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...at a glance
In our Primary School, children learn:
• how to learn using contemporary educational methodologies,
• how to achieve personal aspirations and goals with the help of their mentor,
• how to live and work together harmoniously in groups thanks to interdisciplinary projects,
• how to acquire 21st Century Skills through innovative actions in all areas of knowledge,
• how to cultivate values thanks to the Life Skills programme,
• how to gradually develop their personality for a confident transition to High School.
Multidimensional Educational Programme
Our educational programme in the Primary School is not only based on the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education but also on our own Institutional Learning Goals Syllabus. This is the backbone of our instructional design. It includes lessons and various activities through innovative methodologies that make school creative, pleasant, useful and efficient.
We employ systematic procedures based on detailed lesson plans to ensure quality teaching and organisation. By publishing our own material (in printed and electronic format) and using electronic books, digital media and other tools, we seek to enrich and cultivate our students’ language skills. Such publications exist for vocabulary revision, grammar, spelling and oral production.
We reinforce Literature with frequent visits to our school library, by hosting visiting authors and publishers and reading books throughout the year that are connected to the curriculum. We organise an annual literary competition called "Once upon a ... story." It is a popular initiative involving all students and which is highly anticipated.
We cultivate mathematical thinking through problems of everyday life, impart useful mathematical concepts in an experiential way, encourage observation, exploration and discovery, and drawing of conclusions. We use our own handouts and e-books to make the lesson more comprehensible, creative and pleasant.
English is the main foreign language taught daily in the Primary School. Its purpose is for our students to acquire skills in oral and written expression and to integrate the subdisciplines within a subject area through enjoyable experiential activities. In addition to the daily English lessons in all Primary School classes, English is used to conduct classes in Music, Musical Theatre Training, Informatics, Literature and Art.
From Grade 3 in Primary School onwards, the pupils are placed in streams according to their ability level. These are homogeneous groups with a learning pace compatible to their level. In this way, they can reach the goals of each level without experiencing failure or losing interest.
Many children between Grades 1-6 either have English as their native language or display a special talent or inclination towards the language. These children qualify to join the Native Speaker classes. They are specially adapted to their needs and use appropriately designed educational material.
Second Foreign Language
French or German are taught as a Second Foreign Language. Instruction starts in Grade 3. From Grade 4 onwards, the pupils are placed in streams according to their Placement Test results.
Study Strategies aim at understanding the basic concepts of the lesson and learning to use creative activities at home, by teaching children how to properly manage their time and reach their learning objectives. These strategies aim to demonstrate more effective comprehension techniques, show children how to draft texts and approach problem-solving in theoretical subjects.
Our educational programme focuses on specific methodologies that make the lessons more fun and more creative, and the school more useful and more effective. The methodologies we apply promote 21st Century Skills, critical thinking skills, discovery skills, creative thinking, teamwork, exploitation of technology, communication, cooperation, initiative, empathy and respect for diversity.
The interdisciplinary approach is a contemporary method implemented throughout the school that uses projects as a means for learning. In Primary School, this type of learning is part of the weekly curriculum and includes themes appropriate for each age level. At the same time, it cultivates and gradually enhances cognitive and social skills.
Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Project-Based Learning is a methodology based on the implementation of projects and is directly linked to the Interdisciplinary Approach to learning. We no longer teach such that knowledge is fragmented into separate subject areas but combine these subject areas as they relate to the theme of the project.
Our programme includes information on the structure and organisation of the content, the available software and utilisation, storytelling techniques, appropriate digital tools, visual tips to improve efficiency and tips to become good speakers.
Educational Model 1:1 - One Compter per Student (1:1 Computing)
Each pupil from Grades 4-9, owns and uses their own Student Computer. This results in a more modern learning environment encouraging students to investigate and search for information and where teaching becomes individualised. In this environment activities are completed through teamwork and learning becomes more meaningful. The Student Computer in the classroom is used like an interactive book, an electronic notebook for organising one’s notes, a tool with multimedia material, a self-assessment tool with open- and closed-type questions and for interdisciplinary work. It includes internal publications and all the books required by the Ministry of Education as well as foreign language texts and support material, educational software, etc.
The Life Skills programme addresses the social and emotional needs of our children. Depending on their age, we carry out actions that focus on the management of emotions such as anger, rejection, failure, frustration, etc. We talk about values such as volunteerism and philanthropy, ecology, culture, health and proper nutrition and analyse values such as respect, diversity, love and friendship.
Each child is assigned their own Mentor. The mentor’s purpose is to help each student identify the objectives they wish to set and accomplish them without being influenced by other factors in their selection. These objectives may be cognitive or socio-emotional.
Physical Education is a basic subject in our educational programme. It includes a variety of sports and physical fitness activities according to the needs of each age. The aim is for students to develop motor skills and physical capabilities so as to improve their physical condition and gain a positive attitude toward exercise, to live healthy lives and to nurture creative interests. The following sports are taught throughout the year: Basketball, Handball, Football, Volleyball, Classic Athletics, Rhythmics, Traditional Dances and Swimming in a heated pool. Swimming not only helps students be at ease in the water but also helps them learn the skills for the four swimming styles. At the same time, the P.E. Department organises intramural championships in football, basketball, volleyball, handball and classical athletics, activities which help students acquire competitive experience, basic knowledge of rules and procedures and the development of a team spirit.
Healthy Body-Healthy Living
This programme, organised by the Department of Physical Education focuses on health, wellness and proper nutrition while shaping a sports culture by promoting the idea of sports as a habit and lifestyle both within and outside of school.
Clubs and Groups
In Primary School, organised Clubs meet within the timetable of the core programme. Some examples are: Games with Balls, Digital Storytelling, Young Ecologists in Action, Camping games, Young Chefs, Young Writers, Literary Workshop, Comics, Fencing/Archery, Baseball/Softball, Theater Workshop, Early Computer Programming, Animal Friends in Action, Badminton, Traditional Dances and Little Reporters.
The Groups in Primary School meet after regular school hours and include:
The Doukas Math Club which is open to students who want to broaden their knowledge in mathematics and prepare for the Kangaroo competition, the Primary School Choir & Orchestra and Trials for those who want to participate in school championships and sports meetings among private schools.
As part of our standard programme, Music, Theatre in Education, Musical Theatre Training Education, together with the visual Arts & Crafts course, are conducted in English.
The Primary School Psychologist is present at the school daily. She coordinates the Mentoring programme, works closely with all our teachers, visits classes within the Life Skills programme for social and emotional development and is available to give parents personalised advice and guidance. The psychologist administers evaluation tests to identify learning difficulties and suggests ways to address the problem while, at the same time, ensuring the harmonious cooperation between school and family in these matters.
Between the end of the school day and 4:00 p.m., a series of diverse activities exist for children to choose from: Study Hall, Sports, Music, Art Workshop, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.