The youngest children at the British College of Gavá benefit from a completely independent complex consisting of 4 fully equipped classrooms (each with height adjustable touch sensitive interactive whiteboard, its own en-suite bathroom and all interlinked with doors), a beautiful sleep room, a dining room and a large outdoor play area/outdoor classroom under the pine trees. The complex is completely self-sufficient and gated so the children have everything they need for the day without needing to leave.
Learning in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is very active, creative and innovative. Often learning is informal and spontaneous with children having autonomy over activities within set boundaries. A variety of strategies are employed to ensure continued interest. Teachers spend maximum time interacting with the children to promote creative and critical thinking skills and early language and communication.
While ensuring learning is creative and open as possible, the school does follow the structure of the British curriculum. There are 3 ‘prime areas’ of learning in the EYFS as follows:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
Furthermore children then learn through four further specific subject areas:
• Knowledge and understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design
Children in Nursery follow an adapted timetable which includes an hour designated for sleep in the afternoon. The Reception timetable replaces the sleep period with a lesson and from Year 1 further lesson time is included. The strategy is to ‘taper’ children towards a more extensive learning experience gradually rather than having to tackle a ‘big’ change when entering Primary School.