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.
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.
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.
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In class one children develop their reading and writing skills at individual levels and are challenged to reach their full potential in Mathematics, Science and Social Studies through Units of Inquiry. Children venture outside their classroom to participate in art, music, computer studies, P.E. and library.
Through interactive lessons, field trips and gardening, children gain an understanding and appreciation of their environment.
In class 2 writing, reading and comprehension skills are further developed as children gain an interest in poetry, plays, fiction and nonfiction books. In Mathematics and Science the children are given a sturdy foundation and hands-on approach to help them succeed in the future. Social studies cover different cultures and traditions around the world which they express through art.
Children progress at their competency level, work independently and with confidence.
Over the year the students will look at the origins of Man through the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods. Geography covers the formation of landforms. Mathematics covers calculations, fractions, units of measurement, perimeter and area of polygons and word problems. In Science the experimental methodology is introduced and used to examine the world around us. In Art the students learn new drawing techniques using different materials. Drama/Music sees a greater focus on improvisation and developing characters. In Language Arts students practice with a variety of different forms of writing and reading.
Students are responsible for: completing their homework on time; carrying out group work responsibly; using study time effectively and participate in class discussions. They will also make connections between different subjects.
Over the year the students will look at the Dawn of Civilization and how organised agriculture led to cities, writing, and even slavery. Geography looks at the main process that shape our planet’s surface, and human geography examines primary, secondary and tertiary production and moves on to look at how Europe and Italy are organised. Maths sees the introduction of decimals, percentages, long division and multiplication as well as a focus on logic and word problems,. In Art the students learn new drawing techniques such as perspective and creatively experiment with different materials. Drama sees a greater focus on improvisation and developing characters, and in Language Arts students practice with a variety of different forms of writing.
Students are responsible for keeping their homework diary up to date, carry out group work responsibly and resolve conflicts. They are expected to use private study time effectively, participate in class discussions and make connections between different subjects.
The students in class five study all curriculum areas using a cross-curricular approach wherever possible. The History and Geography programmes analyse the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilisations on the Italian peninsula as well as Italy today. In Science the principal topic is energy; students study energy sources and production in Italy, the Universe, light, sound and the human body. Art is stimulated by the core subjects and Music and Drama are linked in with the historical periods studied. In Language Arts students develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through analysis and production of a variety to text types.
Students are expected to use study time effectively, participate actively in all class activities and make connections between different subjects.They should complete all work in class (if not, they are expected to finish at home) and they are responsible for completing homework and project work on time.
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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.
As students begin their Middle School career, there is a change in pace and detail in the types of information the students deal with. Following a thorough review of fundamental concepts in Mathematics, Geography, History and Science, students progress to building knowledge and skills in all subject areas. Current Events and Literature are introduced, providing a stimulating springboard for students to write, present and explore topical issues. Cambridge programmes are introduced.
Students develop their time management, communication, research and thinking skills through reading, writing and collaborative learning. They interact with texts in a variety of ways, linking the subjects studied to main issues discussed.
As the body of student knowledge increases, teachers encourage the students to deepen their understanding through guided personal research, making thoughtful connections between theoretical concepts and the real world.
Exposing students to advanced mathematics, complex texts in Humanities as well as Art History stimulates their interest and encourages them to be more inquisitive.
Students work independently on their research projects, organize their work in a logical and coherent manner and apply their knowlege to real life situations.
Students demonstrate critical thinking in their oral and written presentations.
Independent study and maturity are the cornerstones of the final year at Castelli. Students are fully prepared for the challenges of high-school.
The exciting, integrated Italian and Cambridge curricula prepare students to express themselves with confidence explaining their ideas, theories and practical applications in more detail. Their participation at the Harvard Model United Nations Conference increases their maturity, independence and awareness of international relations.
Students are inquisitive and independent thinkers. They gain confidence and maturity in making informed decisions and become ethically minded citizens.
They are more cognizant of international issues and use problem solving skills to reach viable solutions.