Teaching

As in kindergarten, all teachers are native speakers, with half the lessons given in German and half in English. Children come with different levels and areas of previous knowledge, they have their own strengths and learn at different paces. Differentiated instruction helps to accommodate these differences: individual work plans allow children to adopt a learning path that is tailored to meet their requirements.

Music, Arts and Crafts, Drama, Media and Physical Education are taught by qualified staff, either in English or German, depending on the nationality of the teacher. Early French, also taught by a native speaker, is offered from the 3rd grade onwards.

Goals at primary school level
  • High linguistic competence in both languages
  • Preparation for entry to secondary stage 1/pre-college or college
  • High competence in individual learning fields; enhancement of personal empowerment and social competence
  • Development and consolidation of individual skills and strengths; recognition of personal weaknesses
We offer
  • Qualified, dedicated teachers/subject teachers/assistants who are native speakers
  • Small classes
  • Teaching material in both languages
  • Supervision of homework by teachers in the afternoon
  • Comprehensive after-school programme, holiday clubs
  • All-day school: 7:30–18:30 (incl. lunch)
Curriculum

Teaching in our bilingual primary school is based on the curriculum prescribed by the Canton of Zurich as well as the Cambridge International curriculum.

Both curricula combine the academic standards of public and international schools with music, art and sport to a comprehensive educational programme. We promote openness, tolerance and personal responsibility and encourage the children to solve problems independently and creatively.
Instruction is interdisciplinary to advance holistic thinking and action. Interdisciplinary means that various subjects are combined in terms of topic: a history-related topic may for instance also be taught in German lessons.

 

Differentiated work plans and weekly schedules take into account the learning status and pace of each child – newly acquired knowledge is examined by means of regular learning progress tests.

Students also form teams to work on projects on different subjects, which they present to their class. Homework is intended to help students to organise and structure their learning process independently.
At the junior level, all homework can normally be completed in a Homework Club.

 

We attach importance to:

  • Learning processes structured by the children themselves
  • Critical questioning
  • Own problem-solving strategies
  • Promotion of self-confidence
  • Familiarisation with various presentation techniques
Timetable

Lessons at our primary school are from 8:30 to 15:15 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and from 8:30 to 12:00 on Wednesday.
A comprehensive after-school programme until 18:30 is available within the scope of our day care service for all children who want to stay longer.

After-school programme

Our after-school programme is run by qualified and experienced staff. The programme aims to promote social competence, empowerment, personal responsibility and creativity of the children. Participation is strength-based: the children should feel like taking part and be able to experience their own sense of achievement. Our clubs are open in the sense that children can try them out and switch clubs within a school year.

 

Clubs

• Homework Club

In the afternoon, our students can do their homework and work on individual weekly goals. The homework is set up in such a way that they pursue a pedagogical goal and can be completed for the most part in the homework club.

 

• Lego – Big Builder

The Lego "Big Builder"program develops tactile, motor and spatial capabilities with K' NEX®. While the children play together, they learn about animals and means of transport, while at the same time learning the principles of biology and geometry.

 

• Painting Course – Next Picasso?

The painting course supports the development of children's creativity and imagination. They are introduced to the world of art, they learn the basics of visual representation and the corresponding techniques.

 

• Dancing Butterflies – Mini Ballet

Objectives and focus of the course:

  • Learning and refinement of technique (classical dance as well as jazz and character dance)
  • Improvement of mobility and posture
  • Concentration, discipline and stamina
  • Learn more complex, faster step combinations and choreographies
  • Teach you how to combine dance and theatre through rhythm and music with a lot of fun, creative ideas, humour and logic.

 

• Mini Chess

After the children have developed an understanding of the chess pieces, they begin to learn about openings, finals, tactics and strategies. They learn how to establish a good position - but always keep an eye on their opponent's movements and ideas. The courses are adapted to the individual requirements of the children and are led by qualified trainers.

 

• Yoga for Kids

Objectives and focus of the course:

  • Improve coordination, strength and balance with playful yoga exercises
  • promote both the joy of mobility, peace and calmness
  • build self-confidence in a non-performance-oriented environment
  • Improve concentration and focus on inner and outer strength
  • To promote respect and mindfulness towards ourselves and our environment
  • Use yoga and breathing exercises to release blockages and let energy flow freely.

 

• Karate

Karate originated in Okinawa. It includes block-, punching, throw and kicking techniques. The training consists basically of Kihon, (basic technique) Kata, (processes of techniques) Kumite (free fight) and serves for internal stability and self-defense. The children are introduced to this sport in simple steps.

 

Monolingual students

academia language school (www.academia-language.ch) is an ideal partner to provide support where required. The language school is one of the largest in Switzerland, with many years of experience in teaching languages to adults, adolescents and children. This allows us to offer intensive language lessons tailored to meet the learning requirements of our new students. Thanks to this intensive and individualised language support, we are able to accept students with little knowledge of English or German at any time during the year.

Registration/School fees

We would be very pleased to invite you and your family to come and have a look at the school and answer your questions. If you are interested, your child can attend the primary school of the academia International School for a trial week to get to know our teachers, other students and daily life at the school.

 

To organise this, please contact us by telephone at +41 44 910 43 00 or by e-mail under info@terra-nova.notexisting@nodomain.comch

 

We look forward to hearing from you!