Mount Saint Agnes hails success of play-based learning
A play-based approach to learning has helped elementary pupils at Mount Saint Agnes Academy to thrive despite challenges brought out by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Anna Faria Machado, the school’s principal, said that as well as child-centred, interactive lessons, a key component of MSA’s elementary school experience is the use of Kagan Cooperative Learning in the development of communication skills and working in teams.
Ms Machado said: “After returning to a normal school year, we have noticed that there are social skills gaps with students who have had such a momentous interruption to their schooling.
“It is important for our students to know that they have a voice and understand how to use it. They learn how to communicate with one another and advocate for themselves, both with their peers and with adults.”
Play-based learning, community involvement and leadership skills are areas that have helped pupils at the school to excel, Ms Machado said, as well as differential learning, a collaborative environment and opportunities for growth.
MSA also provides counselling from Solstice for students who require support.
Ms Machado added: “MSA promotes community values, both within our school and the wider community.”
“Our students genuinely love helping people and the recent Read and Feed Programme, which provides food to The Eliza DoLittle Society, is just one of the many ways they serve the community throughout the year.”
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