The Primary Years Programme prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
The IB programme is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.
How does the programme work?
The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, where students reflect on 6 interrelated, trans-disciplinary themes and the links between them. These are:
- Who we are.
- Where we are in place and time.
- How we express ourselves.
- How the world works.
- How we organize ourselves.
- Sharing the planet.
These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as trans-disciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas and help teachers develop a programme of inquiry. Teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a great deal of student involvement and ultimately help them reach their learning goals as they move through the different levels.
Young learners are encouraged to explore, ask questions, use sources, apply information, develop skills, cultivate life values, acquire experience and discover knowledge in English and in Greek.
Learners see, hear, smell, taste and move in space, identify objects, understand concepts, explore the environment, experiment with materials, compare and recognize differences, similarities and change.
Our approach to teaching is based on collaboration where students primarily work in groups. They begin to understand their individual role and discover their talent within the group by developing relationships and influencing each other. Group work also encourages the development of logical thinking and social identity.
Today, a teacher’s goal is to create an environment where learners are actively involved in their own learning. Teachers take on the role of supporting and guiding learners towards discovery rather than simply transferring knowledge. For this reason, they must be a strong collaborator, listening to the learner and help them identify questions and how to find the answer. All our teachers undergo ongoing professional development and training organized both by the school and international bodies.
The relationship between school and family is of vital importance. Parents and teachers share the responsibility of helping children learn by sharing information, being actively involved in school activities and by participating in the Parent-Teacher Association.
At Costeas-Geitonas School, professional development is the cornerstone of all our educational programmes. We support lifelong learning for our instructors which involves ongoing internal and external assessment through cooperation with international educational bodies including the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Hellenic Association for Education (HAEd), etc.