Barlavento International
Primary School
Algarve, Portugal
Primary Education With Inspiration

Curriculum: Foundation Stage


Our curriculum is based on the UK ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ where children are given the opportunity to learn, through play based activities, both indoors and outdoors. The Foundation Stage Curriculum has seven key areas of learning. These are:

Prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific areas:

  • Literacy (Phonics, reading and writing)
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our Vision is that all children are happy, thrive and succeed during their first years at school. A carefully planned curriculum, which is informed by the children’s interests, ensures children are active participants in their learning and development. In planning and guiding the children’s activities we incorporate the three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:

Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’.

Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.

Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Home Learning


Whilst your child is at home, it’s important that they continue to learn and grow. Educating a child is most successful when families and schools work together in the best interest of the child. We welcome your input and assistance in educating your child and we hope that you enjoy participating in the activities and research which your child will be encouraged to do at home. For instance, supporting your child with spellings, reading, maths, times tables and research and creative projects. 

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