AAN-Private Primary School Nicosia

AAN Private Primary School Nicosia

The Primary Department provides education from Years 1 to Year 6 and works towards the objectives laid down within the English National Curriculum, adapted in social studies for the needs of the multicultural community in Cyprus, thus offering students a well-rounded international education.

DURING THE DAY

creating memories
one classroom at a time

Enjoy a well balanced and focused timeframe in an environment that fosters a community and delivers core values and positive teacher-student relationships!

Well balanced and focused timeframe

At our school, the day unfolds with a purposeful rhythm to optimise learning and well-being.  The first lesson kicks off at 7:45 a.m., initiating a series of engaging and dynamic sessions placed before the first break at 9:50 a.m., allowing students ample time to enjoy food and socialise. The day resumes with the second break at 11:50 a.m., offering a brief yet refreshing pause. The school day concludes at 1:40 p.m., providing a well-balanced and focused timeframe for optimal learning

Fostering a community and delivering core values

 

At the American Academy Nicosia, our school assemblies are more than just gatherings; they are vibrant and meaningful expressions of our commitment to fostering a community and delivering core values. These assemblies serve as integral moments where our school community comes together to share, celebrate, and reinforce the principles that define us.

Through giving thanks and reflection, we create a space where students, and staff can connect to instil a sense of unity and purpose among each other.

Our assemblies are also platforms for promoting and reinforcing our core values. Whether it’s emphasising the importance of kindness, respect, integrity, or responsibility, each assembly is an opportunity to delve into these values and explore how they can be lived out in our daily lives. Through inspirational talks, presentations, and student-led initiatives, we actively encourage a culture of empathy, compassion, and moral strength.

Furthermore, our assemblies provide a space for recognising and celebrating the achievements and talents of our students. Whether academic, artistic, or personal accomplishments, we take pride in acknowledging the diverse strengths that contribute to the richness of our school community. By doing so, we create an atmosphere of encouragement and support that motivates every individual to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives.

In essence, our school assemblies at the American Academy Nicosia are moments of unity, reflection, and celebration that go beyond the routine. They are opportunities to strengthen our Ethos, reinforce our core values, and build a school culture that nurtures the holistic development of each member of our community.

Positive teacher-student relationship

At the American Academy Nicosia Primary Department, our commitment to comprehensive pastoral care extends to the vital relationships developed between students and their teachers. We recognise the profound impact that a positive teacher-student relationship can have on a child’s overall well-being and academic success. Our teachers play a pivotal role in understanding and addressing individual needs, creating a supportive and nurturing environment within the classroom. Through open communication and a genuine connection, these relationships become the foundation for effective pastoral care. We believe that a strong bond between students and their class teachers fosters trust, confidence, and a sense of belonging, creating an atmosphere where each student’s unique needs are not only recognised, but also proactively addressed. At the American Academy Nicosia, we understand that a caring teacher-student relationship is essential for the holistic development of our students, ensuring they feel valued, understood, and supported throughout their educational journey.

Primary Curriculum

Quality education
Starts with us

Welcome to the Primary Curriculum at the American Academy Nicosia—a vibrant and nurturing learning environment where we are committed to fostering academic success while recognising and celebrating the unique potential within each individual student.

Our primary curriculum is thoughtfully designed to provide a solid foundation for academic achievement, equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need for future success. From core subjects to enriching extracurricular activities, our curriculum is carefully crafted to stimulate curiousity, critical thinking, and a love for learning.

What sets our approach apart is our unwavering dedication to recognising and catering to the talents and learning styles of students.

In addition to academic excellence, we prioritise the holistic development of each child. Our primary curriculum integrates character education, fostering values such as respect, responsibility, and kindness. Through a variety of engaging activities, students are encouraged to develop social skills, emotional intelligence, and a strong sense of community.

As you explore our Primary Curriculum, you’ll discover a balance between structured learning and opportunities for creative expression. Our goal is to instil a passion for discovery, a joy in learning, and a sense of purpose that extends beyond the classroom.

Join us at the American Academy Nicosia, where our Primary Curriculum is not just about preparing students for the next level but nurturing them for a lifetime of learning and success.

The Oxford International Primary Literacy Curriculum is renowned for its excellence and global perspective, and we are proud to integrate it into our educational framework. This curriculum is designed to inspire a love for learning, critical thinking, and a broad understanding of the world, aligning perfectly with our vision for academic success and individualised development.

At the heart of this is a commitment to fostering curiousity and a deep understanding of subjects across the spectrum. Our students engage with a rich and diverse range of content that encourages exploration, creativity, and a global perspective, preparing them to become informed and open-minded citizens in an interconnected world.

What sets our approach apart is our dedication to tailoring this international curriculum to the individual needs and strengths of each student at the American Academy Nicosia.

The curriculum is not just about imparting knowledge; it’s about empowering students to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and compassionate individuals. As students’ progress through the programmes of study, they will develop a strong academic foundation, a global perspective, and the skills necessary to excel in an ever-evolving world.

Our commitment to academic excellence extends seamlessly from Key Stage 1 (KS1) to Key Stage 2 (KS2). In this transformative journey, we ensure a progressive and enriching curriculum that builds upon the foundational skills established in the earlier years.

