Educational Project

Colégio da Beloura’s aim is to contribute to students’ education by achieving teaching excellence, using the latest methodologies, tools and technologies, respecting the individuality of each child and ensuring an active participation in their school life.

We offer the stages of Nursery to Primary School, which allows for a continuous process and response, hence contributing to the integral development of children, always with a focus on the personalisation of educational responses.

We follow the curricular proposals in force, although we have enriched our curriculum in order to promote personal and social development, taking into account the learning and academic skills to be developed.

 

We privilege active methodologies and the co-construction of learning, in a democratic and participated view of the school, where the school-family connection is valued and encouraged.

We train enthusiastic, persevering, autonomous and responsible students who respond to challenges and make conscious and informed. Our students represent humanistic values and defend environmental causes, actively contributing to a democratic and sustainable world.

Educational Stages

Nursery

Develop confidence and autonomy, building a rich interaction with the world

In our nursery we privilege affectionate relationships. Children are immersed in an environment full of tranquility and affection, where they are daily led to experience situations which foster confidence and autonomy.

Each child is valued as being unique, having their own characteristics and needs. Routines are planned to give the child the opportunity to develop and learn at his or her own pace and according to his/her needs, in an individualised and contextualised way.

Children develop an understanding of “I”, others and the world around them. The activities developed always aim at developing both individual and social identity, as well as helping children to begin to understand the organization of the world.

Surrounded by a structured and stimulating atmosphere, the child is invited to experience their first relationships with their peers and adult caregivers, which triggers the development of social, linguistic, motor and autonomy skills (food, hygiene, potty training, etc.).

At a stage of child development in which parents’ involvement and family life are of particular importance, the school works in close partnership with parents in order to create a warm environment of mutual sharing.

Nursery timetable includes the following curricular activities:

  • English (weekly)
  • Music (weekly)
  • Movement (weekly)
  • Library (weekly)

Our nursery classes:

  • Infant Class
  • Violet Class (1 year)
  • Yellow Class (1 and 2 years)
  • Orange Class (2 years)

Pre-School

Individualised, cooperative and active learning

At Colégio da Beloura the development of each student’s potential is our goal, always respecting children’s individuality. We ensure the integration of students’ personal experiences in the process of development and learning, valuing their motivations and interests, and providing learning contexts in which children can actively participate in.

Our preschoolers take collective responsibility for the organization, management and evaluation of the entire dynamics of the classrooms, by means of exercising their citizenship actively and democratically, which stimulates freedom of thought and expression.
Our approach is tailored to each student and the various moments of learning and activities are planned so that their interests and needs are met.

We create stimulating and challenging pedagogical contexts, in which each child can explore their curiosities and deepen their knowledge, co-building learning in an interactively safe and healthy environment of listening, sharing and cooperation.

Our pedagogical practices and tools are based on the Modern School Movement, as well as the Forest School approach. We value project-based learning, which enables active learning and the acquisition of transversal and meaningful knowledge, along with the development of autonomy and collaborative work.

We follow Orientações Curriculares para a Educação Pré-Escolar (Curricular Guidelines for Pre-School Education, from the Portuguese Ministry of Education),  addressing the content areas of – Personal and Social Education, Expression and Communication and Knowledge of the World – in a transversal way, complementing them with curricular activities of our own educational project.

Pre-school timetable includes the following curricular activities:

  • English (3 times a week)
  • Music (weekly)
  • Drama (weekly)
  • Physical Education (weekly)
  • Vegetable garden (weekly)
  • Forest School Project (monthly)
  • Cooking class (twice a month)

Our pre-school classes:

  • Red Class (3 years)
  • Green Class (4 years)
  • Blue Class (5 years)

Primary School

Develop each student’s potential, building core skills and values

In primary school, we structure our work based on the development of five fundamental competencies: autonomy, cooperation, communication, responsibility and critical thinking.

We privilege active methodologies that enable the global development of each student, respecting their unique characteristics, interests and needs. Each student’s journey is primarily individual and specific.

The co-construction of knowledge implies the involvement of the student in the learning process, in an implied, dynamic and creative way. Academic learning takes place alongside the development of individual and social skills and values which we believe and defend.

Following the pedagogy of the Modern School Movement and its operating tools, the work of each student is regulated by an Individual Work Plan, where the student records the work he/she performs during Autonomous Study Time. Students are encouraged to adopt personalised work methodologies, to carry out activities autonomously, responsibly and creatively, and to adopt appropriate problem-solving and decision-making strategies.

Classrooms are organized by areas, so that students feel they are in a structured and therefore structuring environment. All materials are available to students and the wall displays are filled with posters they have created, which they can access freely, promoting autonomy at work.

Research Work guided by Project Work is also part of the school routine. Several disciplines and components of the curriculum are approached in an integrated way.

There are weekly Class Council meetings for evaluation and distribution of classroom tasks, analysis of the Class Diary and discussion of other issues considered relevant and registered on the agenda.

Through the Forest School Project, our students have meaningful learning experiences outdoors, in nature. This project contributes to children’s global development – physical, cognitive and socio-emotional – promoting resilience, autonomy, self-confidence, pro-activity, decision-making and creativity.

In the fulfillment of our educational project, we go beyond the curriculum and we work with projects that transversally cover the areas and competences provided in the Profile of Students leaving Compulsory Schooling, deepening learning and specific attitudes that we consider essential.

