Primary School

English

English Language at St. Peter’s International School aims to continue the bilingual profile introduced by the guiding principles of previous studies. In this way, the English language curriculum plays a central role in the child’s development, contributing to the progress of linguistic fluency as well as contact with the Anglo-Saxon culture.

St Peter’s has a team of highly experienced and qualified professionals composed of native or bilingual teachers. The curricular outline of this subject covers several areas of knowledge, allowing our students greater contact with the language and its idioms, as well as the development of a communicative flexibility, progressively similar to the mother tongue. This process is supported by the introduction of the CLIL method (Content and Language Integrated Learning), taught by two teachers (Subject Teacher and English Teacher). The subjects that are taught in this method are: Mathematics, Environmental Studies (Sciences and Geography), Natural Sciences and Art. These subjects are taught and assessed in both languages throughout the four years. This methodology allows the expansion of the specific lexical field of the different areas in both languages and thus provides a more individualised form of teaching.

The main objective of the English Language subject is the development of oral and written language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing skills), sustained by the development of comprehensive and diversified vocabulary, as well as the consolidation of basic grammatical concepts. The English Language programme in Primary school also integrates Drama and Performance as well as English Literature. The introduction of these subjects is designed to holistically prepare our students for the external certification by the University of Cambridge.

In Drama specifically, students learn to develop and apply their knowledge of the English language, exploring various scenarios involved in everyday cultural and social situations, sharing ideas and learning to interact with others, adapting their speech to various roles and to a range of audiences. Through role-playing techniques and School Assemblies, students have the opportunity to experience the language they hear and learn, contributing to the development of oral production in everyday situations, in debates and/or formal presentations while simultaneously acquiring soft skills.

English Literature classes encourage reading fluency and interpretation. In turn, this allows students to develop the habit and taste for reading. It also helps students broaden their lexical scope, develop grammatical comprehension and gain an underlining knowledge of linguistic concepts for reading, writing and oral language (speaking). The study of a variety of literary works of increasing complexity foments cultural and historical interest and knowledge, and at the same time, encourages the development of writing in a clear, precise and coherent manner.

(*) Based on the European Framework
Common Reference for Foreign Languages

University of Cambridge Exams

Intensive English language learning in Primary School aims to give our students the confidence to communicate in English and take advantage of a wide variety of enriching opportunities during their first years at St. Peter’s International School. During the teaching/learning process, students are systematically supported in order to ensure the gradual development of their language skills, motivating them and sharing with them the exciting journey of learning a foreign language.

St. Peter’s International School, in partnership with the British Council, provides students with the opportunity to access the University of Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) entry level certificates from the 2nd grade. The Young Learners Examinations introduce our students to a globally recognised model of certification, which will accompany them throughout their education at our school, ensuring that their language proficiency is recognised in a gradual and individualised manner.
Regardless of the school year, our students benefit from rigorous classroom preparation, accompanied by teaching materials and teaching methodologies adopted by the University of Cambridge with regard to foreign language teaching. Thus, St. Peter’s International School students aged between 7 and 12 are eligible to take the YLE Starters, Movers or Flyers exams according to their level of language ability. These examinations are held annually on the premises of the school, which is duly certified by the British Council as a Cambridge English Exam Preparation Centre (ESOL Examinations Authorised Centre).

New students - Primary School

New students who join the school from Grade 1 onwards carry out a diagnostic test which assesses their level of proficiency in the English language. This assessment allows the teachers to define strategies to support the development of language skills necessary for the integration of the student in the class. If the level of proficiency of the student is not equivalent to the level taught, strategies for pedagogical differentiation will be applied to the student. He/She will also benefit from a set of measures to support his/her integration and learning. He/She may receive pedagogical support through individual lessons, or in small groups. The student may benefit from adjustments made to the methods and/or assessment instruments over the necessary time period

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