Project based learning (PBL) at The Fenix School

For the last two weeks, The Fenix School moved to space on the invitation of Captain Crater, The Space Postman whose mission is to deliver letters and parcels around the universe.

Onboard The Fenix Spaceship: 13 young astronauts, 4 adult astronauts and of course Captain Crater, our host. Are you ready for a trip? Let’s Blast off!

First we discovered life on a spaceship: we had helmets on, walked slow motion and slept against the wall. We felt like being Valentina during her first trip to space.

Then, we met the inhabitants of each planet. Our first stop was Planet Fizz where we met Princess Shush and gave her a wedding invitation from... The Marquis de Carabas and Princess Botté. She was delighted and promised she’d come.

The Second stop was on Planet Ooloo. We had a parcel for farmer Flop. It was a book. He was happy.

The Third stop was on Planet Astro. We were supposed to give a postcard to Blop but the post bag fell from the spaceship! We had to look for it! So we went north. No bag! We went south. No bag! We went east and west. No bag! We had great fun turning left and right on the spaceship and even did a ‘left-right kind of day’ Dance.

Eventually we got a phone call from The Space Police telling us that they had found the bag hanging from a star. Ouf! Blop could finally get the postcard from his twin brother Blip, informing him that he was arriving the next day.

After delivering all letters, we realised that one person looked terribly angry in this universe. The Postman had no letter or parcel for him! So we decided that we should do something to make him feel better. We wrote letters and filled parcels with gifts. Now, he is happy.

So, for a last time, we had a look around us before going back to earth, where we have a few days to get ready for a wedding but before that we would like to share what we saw there with you:

Project Based Learning (PBL) and The Fenix School

PBL is a teaching method that we, at The Fenix School, like because it offers our pupils (and us, teachers) the opportunity of working differently, with multi-age groups and to achieve different outcomes than in our usual classes/subjects. It gives us the liberty to create an entire world in which we invite our pupils to enter. They love it. They can play a role, go on a search, discover facts.

What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.

In Project Based Learning, teachers make learning come alive for students.

As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills.

Why PBL?

Because Project Based Learning engages students in learning that is deep and long-lasting, and inspires for them a love of learning and personal connection to their academic experience.

You also believe that teaching in 2020 should be different and that teachers should use different approaches in their classroom? Please do not hesitate to get in touch, you would certainly wish to enrol your child at The Fenix School for the school year 2021 and enable him/her to experience a real modern education, here, in Mauritius.

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