Primary school timetable includes the following curricular activities:

  • English (1st and 2nd Years – 4 times a week, 3rd and 4th Years – 5 times a week)
  • Music and Dance (weekly)
  • Drama (weekly)
  • Physical Education (twice a week)
  • Vegetable Garden (weekly)
  • Forest School Project (monthly)
  • Science and Environment Club (monthly)

Our primary school classes:

  • 1st Year
  • 2nd Year
  • 3rd Year
  • 4th Year

Colégio da Beloura invests in the global development of students, providing them with a variety of high-quality learning experiences as well as differentiated projects, promoting family participation

Forest School

At Colégio da Beloura, our students benefit from Forest School approach, which aims at the holistic development of the child, providing a space for practical experimentation for children to boost their skills and abilities, such as: confidence, creativity, risk management and autonomy. In the forest, the child learns to manage the use of tools, build shelters and explore natural spaces. In addition to all the learning acquired, principles of mutual help, respect for others and the environment, resilience and problem solving are developed. These activities also help to improve physical endurance and strengthen the immune system.

Cambridge Certification

At Colégio da Beloura we believe English language acquisition is an essential resource in adapting to a globalized world. We invest in early exposure to the English language – in the stages of nursery, preschool and primary school. Our students can benefit from integrated English language learning: through an informal immersive context – where language is naturally present throughout their daily routines – as well as in formal academic moments – lessons. We are a Cambridge certified entity – Cambridge Educational Partner – , taking advantage of various benefits to all the educational community and ensuring excellence in the teaching and learning of the English language. Our ESL courses are based on Cambridge University curriculum, resources and certifications. We are a Cambridge University Press | Educational Partner and Cambridge Preparation Centre for English Qualifications. Throughout their academic life, our students are prepared for Cambridge exams, namely for Young Learners English Tests (YLE). YLE are designed for children aged 6 to 12. They are subdivided into three exams that certify different levels of English (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers) in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students are able to take the exams in Beloura’s premises or in another Project to Be school.

Science and Environment Workshops

With the guidance of teacher, biologist and environmental educator Rute Candeias, Primary School students develop activities in the area of science and the environment, including classes, projects and field trips, always through practical methodologies and interaction with natural elements. In the Workshops we intend to encourage habits of participation and citizenship in our students, and we search for solutions to improve quality of life both at school and in the community. We want to raise awareness and form citizens who actively contribute to a balance in the human-nature relationship. Colégio da Beloura aims to be a space of sustainable education, assuming good practices in respect for environmental values and in the preservation of the environment.

Eco-Schools Activities

In the Eco-Schools programmme, students from Colégio da Beloura address several themes: climate change, healthy eating, forest, water, energy and waste treatment. In this context, we develop numerous pedagogical activities educating for sustainable development, including:

  • Organic Vegetable Gardens – Children treat the soil, water and plant; there is production of natural fertilizer and sowing carrot, beans, grain, turnip and lettuce;
  • In Search of The Usual Suspects – Children clean the beds, removing plants and animals that can impair the growth of the plants to be transplanted;
  • Forest Brigade – During activities carried out in field trips to the forest, students are encouraged to pick up any rubbish they find and take care of the forest;
  • Birds That Surround Us – Children help in the construction of feeders and water dispensers for birds;
  • The Sea Begins Here – Children participate in a painting gutters competition, which alerts to the need to preserve water quality, in a broad view of ecosystems.

Eco-Schools is a Programme of Education for Sustainable Development promoted in Portugal by the European Blue Flag Association (ABAE). Its main objectives are to encourage, recognize and reward the work developed by schools concerning environmental development and raise awareness/education for the need for more sustainable behaviors.

Be Blue Project

O Project To Be adotou a “Proteção do Oceano” como principal temática de impacto social a ser transversalmente trabalhada em todos os colégios To Be no biénio letivo 2020/21 e 2021/22.

Com o Projeto Be Blue | Project To Be Por um oceano mais azul e um planeta sempre verde, pretende-se uma participação ativa dos alunos, das comunidades educativas e das comunidades locais dos três colégios: Colégio da Beloura, Colégio Catarina de Bragança, Colégio Papião e Colégio da Fonte.

Para sensibilizar e contribuir para a mudança de comportamentos e atitudes no sentido da proteção dos oceanos, serão desenvolvidas inúmeras atividades científico-pedagógicas, de campo e artísticas, nas escolas e em locais públicos da comunidade.

O Colégio da Beloura identifica-se com a urgência de adotar comportamentos e atitudes que mantenham um impacto social positivo e contribuam para o desenvolvimento social e ambiental das comunidades.

To Be Parent

Project To Be encourages a familial and affective environment in their schools, regarding parents’ participation as a central element of the educational processes, valuing openness and cooperation within the school community. Acoording to To Be values, informative sessions open to parents and thematic sessions of parental education will be held.

To Be Healthy

To Be Healthy Project aims to promote healthier and more sustainable eating habits and practices. In partnership with the nutritionist Mariana Bessa, from “Nutrir” – Food and Nutrition Consulting, Project To Be invests in the eating education of his pupils and in the training of his employees.

To Be Healthy includes:

  • Review and diversification of menus (diverse, balance and complete menu, with natural foods and essential nutrients, an ovolactovegetarian option);
  • Training of school´s human resources (kitchen staff, training and improvements of menus’ confection methods, and teaching staff, who will continue the food educational project with his pupils);
  • Sessions of training pupils regarding food education;
  • Workshops with the parents.

We believe that through this project which includes employees, pupils, and their families, we are contributing for the well-being of our educational community and for the sustainability of our planet. We also contribute for a healthier child development, by introducing more fruit and vegetables, by reducing meat consumption and by reducing the use of refined sugars and salt in our menus.