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PRIMARY

In the Primary School of “Rodion Pedia,” teamwork creates a dynamic development that allows pupils to overcome their individual limitations of thought and practice, as well as to develop forms of collective thought and action.  Within the group, pupils internalize and become familiarized with new and more advanced possibilities until they completely understand and express them.  Thus, collective work and intercommunication leads to individual development, which gradually leads to personal fulfillment and independence.

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Learning, therefore, is a social activity that occurs during the initial contact among members of a community, becomes internalized by individuals, and eventually appears as individual achievement.
The Primary School “Rodion Pedia” has abandoned the model of “contagious learning,” in which the pupil is treated as a “reservoir” of accumulated knowledge, and has adopted the constructive model of teaching, in which the pupil builds knowledge using what he receives from the environment with which he is in constant interaction.  By extension, the teaching strategies focus on the promotion of pupils’ ideas, exposing them to situations of cognitive conflict in order to rebuild their conceptions, the application of new ideas and reviewing changes that were made by previous pupils.

 

CURRICULUM

The curriculum followed in the Primary School “Rodion Pedia” is in two sections which satisfy the specific preferences and interests of pupils.  The first part includes the enriched core curriculum, while the second part includes a training program with activities that complement the cognitive, emotional, and physical development of the pupil.

 

ENRICHED CORE CURRICULUM

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The Enriched Core Curriculum includes the state curriculum enriched with the following additional programs prepared and developed by teachers at “Rodion Pedia”.

  1. The literature program “It’s Fun to Read” applies to Primary pupils (Primary 1-6). Pupils come into contact with well-established aesthetic texts, mainly of Greek artistic and folk literature, they become familiarized with extracurricular books, and they are encouraged to develop their creative imagination.
  2. A timeless Greek language: “I was given a Greek Language: from Homer to the present” applies to Primary pupils (Primary 5-6).  The program seeks to familiarize pupils with texts including older forms of Greek language, to gain deeper knowledge of the Greek language and appreciate the timelessness of the Greek language.
  3. The foreign language program (English-German-French): Starts from Nursery and continues until High School.  Intensive language teaching aims both to achieve pupil’s fluency in understanding and using language, and to prepare pupils for obtaining appropriate certification.  The comprehensive training of pupils in foreign languages requires frequent contact with them in real communicative situations.  For this reason, the foreign language department at “Rodion Pedia” organizes special events such as:
    1. Theatrical performances of classic works by foreign authors in the original form.
    2. Library time.  The complete study of a book by every pupil is accompanied by a short presentation of the contents in front of his classmates.
    3. Encouragement, through school, to correspond in a foreign language with pupils from abroad.
    4. Group projects on social, cultural, ecological themes.  Pupils present their work to an audience.
    5. The organization of lectures at the school with notable guest speakers who develop issues and concerns relevant to the interests of pupils.
  4. The computer program starts in Nursery and continues until High School.  The teaching of IT (Information Technology) aims at:
    1. Understanding of basic concepts and acquiring knowledge of IT.
    2. The development of skills to use the computer as a tool for research and learning.
    3. Cultivation of methodological skills (expression and exploration of ideas, creativity, interdisciplinary approach to knowledge).
    4. Gaining a broader education in Computer Science.
  5. The theater education program concerns Primary pupils (Primary 1-6) with the purpose of:
    1. demonstrating the creativity and imagination of the pupil, to develop his mental potential, and cultivate talents and skills.
    2. helping familiarize the pupil with himself and his surroundings, and his position in relation to the others.
    3. helping develop self-esteem and to promoting cooperation and coexistence of people with and without disabilities.
    4. leading the pupil to a deeper understanding of human problems and relationships through dramatization and the process of creation of roles (characters).
    5. helping familiarize the pupil with the world of art and aesthetical cultivation, so as to become a good competent audience.
    6. helping the pupil broaden his cultural horizons, shape attitudes and aesthetic skills across the cultural scene through his contact with the artistic creations and cultural achievements of both his and other countries.
  6. The experimental activities in physics program in Primary – High School. High School (a program of systematic training of pupils in the experimental laboratory procedures).
  7. The learning how to study, to improve my attitude about learning and face learning difficulties program and Additional Pupils’ Support Program – Pupils have the opportunity to attend a separate program of instruction in a course.  The program involves pupils who: lack knowledge in these areas, and thus are not able to attend and participate effectively in the classroom during the learning process but want to improve their performance in these courses, and are interested in enriching and tailoring their knowledge in the subjects.

