Our primary school curriculum includes courses and a variety of activities aimed at providing knowledge, developing skills and cultivating values through innovative methodologies that make the school creative, enjoyable, useful and effective.
…at a glance
In our Primary school, children learn
Our curriculum focuses on specific methodologies that make the lesson more enjoyable and creative, the school more useful and more effective. The methodologies we apply promote 21st Century Skills, critical and inquiring ability, creative thinking, teamwork, technology utilization, communication, collaboration, taking of initiatives, empathy, respect for diversity etc.
The Study Methodology aims at understanding the basic concepts of a course in the classroom and at undertaking creative activities at home, through proper management of school time and learning objectives. This course aims to develop ways of more effective comprehension, text writing techniques, problem solving and approach to theoretical courses.
Interdisciplinary approach is a modern methodology based on projects that is implemented at all levels of our school. In the Primary School, cross-thematic projects are part of our weekly curriculum and include subjects suitable for each age group while, at the same time, they cultivate and gradually enhance cognitive and social skills.
Project-Based Learning is a methodology based on the implementation of projects (work plans) and is directly related to the Interdisciplinary Approach to Knowledge.
We no longer teach fragmented knowledge divided into individual scientific disciplines, but we combine the cognitive fields related to the subject of our project.
Our program includes details on the structure and organization of the Content, the available Software and the exploitation thereof, Narration techniques and the necessary (digital) tools, the Visual Approach aiming at effectiveness, the characteristics and the behaviors of the Speaker.
All students, from the 3rd grade of Primary School to Senior High School, have and use their own Student Computers. The learning environment is modernized, the student is encouraged to search and seek information, teaching is individualized, activities become collaborative, learning becomes more meaningful. The Student Computer in the classroom is used as an interactive book, an electronic notebook, a multimedia and self-assessment tool with open and closed type questions and interdisciplinary projects. The internal publications of the school and the CTI books, educational aids for foreign languages, teaching material by the teachers for their lesson, educational software etc. are included in the computer.
Our educational program in the Primary School is based on the program of the Ministry of Education as well as on our Learning Charter, which is the central axis of our educational planning. It includes lessons and a variety of activities through innovative methodologies that make school creative, enjoyable, useful and effective.
We implement methodical procedures that ensure proper teaching and organization, based on detailed lesson plans. Using our own printed and electronic books, we seek to enrich the vocabulary and cultivate language through our own grammar, spelling and narration publications as well as by using rich digital media and tools.
We enhance the course of literature with frequent visits to our Library, speeches by authors and publishers, a selection of books to read during vacation periods and during the year, depending on the thematic units on which we work.
We develop mathematical thought through everyday life problems, we transmit useful mathematical concepts in an experiential way, we encourage observation, exploration, discovery and drawing of conclusions. We use our own printed and electronic books that make the lesson more understandable, creative and enjoyable. We prepare the children to participate in the International Mathematical Competition Kangaroo (from the 2nd grade of the Primary School) and in the Competition of the Hellenic Mathematical Society "Euclid for Kids - Playing with mathematics" (5th and 6th grade of Primary School). We also prepare the children for a corresponding Physics competition.
With the "Life Skills" program, children are made aware of the Values of the Society through organized experiential activities in the following areas:
- Development of Social and Emotional Skills
- Ecological Awareness - Environment
- Volunteering and Social Contribution
- Internet safety
- Human Rights
Our main program includes Music, Theatrical Education, Musical- Theatrical Education, which, together with the Arts & Crafts course, are taught in English.
English is our main foreign language and is taught daily in our Primary school with the aim to help our students develop skills in their oral and written expression as well as to completely organize the course through enjoyable experiential activities and projects. In addition to the daily teaching of English, in all grades of Primary School there are lessons taught in English such as Music, Music & Theater, Informatics, Literature, Art, etc.
From the 3rd grade onwards, the course is taught by Proficiency Levels. Children are classified into homogeneous groups with common learning pace, so that they can comfortably meet the goals of each level, not to experience failure and not to lose interest.
From the 1st to the 6th grade, those children who have English as their mother tongue or have a special inclination and fast learning pace, can join the Native Speakers level and attend the course of English tailored to their own needs through appropriate designed educational material.
The Second Foreign Language - French or German - starts in the third grade. From the 4th Grade of Primary School onwards, the course is taught at Proficiency Levels, based on placement test results.
Physical Education is for us a basic course of our educational program and includes a variety of sports and activities depending on the needs of each age group. The goal is for the student to develop motor skills and physical abilities, to improve his physical condition and to acquire a positive attitude towards exercise in order to live a healthy life with creative hobbies. The following sports are taught during the year: Basketball, Handball, Football, Volleyball, Rhythmic and General Gymnastics, Traditional dances and Swimming in a heated pool in order that the students become familiar with water and gain knowledge and skills on the four swimming styles. At the same time, internal championships in Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball etc. are held, with the aim of gaining competitive experience, basic knowledge of regulations and tactics and developing team spirit.
The activities of the "Healthy Body” program under the coordination of the Department of Physical Education, focus on issues of health, wellness and proper nutrition while at the same time, form a sports culture by promoting the idea of sports activity inside and outside school, as a habit and a lifestyle.
The assessment of motor coordination, which has started in the Kindergarten, continues in the first grades of Primary School. It is a program for the detection of developmental motor difficulties with the use of a valid assessment tool and intervention, subsequently, through the course of Physical Education. The motor coordination of each child is assessed by a specialist scientist and possible motor difficulties are addressed by all teachers, in order to enhance the development and social integration of the child.
Through a series of activities each child of the 1st grade gets a friend from the 5th grade, who helps it to adapt to the pace of the school and supports it every day. “Let’s Go Together” program lasts 2 school years and enhances the relationship between young and older children, maturity and self-confidence.
Each child has its own Teacher-Mentor. The Mentor bases his/her relationship with the student on trust, honesty, acceptance. His/ her object is to guide the child to set individual goals, to write down the actions that will help it achieve them, and, through their personal meetings, the child learn to process, to advance its goal, to “divide” it into smaller items, to conquer it more easily and perhaps even revise it. Each goal can be about knowledge, skills or social & emotional development.
The Primary School Psychologist and Special Educator can be found on a daily basis at the school. She coordinates the Mentors program, works closely with all teachers, attends classes as part of the “Life Skills” social and emotional development program and is available to parents with personalized advice and guidance. At the same time, she carries out phonological awareness assessments to identify possible learning difficulties and recommends ways to deal with them. She also ensures the correct and harmonious cooperation between the school and the family in these matters.
The Primary School Clubs are held within the framework of our core program. We indicatively mention some of them: Workshops in Literature, Fairy Tale, Journalism, Theater, Ecological Structures, Board Games, Cooking, Programming, Sports etc. In this way, children identify and reinforce inclinations and talents.
The Primary School Teams operate after the end of the core program and include the following:
• Doukas Math Club for those students who want to expand their knowledge in mathematics and prepare for the Kangaroo competition
• Primary School Choir & Orchestra
• Trials for those who want to participate in school championships and Sports Meetings of Private Schools.
• Children participate in the Primary School Teams after a selection process and are trained free of charge to represent their School in competitions and events.
Every day, after the end of our Core Program and until 4:30 p.m. Multiple-activities After School Programs are held.
Afternoon Study, Swimming, Sports, Music, Art, Crafts & Design in English, Coding & Robotics, etc.