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Cambridge Little Steps is the perfect preparation for Cambridge Primary Path!
A three-level language and early literacy course for very young children that turns stories, Big Questions, phonics and creative play into opportunities for learning to communicate, collaborate and think creatively in English.
Step into the world of Cambridge Little Steps, a language and early literacy course that gets very young children communicating in English while nurturing their key life competencies and human values needed to become kind, creative individuals ready to make the most of life’s opportunities. Explore: beautiful stories that develop rich, natural vocabulary along with emotional competencies and values; Big Questions that encourage children to investigate real-life topics from different angles; support for early literacy and basic math skills; playful activities and class projects that promote collaboration and turn learning into fun!
Authors: Gabriela Zapiain
CEFR Levels: A0
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What skills do learners need to reach their full potential in the 21st century? Together with education experts at the University of Cambridge, and pedagogy researchers at Cambridge University Press we developed a unique programme based on three learning pillars - literacy, oracy, creativity - that helps young students achieve that.
There is compelling evidence that phonics instruction, combined with love of reading are essential in developing reading skills.
"Young learners need to experience different genres of texts, particularly stories so that they see that the ultimate purpose of reading is meaning-based, rather than breaking the code."
Creativity is not just a domain of Arts. An organised program of creative activities can promote engagement, concentration, ability to view topics from various angles and resilience across schooll subjects. It develops students’ lateral thinking, improves problem-solving skills and makes learning enjoyable.
Oracy research tells us that direct focus on oracy skills, including physical, congitive, social as well as linguistics aspects, improve children's academic attainment. In order to develop very young learners' communicative confidence, teaching needs to focus on voice projection, body posture, eye contact and active listening skills alongside language development.
Unlike traditional English programs, Cambridge Little Steps offers a systematic approach to teaching confident communication and preparing very young learners to read and write in a way that nurtures creative thinking.
A unique program designed with a Faculty of Education, Cambridge University focuses on developing students' confidence and strategies to convey this confidence when speaking in English:
Children are naturally creative and playful but these qualities are easily lost if not nurtured. Cambridge Little Steps nurtures lateral thinking with a structured program of creative activities:
Cambridge Little Steps exposes students to natural language in the context of best practices from an L1 emergent literacy approach. This, combined with EFL language support help students start to read and write naturally:
Games, videos and story animations captivate children's imagination and enhance learning.
Investigation is a key part of learning. Through Big Questions, Concepts, CLIL and Numeracy students investigate unit topics more deeply.
Thanks to the unique combination of three learning pillars – early literacy, early oracy and creativity – children begin to gain skills needed to become confident and effective communicators with inquiring minds, who can think laterally and make the most of life’s opportunities in the 21st century.
Students start learning to read before progressing towards reading to learn. They develop:
in order to master basic skills necessary to start reading and writing, appreciating texts, and applying knowledge.
Focus on developing early oracy skills means students start to communicate in English with confidence. They develop language and qualities such as self-confidence, empathy, self-awareness and resilience needed for communicate effectively. Students are able to project their voice, speak clearly, convey confidence through posture, listen attentively and respond to others - key skills that will benefit them at every step of education and beyond.
Students enjoy learning with plentiful opportunities to apply imagination to open tasks based on arts and crafts. They are also better prepared for school thanks to numeracy programme and knowledge of basic math and science concepts.
Teachers have all the support they need to enjoy teaching.
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