Category Archives: Collaborative learning

Class 5 is ready to take off on their new adventure: The Human Rights Project

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The Class 5 students will participate in the Human Rights Project during the 3rd  and 4th April. A group of pupils from La Miranda Global School, Peter Pan and Princess Margaret School will join us to take part on this new adventure.

When we think about human rights, do we think about issues in a far flung country or about those taking place on our doorstep? About ourselves and those around us or people we have never met? Do we know the rights that we share with each other? Where they come from and what they mean?

In reality, most of us have probably never thought about it.

These are some of the questions that we will be exploring as part of the Human Rights Project;

a project which aims to empower children in Class 5 by increasing their awareness of human rights, the impact they have on the world that we live in and the responsibilities that we share towards them as individuals.

Over the course of two days (the 3rd and 4th of April), our Class 5 students, together with pupils from La Miranda Global School, Princess Margaret and Peter Pan will take part in a range of interactive workshops which will facilitate development of discussion, critical thinking and communication skills.

They will look into the past to see how human rights have developed and changed over time, finding out about those who have fought for the freedom of others. They will research the present and glance into the future, considering the impact and efficiency of different forms of campaign action. They will prioritise their choices and compromise with others, evaluating a range of different viewpoints.

Experiences like these are the starting point that spark an interest, improve understanding and even inspire children to make a difference. As educators, we need to give children the tools that they need to sculpt their own future, and the compassion and morality that they need to care about the futures of others.

Video of the event (edited after this article):

Miss Lucy Armstrong, Human Rights Project coordinator

Learning through language: the changing role of teachers

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El próximo 3 y 4 de marzo, St. Peter’s acoge la 1a edición de las jornadas “Learning through language: the changing role of teachers”. Nacen con la intención de convertirse en un fórum de trabajo y diálogo para profesores en activo, colegios, universidades y futuros profesores que enseñan cada día en y a través del inglés.

Como educadores, en una sociedad global que cambia continuamente, tenemos que afrontar nuevos retos, conocer y ampliar nuestros recursos, y trabajar juntos.

Por otro lado, hoy en día la educación en inglés es más que una necesidad. Los escenarios pueden ser distintos (inmersión, CLIL, planes bi/tri/multilingües…), pero las herramientas, las habilidades y los recursos del profesor a menudo son comunes o pueden adaptarse.

Por eso nacen estas jornadas. Para trabajar juntos, compartir experiencias y aprender los unos de los otros.

Algunas de las preguntas que estarán sobre la mesa de trabajo

¿Cómo trabajamos la diversidad lingüística? ¿Puede un reto convertirse en recurso? ¿Cómo podemos crear experiencias educativas aplicables en un escenario cada vez más multimodal? ¿Hasta qué punto hemos incorporado a nuestra práctica nuevas formas de alfabetización, como la digital, la audiovisual, la visual o incluso la de programación? ¿Cómo pueden el lenguaje musical y el matemático mejorar nuestras experiencias comunicativas? ¿Qué enfoques educativos tienen en consideración la adquisición del lenguaje, tanto a nivel académico como social?

Y, centrándonos en la figura del profesor:

¿Qué efectos tienen todos estos factores en el papel del profesor? ¿Quién es el profesor? ¿Cómo podemos ayudar a la profesión docente a través de las prácticas iniciales y la formación permanente?

Todos estos interrogantes serán los ejes de trabajo de las conferencias, talleres y mesas redondas programadas para el viernes 3 y el sábado 4 de marzo.

Más detalles: http://stpeters.es/LTL17/

Inscripciones

Si tienen alguna duda: cescorcia@stpeters.es – ltl@stpeters.es

 

St. Peter’s will hold the 1st edition of “The Learning through Language” conference on the 3rd-4th March

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At St Peter’s we are particularly aware of the effects of linguistic diversity on learning in the classroom. Just how we address the issues which arise is down to the skills and expertise of the professionals who work with our students on a daily basis.

In an increasingly global society, traditional views on language teaching are under review at all levels of the educational establishment. In the light of this, and in collaboration with national and international universities and schools, we are hosting a conference where practising teachers, student teachers and other educational professionals can share their different approaches and aspects of classroom practice.

On the 3rd and 4th of March, we are holding the 1st edition of Learning through Language: the changing role of teachers. The intention is for educators to draw upon examples of successful learning experiences, in order to reflect upon and find meaningful responses for their own particular contexts, either in the classroom or outside it.

How do we deal with linguistic diversity? Can a challenge become a resource? How can we create relevant educational experiences for an increasingly multi-modal environment? To what extent are different modes of communication, including visual, gestural, digital incorporated into traditional alphabetical/oral texts? How can mathematical or musical language enhance communicative experiences? Which approaches to teaching optimise use of both academic and social language acquisition? What are the effects on the role of the teacher? Who is the teacher? How can we best serve the teaching profession through initial training and continuing professional development? All these questions will be on the table during the workshops, lectures and sharing experiences that will take place during these two days.

