All spaces in the school are carefully prepared environments. Each of the rooms is bright and has access to an outdoor area which allows children a free flow of activity. Spaces have been thoughtfully considered and are subtly divided and equipped with relevant materials that attend to the different needs of children as well as their ages and abilities.
There are also some ‘talking hotspots’ such as the Veggie Garden, the Snack Table and the Reading Corner in the playground that all help to nurture social interactions between children.
| 1-3 yEARS|
1-3 years share this space where the Ground Rules of living in a small community are experienced or the first time outside the home. Children have the opportunity to take part in daily activities while exercising and developing new sensor-motor and language skills. They can complete purposeful tasks that they can then use in their day to day lives, giving them a sense of achievement and wellbeing. The classroom offers both Montessori materials to support the three first areas of development: Practical Life, Sensorial and Language. Free movement is encouraged by the layout of the space, the spontaneous activity and the Emmi Pikler principles and equipment designed to allow and promote autonomy in their physical development.
| 3- 6 years|
In addition to Practical Life, Sensory, Language and Mathematics, this space provides materials and opportunities for literacy, music and expression. The spontaneity of personal projects makes this group the ideal place for learning. The space has direct access to the patio. The morning work cycle, 3 uninterrupted hours of individual or group work, varies from day to day following the rhythm set by either the child or the group
| 6-12 YEARS|
Elementary I and II children are characterized by the neecessity of investigation and exploration in a practical way, due to the curiosity that leads them to question all the world. They also have a greater awareness and imagination. At this age they start to work collaboratively and cooperatively, which helps themselve into a wide variety of projects of interest, as well as develop social skills and put their own conflict resolution strategies into practice.
In Elementary, the children do not work passively and sit in a pre-established place, waiting for the adult to tell them what subject to work on, but it is the child who decides and investigates with all the manipulative material that is available in the environment. . The base on which knowledge and learning are built is Cosmic Education. In addition to the core areas, the development areas of music, painting, garden work and sports are worked on, in a trilingual environment (Basque (Euskera), English and Spanish)
An outdoor space that is accessed from the elementary environment, allows work outdoors. Here it is possible to work on the land, gardening, botany, modeling natural clay, observing the natural processes of the environment and get some fresh air at any time.The patio, a dynamic and inclusive space, a mirror of what happens within the prepared environments, with defined areas with opportunities similar to those that occur within the environment