The Papagoya Micro- School is a dynamic, energetic and community-minded space where children learn in mixed age groups unlike traditional spaces that have defined grades. We engage our young learners through creative, purposeful and holistic learning experiences while building out a pioneering school which focuses on learning through the joy of play. The Papagoya School caters to diverse student learning styles and needs, through the application of a wide range of teaching techniques, particularly in mathematics, literacy and in integrated, thematic-based and project-based learning experiences
Learning through Play
We have built Papagoya as a space where learning is joyful, playful and continuous. Where learning how to learn is more important than rote knowledge. Papagoya is based on the framework of The Pedagody of Play. The Pedagogy of Play is a research collaboration between Project Zero and the LEGO Foundation, to redefine play and reimagine learning in schools, exploring three core questions: What does it mean to have a pedagogy of play and why is it important? What does playful learning look and feel like in classrooms and schools? How do educators set up the conditions where playful learning thrives? The core tenants of the framework are:
Play is how we Learn : Through play we try our ideas, test theories, explore social relations and reimagine the world. In play we ask "What if".
We play with Purpose : Bringing together learning goals along with children's natural ways of learning through play.
We do this together: Playful learning is a team sport. Success depends on trusting the school culture where children and adults are supported in asking what if and ideas are tested.
Play is a mindset : Supporting children to approach learning with a playful mindset. Activate mindsets where learners and teachers frame and reframe school experiences to be curious, creative, imaginative and find joy in learning.
Core to our belief is creating lifelong learners while staying relevant to a hyper changing world. We work at removing the belief that curriculum and academic testing are the main parameters in defining success. We believe that children need to acquire a set of academic skills that allow them to further their own learning journeys. We use the IGCSE curriculum as a basis for our skills development and preparing children to write the 10th grade IGCSE exam.
Giving children the ability to explore and hone their strengths, and giving them the time and space to allow them to define their own paths. Through explorations children get to experience categories like Dance, Music, Sports, Theater, Art, Yoga and so much more. The idea is to give children in the primary years maximum exposure to activities to allow for them to find their passion and also specialize in areas that are not always curriculum driven during their school day.
At Papagoya we believe it is critical that children learn holistically and learn from a community. This ensures we are not limited by curriculum but driven by curiosity. We work in a theme and project based manner where we bring together topics from across the world and allow children to explore them and find learning pathways using the skills they have acquired through the curriculum. Project and theme -based learning allows for learning to go on longer, encourage complete immersion, focus on completion and commitment. Some of our themes in the past have included - The Olympics, Plant & Plant Ecosystems, Little People -Big Dreams, The Human Body to name a few.