Understanding – Period of symbolic construction
Our Lower School curriculum is structured based on the Brazilian National Common Curriculum Base (BNCC) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), an international reference curriculum. In addition to incorporating international quality objectives, we take another step to further develop the socio-emotional skills with the LIV curriculum. We start to strengthen the construction of a repertoire of skills and knowledge in technology, product design, computational thinking, and digital literacy with our Creative Tech curriculum.
Learning and Projects
We work with student-centered teaching and learning methodologies and strategies, using technological resources that allow us to offer different ways to access knowledge. We use the project methodology as the basis for the Science class and, at the beginning of each project, all the grade teaching staff come together to determine, in an integrated and interdisciplinary way, how to connect their classes with the chosen theme.
We also have a specific curriculum focused on the development of socio-emotional skills, that is, the Life Intelligence Laboratory (LIV). We understand that, at this age, students are already able to recognize and name complex feelings, such as: jealousy, frustration, joyfulness, and regret, and we work on three other important pillars: self-regulation, relationship, and empathy.
It is in this education level, Lower School, that we start building a repertoire of skills and knowledge in technology, product design, computational thinking, and digital literacy with our Creative Tech curriculum.
The IPC is an interdisciplinary curriculum, which emphasizes personal and academic skills, in addition to providing an international perspective. Based on the Project Methodology, the curriculum emphasizes research skills and the formulation of hypotheses about each topic presented.
At Lower School, the days are divided into 45-minute class periods, with breaks for eating, playing and resting: one in the morning, lunch and patio in the middle of the day, and the last break in the afternoon. In addition, we like to start our day with Welcome Time and end with the Homeroom Station.
Creative Technology is a discipline that has been part of the regular curriculum since the 1st year of elementary school. This course is taught in English and develops advanced skills and knowledge in technology, engineering, product design, computer science and creativity.
It is the role of the school to expose the students to the world beyond its walls. In addition to benefit the academic performance by helping the students get a better understanding of the classroom learning, studies show that children’s social relationships and engagement increase exponentially on school trips.
For this reason, throughout the school year, our students make visits to various places and events such as historical, artistic and / or scientific museums, parks, shows, among others, designed according to the projects that are being worked on in the classroom.
At this stage, children claim the world of writing, gain numerical comfort and fluency, begin to develop a collective consciousness, to form their cultural capital and to gain autonomy