Primary education combines traditional learning, in which the student learns from the teacher’s explanations, along with the implementation of new methodologies in the classroom. One is cooperative work, a very active methodology where, guided by the teacher, the student learns to learn with their peers. This methodology promotes critical thinking. Moreover, students learn through innovative software, the bits method for orthography, writing workshop and daily mental arithmetic.
Competence learning is essential at this stage because, although enhancing memory is important, it is even more critical that students benefit from everyday situations and learn to adapt to these situations to positively solve strategies.
We widely practice these skills with an interdisciplinary project. Every year students research a topic and develop it in different areas and formats. It generates debates artistic and oral presentations. It also teaches students to organise their speech, emphasising their public speaking skills.
English sessions are divided into two groups so that learning is even more personalized. Simultaneously, students take Science classes in English which allows students to learn thanks to the linguistic immersion.
The location of the school in the countryside multiplies the possibilities of acquiring knowledge from direct observation, beyond books. Aware of this privilege, we take every opportunity to go outside and integrate the concepts of environment, mathematics and art to nature. Meanwhile we enjoy spending time in the open air.
Inside, all our classrooms have natural light and each room, including the library, music, art, computer, and reading rooms utilize the space so that students can acquire different types of curricular knowledge.
Beyond traditional written tests, student assessment includes various methods such as oral presentations portfolios, group activities and conceptual maps, etc.