At St. Peter's Internacional School, the structure and organisation of Kindergarten comprises all the specifications of a bilingual education. As such, from the age of three the English Language is emphasized on a daily basis, focusing on important communicative skills and universal means of access which lead the child to develop essential abilities including sharing, kindness and acceptance of the surrounding world both in Portuguese and in English.
During this stage of development, in Kindergarten the child's relationships and social universe is gradually formed. The pleasure felt in discovery and in gaining knowledge is stimulated, be it through activities carried out within the school or with outings and field trips to parks, museums, theatres, etc.
Experiences within a group are crucial at this stage, when values such as cooperation, mutual assistance and concern for others' well being are principals which are constantly present in our work ethic, thus contributing to the development of various capacities. These promote a continuous learning process which is creative, transforming, sociable and scientific, whilst respecting universal moral values, including solidarity, dignity, citizenship and mutual tolerance.
We have adopted a conscientiously inclusive programme by following a work method which comprises various guidelines, all of which encourage different aspects of development (cognitive, linguistic, emotional, affectionate, relational and social, psychomotor, artistic, creative). These provide children with dynamic and active experiences in a happy and stimulating environment, which lead to full development and promising academic success, whilst promoting an increasing autonomy and sense of responsibility, which encourage individual capacities, as well as a balanced education and development of the child's full potential.
Important changes take place in terms of cognition: symbolic thought processes and language skills evolve as forms of expression and communication increase in number and complexity. This evolution is shown and encouraged in games, together with individual and group activities which develop the child's observation skills, trains the memory, exercises intelligence and logic, develops imagination and emotion, in addition to intensifying and expanding social relationships amongst the children. Activities which enhance the learning and development of the Portuguese and English languages also promote the logical sequencing of facts, giving a sense of order, clarifying thought processes, whilst stabilising and increasing the child's vocabulary, giving meaning and form to oral expressions and language.
The relationship between family and the school is greatly valued, as it enriches the ties between the child, family and the school. Through constant communication and cooperation between parents and the school, a coherent approach to learning is achieved, together with a high standard of education for all our students.
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