· We use the National Curriculum of England and Wales as the core curriculum and educational foundation for our students. The National Curriculum of England and Wales is recognised by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic ability.
· Verita has fully implemented the IECY, IPC & IMYC comprehensive inquiry-based programmes which provides and promote robust academic learning through clear processes of teaching and with specific learning goals.
· Verita is authorised by the Romanian Ministry of National Education – National Agency for Quality Assurance in Pre-University Education – ARACIP recognises Verita as a foreign school teaching the National English curricula in Romania.
· ECIS understands the complexity of international education and provides Verita with what it takes to be a world-class school.
· From Year 4 onwards, Verita uses the International Schools Assessment to compare the performance of our students in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Mathematical Fluency with that of students at international schools around the world. The ISA is offered by ACER, the same organisation that provides the PISA tests that are written by students around the world at age 15.
ScienceScience education is very important for a child’s ability to make sense of the world. Biology, chemistry and physics are equally important in helping children develop a sense of curiosity and excitement about natural phenomena.
Science has changed our world and is vital for our lives and the children should learn about the processes, uses and methods of science. This is done through various experiments and activities that awaken student’s genuine enthusiasm, interest in the WORLD, (love of learning) and sense of purpose in life.
Our educational approach to science is emphasizing the children’s relationship to the natural world which develops their understanding of the processes and methods of science. We provide all students with stimulating experiences in the life, earth, and physical sciences. Field trips, guest speakers, labs, and multi-disciplinary projects throughout the year enhance the various topics we cover.
Students become able to describe science processes and key characteristics in common language while building up an extended specialist vocabulary.
Democratic DayPart of teaching children independence, self- reliance and responsibility is to offer children the opportunity to make decisions and provide a democratic process about certain rules in the classroom. At least, twice every month, teachers and children will meet all together to discuss, review and include children in the decision process of the school. It is imperative for children from a very early age to learn to make decisions and be independent thinkers. If we can reconfirm this responsible self-reliance with daily classroom experience, children will inherently develop this crucial skill.
Kindness & Empathy DayCompassion, kindness, empathy and altruism are key characteristics we want to develop in our students, as these are some of the tools that will set them up for success.
What happens when children are given the chance to talk about how they feel and how they believe others feel? Children today are less empathic and more self – absorbed than a decade ago. The Kindness and Empathy Day represents a great opportunity for our students to learn about human emotions, to become able to identify understand and explain them, as well as to respond appropriately to those emotions.
Scientific research shows that the children who perform acts of kindness are happier and have more friends. Twice a month children and teachers get together and practice empathy and kindness through various charity based activities and projects.
English LiteracyA high – quality education in English will teach children to be able to speak and write fluently. They will be able to communicate their ideas, emotions and thoughts as well as understand what the others are communicating through their reading and listening. Reading is a very important part of our curriculum as it allows them to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
Through the English classes, as well as the regular communication, children will reach high standards of English language and literacy and will gain a great command of spoken and written word.
Students are encouraged to communicate through reading, writing, listening and speaking to the level necessary, in order, to access successfully the curriculum in a variety of ways.
When necessary, additional support is available to help students whose first language is not English. Emphasis is on providing opportunities for students to use English in authentic contexts. While explicit teaching of grammar is given, Verita School offers an environment in which students can gain confidence and ‘take risks’ in the new language in a supportive environment.
Romanian is taught from Year 1 throughout the school until students graduate. Initially it is taught through the spoken word and it is later developed in reading and writing in multiple genre.
French is taught from Year 3 throughout the school until students graduate. Initially it is taught through the spoken word and it is later developed in reading and writing in multiple genre.
MathematicsVerita School emphasizes internal (self) motivation. The primary grades are often considered as the most important ones in a child’s education. Although each age/ grade involves different developments in the children math skills, there are some core objectives that need to be achieved.
Through this curriculum activity We offer challenging practice problems to help broaden children’s thinking skills and extend their understanding of concepts. The problem-solving questions are designed to challenge students to use relevant strategies for non-routine problems.
Numbers and Basic Functions
At the simplest level, mathematics means counting, recognizing numbers and performing simple operations like addition and subtraction. Primary students need to also gain knowledge of number facts and families. They should also become capable to perform additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions.
In our school, students are provided with numerous opportunities to master these skills, as math is taught through practical activities and exercises that stimulate the children.
Measurement and Estimation
In the primary grades, students are introduced to comparative terms, such as “larger,” “taller,” and “longer,” and learn to apply these concepts with different objects and units of measurement. Children are also taught about measurement of length, weight and capacity.
They also learn about money and time and are taught to measure time in terms of hours, days, months and years. In addition to measurement, children also become familiar with estimation of quantities and capacities.
The shapes, symmetry, position and direction are key concepts in primary school mathematics. Students are exposed to various shapes and become able to name and draw them. They learn to identify each shape in the world around them and become familiar with the differences between them. Children in the primary grades also gain an understanding of line and rotational symmetry, as well as the manipulation of objects in space. Additional spatial concepts of position, like “above,” “under,” “next to” and “beyond,” are also addressed.
