Why learn English from a very young age?
At St. David’s School, children start learning English from a very young age. Even when they are still learning their mother tongue, learning a second language is very easy for them. In general, by the age of 6 or 7, children have already acquired the majority of their mother tongue’s structures; many children can even acquire them earlier.
The same happens with the learning of a second language. With an early start, higher levels of proficiency will be acquired together with a native-like pronunciation, which is harder to obtain later in life.
Our school is very aware of the many personal (cognitive, psychological) and social benefits of learning a second language at a young age. Studies show that bilingual students are cognitively more flexible and creative than their monolingual peers. There are also positive effects on memory and listening skills when a second language is learned. Children are able to transfer learning skills from one language to the other, thusincreasing their learning potential.
Given the fact that language and culture are intrinsically connected, children at St. David’s have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures, which will help them to become “global citizens” in our ever more international and intercultural world. Being proficient in the English language and culture will no doubt greatly improve their future career potential.
Our Teaching and Learning Approach
At St. David’s, our teachers plan their classeswith a basis on the valuable research that we have studied and adhere to. Cognitive Psychology is one of the tools we use in order to understand how our students process, remember and learn.
Based on a Communicative Approach, teachers provide students with real-life situations in which they need to develop their communication skills. They make sure that these activities are meaningful and age-appropriate so the children will be highly motivated and feel the need to express themselves and participate.
Our teaching method guarantees that the four skills LISTENING-SPEAKING-READING-WRITING are used and that the children are actively engaged so they can learn and retain what they learn. Most importantly, we teach our children to THINK CRITICALLY: the first skill necessary for anytype of learning.
We make sure that the process of acquiring new knowledge is challenging, enjoyable and meaningful. We are also deeply aware that, as children grow up, their interests and curiosity change. Therefore, wetry to offer a wide variety of topics, materials and activities to keep them motivated throughout their early years. In order to accomplish the aforementioned, we teach English through different subjects such as History, Geography, Mathematics, Science and Cultural Background.
We use entertainment and sports as a tool to work on values and positive abilities such as tolerance, joy, sharing, teamwork and solidarity.
We also encourage parents to join us and practice sports by taking part in the teams known as “mami hockey” and “papi football”, so that, by way of example, they can share with their children the importance of teamwork and physical activity as tools to achieve a healthier life.
The school has its own sports field located behind Zonamerica, 35 minutes from Pocitos.
Surrounded by nature and trees, we have pitches to play baby football, 11-a-side football and hockey.
In addition, we are currently working on the implementation of facilities that will definitely boost the experience of enjoying our natural space:
Changing Room – Playground – Club House
Starting in 1stForm, our students go to the sports field once a week to practice football and hockey and on weekends there areinterschool sports days.
Children start learning swimming and gym since they are 2 years old and this continues all throughout primary school.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we go to Biguá Club with our teachers of physical education.
Every year we participate in an interschool swimming competition which takes place in the Banco República Club.
We have a team focused on carefully and responsibly planning the cultural extracurricular activities for all the school.
These extracurricular activities are aimed at:
• Providing culture in order to have a keen and critical attitude towards the information received.
• Promoting values and ethical issues to raise responsible citizens.
• Strengthening the affective bond between students and teachers in a different atmosphere from the one of the classroom.
• Feeling that learning is constant and dynamic.
• Promoting a closer contact and interaction between the student and the community to which they belong to (education, informative, health institutions, among others).
“The personal investment in the well-being of others and the planet is expressed in the way we live with and how we treat others”.
What are the objectives of our social involvement programmes?
• To develop attitudes and behaviours focused on the common good.
• To promote and strengthen cooperation.
• To stimulate dialogue and learning within different contexts.
• To propose different ways of observing a single reality, helping to raise critical spirits.
• To create instruments, provide spaces and generate activities.
• We want children to learn that their contribution can make a difference.