ENHANCING QUALITY IN ECEC THROUGH PARTICIPATION

Colégio do Sardão

Colégio do Sardão

Colégio do Sardão is a private catholic school, which was founded in 1879 by Sister Paula Frassinetti (an Italian saint and foundress of the Congregation of St. Dorothea) at a family house and at the same time a farm with the same name. Their original owners were maternal aunts of a famous Portuguese writer, Almeida Garrett, which donated the property and all the goods to the congregation, in order to educate the children of the region. Almeida Garrett, in his works, affectionately recalls the years of his childhood spent in Sardão. At the beginning, Colégio do Sardão had a school organization of three types: a school for boys, one for girls and one for external students, also female. After an interruption due to the change of the political regime in Portugal -1910 to 1921 – the school reopened with an organization of two types: a school for foreign students and one for boarders (both female). Starting in 1969, with the introduction of Childhood Education, under the coeducation, then extended to Basic Education, the structure of the school had its successive amendments. In 2004 the school celebrated 125 years of existence. Nowadays, the school population includes a kindergarten with 5 classes and a primary school with 10 classes. In faithfulness to its origins – from the Congregation – Colégio do Sardão seeks not only to carry out a joint action of the entire educational community but also open to the outside, an exchange between schools (Portuguese and foreigners). Our involvement in international projects started 10 years ago, and since then we haven’t stopped.

The Project Methodology

We follow the Curricular Guidelines for Preschool Education (OCEPE), established by the Ministry of Education, our teaching practice is based on the following content areas:
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL TRAINING AREA
WORLD KNOWLEDGE AREA
EXPRESSION AND COMMUNICATION AREAS:

  • physical-education
  • music
  • arts
  • mathematics
  • approach to oral and written language.

Methodology

We use as a work methodology The Project Method initiated by John Dewey, using a pedagogical grammar that will drink both from the Pedagogy-in-Participation defended by Julia Oliveira Formosinho and shared learning by Vygotsky. Pedagogy in Participation constitutes a “transformative” pedagogy that believes in child rights, understands its jurisdiction, hears his voice to transform pedagogical action in a shared activity” (Oliveira-Formosinho, 2007, p.14).
Steps of the Project
Intention – organizing ideas – What? Talk about us and how we like to live and coexist with each other and what it entails;
Preparation – How? Listening to stories, registering, requesting the cooperation of parents;
With whom? With children, assist teachers and other teachers;
With what? With materials that we collect and research;
Where? In the classroom, at the school playground, on field trips, at home;
When? Throughout the year