Happy Hedgehogs (2 years old)
The children start their journey of self-discovery as they develop a secure relationship with their teachers. They slowly begin to explore their surrounding environment. With support and guidance, the children learn new skills, develop existing ones and adapt to school life.
For many of the children, their time in Happy Hedgehogs marks their first school experience. All parents are invited to meet the class teachers at the end of August to create a plan for their child. This plan evolves as they spend more and more time at school.
Busy Bees (3 years old)
The Busy Bees classrooms are a hive of activity, which are home to our three-year-old children. They are supported by a team of qualified mother tongue Italian and English teachers, who guide the children on their individual learning paths.
An initial settling-in period helps them to develop a secure relationship with their teachers and to feel at ease in their new environment. They can explore the space and meet new friends. Their classrooms are divided into various areas in which the children can take part in structured play activities. From role-play to construction, from dancing to telling stories, from painting to running and from creating to exploring, the Busy Bees are constantly engaged in interactive tasks. Teachers are on hand to help them make connections in their learning and to develop their language skills.
Cool Caterpillars (4 years old)
The four-year-old Caterpillars follow a programme organised by our team of qualified mother tongue Italian and English teachers. The children typically spend their mornings between their classrooms, the gym and the school gardens. They are encouraged to take part in various structured activities, while also engaging in play.
In these classrooms, languages are further explored as the children begin to communicate verbally, in both English and Italian. The children have various opportunities to also explore languages through painting, dancing, counting, clay modelling, small world play, drama, writing and creating.
Lively Butterflies & Bubbly Butterflies (5 years old)
The Bubbly and Lively Butterflies classes are the last year of Early Years. Both classes follow the same plan, which is organised by our team of qualified mother tongue Italian and English teachers. Their classrooms, rich in print and stimuli for the children, are found on the first floor of the school.
The Butterflies typically spend their mornings between their classrooms, the gym and the school gardens. They loosely follow the same timetable as Primary students; this helps the children transition into Primary school. The children are encouraged to experiment with and develop pre-writing and reading skills through cross curricular projects, role-play areas, structured activities and play times.
From the Butterflies onwards, the children are divided into ‘houses’: Quicksilver, Acrobats or Druids. Throughout the year the children receive points towards their house which, at the end of the year are added up to produce a winning team. Through various activities throughout the year, the children work together in their teams, thus creating numerous opportunities to socialise with the other children in the school. The Butterflies attend monthly assemblies with Primary School, where certificates and diplomas are awarded.