It is the philosophy of Villa Grimani International School to:
- develop language skills so that students are fluent in at least English and Italian in order to offer them the best possible future in the wider community.
- enable all pupils to achieve their highest potential and to progress successfully in all subject areas by providing the perfect learning environment in which skills can be nurtured and developed.
- encourage intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and enthusiasm for learning.
- bring together the best teaching methods from various countries and teach students through hands-on experience whenever possible.
- develop appropriate standards of behaviour, respect for authority and others and enable students to become accustomed to community living.
- understand and respect cultural diversity.
- build confidence, self esteem and a strong sense of responsibility.
The children at Villa Grimani International Primary School are taught all subjects in English, combining both the English and Italian National Curriculums therefore teaching a complete range of subjects. All our teachers are fully qualified with teaching degrees gained in their home countries and are mother tongue English speakers. Italian is taught by mother tongue, experienced Italian teachers who are experts in teaching Italian in this type of school.
The following subjects are taught in the primary school:
Chinese (taught by a mother tongue Chinese teacher)
Spiritual, moral, cultural and social education
PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS
Parents are every child’s first educators. We understand the importance that each parent holds in their child’s life. We therefore aim to work in partnership with parents to ensure that children are encouraged to work hard and progress with teacher’s, parent’s and the school‘s input.
Every teacher in the school is available to talk to parents at an allotted time every week as are the school Director and Head Teachers.
Meetings informing parents of the school programme and other information are held regularly.
Please note that it is not necessary for parents to be speakers of English for their children to attend the school, nor do we expect children to know English before starting at Villa Grimani. English support is given to children who enter Villa Grimani from Year1 upwards with little or no English and it is not necessary for parents to speak, read or write English to help their children study- that is part of our job and their growing self responsibility.
DAILY TIMETABLE- PRIMARY SCHOOL
8.00-8.30a.m: Children come into school
8.35-10.30a.m: First teaching session
10.30-11.00a.m: Snack and playtime
11.00-12.30/1.00p.m: Second teaching session
12.30-1.00p.m: Lunch for Key Stage 1
1.00-1.30p.m: Lunch for Key Stage 2
1.00-1.30p.m: Playtime for Key Stage 1
1.30-2.00p.m: Playtime for Key Stage 2
1.30/2.00-4.00p.m: Third teaching session
4.00p.m: Home time
Discipline is a very important part of every child’s education and also in the smooth and happy running of the school. We set high standards of behaviour and respect. All children in the school are well disciplined and the school’s behaviour policy (available on request) lays down detailed rules and modes of disciplining used in the school.
In order to offer consistency and clarity to the children and to emphasise the positive rather than the negative the school operates a ‘House Points’ system. Every child in the school from Reception upwards is placed in one of 4 ‘house’ teams:
House points are given as a ‘reward’ for good work and/ or behaviour. Each week points from every class are added to a running score displayed on the first floor corridor. This is to encourage the continued motivation of the children to take positive rather than negative actions in school.
Home work is a fundamental part of education.
The function of age and level appropriate home work is to:
- reinforce concepts taught in class
- develop a child’s skill in working autonomously
- develop a child’s organisational skill and use of leisure time
- develop a child’s skill at verifying his own learning
- enable a child to finish work not completed during class time
We ask parents to encourage their children to complete all homework tasks with care. Parents should support their child but not do the homework for them.
One interesting characteristic of the ‘British’ educational system is the use of display in classrooms and around the school.
Every class in the Primary department at Villa Grimani takes part in 4 to 5 school trips per academic year. All trips are linked closely to the curriculum and are educational and fun at the same time. Trips taken include: trips to local theatres, wildlife parks, castles, museums, farms, art exhibitions, Padua, Venice and The Euganean Hills.
Display is also an important and vital aspect of our school environment at Villa Grimani. Through display we aim to:
* promote children’s self-confidence
* increase pride in work and its presentation
* develop a sense of belonging to the class
* develop a strong sense of belonging to the school community
* stimulate thinking and discussion about issues that affect the class, school, local area, Italy and the world.
By displaying their work children feel that it is valued by all. This in turn helps them to understand their value as a member of their class and school. This is just one method teachers use to praise a child’s efforts and achievements at villa Grimani.