In the process of educating citizens for the 21st century, Elementary and Middle School complement the values developed in Preschool. From Years 1 to 5, besides literacy, teaching is focused on the development of autonomy at various levels, including intellectual. Students are encouraged to take active part in their full development as citizens. In Years 6 to 9 their reflective awareness is stimulated through the exchange of experiences.
This is a dynamic process involving a large amount of academic content and knowledge inherent to quality education.
At Pueri Bilíngue Candanguinho, High School students are encouraged to expand their academic knowledge focusing not only on entering quality universities, but also on developing the skills required to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Supported by bilingual education and a solid academic curriculum, students acquire the necessary resources to aid decision making regarding career choices and building their own future.
The learning methodology at Pueri Bilíngue Candanguinho is geared towards preparing students for the 21st century, with problem solving, active learning methodologies and an educational approach in which students become protagonists of their academic development.
Students are provided with printed and digital contents that lead to the development of autonomy, creativity and a culture of thought. All of this in line with the Brazilian Common Curriculum Standards (BNCC).
• Learning in English
Bilingual education reshapes the entire learning process and stimulates thinking in a second language, rather than merely teaching a new language. It develops academic content related to logical thinking, scientific knowledge and historical awareness, among other aspects. By investing in bilingual education, students expand the window of opportunities and experience real intellectual growth.
• Comprehensive education
Self-knowledge and personal growth
The focus on comprehensive education requires constant reorganization of time and space to stimulate students’ motivation, resilience and socioemotional intelligence. To be considered efficient, a learning project must not only develop cognitive skills in students, but also incorporate ethical values and socioemotional skills.
Socioemotional skills, provided in the Brazilian Common Curriculum Standards (BNCC) and scheduled for inclusion in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) in 2021, are part of the curriculum of Escola Bilíngue Candanguinho. They are consolidated in a program offered from Preschool to High School: COACHING. This fosters students’ self-knowledge and personal growth.
Technology is transforming life in society as a whole and has become one of the main pillars of contemporary education. At Pueri Bilíngue Candanguinho it is integrated into the curriculum from Preschool. And in Elementary/Middle School students take CODING classes and acquire “digital literacy” (the ability to use technology as language, with full mastery in handling this resource).
By encouraging the use of new digital technologies as a means of expanding learning and knowledge, Candanguinho provides students with the development of key skills ranging from logical and mathematical reasoning to cooperative work, enhanced autonomy, critical thinking and entrepreneurship.
New students, new needs
Active learning methodologies
In using active learning methodologies, Pueri Bilíngue Candanguinho invites students to take action. The school encourages them to be autonomous and protagonists of their own learning, besides being able to produce critical thinking in a responsible and creative way. Thus, they start learning to learn. From the earliest experiences of Preschool to the completion of students’ education for life in High School, basic schooling is the time to help these young people understand and manage their own learning processes.
Maker Space is an environment equipped with workbenches, tools, 3D printer and resources to design projects. In this space kids and youngsters work cooperatively to solve problems and develop creativity, critical thinking, argumentation, resilience and teamwork skills.
Hands-on learning is a principle of comprehensive education and impacts students at all levels, ensuring global development. After all, it draws on less conventional environments to improve learning and cannot be absent in contemporary education.