The International Nursery Class at King Richard III College in Mallorca (Majorca) accepts children from 2 years of age. The children have a fully bilingual day with teachers who are native speakers of both English and Spanish.
The specially designed nursery facilities are situated in the grounds of the school with a separate security controlled entrance, a well equipped outside play area and a safe, stimulating environment that allows children to play, experiment, observe and develop basic skills and the knowledge necessary for a smooth start into school.
King Richard III Nursery or Early Years curriculum is based on Curriculum Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This curriculum divides learning into six areas of development:
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
In addition it highlights the ‘footsteps” along which each child progresses towards the Early Learning Goals. We keep these learning objectives in mind when planning activities in the nursery. Within the group all children are supported in learning at their own pace. This is aided by our key person system which uses a member of staff to keep a special eye on each child and to complete the Early Years profile, or Tracker Book, which is filled in gradually during the time she/he is in the nursery and then sent up to the Primary school. Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self–respect. They are encouraged to co-operate and share with children and adults in the group, as well as to play independently.
Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity to take responsibility for themselves, as appropriate, as well as the property of the other children and adults in the group. The children have daily circle time where thoughts and feelings, achievements and celebrations can be discussed and shared.
The Nursery Day
Registration / Calendar /
Story or Topic
Parents usually leave at this point as the group prepares to start the day.
Children choose from a wide variety of activities. Inside the nursery there is a language, maths and art activity, as well as role play and construction. Outside activities include sand play, water play role play in the play house, ball games and use of adventure playground.
Tidy Up Time / Toilet /
Children are encouraged to help tidy the nursery so that they begin to understand that equipment and toys should be cared for and looked after.
Children are offered a variety of fruit at snack time. They drink water or juice. Staff and children sit together during this time, encouraging children to develop good manners and understand the importance of healthy eating.
Outside Activities. Weather permitting the children use the outside environment as much as possible. Using the extensive school facilities and nature, the learning experiences extend far beyond the classroom and allow the children to enjoy the beautiful weather that Mallorca (Majorca) almost always provides.
Music or Library
Table top activities developing concentration and fine motor skills.
Toilet & Hand Washing
Outside Play Time
Nap / Quiet Time
The children are each provided with a little bed to nap in comfort and style. Naps are still important to this age group to allow them to “recharge their batteries” ready for what the afternoon holds.
Snack / Play Time
The afternoon activities are introduced.
Children choose from a wide variety of activities. Inside the nursery there is a language, maths and art activity, as well as role play, construction and puzzles. Outside activities include sand play, role play in the play house, ball games and use of the adventure playground.
In the afternoon the older children usually focus on Maths, language and art activities, preparing them for school, and further developing their knowledge of numbers and letters.
Tidy Up Time / Toilet / Hand Washing
As in the morning, Children are encouraged to help tidy the nursery so that they begin to understand that equipment and toys should be cared for and looked after.
Story and Goodbye
The children gather for a final time on the carpet to sing and collect any pieces of work to go home.
By 16:00 they are ready to show mummy and daddy what busy little people they have been.
Areas of Development
Communication Language & Literacy
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking, listening and responding to stories, songs and rhymes.
Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry a meaning, to be aware of the purposes of writing, and when ready, to use drawn and written symbols themselves.
Opportunities to do this are always available – notebooks during role-play, writing books and freely available paper for any purpose.
A well stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, to be able to handle them and understand that they can be used as a source of reference and for story telling.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self – respect. They are encouraged to co-operate and share with children and adults in the group, as well as to play independently.
Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity to take responsibility for themselves, as appropriate, as well as the property of the other children and adults in the group.
The children have daily circle time where thoughts and feelings, achievements and celebrations can be discussed and shared.
Problem Solving, Reasoning & Numeracy
By means of both adult led and child initiated activities, children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting, which form the basis for early mathematics.
As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use mathematical language including shape names, position, size, volume and number.
Songs, games stories and picture books help children become aware of number sequences, and we provide a wide range of mathematical games and activities for the children to help them use and develop their mathematical skills.
Knowledge & Understanding of the World
A safe and stimulating environment allows the children to observe and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to recognise differences, patterns and similarities, and to share and record their findings. Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, both within the group and also in the wider community. They learn to respect other people, and expect to be respected themselves.
An array of safe and well maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and to solve problems.
The topic for each term also extends children’s awareness and understanding of the world. Recent topics have included Growing, Penguins and Safe in the Sun. We also celebrate different festivals from around the world and encourage children to recognise and respect cultural differences.
Regular nature walks around the school area give the children first hand experience of what is happening around them.
A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and out, allows children to develop confidence in the uses and development of their own physical skills. A high level of adult supervision enables children to create and meet physical challenges safely, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time, children are helped to develop the fine motor skills they will need to use tools such as pencils and the handling and manipulating of small objects, for example, puzzles. We have access to the school hall and gym equipment and also the adventure playground, as well as our own play area equipped with slide, playhouses and sandpit and water play.
Children are also encouraged to develop awareness of their own bodies and how to stay healthy.
Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings in two and three dimensions. Art equipment which enables them to do this includes: paint, glue, crayons, chalks, junk modeling, fabric, etc. These provide open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage.
Children join in with and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play. The role-play area changes its focus regularly, often linked to the theme for the term; recent examples include a shop, kitchen, and The Antarctic (Penguins). Daily singing and music sessions teach the children a range of songs and sounds for their own enjoyment and for performances such as Christmas, and other holidays.