Differentiated projects


Papião provides its students with a variety of innovative and globalising educational experiences, implementing differentiated and unique projects that involve the school and the local community, encouraging and valuing the active participation of families.

Integrated English Project

Papião is recognised as a reference school in the teaching and learning of the English language. We were innovative in implementing a differentiated project for integrated English, carried out by a team of specialised teachers and teaching assistants, who accompany students in the various contexts of life at school and on field trips.

In this model, which enables and expands social interaction, communicative sensitivity and creative thinking, language learning takes place informally – by immersion, with students in regular contact with the language during their daily routines – and in a formal way– in English classes, daily from the age of 3.

In Nursery, English learning takes place through immersion, as the language is used naturally in communication and in the transmission of academic content. Twice a week, in the 2 years old classroom, the English teacher will interact with the group, only in English, in the development of classroom activities – English Time (phonological awareness, listening, attention and oral skills).

In Preschool, English Time is included daily in the planning of curricular activities. The exploration of the contents and the materials developed (course book, literacy, art, music and story-based lessons) are the responsibility of the teacher, who monitors the groups independently.

The English learning is also complemented by the teaching assistant, who accompanies the students during classroom activities, at playtime, school meals and on school visits, etc.

In Primary, our students have daily English classes, taught by specialised and experienced teachers, with specific syllabus (course book, vocabulary, grammar, phonics, culture, literacy, science, arts and crafts), using diversified resources, such as Cambridge course books, interactive materials, among others. Students have a library (reading folders) available, organised by the English team, with the aim of promoting reading in English in collaboration with parents.

Weekly support classes are also included, as well as monitoring, during playtime and holidays, by teachers or teaching assistants.


Papião values sport as a source of health, discipline, team spirit and healthy competition. We encourage the practice of physical activity, offering numerous curricular and extracurricular activities, as well as projects related to health education, healthy living habits and well-being.

We believe that regular sports practice promotes the cognitive development of our students; it also helps to reduce anxiety levels, increases concentration, improves self-esteem (by valuing effort and commitment), promotes discipline, self-control, and respect, and reinforces cooperation and team spirit.

Papião provides the practice of judo in a consistent and regular way. As part of the curricular offer for Preschool (3, 4, and 5 years old) and for primary (1st Year) judo takes place weekly, under the guidance of a specialised teacher. Judo is recommended by UNESCO as one of the most suitable sports for children, influencing the development of different motor, cognitive and affective aspects. It contributes to self-confidence, psychological balance, development of reasoning, strengthening of character, respect for others, muscle control and improvement of reflexes in our students.

We recognise the importance of physical activity for healthy and harmonious development, including it in the school life of our students, not only through sports, but also by organising regular school visits to the local community, providing experiences in public places (parks, gardens, leisure places, etc.) and encouraging contact with nature, therefore facilitating observation and exploration, discovery, autonomy, and proactivity.

To Be Healthy

The To Be Healthy Project aims to promote healthier and more sustainable eating habits and practices. In partnership with nutritionist Mariana Bessa, from Nutrir – Consulting in Food and Nutrition, Project To Be invests in the food education of its students and in the training of employees.
To Be Healthy includes:

  • Review and diversification of menus (varied, balanced and complete menus, with natural foods and essential nutrients, and lacto-ovo vegetarian option);
  • Training of the College’s human resources (kitchen staff, to train and improve the methods of preparing the menus, and teachers, who will continue the food education project with the students);
  • Food education sessions with students;
  • Workshops with families.

We believe that, through this transversal project that involves employees, students and families, we are contributing to the well-being of our educational community and to the sustainability of the planet. We contribute to healthier child development by introducing more fresh fruit and vegetables, reducing meat consumption and reducing the use of refined sugars and salt in our menus.

To Be Parent

Project To Be encourages, in its schools, a family and affective environment, with the participation of parents as central elements of educational processes, valuing openness and cooperation within the school community.

In compliance with the To Be values, there will be organised information sessions open to families or thematic sessions on parental education.

Papião´s parents are encouraged to participate as speakers in lectures and webinars related to topics in their professional area of interest.

Cambridge certification

Papião has been preparing its 3rd and 4th year students for the Cambridge Young Learners Exams since 2010, allowing them to obtain the Cambridge International Certification. Since 2015, Papião has been a Cambridge Educational Partner and Cambridge Preparation Center for English Qualifications.

We believe that learning English is an essential skill to adapt to a globalised world. We invest in early exposure to the English language – in nursery, preschool and primary.

Our students gradually benefit from learning the English language in an integrated approach: in an immersive and informal context – naturally present in their daily routines – and in formal academic moments – classes. Formal teaching of English is carried out using Cambridge University´s curriculum, resources and certification.

As a Cambridge Educational Partner, we profit from numerous benefits that cover the entire educational community and guarantee a context of excellence in the teaching and learning of the English language.

Throughout their academic life, our students are prepared for Cambridge exams, namely for Young Learners English Tests (YLE). YLE are designed for children aged 6 to 12. They are subdivided into three exams that certify different levels of English (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers) in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students are able to take the exams in Papião’s premises.

Digital Education

Papião invests in the digital education of its students, promoting pedagogical and responsible use of digital technologies to improve teaching, learning and assessment. We promote an educational culture with a digital aspect: education of technology (to access knowledge), educational integration of technologies (mobilised with pedagogical intentions) and development of digital skills (knowledge, skills and attitudes related to information and communication technologies).

We have integrated ICT (Technology, Information and Communication) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) classes into Primary´s curriculum. In ICT, students acquire knowledge about the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Microsoft Teams, and are alerted to the rules and procedures of a safe and critical use of the internet. In STEM, they develop interdisciplinary projects that approach concepts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in an integrated way, with challenges that leads them to work with teachers in the construction of knowledge. These projects develop the so-called 21st Century skills, improving the cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal areas, and placing the students at the center of their learning trajectory. The methodology of this project work also promotes communication skills, resilience, empathy and teamwork.

We want to be a school where students, teachers and families work together, teach and learn in a digital environment, seeking to encourage digital literacy, improving equipment, increasing digital educational resources and content, therefore preparing students for an increasingly digital future.


With the guidance of teacher, biologist and environmental educator Rute Candeias, primary students develop activities in science and environment, including classes, projects and school visits, always privileging practical methodologies and interaction with natural elements.

At the workshops, we aim to encourage our students to participate in the habits of citizenship, in the search for solutions that allow for an improvement in the quality of life at school and in the community. We want to create more conscientious citizens who actively contribute to the Man vs Nature Balance.

Papião aims to be a place for sustainable education, adopting good practices in respect for environmental values and the preservation of the environment.

Be Blue Project

BE BLUE Project for a Bluer Ocean and an Always Green Planet was a social Impact Project that mobilised the educational communities of To Be Schools to protect the Ocean, therefore showing that schools can and should be active agents in the local communities and educate for present and future changes.

To raise awareness and contribute to changing behaviours and attitudes, numerous scientific-pedagogical, field and artistic activities were carried out in schools and in public places in the community, in partnership with personalities and entities linked to the sea.

As part of this project, the Anthem Be Blue was composed and recorded, the Be Blue documentary was made and the Be Blue final Exhibition was open to the public, which brought together all the work produced over two academic years by the educational communities of To Be Schools.

Students, educational and local communities from the four schools have participated actively during Be Blue: “Colégio da Beloura”, “Colégio Catarina de Bragança”, “Colégio Papião” and “Colégio da Fonte”.

Papião recognises the importance of adopting behaviours and attitudes that maintain a positive social impact and contributes to the social and environmental development of communities.

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