Studies Plan

HOLISTIC EDUCATION

It is a creative and integral vision of education.

The basis of Holistic Education is that each human being is unique and unrepeatable, but at the same time, it is intrinsically related to everything around him.

Holistic education is not an educational method, but a creative and integral vision of education.

It is an education for life, which sees the child as a whole and not just as a brain.

Holistic education is a humanistic pedagogy centered on the student and interested, above all, in his formation and development as a person, in his relationship with himself and also, as a being in society, in his relationship with others and with the planet.

It is an education that goes beyond the cognitive aspect and, without disdaining this, also focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual to form a more integral being.

It is the pedagogy of love.

BRITISH NATIONAL CURRICULUM AND MONTESSORI

English is the main language of communication and teaching

The Montessori School of Grant Vela School follows a Montessori curriculum and is established as a British school in Spain.

Similar to the more than 700 Montessori schools in the UK, our school meets the requirements of the British educational authorities while providing a high quality Montessori education to achieve the educational objectives of England’s national curriculum.

The curriculum is designed to help children reach their full potential at their own pace.

English, Spanish and Basque

English, Spanish and Basque are the languages of communication and teaching in the school. As a British school in Spain, English is the main language of communication and teaching.

The school is a member of the Montessori Schools Association (MSA) in the UK. The school is free of confessions, but respects all religions and beliefs.

MIXED AGE GROUPS

The mixture of children of different ages is a basic principle of Montessori education.

Mixed age groups

The mixture of children of different ages is a basic principle of Montessori education.

This is the only way for children to learn from each other effectively.

Young children learn by observing others as role models; older children act as role models and (sometimes) as teachers of younger children.

Therefore, at the Montessori School of Grant Vela School, there are three classes with mixed age groups:

  • a class for children from 3 to 6 years old (Children’s House)
  • a class for children from 6 to 9 years old (Lower Primary)
  • a class for children from 9 to 12 years old (Upper Primary)

To ensure a sufficiently diverse classroom experience, ideally each class should have about 25 children.

Each class is guided by a qualified Montessori teacher or a qualified native English speaking teacher along with one or two assistants.

GRANT VELA SCHOOL METHODOLOGY

The mixture of children of different ages is a basic principle of Montessori education.

In our school, we work through an innovative method in the English language, recognising the evolving needs of each student, stimulating and guiding them, helping them to develop self-confidence and valuing their effort, favouring exploration and manipulation for learning that responds to each student’s needs and respects their own rhythm and style.

Through the development of multiple intelligences, we will help our students to develop their self-esteem, self-control, the ability to work in a team, empathy, solve problems, promote creativity, observe and take care of nature,…

All of these skills and abilities are essential to a full and successful life.

Methodological principles

In our school, we use a methodology based on the following principles, because they are the most appropriate to the characteristics and abilities of the students for the development of the different activities.

  • Globalization
  • Meaningful learning
  • Active methodology
  • Socialization and coexistence
  • Diversity