Scientific and Pedagogical Projects
In addition to the activities that are part of our syllabus, St. Peter's International School also promotes student participation in numerous educational projects, namely:
• Pangea Contest Mathematics - Mathematics for all
The competition is presented as a fun and motivating way to unite students from different regions, educational systems, socioeconomic levels, all in one activity that plays a role in the cognitive development of human beings and society: mathematics.
Mathematics aims to be the link between these children to share not only knowledge but a lifetime of experience. As such, Maths steps out of the classroom context to become part of the very life of every student, promoting not only learning, but also the application of science in everyday life.
In addition, today more than ever it is necessary to develop interpersonal skills such as good communication, respect, tolerance and ethics, all intrinsic to mathematics, study and practice.
'The Association Maths Kangaroo is an international association made up of specialists from the world of mathematics from more than 55 countries. Its purpose is to promote elementary mathematics by all means at its disposal and, in particular, the annual organization of the competition Maths Kangaroo, which takes place on the same day in all participating countries. It therefore intends to encourage and motivate the largest possible number of students to mathematics and is a complement to other activities, such as the Maths Olympics. In Portugal this competition is organised by the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra with the support of the Portuguese Mathematical Society.
The Competition 'Mathematical Kangaroo' contributes to the popularization and promotion of mathematics in young people.
• To stimulate the taste and the study of mathematics.
• To attract students who are wary of mathematics, allowing them to discover the playful side of the subject.
• For students to have fun solving mathematical questions and problems posed and to see it as a very rewarding personal achievement.
• To increase the number of participants in the national contest every year and try to gain the memberships of other countries.
• To develop, starting this school year, Project Based Learning, as part of the class project for 2C.
This is a teaching method in which students develop their knowledge and skills through the development of a classroom project, which aims to respond to a more complex question, a problem or a challenge.
This methodology includes:
• Understanding the development of social and cognitive skills - The project is focused on the learning objectives of the students, including learning goals and skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration with others and self-management.
• Problems Survey: The project aims to address a particular issue or find the resolution of a problem with significance for the student, according to the appropriate level of demand
• Sustained Research - Students develop a rigorous and extensive process of research, resource definition and application of the information obtained.
• Authenticity - The project is directed to a real context, with objectives and concrete resources, quality levels required, etc., or it can come from a concern or personal interest of the students.
• Student decision capabilities - Students make some decisions, regarding the project, in particular its implementation and the presentation.
• Reflection - Both students and teachers involved in the project reflect on learning, the adequacy and functionality of the specific problem, the activities throughout the project, the quality of students' work, difficulties encountered and how to overcome them.
• Review and Revision - Students give, receive and use the feedback given by teachers to apply in the design process, as well as the resulting work of that same process.
• Presentation - Students present their project with a graphic or digital layout, first within the group, and later, out of the classroom to the school community, parents or even outside of school.
eTwinning is a community of European schools.
This project provides a platform for education professionals (childcare workers, teachers, principals, librarians) who work in schools in European countries in order to communicate, collaborate, develop projects and share; in short, feel and actually be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.
eTwinning promotes collaboration between schools in Europe, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by providing support, tools and services that facilitate any subject area, with the creation of short or long term partnerships,.
The eTwinning Portal (www.etwinning.net) is the main meeting point and workspace. It is available in twenty-six languages, and currently involves more than 230,277 teachers and more than 5462 projects between two or more schools in Europe. The Portal provides tools, online, so that teachers can find their partners and thus create projects, share ideas, exchange best practice and start immediately collaborative work, taking advantage of the various tools available on the eTwinning platform.
The eTwinning project was launched in 2005 as the main action of the eLearning program of the European Commission, and since January 2014 part of Erasmus +, the European Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. The Central Support Service is located in the European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 31 European Ministries of Education to focus on the development of learning in schools, for teachers and pupils across Europe. ETwinning still has the support of 37 National Support Services, based in several European countries.
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