At Ayios Nikolaos Primary School when we talk about the curriculum we are referring to all the learning experiences and opportunities that we offer our children. It is not just the lessons and activities that are planned to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, or the range of educational visits and visitors that we offer, but it is also the tone, standards, quality and discipline of the school as well as the attitudes and values it put forward.
At Ayios Nikolaos Primary School we have responded to the new National Curriculum 2014 by developing a new curriculum that is based around exciting Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs). Each Imaginative Learning Project has been designed to enable the children to meet the expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study, both in terms of content and skills, in an engaging, exciting and memorable way. Each ILP will have a different main subject focus as well as developing knowledge and skills in other subject areas through a host of exciting curriculum enrichment learning experiences. At the heart of our curriculum is our desire to develop the children’s essential skills in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. We endeavour to make learning in all areas cross-curricular and meaningful to each child. We also provide opportunities to teach certain knowledge and skills discreetly that don’t fit harmoniously within our ILPs and these are on occasion taught by staff with specialist skills in these areas.
Each Imaginative Learning Project is tailored to meet our unique context in Cyprus and aims to make full use of the rich and diverse landscape, culture and climate that we experience. Each ILP is organised into four distinct phases of learning: engage, develop, innovate and express.
Each ILP will begin with a ‘memorable experience’ to hook the children’s interest and stimulate and engage them in their learning. Once the children are engaged with their learning we aim to develop their knowledge and skills within the theme of the ILP through a series of planned learning experiences that are cross-curricular and encourage them to use their skills and knowledge in the core subjects. In order to really extend children’s thinking skills and abilities to apply their knowledge and skills we then ask the children to lead their learning through an Innovation Project. These projects give far greater ownership and direction for the learning to the children as well as opportunities for children to work in different styles and groupings. Every ILP has an end point and the final phase is the opportunity for our children to express what they have learned and skills they have developed to different audiences in different ways as well as the opportunity to reflect on their learning.
At Ayios Nikolaos School how children learn is as important as what they learn. Our curriculum, therefore, is seen as much in terms of experience – spiritual, social, aesthetic, physical, linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological – as of the knowledge and skills we think that the children should have. It should also be thought of as being equally concerned with personal qualities, behaviour and conduct.
FS1 – The Lion King
FS2 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Curriculum outlines by subject
Problem solving & reasoning
Bringing learning to life
Developing inquisitive minds