Nursery and Reception
For pupils aged 3 to 5


Our Foundation Stage curriculum has been developed to offer our youngest children a stimulating introduction to learning in a fun and safe environment that includes plenty of indoor and outdoor structured play. 


The members of the Foundation Team plan together to provide activities to encourage the children´s natural curiosity, sense of fun and educational development. 


The Early Years Foundation Stage is based on four main themes: 

  • unique child – all children are valued and respected.
  • Positive relationships – children learn best from secure relationships and it is essential that there is a two-way culture of communication between parents and staff.
  • Enabling environments – we work hard to ensure that the whole environment, including the outdoors, is accessible and attractive to the children.
  • Learning and development – emphasis is based on children learning through play with a good balance of child-led and focus activities. 


The Curriculum programme is divided into six areas of learning, which are: 



Children will learn to be self-confident, take an interest in things, know what their own needs are, tell the difference between right and wrong and be able to dress and undress.



Children will learn to talk confidently and clearly, enjoying stories, songs and poems, hearing and saying sounds and linking them to the alphabet.  They will read and write some familiar words and learn to use a pencil.



Children will develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play.  They will become comfortable with numbers and with ideas such as “heavier than” or “bigger”.  They will be aware of shapes and space.



Children will explore and find out about the world around them, asking questions about it.   They will build with different materials, know about everyday technology and learn what it is used for.  They will find out about past events in their lives and their families´ lives.  They will find out about different cultures and beliefs.



Children will learn to move confidently controlling their body and handling equipment.



Children will explore colours and shapes, trying out dance, making things, telling stories and making music.

A close partnership with the rest of the Primary school ensures that when the Foundation Stage Children are ready to move up to Key Stage 1, they are familiar with the environment, prepared and confident.



The British School of Barcelona is committed to working towards equality, and we always aim to provide full access for everyone to all aspects of school life.  Some children may need help and support with certain areas of their education.  Class teachers discuss any additional needs with parents or guardians, and on identification, special educational needs will be discussed between the parent or guardian and the Special Needs Co-ordinator.  We also have English and Spanish support classes, to provide additional help for children who are experiencing difficulties in these areas.



We have a superb ICT suite that facilitates collaborative learning.  We have laptops and interactive whiteboards in each classroom.


We are committed to providing opportunities for children to express and enjoy themselves at primary school – not only academically, but in sports, art and music.  Each year, the staff and pupils stage a number of shows where all the children take part.  Throughout the year our children take part in activities with other schools in the local community – swimming, cross country, hockey and padel competitions.



The British School of Barcelona is part of the Cognita Group of Schools

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