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The Junior School 

At The Junior School we believe every pupil has the right to make progress in his or her learning; our responsibility is to ensure a positive, safe learning environment is created so that each pupil can reach his or her potential. We endeavour to promote and nurture a range of skills and attributes which will support the acquisition of knowledge and understanding. We recognise the importance of developing a love and passion for learning, which will instil an interest in learning for a lifetime.

The English National Curriculum and the Cypriot Ministry Greek Curriculum provide the platform for learning. Pupils with specific learning needs are catered for through additional support, where appropriate.

The Senior School 

Our curriculum aims to meet the needs and abilities of all students and promote intellectual, physical and personal development as well as independent thinking.

Effective teaching and learning is inherent in a successful and thriving School community, which is striving for constant improvements in student achievement. Departmental Guidelines provide specific expectations within each subject.

In order to ensure effective teaching and learning is going on, teachers are required to:

  • Demonstrate good knowledge, enthusiasm and understanding of the subject matter to be taught.
  • Present the subject in an interesting way so that students will deepen their own knowledge and understanding, and develop a desire for learning.
  • Provide explicit schemes of work.
  • Plan effectively, setting clear objectives for each lesson which students will understand. Objectives should be linked to previous learning, with differentiation of learning tasks wherever possible.
  • Adopt effective methods of assessing, recording and monitoring outcomes .
  • Set high expectations of their students, providing the right level of challenge. To inspire so that students produce their best work at all times.
  • Develop appropriate methods, which engage students in the learning process, and stimulate interest.
  • Have an understanding of different learning styles.
  • Share effective practice with others and carry out self-evaluation of teaching on a regular basis.
  • Mark class work and homework regularly providing meaningful written comments to guide future learning.
  • Mark end of unit assessments / half term assessments and return within a reasonable time period .

Effective methods which all teachers should regularly strive to include in their teaching are:

  • Posing questions, providing tasks which demand decision making and active thinking: tasks which encourage initiative and application of skills and knowledge.
  • Development of effective class management strategies, and insisting on high standards of behaviour from everyone.
  • Wise management of time and resources.
  • Providing differentiation of learning opportunities – core, extension and support activities – as and when appropriate.
  • Employing a wide range of assessment techniques in line with the School / department assessment policy – we need to know what the students already know if the learning we are to offer them is to move them onto the next stage or level.
  • Setting and marking homework regularly.
  • Linking homework to school work done in the lesson.
  • Providing a summary or plenary as and when appropriate.
  • Linking assessment of achievement to target setting.
  • Incorporating effective management information systems (ICT) to record achievement, set targets and monitor (track) the progress of individual students and groups.

An Effective Learning / Thinking Context

A secure link between learning and thinking is more likely if learning experiences and learning activities are set in context which:

  • Allow students to see purpose of what is being learnt – the BIG picture.
  • Deepens their knowledge and develops new skills.
  • Leads through a well-sequenced structure.
  • Makes clear connections with previous learning and other subject areas.
  • Encourages students to listen to the ideas and views of others.
  • Stimulates initiative and imagination through solving real life problems.
  • Set aside time for reflection and establishment of future lines of enquiry.
  • Develops self-esteem and self-sufficiency.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle