Curriculum Genesis Primary School

Educational Program at Genesis School – Primary Years

Genesis School has received international authorization for the PYP (Primary years Programme). Thus, Genesis is now part of the large community of global international schools. For more details about the PYP programme and the IB organization visit www.ibo.org.

This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Genesis School believes is important for our students.

The Genesis School curriculum was structured by involving a team of educational specialists who contributed to enriching the national curriculum with the elements that PYP vision calls for, adding to them activities and content that have proven their need in a school focused on student feedback and, in particular, towards education for the future.

In primary classes, combining the national curriculum with the international one, that is PYP, we created a framework based on the knowledge and capabilities recommended by the latest research, which not only stimulates children’s thinking, but also promotes remarkable progress and achievements.

We believe that by empowering our pupils with basic skills and then offering varied and unique opportunities to apply their learning, we are able to satisfy their distinct and unique learning styles in an integrated context. In addition to academic abilities and knowledge, the key directions that we follow converge to self-awareness, personal development, awareness in a universal context and good community spirit, which makes our students complex, responsible and involved people. We do not believe that learning should be limited to the classroom, but it should be enhanced by a wealth of opportunities and sources of inspiration, such as excursions, thematically tailored visits and learning in different contexts that allow children to excel personally and academically.

Due to the elements that the PYP aims at – academic knowledge, skills, concepts, student profile and attitudes, addressed through 6 relevant, significant, challenging and captivating trans-disciplinary themes, this system has proven to be beneficial to the formation and development of children into future adults having force of character and moral values, being strong, able to think, to bring valid arguments, to support their point of view and to find solutions.

Beginning this school year, students and teachers from Genesis will be able to communicate more efficiently and faster through the EduApps platform. It facilitates interactivity during lessons, real-time feedback, teamwork, and interteaching. Parents receive information about student performance, workload, and engagement in lessons. To enjoy the facilities offered by EduApps, students use personal Cromebooks in the classroom.

Transdisciplinarity

The six transdisciplinary themes that the PYP curriculum proposes for each of the five years of primary education and according to which the content proposed by the national curriculum is structured are:

  • Who we are

    . Studying this theme, the children manage to get to know each other, to develop harmonious relationships with their family members, their friends and with the community they live in. The study of this theme encourages and guides the students into the knowledge of themselves and of themselves, of the values ​​to guide them during their formation as adults.

  • Where we are in place and time. Through this theme, children make a journey into the history of mankind, also understanding the link between individuals and society, between local and global perspectives. An insight into place and time, this theme makes students learn as much about types of houses, trips and expeditions, explorers, and human migrations. By studying this subject in detail, children are taught to connect the individual and civilizations, the outlooks from a local and global perspective.
  • How we express ourselves. This theme invites students to discover and appreciate aesthetics. To develop healthy and harmonious relationships with those around them, it is important for our students to learn how to express their ideas, feelings and emotions. At the same time, it is necessary not only to seek and find ways to develop and use their creativity, but also to appreciate the beauty around them in all its forms.
  • How the world works. Studying this theme, students understand not only the scientific principles and the way people use these principles, but also the impact of technological advances on society and the environment. This theme is a foray into nature and its laws, a foray that helps children understand vast concepts such as the biological environment and human societies, and how they work. Also thanks to this theme, students are able to understand how people use scientific principles for their own benefit and for the society, while being aware of the impact that technical and scientific progress has on society and the environment.
  • How we organize ourselves. Through this theme, students understand the structure and function of the existing organizations in society, their economic activities and their impact on mankind and the environment. Each country has a certain structure and legislative bodies that lead it. By studying this theme, children are able to understand the structure and role of each organization, the way in which financial, economic and fiscal decisions are made; who has the right to make high-level decisions, but especially what decisions everyone has the right to take. Also, within this theme are studied aspects of economic activities and their impact on humanity and the environment.
  • Sharing the planet. It is important to be aware that each individual has rights and obligations, but especially what they are. Studying this theme, the children will learn all these things and apply them in the long run. It is becoming more and more necessary for students to know what rights and responsibilities they have in terms of protecting the environment. It is also advisable to realize that the resources of this planet are not unlimited and that the way we take care of them influences the life of the planet, either in a positive or a negative way.

Exhibition

The exhibition is an important part of PYP. In the last year of the program, students engage in a collaborative, trans-disciplinary research process that involves them in identifying, investigating and delivering solutions to real-world challenges or problems. As a balancing experience in PYP, the exhibition gives children an extraordinary opportunity to demonstrate their independence and responsibility for their own learning.

PYP Curriculum

By involving students in as many activities as possible in various fields, the Genesis Primary School aims at developing trans-disciplinary skills, capitalizing on multiple types of intelligence, and developing emotional intelligence, focusing on practical experiences that motivate them to learn and develop intellectually and emotionally.

In the afternoon, children benefit from additional training activities that ensure the progress of each pupil or which harness and highlight school performance and excellence.

In addition to the Romanian curriculum and the IB, the Genesis School organizes a rich extracurricular program addressed to all students, according to their inclinations and passions. The Genesis School is working consistently to increase student involvement and raise standards and performance through the variety of activities proposed.

The MYP curriculum includes 6 study areas:

School prepares children for a future where words are more important than ever. The words will allow them to explore the world and to talk with a large number of people. The Romanian language and the English language give the children the skills and the confidence to form for the future, throughout their lives.

