ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1st Year

1st year is a group of children turning 6 up to the 31st of March. At our 1st year routine, we value learning through play, and this happens in a context which is very meaningful for learning a second language.
Classes that happen in Portuguese focus in literacy, which guarantee many opportunities for our young learners to understand how our written language works. Little by little, the children learn to produce texts even before they are able to write conventionally. This means that even though children are unable to read and write autonomously and “correctly”, they may use more experienced partners, and also count on the teacher as a writer.
In many of the moments in our routine and in our projects´ research process, the children are invited to encounter new ways of relating to the world, new possibilities of reading and formulating hypotheses about phenomena, testing them, refuting them, having conclusions, with an active attitude when building knowledge. That is, a student who has a central role in his/her own learning process.

2nd Year

2nd year is a group of children turning 7 by the 31st of March. The child, at this age group, starts to be more conscious of his role inside the institution – a student’s role. Little by little, he starts to perceive that, like others, he is inserted in a larger group, and thus acquires the notion of otherness. From this notion, the child begins to interact as a member of the group, equally, gaining maturity in his self-regulation process.

The total immersion programme lived to the moment makes it possible for the student to interact in a more globalized context, and the children become capable of dealing with cultural differences. They become conscious that they are responsible for building a world in transformation, being more and more capable of interpreting, expressing and negotiating meaning. The development of these capacities implies going beyond grammatical competence, working on sociolinguistic and strategic competences.

In other fields of knowledge, students are motivated to transmit, share, build knowledge and be flexible towards others. Thus, they daily expand their capacities, being active in their own learning processes.

3rd Year
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We understand that learning occurs through the multiple relations established by learners in the different fields of knowledge. At 3rd grade, our practice happens through the development of proposals which allow students to understand the world by means of dialogue and experiences enriching students´ repertoires, and promoting meaningful, consistent learning.

Under this perspective, the students´ protagonism is present and the teacher conducts the work closely.

Within the practices worked with students and their development and learning, are the Personal Work (moment in the routine chartering choice), class meetings, the Learning Center, homework, the bilingual immersion programme, the proposals in the diverse fields of knowledge, lessons with specialist teachers, and extracurricular activities filling the children´s routine with knowledge.

It is worth highlighting that all this is possible as we have an extended routine (8:00 to 3:00), and count on specialist multipurpose teachers. Our curriculum is divided into lessons in both English and Portuguese. In Portuguese, we adopt “Projeto Presente” resources, in which knowledge is seen as a web of meanings and relations. In English, we adopt Cambridge teaching resources, with almost 500 years of experience and expertise, providing students proficiency and abilities to deal with the English language.

4th year – In 2022

5th year – In 2023