 6, divided into two cycles: Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6).

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & Year 2)

Students must complete these two year groups with a command of writing and reading in English, as well as of basic mathematical concepts included in the British curriculum. Lessons are taught using practical methods and consists of the following subjects: English, Sciences, Mathematics, ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education. Students also take Spanish Language following the Spanish curriculum and the Valencian language is introduced in Year 2.

Key Stage 2 (Year3, Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6)

Studies initiated in the previous cycle are continued, with the addition of Computing, Design and Technology as new subjects. Social Studies is introduced in Year 4 and in Year 5 students begin to study a second foreign language like French or German.

Objectives of this stage

The child is immersed in an educational system that uses practical teaching methods on a daily basis, so it is expected that the child is also capable of demonstrating what he or she has learned practically. Students can work individually, developing self-learning techniques, or in groups, strengthening their tolerance of and respect for their classmates.

Primary Education

Students from 5 to 11 years old

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Secondary Education

Students from 11 to 16 years old

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Secondary Education includes five grades in the British system, from Year 7 (11 year old students) to Year 11 (16 year old students). It is divided into two stages: Key Stage 3 (Year 7, Year 8 & Year 9) and Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & Year 11).

Key Stage 3 (Year 7, Year 8 & Year 9)

11 to 14 year old students continue studying the British subjects of English, Maths, Science, French or German, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, Drama, Computing and the Spanish subjects of Spanish Language, Social Studies, and Valencian.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & Year 11)

There are a number of optional subjects that students can select to tailor their curriculum.

During these two years, the British system prepares students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education exams run and evaluated by the University of Cambridge. These official exams mark the end of Secondary Education at any British school and are recognized by educational authorities as a way to verify and approve the student’s British studies as well as the corresponding Spanish studies.

Objectives of this stage

The child is immersed in an educational system that uses practical teaching methods on a daily basis, so it is expected that the child is also capable of demonstrating what he or she has learned practically. Students can work individually, developing self-learning techniques, or in groups, strengthening their tolerance of and respect for their classmates.

The last two years of the educational system offered at El Plantio International School, Year 12 and Year 13, follow the International Baccalaureate curriculum for students between the ages of 16 and 18.

The International Baccalaureate integrates the best aspects of pre-university courses in many different countries. This accounts for its international nature. The best universities in the world recognize the prestige of this course of study (data and figures on the IB in the world).

The model of this pre-university programme guarantees our students a superior preparation for further education than that of students in conventional educational systems. International Baccalaureate students not only have to pass the academic curriculum, but must also meet three additional requirements that are characteristic of this diploma:

– Students take a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, which is designed to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside of the classroom.

– Students participate in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) where through artistic productions, sports and community service the youth put into practice their ability to share and help others. – Students present a 4,000 word essay on original research with the help of one of the school’s teachers, who will act as a tutor for the study. Students take a series of both common and optional subjects to create the curriculum that best fits their future university studies.

Student profile

International Baccalaureate students must become familiar with the society in which they live – not only the environment closest to them but also what occurs in the world in which they live and play an active role. It is for this reason that this International Baccalaureate creates people who are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, good communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. The success of students who start their university studies after leaving our classrooms is the best guarantee of the quality of this program.

International Baccalaureate

Students from 16 to 18 year olds

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