Grades one through three provide a secure and stimulating environment where children are encouraged to develop as individuals. Within this environment, children are provided with an excellent foundation in the skills needed to become responsible and productive citizens. During the lower elementary grades, study skills are developed and homework is assigned daily.
From grade four through grade five, students continue to refine basic skills. Emphasis is on independent study with frequent use of available resources for assignments and regular long-term projects and presentations. Students at the upper elementary level are expected to assume leadership positions and serve as role models. They are encouraged to take an active role as problem solvers. The upper elementary includes a variety of cooperative learning opportunities that build group skills and offer leadership experiences.
Below please find descriptions and detailed course outlines for all specialty subjects. Also, to the right you will find detailed course outlines for each elementary class.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Pinewood offers an ESL program to students who have limited proficiency in English. Students who speak English as a second or additional language are evaluated upon entry to Pinewood and placed on an English Language Proficiency scale of 1-5 (Level 1 students do not speak English at all; Level 5 are fully proficient). Students are evaluated with The Maculaitis Test of English Language Proficiency. Elementary school students with low English language proficiency levels are placed in ESL class with a certified ESL teacher. The program is designed to develop English communication by focusing on the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and interactions.Exiting the ESL program occurs when students have met testing standards while achieving success in the regular classroom. The student’s classroom participation is invaluable in determining success.
All students in Grades 1-5 participate in Physical Education classes two times per week. Emphasis is placed on the development of physical skills appropriate to each level and on sportsmanship, teamwork and the full participation of all students in all activities.
Host Country Studies
All students in Grades 1-5 take part in Pinewood’s Host Country Studies Program through field trips and the ex- ploration of Greek history and culture via weekly Greek classes, talks and presentations at school. A related program of field trips takes students to archaeological sites, churches and other places of interest, both in the city of Thessaloniki and in the surrounding areas.
In addition to the core curriculum, Pinewood Elementary students have regular classes in several additional areas taught by specialist teachers.
Information Technology (IT): IT in Grades 1-5 is taught through an integrated learning approach whereby skills and concepts of compu- ter literacy are embedded in the disciplines taught in the classroom. Students use the resources of the IT Laboratory with the class- room teacher to achieve increasing levels of literacy for the information age.
Visual Art: Students in Grades 1-5 are given once a week instruction in the visual arts with their classroom teacher. This program introduces students to a wide variety of media in the form of exposure, instruction and practice. Through the program, each child can find an individual level of personal artistic expression and appreciation. In addition, art is integrated into the core subjects (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies) with the classroom teacher regularly.
All students in Grades 1-6 study Modern Greek in, as much as possible, leveled groups. The program introduces stu- dents to the Modern Greek language through a variety of methods and local resources. The general aim of the program is to generate an enthusiasm for the Greek language and culture and to help students develop the Greek language skills necessary to function bet- ter in the life of the host community.
All students in Grades 1-5 meet with Library specialists once a week. During this time, they learn to become effective and efficient users of ideas and information. Students are also encouraged to become enthusiastic readers by engaging them with literature through read-alouds, genre studies, book talks and many other exciting literature-based activi-ties.
All students in Grades 1-8 participate in an integrated Music program designed to encourage the active participation of all students in singing, rhythmic exercises and the playing of musical instruments as well as an awareness of various types of music from around the world. The goal of our music program is to instill a love and appreciation of music in all students.
Pinewood Elementary School Student Expectations
Pinewood recognizes that proper behavior is essential to the development of responsible and self-disciplined citizens and to the operation of an effective school. Student expectations are based on three principles: respect for oneself, respect for the worth and dignity of others and respect for one’s own and others’ property. Appropriate decorum is not only a matter of observing Pinewood standards, but also a matter of care, sensitivity, good example and involvement in the school as a community.
Homework, when designed and carried out in proper measure, has a valuable role to play in the education of elementary age children. Homework is seen as providing reinforcement and enrichment for the children and also provides parents with an opportunity to see the kind of work being done in the various classes. Homework assignments are shorter in the lower grades and become significantly longer by Grade 5, at which time students are preparing for the transition to the secondary school.
Textbooks and Educational Supplies
The school supplies all textbooks and workbooks needed for the core academic subjects. The textbooks must be returned in good condition at the end of the school year. All other supplies that students need for their school work will be supplied by the parents. A complete list of necessary supplies will be provided during the first days of school.
The International Schools Assessment (ISA) is given annually to students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the elementary school. Test scores and results are reported directly to the parents as soon as possible by the elementary teachers. Questions and/or concerns should be directed either to your child’s classroom teacher or to the Curriculum and Studies Coordinator.
Each month that school is in session, an assembly of the entire elementary school is held in the Pinewood gymnasium for the purpose of creating a closer feeling of community among the elementary grades. The assemblies are primarily organized to display curricular content on which individual grade levels are focusing in the classrooms, but they also provide a forum for discussing issues of general concern to the elementary school students. Parents are always invited to attend these assemblies.