The advantages of this truly Enriched Core Curriculum include substantial use of the time that the pupil is in school and avoids the need for any external assistance, since every difficulty or lack of progress is readily identifiable and is effectively cared for at school.

 Greek Language
Through the teaching of the Greek language, pupils handle the oral and written forms of speech with competence and confidence, consciously, responsibly, effectively and creatively.  In particular, it seeks logical organization of speech by the pupil, the correct use of simple vocabulary, and the acquisition of basic reading skills and comprehension of written texts.  It also promotes awareness of basic elements of the structure of the language, the acquisition of information search skills, and the ability to decode video and audio signals.

Mathematics
The teaching of Mathematics seeks to confer basic mathematical knowledge and the cultivation of mathematical language as a means of communication.  It promotes the understanding of the structure of mathematics, and develops the ability to solve problems, to highlight the applicability and practical use of mathematics, as well as to familiarize oneself with the process of producing conclusions and evidence.
Through weekly innovative teaching of the subject of mathematics, the consolidation and expansion of material is done effortlessly and ensures pupil participation in working groups.  Also, worksheets and the use of new technology enhance learning and offer pupils multiple knowledge.

Environmental Orientation Program
The environmental orientation program encourages pupils to acquire knowledge and develop skills that allow them to observe, describe, interpret, and to some extent predict the function, correlations, and interactions of the natural and human environment.

This process aims to create a holistic view on life as a starting point for the establishment of an integrated system of ideas, with the help of educational processes, during which the emphasis is on addressing the pupil as a researcher.

 Natural Sciences
Through discovering the charm of nature, pupils observe, wonder, predict, and conclude.  Since they love to make things with their own hands, they are guided, through a series of carefully designed experiments, to the development of their critical thinking and its gradual organization based on scientific methodology.

The lesson is taught by the teachers in the Science laboratory of the Primary school at “Rodion Pedia,” it is coordinated by the laboratory manager, and is supported by the faculty of Natural Sciences of both the Secondary and High School, who organize the laboratories by giving emphasis not so much on demonstrating the experiments, but on the pupils conducting them.

Aesthetics Education
In this course, there are three natural functions: the senses-see, hear, feel, touch, perception—react, research, mentally elaborate, the action—move, create, act, communicate.  Pupils explore and experiment with different materials, create artworks by expressing ideas, experiences and feelings, gain knowledge of the arts, develop an interest in participating in artistic activities, and they discover art as a great means of expression.

Music Education
In this course, the ability to feel pleasure in listening to and playing music is developed and cultivated as a means of artistic expression and human creativity.  The pupil learns to sing properly, develops his acoustic ability, knows and understands the basics of theory, morphology and the history of music.

Theatre Education
The pupils develop their creativity, imagination and mental abilities, cultivate artistic inclinations and skills, increase self-esteem and cooperation, and shape their attitude towards creations and cultural achievements.

Physical Education
Physical Education strengthens the physical development of pupils, cultivates the mental and spiritual attitude, and integrates them harmoniously into society.  In addition, both perceptual abilities—kinesthetic, visual, acoustic, and tactile—and physical abilities—stamina, strength, speed, flexibility, agility—are developed.  Rhythm and non-verbal communication are acquired through expressive and creative movement.  The value of athletics is promoted, well-being is ensured, and health is maintained.

Foreign Languages
(English-German-French)
Intensive language teaching aims both to achieve pupil’s fluency in understanding and using language, and to prepare pupils for obtaining appropriate certification.  The comprehensive training of pupils in foreign languages requires frequent contact with them in real communicative situations.  For this reason, the foreign language department at “Rodion Pedia” organizes special events.  These events include: theatrical performances of classic works by foreign authors in the original form, the complete study of a book by every pupil accompanied by a short presentation of the contents in front of his classmates, encouragement, through school, to correspond in a foreign language with pupils from abroad, and group projects on social, cultural, ecological themes where pupils present their work to an audience.
In time, significant improvement is achieved.  The excellent results achieved by the pupils, and the timelessness of their successes, are the result of systematic work carried out within the school.