Phonics: Phonics instruction plays a pivotal role in Key Stage 1 (KS1) as it forms the bedrock of early literacy skills. During this stage, students learn to decode and recognise the sounds of letters, laying the groundwork for reading and spelling. Mastering phonics in KS1 equips students with essential tools for reading fluency, comprehension, and language acquisition. As they progress to Key Stage 2 (KS2), the solid foundation in phonics becomes a springboard for more advanced literacy skills. The ability to decode unfamiliar words and grasp sound-symbol relationships established in KS1 empowers students to approach more complex texts in KS2 with confidence, enhancing their overall literacy competency and setting the stage for academic success.

Writing: As students transition from KS1 to KS2, our curriculum evolves to deepen their writing skills. Emphasis is placed on more complex sentence structures, creative expression, and the development of a distinctive writing voice. Through a scaffolded approach, students refine their ability to articulate ideas, ensuring a seamless progression in their writing proficiency.

Grammar: The grammar curriculum continues to advance, with a focus on more intricate language structures and grammatical concepts. As students move into KS2, they delve deeper into grammar rules, enabling them to apply their understanding in more sophisticated ways. Our goal is to foster a mastery of grammar that enhances both written and verbal communication.

Reading: The transition to KS2 marks a further exploration of literary genres and themes. Students engage with a diverse range of texts, developing advanced comprehension skills and a critical appreciation for literature. Reading activities become more nuanced, encouraging students to analyse, interpret, and draw connections between texts, fostering a deeper understanding of the written word. Guided reading and Library sessions are an integral part of our learning journey, throughout our Key Stages.

The transition from KS1 to KS2 at the American Academy Nicosia is designed to be a seamless progression, with each stage building upon the skills acquired in the preceding years.

At the American Academy Nicosia, our dedicated teachers employ a variety of effective strategies to ensure that our students feel fully included and supported in every lesson. By incorporating visual aids, interactive activities, and language scaffolding techniques, teachers create an inclusive learning environment that fosters language acquisition and comprehension. Small-group instruction, differentiated assignments, and a focus on real-life language applications further enhance the educational experience. Our commitment to personalised learning extends to language development, ensuring that all students, regardless of their language background, thrive academically and feel empowered to participate actively in the learning process

Power Maths at the American Academy Nicosia cultivates a mathematical mindset that extends beyond the classroom. Join us as we explore the world of numbers, patterns, and problem-solving, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of mathematical proficiency and confidence.

Power Maths at the American Academy Nicosia offers a dynamic and comprehensive approach to mathematics education, carefully designed to cater to the diverse learning needs of students in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2). The program is structured into units, each serving as a building block for the next, fostering a progressive and coherent learning experience.

Assessments are strategically placed after every three units, providing teachers with valuable insights into student progress and comprehension. This regular assessment cycle allows for timely intervention and support, ensuring that each student receives the personalised attention needed to succeed. Parents are actively engaged in their child’s mathematical journey through homework assignments that reflect the content covered in these units. This collaborative approach enables parents to actively support their child’s learning at home and stay informed about their progress.

One of the strengths of Power Maths lies in its commitment to developing foundational skills that evolve and become more complex across year groups. The curriculum recognises the interconnected nature of mathematical concepts, allowing students to build on their knowledge gradually. As students’ progress through the year groups, they encounter increasingly challenging problems that encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Moreover, Power Maths introduces a variety of problem-solving approaches, teaching students’ different methods to tackle mathematical challenges. This not only enhances their understanding of the subject but also encourages a flexible and adaptable mindset when approaching mathematical problems.

In our pursuit of excellence, we have integrated ‘Developing Experts’ into our curriculum, a cutting-edge platform designed to inspire and educate young minds in both Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2).

‘Developing Experts’ serves as a digital gateway to the wonders of science, offering a comprehensive and interactive approach to learning. Tailored to the specific needs of students at different stages of their academic journey, this platform aligns seamlessly with our commitment to fostering a love for science and developing a deep understanding of scientific principles.

In KS1, ‘Developing Experts’ introduces foundational scientific concepts through engaging multimedia content, interactive lessons, and hands-on activities. As students transition to KS2, the platform evolves to delve into more complex scientific topics, encouraging inquiry, critical thinking, and experimentation. The progressive nature of the curriculum ensures that students build upon their knowledge, developing a strong foundation in science that extends throughout their educational journey.

One of the notable features of ‘Developing Experts’ is its adaptability to individual learning styles. Students have the flexibility to explore science, with assessments integrated to gauge understanding and inform personalised instruction. This not only allows for a tailored learning experience but also empowers educators to provide targeted support where needed.

At the American Academy Nicosia, we believe in instilling a curiousity for the natural world and nurturing the next generation of scientists, innovators, and critical thinkers. ‘Developing Experts’ is not just a tool; it’s a gateway to a world of discovery, sparking a lifelong passion for science in our students.

At the American Academy Nicosia, we take pride in our comprehensive programme, thoughtfully crafted to seamlessly align with the English National Curriculum. Spanning from Years 1 to 6, covering both Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2), our curriculum integrates both History and Geography, enriched by the inclusion of a chronological timeline.

