Curriculum

The curriculum is both challenging and rewarding. Our comprehensive Elementary curriculum is based on the Italian Ministerial one which is further enriched in content by an international perspective. This continues through the Middle school where the Cambridge curriculum is integrated, offering different world views and engendering international mindedness among the student body.

All lessons are taught in English, except for language classes that are taught by mother tongue teachers.
Students opting for the Italian Ministerial Exams take the course in Italian for one hour every day starting from third grade.

Strong academic skills are built by ensuring that a number of cross-curricular themes are fully integrated into our programmes.

Experiential learning is what we do best at Castelli because of our educational philosophy, the natural surroundings and the extensive facilities available.

A holistic approach is emphasized to develop students’ critical thinking and their ability to work collaboratively.

A sense of community service is promoted and an interest and passion for the environment is nurtured, along with food literacy.

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English

Students develop a high level of competence in reading and analyzing a wide variety of texts, including novels, short stories, plays, essays and poems from different cultures. They develop writing strategies for various forms of composition and focus on building higher level thinking skills to acquire confidence written and oral presentations on a wide range of topics.

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Current Events

Current events connects to all areas of the curriculum. Taking an active interest in international relations is encouraged and students are stimulated to research in preparation for class discussions and debates.

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Italian

Italian is taught on two levels: Italian as a foreign language (IFL), where students gain fluency in the written and spoken language, and the Italian Ministerial Programme (IMP) where students are prepared for the end year State examinations.

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Music

Students are instructed in choral singing and learn about rhythm, timbre and tempo. They will acquire basic skills in recorder, ukulele, string and percussion instruments. The programme includes musical performances and the traditional festival “Music Under the Stars” for the school community.

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French

French is compulsory from grades 5 through 8. Students are enabled to read, write and acquire sufficient proficiency to make themselves understood in a French environment. Students also learn about French culture and civilisation.
CNED tutoring is offered upon request, at cost.

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Art History

Students learn to understand different cultures through the study and analysis of art and architecture. Students reflect on how artists interpreted events of their time, thus providing knowledge and understanding of the past, and through it, of the the present.

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Mathmatics

Mathematics focuses on exploring its relationship with the real world using the cognitive approach in the tradition of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Algebra, Geometry and handling data enable students to work independently applying reason and logic to problem solving.

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Visual Arts

Students learn to work using different media, sketching from the natural environment also working in 3-D shapes. They experiment in applying various styles like, cubism, expressionism, pointillism, pop art, among others, thus developing fine motor skills and an appreciation for colour, light, shade, landscapes, portraiture and still life.

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Science Technology

Students learn to use the scientific method to communicate, collect and interpret data when conducting scientific experiments. Their initiative, inventiveness and knowledge is demonstrated in their written and oral presentations during the annual Science and Humanities Fair.

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Drama

Drama provides opportunities for students to build confidence and the ability to communicate in front of an audience through improvisation, characterisation, script reading and writing. Backstage organisation is also important to develop team spirit and creativity. Drama is frequently integrated with other areas of the syllabus.

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ICT (Information Communication Technology)

Students are introduced to ICT held once a week from second grade on. Progressively, they learn to work with a variety of applications, to become familiar with hardware and internet technology and integrate their skills into their cross curricular studies.

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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

PSHE promotes confidence in forming positive social relationships and respect for the values and beliefs of their peers. Students are encouraged to show initiative, take responsibility and develop independence.
Conflict resolution and mindfulness are an integral part of the course.

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Humanities

Through a multi-faceted inquisitive approach to History and Geography, students develop an understanding of change and continuity, cause and effect, time and place from different perspectives. They acquire a more enriching world vision which engenders international mindedness and an understanding of their role as global citizens.

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Physical Education

Athletics as well as team sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, hockey and tennis are taught.
Physical activity is emphasized as it plays a fundamental role in holistic education where a healthy lifestyle is combined with respect for rules, character building, resilience, problem-solving skills, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Inter-school games are held every term in one or several activities.

Elementary School

Bringing learning to life is what we do best.
Children question and explore their subjects, and make connections between them.
Children become increasingly responsible and enjoy the diverse approaches to learning.

IGNITING AN
ENJOYMENT FOR
LEARNING LEADS
TO SUCCESS IN
LATER EDUCATION

MIDDLE School

A COMPREHENSIVE
EDUCATION OPENS
DOORS AND OUR
STUDENT FLY

The connections students make between their subjects, coupled with an enriching current affairs syllabus, discussion and debate, allow students to become more independent in their studies, perform above average in exams and go on to successful education and working careers.

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