Information Technology
Integration of IT in the Core Curriculum at “Rodion Pedia” is achieved either as a separately-taught subject, in the specially equipped Computer Lab at the school, or as a learning tool for teaching other subjects.
The course aims for pupils to understand the basic concepts of IT (Information Technology), acquire timeless knowledge in IT skills and develop abilities in order to use the computer as a tool for research and learning. Also, it aims at fostering skills of a methodological nature—expression, exploration of ideas, creativity, an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge—and high-level skills—criticaland analytical thinking, synthesis.

From Primary to Secondary
“Rodion Pedia” ensures a smooth transition of pupils from primary to secondary.  For this reason, teachers collaborate regularly with their coordinators in secondary and high school.  Thus, pupils feel confident in a safe environment from primary to high school.
In fact, every year at the beginning of June, pupils in Primary 6 attend a week-long event called “The Next Step: Getting to know High School”.  This event ensures pupils avoid the possible fear or anxiety that transition may cause.  During this event, pupils will not only have the opportunity to explore the new school environment, where they will continue their studies, but they will also meet their new teachers and classmates.

 

TRAINING PROGRAM

By combining learning with entertainment, the training program at “Rodion Pedia” offers the pupils the opportunity to creatively utilize their time by acquiring new and specialized knowledge in various subjects so as to develop their special talents and interests as well as to externalize their feelings and their potential.

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Learning a Musical Instrument
The systematic learning of a musical instrument—piano, guitar, keyboard, violin, accordion—allows pupils to continue the musical education which began in the core curriculum, by decisively contributing to the complete personality and spirit of pupils.

Choir
The program consists of the teaching and practice of various songs.  Apart from the entertainment that music offers, pupils learn to develop different social skills.

Drawing
Pupils have the opportunity to learn different techniques and familiarize themselves with the use of different materials, so cultivating their imagination and enriching their emotional world.  Thus, they develop skills and acquire knowledge necessary for their psychological and emotional maturity.

IT (Information Technology)
For those pupils who wish, there is a possibility to extend the knowledge they already acquired in the core curriculum regarding computers, and thus, evolve in a sector that is becoming increasingly necessary.  They learn essential electronic literacy, while creatively using computers, a tool useful for professional and scientific success.  Through these programs, pupils acquire accredited certification.

Football 5-a-side
At the new 5x5 facilities, pupils get a feel for the magic of football. Along with the acquisition of basic skills in the sport, pupils cultivate team spirit, discipline, and responsibility.

Volleyball
The program combines technique, precision, and teamwork with a good level of physical fitness.

Basketball
Aside from being one of the most popular sports, basketball also develops the pupil’s physical condition and fosters team spirit and social skills.

Handball
Handball not only trains the body perfectly, but it also fosters strategic thinking and contributes to the development of the pupil’s social skills.

Swimming
Swimming is the most suitable way to train pupils and familiarise them with water.

Taekwondo
As a future Olympic sport, Taekwondo not only trains the body, but also cultivates the spirit and develops self-control and discipline.

Shotokan Karate
Shotokan Karate is a dynamic sport which teaches respect, discipline, self-control and self-defense, but at the same time, strengthens the body.

Athletic Dance
In a specially designed room, pupils exercise and learn about their body, by improving both the strength and the harmony of their movements.

Dance
Pupils have the opportunity to express themselves through classical, contemporary, and free dance.  Also, they have the opportunity to learn traditional dances.  In this way, they discover their bodies through harmony, rhythm, and movement.

Chess
Pupils are introduced to a special world of cultivating thought and spirit, beginning with understanding the pawns and their movements, and gradually progressing to taking part in competitions/matches within the school.

Foreign Languages
Pupils have the opportunity to learn a third foreign language—French, German, or Italian—beside the two they have already chosen in the core curriculum.

Studying Skills
Pupils have the opportunity to follow an independent program of teaching in a series of courses. Pupils who struggle in the above mentioned courses and are therefore unable to follow and participate effectively in the classroom during the learning process may attend the program and so improve their performance and specialise their knowledge.

Experimental Activities
This is a pilot program where pupils aged 7-11 years carry out experiments.  Knowing that pupils love to do things with their own hands, our pupils will be led, through a series of carefully designed experiments, to consolidate knowledge and to develop their critical thinking, based on scientific methodology.  Pupils will cultivate positive attitudes towards Sciences by discovering how charming it is to be able to “interrogate” the environment and to come up with conclusions about both their successful and unsuccessful predictions.

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