These are educational pathways that comprehend a number of the learners’ topics of interest or those regarded as relevant and needed according to the masters and tutors.
These modules may be developed in didactic sequences, interest centers, research, visits or other types of activities that may lead to significant learning and knowledge enhancement.
READING THE WORLD
The learning module Reading the World involves learners in a daily process of reading newspapers and, through such practice, encourage debates, productions and enriching exchanges on current affairs. Another purpose is to develop and improve writing and reading skills, particularly those related to the learners’ topics of interest.
Workshops are additional activities which aim at providing learners with specific contents as required for the development of the project of their choice and which also empower them to sharpen particular skills which are relevant to the groups.
The workshops foster the development of specific skills and broaden the cultural repertoire of the groups.
All learners, tutors and employees attend a weekly meeting held to discuss the different situations they came across at school. The CIRCLE is Lumiar’s general meeting.
At those meetings, tutors, employees and learners agree on the best way to interact in the school environment, raising topics for reflection and making collective decisions about the deadlocks and challenges they face on a daily basis.
ABOUT THE CYCLES
Students’ gatherings usually take place with a high degree of flexibility across the three age groups and, in certain circumstances; all Basic Education age groups participate in a project (‘Multiaged Projects’).
At Lumiar, from Nursery to Basic Education, children are grouped in multi-aged cycles.
The cycles are how learners are divided according to age closeness and not by the school year.
Lumiar’s choice to adopt an organization method according to cycles is based on the rationale that the interaction among different ages enriches learning situations and brings about horizontal learning which involves cooperation and partnership.
For each cycle there is tutor providing guidance to his/her group at all times every weekday.
In view of the fact that each group comprises more than one age group, the student spends more than a year in each cycle and, as a result, performs different roles throughout this period: from a newcomer to an experienced member, from the youngest to the oldest, from being a helper to the one needing help, from being the same of all to being the one different than all.
During the Projects, Workshops and Learning Modules, each one reveals their individuality in the collective environment.