About Primary School
The primary school will provide an easy transition for children who have attended a kindergarten or similar learning environment. We offer the new Curriculum of England for Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 otherwise known as Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2). We are here to serve both international and Serbian families, with children aged five and over, with a wide range of abilities.
- To provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment in which children can develop both academically and personally.
- To pursue academic rigor in a supportive environment.
- To know and appreciate every child, and capitalise on their strengths while supporting any weaknesses.
- To encourage and foster the humanitarian values as, honesty, compassion, respect, cooperation, peace and diversity.
- To value our teachers and support staff.
- To put in place processes, which are fair and transparent.
- To respect and comply with Serbian law.
We believe personal development plays a significant role in academic success. Our desire for personal development is a feature that is foremost in our minds. It operates in unison with, and supports, academic development. The role it plays in our general lives cannot be overestimated. We believe children who understand their emotions and patterns of behaviour can better empathise and socialise with others. By developing a cognitive approach to understanding emotions and behaviour we believe children will develop a sense of responsibility for their learning and behaviour in school. We are determined to educate young people for life in the 21st century, and to meet this goal, a global perspective is essential. Many of us know the 3Rs of reading, writing and arithmetic. Alongside these we can add the 3Rs of reason, respect and resiliance. respect and resilience. These 3 key problem-solving skills cannot only benefit school achievement but also our general life outside of school. We believe children need to talk, listen and discuss as well as read and write, and to this end Dialogic Teaching will be one of our cornerstones. We place emphasis on learning the skills of communication, reasoning, and cooperation. Another of our central goals is to develop resilience in pursuit of goals.
Being an international school in Serbia we have a wonderful opportunity to include Serbia and the region in some of our objectives, particularly in the areas of Geography and History. We think it is important that children from elsewhere learn a little about the country in which they are living. For Serbian children we offer classes to further support development of their mother tongue.
To achieve our mission we will
- Utilise a variety of teaching and assessment methods.
- Set suitable learning challenges and plan for positive outcomes.
- Provide a broad and comprehensive curriculum including opportunities for children to apply knowledge and skills in new situations, working both independently and collaboratively.
- Capitalise on a child’s natural curiosity and interests.
- Provide opportunities for the children to develop an enquiring mind capable of rational and creative thinking and able to make informed judgements.
- Value each child’s contribution.
- Provide academic and pastoral counselling.
- Initiate and maintain links with the local community.
- Use the local environment as a resource for the curriculum
- Emphasise and model those fundamental values/principles of conduct that cross religious and racial boundaries such as honesty, compassion, responsibility and co-operation.
- Highlight and celebrate the cultural diversity within our school.
- Maintain regular communication with parents.
- Keep abreast of current educational developments.
- Provide continued professional development.
We highlight and celebrate the cultural diversity within our school!
We envisage happy, healthy children, who are inquisitive about the world around them.
We foresee children with a desire to explore, who have the necessary skills to problem solve, set goals and understand that sometimes things don’t always work out as they hoped. Importantly, they have the resilience to keep on going or are able to consider an alternative approach. We see reflective children, who acknowledge their feelings and those of their peers. They can apply problem-solving techniques to personal problems such as when they fall out with their friends.
We see children with a thorough understanding of many subject areas. They are further developed in those that are self-pleasing and reflect their individual strengths and talents. We imagine children who have a love of learning because they know how to learn.
Ultimately, we visualise children confidently moving towards independence in all facets of their school life. They are competent academically and socially, believe in themselves, and understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to family, school, and their present society.