Our activies and courses
Our Curriculum aims to provide a high quality education in a learning environment that encourages and supports our students, helping them to excel and to make the most of their abilities by relating school knowledge to real life.
- Physical Sciences
The Science curriculum is reinforced from 1st grade onwards through the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) approach. The teaching of Science is also supported through the use of the School’s laboratory facilities, aiming to train students initially in simple research practices such as observation, comparison, classification and questioning. This lays the groundwork for them to then develop more complex skills, such as predicting, carrying out experimental activities, making observations and experimental measurements, recording and reading data, and drawing conclusions, so that they can approach the world in a more systematic, organised and meaningful way.
- Information and Communication Technologies – STEM
In all grades of primary school, the teaching of IT subjects has as its primary goal that our students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills with innovative educational tools and digital products. They gradually delve deeper into the use of the computer, initially through educational and entertainment software and then by learning the Microsoft Office package (word processing, multimedia development, etc.), educational programs and applications (web 2.0, wikis). For a better and effective acquisition of knowledge, learning interdisciplinary projects, web explorations, electronic discussions, using all the above ICT tools. From the 6th grade onwards, our students participate in the examinations for the Vellum Diploma in Information Technology (IT Skills) at our certified examination centre.
- Foreign Languages
In the context of today’s multicultural reality, we believe in the multiple benefits of language learning on a cognitive and intellectual level, in the cultivation of communication channels and cross-cultural interaction.
English is the main foreign language. The programme is developed with the aim of progressive language acquisition in an enjoyable and confident manner. The course is conducted exclusively in English so that children become familiar with the language in an early and experiential way.
In the first grade, the first introduction is made through stories, songs, painting, individual and group projects and the use of new technologies (interactive boards), taking the first steps in reading and writing, having already mastered the basics of the spoken language through their attendance at our Kindergarten. Gradually, teaching is intensified at learning rates through selected book series from recognized publishers,
the English Department’s internal publications and extensive supervisory material, encouraging students to use English in a variety of communicative contexts. From grades 2 to 6, the skills of speaking, writing, listening and reading-comprehension are developed. Having been taught the language at Junior A and Junior B level respectively in grades 2 and 3, in grade 4 students follow a curriculum at A1 level according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). In the next two grades, students progressively follow an A2 level programme and have the opportunity to participate in the Hellenic American University examinations for the STYLE 2 and 3 certificates at the end of the year in grades 5 and 6 respectively.
Students are introduced to the second foreign language in the third grade by choosing between French and German. Language learning begins with games, charades, stories and songs and is then enriched with reading and spelling. It is structured with grammar, exercises, selected books and a wide range of supervisory material. Students gradually become familiar with the countries, customs, culture and mentality of their people. Teaching hours are 2 hours per week in grade 3, with 3 in grade 4 and 4 in grades 5 and 6. At the end of the year, students can take the DELF A1 and A2 examinations of the French Institute, of which our school is an official examination centre, in grades 5 and 6, respectively, in French. At the same time, in German in the A1 FIT 1 examinations of the Goethe-Institut, which cooperates with our school, and for the acquisition of the State Certificate of Language Proficiency of Graded Level A (A1-A2).
- Arts & Creative Expression
Art: Our workshop is fully equipped to provide children with the materials and techniques they need to create. In this way they develop their aesthetic skills, visual vocabulary, working individually or in groups. The themes are often interdisciplinary and are carried out in collaboration with other subjects. On the basis of the themes, units of art history are approached experientially and issues of the structure and meaning of art are worked on. Students gain knowledge and experience from various sources and in various ways, while visits to museums, galleries and creative spaces are organised, and competitions, exhibitions and events are organised to stimulate children’s interest.
Theatre education: Theatre is an integral part of school life and is introduced from the first grade of primary school. Its playful nature and experiential character make it an excellent tool for education and learning. In this spirit, theatre and its techniques are put into daily use to approach teaching subjects, but also to cultivate the ethos and the necessary skills for the fruitful coexistence and cooperation of the members of our educational community. Teachers and students collaborate in the creation of theatrical performances either by department or by class. Visits to theatrical performances, watching films and inviting artists to the school premises reinforce the school’s required interconnection with society and culture.
Dance-Motion: Dance contributes to our school’s educational effort to create a passage and support the transition from the logical system to the symbolic and is a powerful means of education, communication, emancipation and cultural education for children. In this context, dance and movement (traditional and modern), as a means of interdisciplinary approach to knowledge, becomes a tool for students to learn about our cultural values and to become aware of their national identity. At the same time, they become aware of their bodies and their potential and cultivate their motor skills, while becoming aware of the different movements and activities they can achieve with each part of their body. Through free motor expression they distinguish between dynamic and light movements, fast and slow movements, while they become aware of the space in which they move and their movement in relation to others. They link movement to dance and learn correct posture, gaining control of their posture. Students interested in Dance and Movement join the Dance/Movement Club and participate in a variety of events and performances and competitions both in and out of school, exercising their skills of cooperation, self-control, discipline and fostering their social skills.
Music: Includes musical-movement games, dramatizations of musical stories and songs and learning percussion instruments, while gradually children learn about the multifaceted art of music: the life and work of contemporary and classical composers, musical instruments, making their own instruments, expressing themselves physically, creating sound stories, taking part in recordings, cultivating their voice, discussing and working in groups on the various genres of music (classical, contemporary, traditional music, etc.). Our students become aware of the relationship between music and the other Arts and through it they develop a spirit of cooperation, responsibility, discipline and communication, elements necessary for their socialization. At the same time, the school’s choir and orchestra, made up of students who choose music as a means of expression, operate.
- Physical Education & Sports
Sport is an integral part of the Primary School Curriculum. During the year they are taught: Basketball, Handball, Football, Volleyball, Classic Sports, Gymnastics, Traditional and Modern Dances, Swimming in a heated pool to familiarise students with the water and the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the four styles of swimming. At the same time, they focus on health, wellness and proper nutrition, while internal championships are organized in Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball and Classic Sports in order to gain competitive experience, basic knowledge of rules and tactics and develop team spirit.
The Primary School Clubs are part of the Basic Programme and give our students the opportunity to discover and cultivate their special talents and gifts, to express their creativity and ingenuity, to take initiatives in the spirit of teamwork and to do something they love and are passionate about. Some of them are listed below: Educational Robotics, Theatre Workshop, Traditional Dances, Sports Clubs, Little Reporters, Environmental – Gardening Club, Choir Club, Percussion Club, Modern Dance, Orchestra Club, English Theatre Games Club, Little Cooks, Storytelling Club, Chess, Ping Pong, Computer Club, French Comics, Flying Machines, Film Workshop, Know My Town etc.
At the same time, every school year, educational programs and activities are implemented at the Primary School, such as:
- European Programmes Comenius, eTwinning, Teachers 4 Europe etc.
- Environmental Education & Sustainable Management Programme
- Educational Robotics Program
- Prevention & Health Education Programmes
- Entrepreneurship Programmes
- Rhetoric & Correspondence Programme
- Cultural Programmes
- Literature & Creative Writing Activities
- Voluntary actions with humanitarian content