Primary School
Overview

Verita International School proudly offers the National Curriculum of England and Wales. With a focus on inquiry and experiential learning, students are encouraged to explore the world around them and to learn by doing. Classroom spaces and learning experiences are carefully structured by our teachers, learning assistants, and administrators, facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to learning that allows students to apply knowledge and skills from a variety of academic areas.

We are dedicated to the balanced development of all children in the Primary School, with a belief that in addition to fostering strong academic achievement, we must also provide strong opportunities for positive social and emotional development. We strive daily to offer an active, engaging and stimulating learning environment for all students in order to help them become successful, productive, and positive members of their local and global communities.

Introduction Letter

Mason McCormick, Primary Principal

Welcome to VIS Primary School,

I am thrilled to be part of a learning community that consists of compassionate, energetic, and dedicated educators, students, and parents. I hope to continue to develop and nurture this community, where all stakeholders feel valued, included, and respected.

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is used in schools all over the world. This includes nearly 1,800 national and international schools in over 90 countries.

Learning with the International Primary Curriculum means that children focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that is exciting and challenging. The aim of the IPC is to help every child enjoy the learning of a wide range of subjects and to develop an enquiring mind, the personal attributes that will help throughout teenage and adult years, and to develop a sense of his or her own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Through the IPC approach to learning children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

For more information about the IPC visit their website.

Here is our programme of enquiry that outlines all of our IPC units in the Primary School.

UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3 UNIT 4 UNIT 5 UNIT 6
Y6 Theme: Plants

Unit: Roots, Shoots & Fruits

Theme: Humans & Other Animals

Unit: Being Human 

Theme: Migration

Unit: Moving People

Theme: Global Warming and Sustainability & Explore Globalisation 

Unit: Climate Control &  Earth as an Island

Theme: Living in Space

Unit: Mission to Mars

Theme: Myths, Legends & Beliefs

Unit: Myths & Legends 

Y5 Theme: The art of learning

Unit: Brainwaves

Theme: Rivers

Unit:  Go with the Flow

Theme: Earth & Space

Unit: Space Scientists

Theme: History of Non-European Societies

Unit: AD 900

Theme: Evolution & Inheritance

Unit:  Out of Africa

Theme: Scientific Inquiry: Materials & Their Properties

Unit: Investigators

Y4 Theme: Human Body

Unit: How Humans Work

Theme: Food

Unit: Chocolate

Theme: Popular Culture

Unit: Fashion

Theme: Significant People

Unit: They Made a Difference

Theme: Electricity

Unit: Bright Sparks

Theme: Our Earth

Unit: Active Planet

Y3 Theme: The Art of Learning

Unit: Brainwaves

Theme: Community

Unit: Living Together  

Theme: Archaeology & Ancient Civilizations

Unit: Treasure & Temples, Tombs and Treasure

Theme: How Things Work

Unit: Inventions that Changed the World

Theme: ICT and Computing

Unit: Digital Gamers

Theme: Habitats

Unit: Land Sea and Sky and Let’s plant it 

Y2 Theme: Human Body

Unit: Super Humans

Theme: Celebrations

Unit: Let’s Celebrate!

Theme: Things people do

Unit: A Day in the Life

Theme: The Environment

Unit: Our World

Theme: Sound and Light

Unit: Look and listen

Theme: Grouping and Classifying Materials

Unit: What’s it Made Of

Y1 Theme: Art of learning

Unit: Brainwaves

Theme: Toys and Games

Unit: The Magic Toymaker 

Theme: Explore the Globe

Unit :Treasure Island 

Theme: Clothes

Unit:  All Dressed up

Theme: Changing and Separating Materials

Unit:  Freeze it!

Theme: Electricity

Unit: It’s Shocking!

English
Literacy and Phonics

Literacy includes reading, writing, and the creative and analytical acts involved in producing and comprehending texts. Reading and writing are important to ensure success in school, on the job, and in society. Today’s expectations, however, encompass more than the ability to read, write, speak, and listen. These expectations include use of oral and written language to make sense of the world and to communicate, problem solve, and participate in decision-making. The foundation for these literacy skills is language and an understanding of how language works.

Pre-reading skills like phonics and phonemic awareness are taught through the Department of Education and Skills primary national strategy called ‘Letters and Sounds.’

Maths

The School follows the White Rose Maths schemes of work. Taking objectives directly from the National Curriculum, the White Rose Maths Hub have created an effective scheme of work which allows pupils of all groups to make progress through a variety of fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions. At Verita, we encourage the use of concrete objects to aid pupil understanding and incorporate them into our teaching whenever possible. The White Rose Maths Hub provides term by term overviews for the National Curriculum with the aim of supporting primary schools, and teachers. At Verita, we want to help children to see the links between maths and other subjects and deepen their understanding through investigations and applications of maths across the curriculum.

Please click here to find out more about White Rose.

Inquiry-Based
Learning

At the primary level it is essential for us to use inquiry-based learning. Students showcase their understanding through various explorative projects and assignments.The emphasis is on independent learning and learning through mistakes. It is a shift from the conventional model of viewing students as empty vessels waiting to be filled with the teacher’s information. This allows students to take greater ownership and responsibility for their own learning.

Project-Based
Learning

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge. This learning approach is something we use frequently at VIS as part of our IPC curriculum.

The School Day

The foundation for the learning environment originates from the way teaching is organised. We organize our day around core time, and specialist classes.

Core time is used for Maths, Humanities, Science, and English. At Verita, we advocate for using longer time blocks, believing that this provides the opportunity for flexibility and immersion. This ‘core time’ can be used to create longer blocks and can be sub-divided as needed by the teachers running the session.  As a school that specialises in project-based learning (PBL), subjects such as English, Humanities or Science and Maths are combined and taught through projects in blocks. Students have time to get into the details of a project where they are encouraged to direct their own work and are taught how to give peer to peer support. This frees up the teachers to guide and instruct individual or small groups of students exactly when they need it. As a school who wants to implement a new way of learning, we had to rethink our daily structure, not simply change what is happening during each 40 minute period.

Example Class Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9am – 10:00 1h Class /
Meeting
Core Core Core Core Core
10:00 – 10:50 50m Class Core Core Core Core Core
10:50 – 11:10 20m Break
11:10 – 12:00 50m Class Core Core PE  ICT Art
12:00 – 13:00 1h Lunch Lunch/
Break
Lunch/
Break
Lunch/
Break
Lunch/
Break
Lunch/
Break
13:00 – 13:45 45m Class Music Romanian Core Romanian Core
13:45 – 14:30 45m Class Core SEL Core Core Core
14:30 -14:45 15m Break
14:45 -15:30 45m Class Core PE Art Core SEL

Introduction Letter

Mason McCormick, Primary Principal

Welcome to VIS Primary School,

I am thrilled to be part of a learning community that consists of compassionate, energetic, and dedicated educators, students, and parents. I hope to continue to develop and nurture this community, where all stakeholders feel valued, included, and respected.

Ready to send your child on
the learning adventure of a lifetime?

We develop your child’s talents, build friendly relationships in a safe environment, and make learning enjoyable. Verita is the best fit for you if you believe that your children are part of a generation that needs to be independent, creative and ready for the world.

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