The educational project for the school year 2017/2018 focuses on the theme “a window on the world”. The children will learn to acquire a greater awareness of the surrounding environment and of their personality.
The first two months of school will be spent to asses the initial skills and to plan the development of the cognitive areas to be enhanced or emphasized with particular reference to language, socialization, motor skills, autonomy and identity.
Benedetto XV International school offers the opportunity of an education based of many hours of English provided by mother-tongue teachers. However, the Italian language, a fundamental element for growth, is included and used as a support during the afternoon daily activities.
During the first two academic years, the teaching involves the approach and recognition of letters, numbers and geometric shapes. The third year is devoted to the teaching of pre-writing, pre-reading skills and maths.
Benedetto XV School, aims to strengthen children’s identity, autonomy and abilities through games that promote self-esteem and encourage socialization.
The discovery of the world of letters and words will take place through single conversations, reading and listening to stories, memorization and recognition of nursery rhymes and songs. The goal is to increase listening, understanding and comprehension skills.
Children will also be introduced to numbers through games, group counting, recognition and memorization of symbols and and forms aimed at the acquisition of the concept of quantity (more, less, a lot, few), temporality (sequence of events), and classification (colours, shapes, sizes).
Thanks to colour games, graphic-pictorial activities and manipulating activities using flour and other materials, children will develop an awareness of the difference between primary and secondary colours and further stimulate their creativity during occasions such as: Grandparent’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, Epiphany, Woman’s Day, Carnival, Easter, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day.
Teaching activities will be alternated with moments of play and leisure allowing children to freely move and explore the environment (always under adult supervision).
Monday is dedicated to more structured activities which help children to develop fundamental skills: logic, language, movement, sensory, creative and artistic. Different pre-writing activities are planned for each age group.
Tuesday is dedicated to physical education, which plays and important role in the overall growth of the child. The privileged form will be play, the only way to arouse participation, enthusiasm, imagination and curiosity.
As sport plays a fundamental role in children’s mental and physical growth, Wednesday is dedicated to swimming. Insiders, claim it to be the most complete sport ever because it does not only affect the muscles but is able to increase endurance, strength, coordination, speed and capabilities of the respiratory system.
Thursday is the day when children can give free rein to their creativity during the art course. Playing with colours triggers a wellbeing process that stimulates imagination, confidence in themselves and in others. The magic of mixing develops perceptive and logical abilities and helps children to best express their emotions.
The last day of the week is dedicated to reading, a pillar for language and cognitive development. Every Friday teachers will read a different story and extrapolate a significant episode that children will have to represent on paper or in a theatrical performance. Role play enhances creative energies, nurtures aesthetic and artistic taste and allows children to better understand their own feelings through those of others.
On the occasion of Christmas and the end of the school year, children will perform in a show. The goal is to bring out everyone’s expressive potential and develop cooperation among children in a great environment.