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Early Childhood Centre Middle School Ambrit Rome’s Early Childhood Centre provides a child-centred The Middle School Programme is based on the needs and environment that promotes a sense of responsibility and a positive characteristics of the pre-adolescent child. Homeroom self-image. Through play and guided developmental activities, each child develops his/her cognitive, physical, artistic and social skills. teachers provide guidance and support to students throughout the school year while Student Council offers leadership Our teaching philosophy recognizes that children are naturally curious and wish to experiment, explore and make sense of the world around opportunities, a peer leadership program, social events and them. We place great emphasis on the growth of children's inquiry, fund-raising activities. creativity and imagination, while the development of basic skills is carefully nurtured. Ambrit’s language policy sets the standards and criteria for the English and Italian Programmes. The Ambrit Italian Programme is designed to meet the requirements The units of inquiry offer diverse, structured experiences and opportunities for learning through music, art, movement and directed play. Reading and math concepts are introduced of the Italian State Exams. This unique dual-language education prepares our students to attend either sequentially, with communication in English and cooperation in work and play being an international or Italian high school after successfully completing three years at Ambrit Rome. emphasized throughout the programme. Varied assessment methods and teaching strategies are used, taking into account the individual learning styles of our students. The Early Childhood Centre develops children’s language skills, listening, Cooperative learning, student-developed projects and reading, writing and speaking, through a balanced literacy approach. At the preparatory level, more emphasis is placed upon reading, writing and interdisciplinary activities are common practices in the middle school numeracy. classroom. Primary School Our Middle School is comprised of students from Grades 6 to 8. We have great expectations of the students in Middle School to achieve The Primary Department encompasses grades 1 through 5. At this stage, basic high academic standards while developing life skills needed for high skills are strengthened through a transdisciplinary approach using units of inquiry, school and beyond in a stimulating, caring and friendly environment. which introduce students to an inquiry-based method of study. Information Technology Our primary school educational framework is based on the philosophy of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). At Ambrit we aim to enable students to become life-long learners The school provides structured, cross-curricular IT lessons using the latest computer technology. Lessons are and to equip them with the academic and life skills to take them into the rapidly changing global designed to utilize computers as a means of applying IT skills to all areas of academic study using an inquiry- based approach. Children are taught to use industry-standard applications as they move up through the school world they are growing up in as responsible citizens. The PYP and utilize media equipment to enhance their class projects. All classes are equipped with an interactive Smart provides an opportunity for learners to construct meaning, Board, which not only enhances lessons but also allows the classrooms to principally through concept-driven inquiry. Traditional become multi-media centres. academic subjects are part of the program but are encouraged in a transdisciplinary program of inquiry that Sports Activities emphasizes the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills. The most important premise of the PYP is that children learn In Early Childhood P.E. classes students work on body control and spatial through their own curiosity – and that it is the school’s awareness, the body’s capacity for movement and how to move around and responsibility to encourage them to be inquiring, to ask in between objects and individual skills. In Primary and Middle School questions and to explore ways of finding the answers to students are introduced to games, which include volleyball, basketball, their questions. This is called inquiry-based learning, and it American football, badminton, handball, and tennis. We aim to create an shapes our entire program. interest and enjoyment of physical activity whilst developing individual potential and a life-long healthy life style. The Primary School provides a vibrant, dynamic learning environment tailored to meet the requirements and needs of the international student. Music The Ambrit music programme gives students a working knowledge of music theory and School Trips Western musical heritage, encouraging them to develop self-expression in composition, creative movement and performance, and fostering an appreciation for music of all cultures. The rich cultural heritage of Rome offers students myriad opportunities for visits to archaeological sites and museums, as well as theatre and musical events. Art Many of the day trips include a picnic lunch in one of Rome’s extensive public parks. The art programme at Ambrit is based on process and experimentation in order to Beginning in Grade 4, students participate in residential visits to Italy’s art cities: Todi, cultivate each student’s creative, expressive and aesthetic potential. At all grade levels Florence, Pompeii and Venice. Besides being an integrated component of the curriculum, students study the elements of art through hands-on projects using a wide variety of materials and they are introduced to the fundamentals of the history of art. these trips give students The programme encourages responsiveness to new ideas and individual solutions additional promoting respect for one's own work and opportunities the work of others. Art is considered a vital aspect of all learning, essential to growth, for social and a valuable means to an enriched bonding with awareness of the world and a greater ability to express one's individuality. peers and teachers.