From Year 1 through to Year 6, students at Verita’s Primary School are inspired to develop a lifelong passion for learning, a commitment to being empathetic and caring individuals, and the courage to realise their hopes and dreams.
A standards-based curriculum provides the foundation for preparing students to think creatively, communicate effectively, and be enthusiastic learners.
Students are engaged in hands-on project-based learning, driven by their own curiosity and interests. Through project work, children actively investigate their interests, discover new ideas and develop their own theories, learning to think critically and creatively. Project-based activities engage students in authentic learning and connect them with their environment and community.
Our dynamic learning community is committed to meeting the needs of all students in a warm and caring atmosphere. The emphasis is on the education of the whole child. As students are most receptive to learning when they feel safe, secure, and happy, an emphasis on social and emotional learning will be integrated into homeroom classes with the support of our S.E.E.D. program.
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to Verita International School, a place where children from across the world come together in friendship and community. At Verita we partner with families to raise our students into resilient, thoughtful, globally-minded and kind human beings. We honour children and understand that imagination, curiosity and play are the language of childhood. We enable our learners to be critical thinkers and support them in being brave enough to take risks, even if they might fail.
Our Primary classrooms are places where inquiry is the centre of our planning. As global citizens, our children learn to engage with this mercurial and complex world. In the lower primary you’ll see big ideas built around stories that encourage children to solve difficult problems using their bright imaginations. Through the use of the International Primary Curriculum, our older children are asking questions, choosing topics and developing profound ideas to solve global problems.
Our teaching staff is a mix of internationally trained expatriates and talented educators who work together to create a beautiful place for children to grow.It is a joyous thing to be on a team that leads with clear intention and keeps the hearts and spirits of children at the centre of all our decisions.
We hope that you and your children will always feel welcome and at home here.
At the Primary School, Verita’s Curriculum is based on Key Stages 1 & 2 of the National Curriculum of England & Wales and is delivered through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The Primary
Curriculum consists of Years 1 to 6.
The classroom teacher is responsible for Literacy, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History, and Geography and shares the responsibility for teaching the Social and Emotional Learning program in cooperation with Demy Dede, our SEL/SEN Director. In addition, specialist teachers are responsible for various specialised subjects not taught by classroom teachers. Thus, classroom and specialist teachers collaborate to provide students with interdisciplinary education.
The Verita Primary Curriculum aims to provide a broad learning experience and encourages a wide variety of approaches to teaching and learning that cater to individual children’s different needs. The primary curriculum is designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of their life— moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.
The curriculum is defined by a harmonious balance of guidance and exploration. Our students receive tailored instruction that channels their curiosity into unfamiliar curriculum territories and steers them towards making informed choices about their own educational pursuits. Surrounded by teachers who understand and value this crucial developmental stage, our students enter meaningful conversations with faculty who mentor and create an environment for students to work collaboratively.
NATIONAL CURRICULUM OF ENGLAND & WALES:
PRIMARY CURRICULUM KEY STAGES 1 AND 2
Verita International School follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales with the addition of the International Primary Curriculum, Greek language, and Social Emotional Ethical Learning.
The curriculum is delivered through an inquiry and project- based approach, which cultivates a deeper, more meaningful, holistic learning process.
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
- Second Languages (Greek and French)
FIELDWORK EDUCATION IPC:
INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY CURRICULUM
The aim of the IPC program is to develop each student’s intellectual potential to its fullest with the help of an innovative methodology that approaches teaching through topics (units) rather than subjects. Looking at this vast range of topics through the multiple lenses of Geography, Science, History, Music and Art, IPC teaches children how to think rather than what to think, developing their highly transferable skills such as critical and innovative thinking, team work as well as international mindedness.
The program is a concept-focused curriculum, which allows for single subject teaching and learning while facilitating collaboration between the different academic subjects, linking all subject learning to a conceptual theme. With specific subject and personal learning goals, the IPC curriculum helps students connect their learning to practical concepts while developing a deeper, multi-faceted understanding of the units of learning.
The units of learning have been carefully designed to cover a vast range of high-interest, diverse topics, all of which are engaging to both students and teachers. Three learning outcomes are emphasized within each unit: clearly specified learning objectives, personal goals and international mindedness .