Data Collection and Interpretation
Being able to collect, organize and interpret data is an important skill that is taught in the primary grades. Students are given opportunities to answer questions through sorting and organizing data and they learn to compare objects and data based on a given criteria.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Mathematics is a key element in developing critical thinking and problem solving. The children are presented with various problems or situations, mostly based on real life, and they are thought to identify the proper strategies needed to come to conclusions and carry out calculations. Throughout primary school, students progress from using concrete objects and written calculations as support for mathematical operations to carrying these out mentally. Children in primary school also gain the ability to identify and continue patterns; provide examples and non-examples of mathematical statements, and form and test hypotheses.
Appreciation and Uses
One of the most important objectives for students at this level is to develop a positive attitude toward mathematics. This is the main reason math is taught in a very attractive way leading children to understand and appreciate its functionality. The children are taught how to use mathematics in their everyday lives as they are exposed to all the uses of mathematics, from counting out change or telling time to using angles in architecture or art.
GeographyThe aim of Geography is to begin to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the places and processes in the whole world. Children are provided with the necessary skills to conduct simple investigations.
The children learn how to use positional and directional language to aid location, draw and use simple picture maps, explore maps, use N, S, W and E as directions, develop their observation skills, etc. They also learn about the weather, transportation and the natural environment. Ecology is very important in our school and our students are taught to respect and protect the environment.
Geography is also very useful in developing the children’s skills in writing, reading, listening and math as it is taught through first hand observations and enquiries within the school and local areas, structured play activities related to geography as well as studying and reading various materials.
HistoryHistory allows the children to gain understanding of the past of the wider world. Curiosity is developed in children through dynamic and practical methods that allow them to find out more about the past. We are living in a complex world and it is very important for children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversities of societies and the relationships between different groups as well as their own identity.
Children are introduced to various civilizations in a fun and dynamic way that allows them to develop an understanding of the world in the past as well as express ideas about the future based on what they have learned.
MusicSinging and playing musical instruments cultivate joyful and harmonious experiences in the life of a child and provide healthy avenues for self-expression. Singing begins as a natural part of the child’s day in kindergarten. In the grades, songs from around the world are chosen in relationship to the academic themes enlivening the children’s experience throughout the curriculum. Choral singing is integrated into all grades, along with the introduction to a wide range of musical instruments.
Art & CraftsArtistic expression is used as a tool for deeper learning, rather than as a process to create a product. For example, a subject matter is initially introduced through an oral story such as fairytale, fable, or biography of a historical figure. Students can then absorb and understand the lesson further by drawing or painting, sculpting or even dramatizing the story.
The practical arts like knitting and woodworking offer more than dexterity and skill. Rhythmical movements while working with the hands also promote the use of logic (reaching conclusions, forming judgments, and comprehension) and further develop intelligence, which is formed through activity, movement and manual dexterity. The lessons move from heart to hands to head (or feeling, doing, thinking). When concepts are delivered in a more experiential manner, emphasizing the learning process over the product, it results in deeper meaning, increased understanding and retention.
As part of Verita School’s experiential learning children will sing and play an instrument, serve a meal, act in a play, carve a spoon, make their own textbooks, knit socks, create a media presentation, hike through Forests near Bucharest, visit the Mud Volcanoes or Salt caves near Bucharest, help restore and repair old wooden huts in nature. Arts curriculum helps children to integrate and harmonize what is being learned academically. The visual arts, including painting, watercolor painting and form drawing, illustration, modeling/ceramics, and art appreciation are woven into the Verita curriculum. Artistic activity stimulates the children’s visual and tactile senses and helps them to enter into their lessons through their feeling life, as well as their intellect.
Design & TechnologyDesign & Technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, children design and make various products while acquiring knowledge in mathematics, science, computing and art.
The classes help in developing the creative, technical and practice expertise needed in everyday life. Children are able to apply their ideas and critique and evaluate them together with their colleagues and teachers.
Physical EducationThrough imaginative games and movement activities, children are physically challenged to help them build skill and confidence in their ability to command their movements in space, and in relationship to others. Movement activity lays the foundation for healthy brain development, as well as enhancing physical, emotional, ethical, and spiritual aspects of the developing child.
For early grades, the cultivation of a healthy body and physical coordination skills will be provided through dynamic games. By fourth grade cooperative games are integrated with competitive sports skills which continue through the middle school years.
ICTChildren in primary grades are introduced to computers. This is one of the most important curriculum activities because they will start practicing basic computer skills with drawing programs while reinforcing some academic skills. This is also helping them improve their coordination and attention. In addition to mastering how to use a mouse and the keyboard, the children will initially be taught how to type texts, use templates and save files.
Computing ensures that children become digitally literate at a level suitable for the current world. Children are taught how to use ICT confidently, creatively and productively. They are exposed to the various uses of ICT and learn how to use it as a tool in their lives. You can also find more information of our After School Workshops too!