Our School is a fully bilingual environment with a native speaking teacher for English and for Slovene. It caters for children from 5 years old. Their day is from 8.15 to 15.45, with wrap around child care available from 7.30 to 8.15 (with breakfast) and 3.45 to 5 pm (with optional extra-curricular activities). We work on a termly basis, with holiday care available for holiday weeks.
Each grade class is based in a nice sized room with good resources. We also have a library with a range of books, iPads and a large TV for accessing online class resources and for making contact with our sister schools around the world.
Children receive breakfast (optional, before 8.15), a hot lunch and morning and afternoon snacks provided by our catering company. These are designed carefully to fulfill the nutritional needs of growing children.
Our School is accredited in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for children from 3 years old which allows us to create a learning environment that encourages our children to inquire, explore, question, investigate, create, imagine and most importantly have fun!
Our children are encouraged to learn through inquiry and exploration during carefully planned activities and learning opportunities. They experience these through both languages, through a careful balance in the timetabling of the subjects and teachers. They also learn German, with lessons three times a week.
We take local walks and trips to the theatre, museums and exhibitions and to the zoo and arboretum throughout the year to support our learning outside the classrooms. We take part in a range of local festivals, performing songs for the festival of the third age and together through play event and showing off our language skills at the language festival. We also have residential trips for skiing and Glamping.
Our school children learn to speak, listen, read and write in Slovene and English. They are taught maths and all other subject areas equally in Slovene and English. We firmly believe in the benefits of a bilingual education, not only for communication but for the learning habits and abilities which it helps develop. Our children are confident communicators, aware of the variety of culture, circumstance and experience that is in the wider world and have a great “can do” attitude.
We welcome parents to visit our School, to see our facilities and discuss the needs of their children. All children are encouraged to come for a ‘Taster Day’ before joining us and this can take place at any point during the year. We love the opportunity to show parents and children what a wonderful place our school is!
If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 051 662 042 between 8:00 and 16:00.
PRIMARY YEARS DEVELOPMENT
We have chosen to use this curriculum in our school because it supports our vision of internationally minded children who can inquire, think critically, explore their own interests and learning and develop skills to take them into the 21st century environment.
It is well known and respected curriculum used all over the world, extending from 3 to age 19 years and recognised by universities everywhere as a sought – after qualification. We like it because it encourages our children to think for themselves, to be creative and move beyond the bounds of a national curriculum and to develop deep understand and well developed skills because of their own motivation.
We also love it because the children love it and really enjoy learning!
The most significant and distinctive feature of the PYP is the six transdisciplinary themes of global significance.
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organise ourselves
Sharing the planet
The children investigate these themes through a series of Units of Inquiry, which change every 6 weeks. Within the Units of Inquiry, children are taught all age appropriate literacy and numeracy skills as well as a science programme based on discussion, prediction, investigation and practical experimentation. The use of these themes encourages the children to organise their learning and apply it to the context of their inquiry.
This means they are learning for a reason which adds to their motivation and leads them to deepen their understanding. If you are in the middle of an inquiry about caring for the oceans, learning how to calculate area is more meaningful and exciting because it may be to work out the size of an ocean, of the “plastic bag” island, or of a shark’s territory; a more motivating reason to learn than because it is the next thing in the maths text book. We cover everything in that text book and more, but we do so in a way that creates excitement, enjoyment and understanding of the need for the skill.