Talking, writing and reading are at the heart of our curriculum. We emphasize the importance of books and literature, while offering pleasing and challenging activities in support of this area. Personalized themes were designed to impress students and inspire them a long-term love of reading and respect for the requirements of writing. A rich discussion environment provides students with a complex vocabulary and the depth of understanding the content.

Providing constructive feedback, initiating and motivating responses are attitudes that we encourage within our students. Communication is an integral part of our learning journey, and children’s participation in debates, projects involving creative writing, editing articles in the school magazine or other age-appropriate magazines are just a few of the activities that small students can do successfully. English skills lead to remarkable results at the Cambridge Tests.

Primary pupils are already exposed to language options and can choose from a variety of modern languages: German, French, all continuing in middle school, where the option for a second foreign language becomes mandatory, being imposed by the national curriculum. Many students, however, even choose to study three languages ​​in parallel at the same time.

The world is an amazing place; unique, vibrant and incredibly diversified. Past cultures and places can enthuse and inspire us.

The humanist themes, both in history and in the field of geography, although appearing throughout the primary level in other subjects (mathematics, music and fine arts), gain consistency and structure in the last year of the primary years.

The studies undertaken are deliberately chosen to reflect both the geographic specificity and history of Romania, as well as our relationships with other countries.

The students are involved in the most varied and amazing ways to learn about the world, their people and their history.

History

The purpose of the curriculum of history at the primary level is to cultivate an authentic, informed and critical enthusiasm for the history of one’s own country as well as other peoples with whom the Romanians had political, commercial or cultural relationships.

Historical Retrospection Festival, organized in partnership with the Romanian History Museum, emerged from the desire to give pupils of primary classes the opportunity to learn history through a new, cross-curricular approach and to perform the historical content in an attractive and engaging manner.

Geography

The study of geography in primary classes begins in the fourth grade, with the geography of Romania, through weekly lessons. A specialized teacher who is thus ensuring the continuity for the middle school does the teaching of the notions of geography. Students will benefit from a balance between theory and practice, so that 50% of the time spent in the lesson will be practical.

Religious education

The beliefs and values ​​of religious education should inspire and unify every aspect of school life. Religious morality also helps students to better understand and respect school rules and those with whom they interact within the institution.

Genesis teachers succeed in inspiring students a sense of joy and confidence in mathematics. We all try to look at mathematics as a form of art. While exploring the power and beauty of mathematical systems, we develop complex reasoning for all our students.

From primary school, lessons are designed to accommodate the needs and the best way of involving each learner in the learning process. We strive to make each class a mathematical community in which students can collaborate to achieve their common goals.

During primary classes, the math-learning program is done through mathematical games, financial simulations, puzzles and construction projects. Students are given the opportunity to continue these activities throughout the week but also during leisure time. Mathematical experiences are created in a fun and exciting framework and students are encouraged to become authors of their own mathematics.

We live in a science and technology-oriented age where children have to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude to prepare for the life of the future. The themes of science at Genesis School develop curiosity, joy, skills and understanding of scientific knowledge through an approach in which students formulate their own questions.

At Genesis, we offer children the opportunity to explore science in the local community. They get a deeper understanding of the natural world around them, from their personal experiences, and seeing science in action by having their lessons about exploring the environment at the National Meteorological Institute, in the woods, by the water, at the animal farm, in caves, in salt mines etc.

Thus, learning experiences bind skills and knowledge with direct practical experiences that involve students at a high level.

Technologies

At primary school, the use of technology to support the learning process is embedded in the curriculum. Our information technology specialists ensure that students increase their confidence, develop their skills and enhance their experience in using information technology as they go through the educational stages.

The teachers also broaden the curriculum for various subjects, offering a special range of projects, covering smaller themes or PYP transdisciplinary themes.

All the classes have access to a wide range of technologies, including interactive boards. Even in preschool, students have their own Cromebooks, which they use at home and at school.

Visual arts

Classes of Visual Arts are an integral part of the national curriculum, but also of the alternative activities program, through the History of Art and Painting Clubs. Learning through art promotes a sense of well being and trust, which favours the development of critical thinking.

Visual arts and Practical skills classes address real life themes based on knowledge and technical exploration. The curriculum focuses on the development of individual practical and artistic skills, personal expression and empathy towards the global diversity of art and of different times and cultures. The classes are taught either by the class teacher, or by specialized teachers or through team teaching.

The music

Genesis children acquire skills that will allow them to appreciate music, as well as create music to express their own feelings and ideas. We have devised a complex and varied musical program that gives pupils, first and foremost, joy.

Genesis Music and play classes are an example of an interactive transdisciplinary approach with remarkable results being supported by the revolutionary principles of the internationally recognized Orff and Dalcroze methods that involve play, creativity and artistry, combining body movement and musicality.

The students from the primary classes participate in a variety of musical activities involving creative movements, conventional or unconventional percussion instruments, singing and listening. Musical hearing is thus developed, as well as rhythmic and psychomotor skills. Involvement in alternative clubs like Virgil Popescu’s Musical stories or percussion with George Turliu complements the children’s musical skills and culture.

Physical Education

We believe that when properly addressed, physical education stimulates pupils to participate fully and develop an admiration and attraction for all their lives in terms of physical activity, sport and physical exercise.

We believe that this is possible with proper training and practice, scientific information and the motivation to develop long-term physical abilities. All students have the opportunity to reach their potential in a sport or other physical activity.