Our offer is a gradual bilingual educational program. We propose the two language models (English and Italian) in a parallel and synergic way, through a balanced combination of qualified Italian teachers, bilingual teachers and native speakers.
The nursery school follows the child’s growth, bringing him or her closer to bilingualism in a natural way: all the play and educational activities, the psychomotricity and music workshops, the same moments of break – snack, lunch and play – see the alternation of the two languages; English is introduced gradually and with attention to the needs of the child, in order to enhance the typical ability of this age group, learning the sounds and vocabulary of any language.
Children aged 5 years enter the “Pre-school/school” program, developed by Cambridge University as a link between pre-school and Primary school. In order for the transition between the two school cycles to be as gradual as possible, during this year the child comes into contact with primary school teachers and pupils on several occasions and carries out pre-writing, pre-reading and pre-calculus activities. In this phase, the work in English also increases, so that the pupils are prepared to face the programme of the first year of Primary.
With the school of the first cycle – Primary and Secondary – the systematic support between the Italian ministerial programme and the Cambridge International Education curriculum begins and is divided into the two successive courses, Primary and Lower Secondary.
The great flexibility of both programs allowed us to integrate them effectively, enhancing the strengths of the two courses.
Simply put, we use the Italian language for humanities, art and citizenship, while we teach S.T.E.M. (science, technology and mathematics) in English, according to the Cambridge International syllabus.
The benefits of this approach are numerous for the pupils, because they:
- acquire a solid basis in their mother tongue, with the awareness of the rich cultural and artistic background conveyed by Italian;
- learn scientific subjects in the language of research, attending high standard, internationally accredited programs and contents;
- assimilate the English language in an active way, linking it to concrete contents, and so they acquire the communicative structures spontaneously;
- develop a critical sense and the ability to open up to comparison, thanks to the constant exchange between the two languages used in parallel and between the different cultural systems that these languages convey.
In this way an interdisciplinary path is born, the result of an optimal combination between the national indications laid down by the MIUR and the curricula of the University of Cambridge for the school which stands out for:
- the best levels of training for the English language;
- the enhancement of the scientific area since the first years of study, the traditional weak link of Italian school;
- an early approach to communication technologies (the ICT programme, Information and Communications Technology, starts between Primary and Secondary level and is designed to allow the development of a conscious relationship with the new world of information);
- an attitude to an interdisciplinary and global point of view towards the themes and problems of the contemporary world, thanks to the Global Perspectives program developed by the University of Cambridge, a flexible and therefore adaptable program to the teaching needs of the individual class, which pushes students to communicate the skills acquired in the various disciplinary areas to address real issues – the right to study, peacekeeping, the relationship between wealth and poverty, just to name a few.
This didactic approach is put into practice with the teaching method based on learning by doing, which values experience and collaboration, the formulation of hypotheses and their verification in the resolution of concrete problems, and which has proved its effectiveness as a support to theoretical learning.
As a crowning achievement of this course, the Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary certifications go alongside the achievements of the Primary school and the subsequent Middle School Diploma, to attest the linguistic progress achieved and the curricular skills, as an internationally certified title that represents an added value that is only possible with us in Turin.
The University of Cambridge, through a department called Cambridge Assessment, coordinates and regulates a certified system of international examinations and awards. This branch of the university is well known for the sector called English, which provides the famous certifications of English as a foreign language (KET, PET, First etc.). Less widespread in Italy is the International Education sector, which offers a progressive and complete educational course from 5 to 19 years old, articulated according to a specific structure in distinct phases (Primary, Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary) but coordinated with each other, and characterized by disciplines that can be well matched to the different national education systems.
Its programs for schools, although still not very widespread in Italy, are applied in over 10,000 schools distributed in 160 countries around the world. VITTORIA JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL will be the first school In Turin to offer the Primary and Lower Secondary programmes.