Educational approaches can no longer be considered in isolation. We need to work together to face the challenges we have today and will have in the near future. It is a pleasure to welcome the collaboration different professionals from universities -such as Blanquerna, University of Lleida, University of Barcelona, International University of Catalonia or Autonomous University of Barcelona-, schools –Colegio San Patricio, Colegio Mirabal, Colegio La Miranda, Colegio Luis Vives and Colegio San José de Calasanz-, other institutions (British Council, Editorial Luis Vives, Cambridge, Pearson Editorial) and finally all the teachers that will join us and share their day-to-day experience.

Language & venue
The conference language will be English. All sessions will take place at St. Peter’s School and are aimed at professionals working within multilingual school environments, student teachers and researchers.

Recognised Credits
This activity is officially recognised by the Ministry of Education. Recognised credits: 10 hours. For further information, please contact Joan Rovira Sanz and Carme Escorcia at: ltlcongress@stpeters.es – 93 204 36 12 or go to www.stpeters.es/LTL17 

Robotics Summer Camp: you were waiting for it

This September, just after the holidays and before starting the classes, we are holding our Robotics Summer Camp, from Thursday 1st to Friday 9th September.

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In one of the two courses offered, children will  learn about coding, Smart Cities and electric cars in a perfect environment where team work, creativity, autonomy and fresh ideas will flow.

Our mentors will provide a small amount of directions at the beginning, then provide just-in-time instruction to introduce skills, ideas and techniques.

The students will be the ones who code, create scale models or build their own electric cars with our 3D software and printers.

Please, take a look at the brochure with all info about schedules, courses and prices: http://www.stpeters.es/img/pdf/Robotics6.pdf

The deadline for enrollment is 15th of June.

This Robotics Summer Camp is a sample of the projects we are designing for the next school year. Our STEM department is working very hard to prepare exciting workshops and cross-curricular projects for our students in ESO. Connecting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths will be a challenge for both, students and teachers.

Enjoying Project Based Learning

C2 celebrated the Holi Festival related to their PBL topic on World Festivals
C2 celebrated the Holi Festival related to their PBL topic on World Festivals

When we decided to implement the PBL at St. Peter’s School almost two years ago, we wanted to move away from the traditional idea of education.  The image of a class full of students sitting in rows at desks, dutifully listening and recording what they hear has become less useful and purposeful in a world which values creativity, analytical skills and progressive thinkers.

For us, it was a challenge that required lots of teaching planning, designing cross-curricular activities and introducing new ways of assessing. Now it is the teaching/learning practice followed throughout each of the primary stages.

More than two school year later, if you take a look and some of the topics that are taking place from Foundation Stage to C6, you can see how children are enjoying their learning, how aware they are of it, and how they are able to develop the kind of life-long learning skills we were looking for.

Classes 1 & 2: Push me, Pull me – Learning about Force and Resistance

One of the last topics C1 & 2 have been working at is “Push me, pull me”. In one of the activities, held this week, Miss Pat’s children were blown away testing the effects of air resistance using different types/sizes of paper and card. 

Children made rockets and launched them - learning about force and air resistanc
Children made rockets and launched them

Here is a brief video about the activity:

C5: From “The Great, the bold and the brave” to Fair-trade

Last term students in C5 were learning about the Ancient Rome on their PBL. One of the activities consisted of recreating historical battles:

Last term C6 learned about Romans on their PBL topic
Last term C6 learned about Romans on their PBL topic

This term they have been learning about Fairtrade and one of the activities was to organise a fairtrade shop. They baked, sold and earned 350€, which they donated to one Non Profit Organisation.

Foundation Stage: Curious Kids

After the success of our PBL implementation in Primary, this year we launched Curious Kids in Foundation Stage. One of the first projects which the children were working at was “Means of transport”. As part of it, the children in Foundation 4 & 5 reflected on how they would like to come to school. The following video  gives you a taste of what it involves a project on this stage.

Project Based Learning helps children to be comfortable at the non-comfort zone, which is, for us, the best way to face an uncertain future. By letting them inquire, explore, research, discuss, reflect and present, we are encouraging their curiosity and passion for knowledge, and the capacity to adapt and face challenges they might encounter in their lives.

However, we would like to remember that mundane projects that are strictly assessed but do not provide any real-world applications are stunting the growth and creativity of students. This is not what we look for when applying PBL. We need to plan projects that excite children. Only these kinds of projects will create a positive, engaging environment and be memorable for all involved.