Our aim is to give the children a broad and balanced start to their education and the confidence to achieve their potential in a happy, industrious and stimulating environment. We look upon each boy and girl as an individual and our positive approach to behaviour fosters a sense of personal responsibility. Our main objective is that children feel learning is fun and that they are happy and confident. We seek to bring out the best in every pupil - to develop skills, talents, curiosity and imagination. We encourage social awareness, courtesy and consideration for others. We take special care to include parents through regular reporting and meetings and we encourage a warm and open relationship with parents as we feel this is vital to the educational process.
The children follow a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to their age and ability. All of our classrooms are equipped with interactive panels, which helps present educational resources in a highly interactive way and is suitable for whole class and small group settings.
The curriculum, based on the British system, is structured to provide continuity and progression in all subjects throughout these formative years in a child’s development. The class teachers develop and strengthen skills in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and use topic work to explore other areas. For Key Stage 1, pupils are given the opportunity to undertake ICT through weekly sessions in the Activities Room, whilst in Key Stage 2 ICT is taught formally in the main computer room with a subject specialist teacher. Extra-curricular activities are offered after 1.15 pm.
The Primary School is a time when we like to see children gaining confidence and making progress but, above all, enjoying themselves at school.
- French (Prep onwards)
Greek is taught at two levels: (1) as a first language from Pre-Reception to Prep, which is generally compulsory for all pupils of Cypriot nationality. Pupils must be fluent in the language to be admitted to the Native Greek Programme. The curriculum and textbooks are those laid down for state primary schools in Cyprus (2) as a second language to all other children.
Many children join the Early Years department with very little English. The teachers are experienced in dealing with this situation and have a working knowledge of other languages to help newcomers in the initial settling-down period. Once immersed in a totally English-speaking environment, even the shyest child tends to be chatting happily by the end of the first term. Difficulties with English Language are generally of short duration.
EARLY YEARS (Pre-Reception and Reception)
We offer a caring environment catering for the social, moral and academic needs of the individual child in a bright and stimulating setting. We follow the Foundation Stage curriculum working to and beyond the Early Learning Goals, fostering a love of independent learning.
Our children participate in daily Literacy (English) and Numeracy (Maths) sessions to develop reading, writing and number skills. The children work in small groups, sometimes in separate rooms, using a range of teaching and learning styles with lots of opportunity for play. The Pre-Reception class is in the care of four members of staff; one English and one Greek teacher and two teaching assistants. The Reception class is in the care of two members of staff, the class teacher and a teaching assistant.
Academic progress is entirely individual. Some children take off quickly and slow up later. Others are late starters but, once launched, never look back. Maturity is as relevant a factor as intelligence.
Crѐche is offered to the Early Years classes from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm where a hot meal is provided.
KEY STAGE 1 (Infants)
The Key Stage 1 department consists of Infants 1 and Infants 2. The children are offered a wide and varied curriculum that is taught through a range of methods to suit individual learning styles, encouraging them to be confident and independent learners.
The children learn their literacy skills through a range of reading schemes and the encouragement of emergent writing. We stress the importance of books and the joy of being a reader. Reading and writing is taught through the Oxford Reading Tree and Nelson schemes, which teach letter sounds and basic digraphs using visual, auditory and kinaesthetic clues.
Numeracy skills are developed through using lots of practical activities alongside the Abacus Maths scheme. The children work with numbers up to 20 for addition and subtraction, while at the same time investigating number patterns with numbers to 100. The studies of shape, space and measure are covered with practical activities.
The children’s progress is carefully monitored through observations and regular teacher assessments, both formal and informal. At the end of this phase of education, children are confident of their abilities and are enthusiastic and prepared for Key Stage 2 (or the Junior phase of education).
KEY STAGE 2 (Juniors)
The Junior department consists of Junior 1, Junior 2, Junior 3 and Prep. The children are encouraged to develop independence and responsibility. Learning is exciting and creative, yet balanced and structured, with a wide range of activities to meet each child’s individual needs.
Our curriculum continues to be based broadly on the British National Curriculum, although we tend to work beyond expected levels. We use the same schemes for English and Maths as in Key Stage 1. However, subjects are more discrete in their presentation. For most lessons children are taught by their Class Teacher, but for some subjects such as Greek,
Science, PE, ICT and Music, they are taught by Subject Specialists.
Children have a wider range of subjects set for homework and it is more than just the nominal amount expected of Key Stage 1. Informal end of unit tests and more formal end-of-term written assessments complement continuous assessment to monitor progress. Indeed, children must make satisfactory progress in order to move to the next class.
During Junior 3 the children attend a residential trip to Paphos. This is an important step for many of the children as it allows them to be away from home, some for the first time, to try many new activities.
Prep is an important stepping stone from Primary to Senior School and the aim is to make a smooth transition to the secondary system. The children have a form tutor but all of their subjects are taught by specialist teachers, with French being introduced as a compulsory foreign language. The children become more self-reliant as they have to move classrooms frequently for these specialist lessons and formal end-of-term assessments are undertaken in all subject areas. Provided that a child achieves satisfactory progress and results he/she will pass automatically to Form 1 without additional examinations.
Lessons are taught in state-of-the-art facilities with specialist teaching rooms for ICT, Science, Greek, Art, Music, Drama and Gymnastics. The ICT suite houses 28 networked computers as well as an interactive teaching panel. Information and Communication Technology is taught at all levels throughout the Primary classes and includes Coding. For Science, the pupils are taught in a well resourced laboratory style classroom and there is a strong focus on practical work. An amphitheatre and indoor theatre enable the pupils to be taught Drama and thus develop their performance skills in a specialised learning environment where a number of performances are given throughout the academic year.