A HEALTHY LIFE STYLE
Our nurturing approach underpins everything we do at The Casco School. We believe that, in order for students to learn, they first need to feel safe, supported and happy. We follow a curriculum for personal, social and health education called Jigsaw. The programe teaches students emotional literacy, social skills and resilience in an age-appropriate manner. It is a mindful approach that equips students for happier and healthier lives, giving them agency to make their way through the world. The emphasis in our Behaviour Approach is on intrinsic motivation and the understanding that behaviour is a form of communication. We have a gentle and conscious approach with a focus on supporting our students to make good choices. Our staff nurture a positive classroom ethos founded on strong relationships and where respect is underpinned by genuine interest in the child. As a staff team, we model, teach and help children to make use of the ‘zones of regulation’. The aim of this is to enable children to identify emotional states in both themselves and others and to independently adapt and regulate their behaviour accordingly. At key moments in the school year, we introduce and consolidate our Ways of Being, the zones of regulation, solving small problems independently and solving big problems with adult support.
As part of the health and education of every pupil, physical education is a core component of school life and pupils learn the importance of staying fit and active. Each class has 2 sports sessions per week with our coaches. Our early years sports program focuses on the development of fine and gross motor skills, key lessons of nutrition and learning about the body. Using small team games, yoga, gymnastics and lots of fun the children develop understanding and control of their bodies.
We promote healthy eating and expect to see this
value reflected in the children’s lunchboxes. Morning snacks should be 1-2 items such as fruit or vegetables, whilst lunches should be nutritious and balanced.
We are a nut-free school. We have a zero tolerance policy for bringing items containing nuts as we have children with severe allergies. Please double check ingredients and work with us to protect our little ones.
We expect children to eat independently (although we
offer encouragement when necessary!) and ask that families check for choking hazards such as whole grapes, tomatoes or hotdogs. Certain foods should be cut lengthwise to reduce the risk of choking.
We thank our communities for collaborating with us to ensure all our children are happy, safe and healthy!
WE CREATE AND INNOVATE
SCHOOL´S GREAT PARTNERSHIP
We move to the rhythm in our music classes led by the talented Alfrado Hidrvoe from El Lunario. Alfredo studied at the Berklee college of music and is known in Panama for La Luna Tambores. During our music classes students study piano and keyboard, ukulele, percussions, how to read, play and perform as well as music appreciation from across a wide range of genres.
We study a range of arts and media from a young age. Each week students have 2 art classes with our team of specialist art teachers. They study painting, sketching, modeling, textiles and fashion, digital media and art theory. Throughout the key stages students learn about a range of famous artists and styles of art to develop both a classic and modern understanding.
WE´RE A COMUNITY
Beyond the Classroom
At The Casco School we believe the classroom should not be limited by four walls. The learning experience can and should happen outside the school campus as well. This is why the students go out on field trips, to visit exhibitions at local museums, theatres, historical buildings and explore neighbourhoods. They even pay a visit to a local chocolate factory! Experience is a powerful way to learn, and we strive to provide our students with exciting new experiences that open their minds to new ways of reflecting about the world that surrounds them.
Residentials are brief trips for students in years 5 and 6 and are their first real taste of independence. They experience it in a safe and positive environment which enables them to boost their confidence. Whilst away, they do fun and exciting activities, they share laughs with their best friends and build memories they will keep forever. But Residentials are about much more than that: they are about their personal growth, independence, resilience and how they use all the experiences they encounter to become better global citizens. In 2023 the Residential took place in Taboga. The trip’s motto was «Teamwork», and together the students did watersports and activities immersed in nature.
We have a bus service throughout the city.
Children are looked after by a monitor. Signup is via a simple form and the bus service provider will be in contact.