In line with the English National Curriculum, our Humanities program ensures students explore global historical events while delving into the captivating history and geography of Cyprus. In Years 1 and 2, students embark on an interdisciplinary journey, investigating the lives, lifestyles, and geographical landscapes of people, bridging the local and international context. As students transition through KS1 into KS2, our dynamic timeline becomes a central tool for navigating diverse historical and geographical narratives, adhering to the standards set by the English National Curriculum.

 

The incorporation of Geography alongside History enriches our students’ educational experience, providing them with a holistic understanding of the world around them. Throughout primary school education, students delve into the intricacies of their local area and explore a contrasting region abroad, immersing themselves in the environment and the diverse communities that inhabit these areas. Our programme not only prepares students for academic success, but also fosters a sense of global citizenship, cultural awareness, and environmental consciousness.

Welcome to the innovative and dynamic world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) taught at our school! Our curriculum goes beyond traditional boundaries, integrating STEAM to inspire curiousity, critical thinking, and creativity in our students. In this interdisciplinary approach, students engage in hands-on experiences, collaborative projects, and problem-solving activities that bridge the gap between subjects. Whether exploring the wonders of science, navigating technology, unravelling engineering challenges, expressing creativity through arts, or delving into the complexities of mathematics, our STEAM curriculum prepares students for the demands of a rapidly evolving world. Join us on a journey where innovation meets education, and curiousity sparks a lifelong love for learning.

Welcome to the lively realm of Physical Education (P.E.), where we prioritise the holistic development of our students. Our engaging P.E. curriculum not only focuses on building physical fitness, but also emphasises essential life skills and values. Through a diverse array of activities and sports, students develop fundamental motor skills, teamwork, and resilience, fostering a lifelong appreciation for an active and healthy lifestyle.

 

In addition to our curriculum, our students eagerly anticipate our exhilarating sports competitions to showcase their athletic prowess and team spirit in a lively and supportive environment. Furthermore, our commitment to sports extends beyond our school gates as our older students actively participate in competitions with neighbouring schools. These events not only enhance sporting skills, but also promote camaraderie and healthy competition, providing valuable opportunities for our students to showcase their talents on a broader stage.

Religious Studies, where the exploration of Bible stories becomes a profound journey deeply rooted in our cherished Christian ethos. In this integral part of our curriculum, we delve into the rich tapestry of religious traditions, with a special emphasis on the teachings and narratives found within the Bible. Our Religious Studies program is not just an academic pursuit but an exploration that aligns seamlessly with our Christian values.

 

Guided by our Christian ethos, students engage in thoughtful reflection, discussion, and inquiry into texts, drawing inspiration from biblical stories to understand the foundational principles that shape our values. This journey not only imparts knowledge of the Bible but also nurtures a deeper connection to Christian values, fostering empathy, compassion, and a sense of moral responsibility.

Step into the harmonious world of our music curriculum at the American Academy Nicosia, where we orchestrate an inspiring journey in tune with the English National Curriculum. Our programme is designed to cultivate a deep appreciation for music, fostering creativity, and nurturing musical skills in our students. From exploring the fundamentals of rhythm and melody to delving into the rich history of diverse musical genres, our curriculum provides a comprehensive musical education. Through engaging lessons, practical activities, and performance opportunities, students develop not only their musical talents but also crucial skills such as teamwork and self-expression. Join us as we follow the rhythm of the English National Curriculum, creating a melody of musical exploration and artistic growth for our students.

Dive into the rich cultural tapestry of our Greek Curriculum, meticulously crafted to align with the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth; Cyprus. Our program embraces the linguistic, historical, and cultural dimensions of the Greek language, fostering a profound connection with Cyprus’s heritage. Students engage in language proficiency, literature exploration, and cultural studies, enhancing their understanding of the Greek language and its significance in contemporary society. The curriculum not only prioritises linguistic proficiency but also emphasises the appreciation of Greek history, literature, and traditions. Grounded in the Ministry of Education’s guidelines, our Greek Curriculum offers a comprehensive and immersive educational experience that celebrates the language and cultural heritage of Cyprus.

Embark on a journey into the world of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), where our curriculum seamlessly aligns with the English National Curriculum. Rooted in innovation and digital literacy, our program is designed to empower students with essential skills for the technological landscape of the future. In our specialised ICT lab, students explore a range of topics, from computer programming and coding to digital design and problem-solving. The curriculum not only emphasises practical ICT skills but also encourages critical thinking and creativity in navigating the digital realm. Join us as we navigate the evolving landscape of technology, providing students with a robust foundation in ICT that aligns with international standards.

School Services

Our enriching afternoon activities are within the extended day services. The activities are a perfect blend of fun and learning. From imaginative crafts to interactive games, we ensure a nurturing environment, allowing your child to thrive socially and creatively.   

Extended Day Programme

The Extended Day Programme is a supervision service for your child, beyond the regular school hours. Through activities and interaction, they will foster friendships with other students beyond their own classmates.

More information about the extended day programme can be requested via admissions admissions@aan.ac.cy

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