Barlavento International
Primary School
Algarve, Portugal
Primary Education With Inspiration

Foundation Stage (3-5 years)


Welcome to Pearl Class!


Pre-reception (3-4 yrs)

Reception (4-5 yrs)


Hello and a warm welcome to our class and team. Pearl class is a place where children thrive. Embracing contemporary pedagogical approaches that focus on the whole child, we provide an environment in which children can enjoy playing, exploring, investigating and learning.

The environment at Barlavento Early Years is one which embraces the joy of childhood and actively encourages children to remain curious and fascinated by the experiences they encounter. Curriculum activities are informed by our key values of connection, cooperation and communication, ensuring that children experience learning in a thoroughly nurturing environment.

At Barlavento, learning and development happen both indoors and outdoors. In our indoor space the children have the opportunity to explore our role-play zone, small world area, and crafting and creating space, as well as taking the opportunity for peace and quiet in our calm corner. Outdoors, we have a mud kitchen, sand play area, nature investigation zone and play dough station. The children also have opportunities to use the wonderful sports facilities during PE and outdoor playgrounds at break time.

Communication and language development is a key focus of our EYFS curriculum and each day children will have the opportunity to sing, join in with rhymes and poems and be actively engaged in story time. We are committed to including a diverse range of literature in our setting and know how important it is for children to be involved in conversation, storytelling and role-play. Age appropriate literacy is encouraged as children begin to explore letters and sounds in preparation for reading and writing. Numeracy is taught through multisensory games, activities and interactive experiences so that children develop a love for Mathematics and see the wonder of connecting numbers. In our setting children will enjoy a smooth rhythm of activities that flows through the day, including gardening, mindfulness, drama and music as additions to our EYFS programme.

The Year Ahead in Pearl Class

This presentation was presented to the parents in a curriculum meeting held in October 2021 to give parents an insight into the learning ahead in Pearl class.
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Here is a little insight into the teaching and learning that has taken place so far with the topic in Pearl class:

What has been happening in our class in Term 1?

Early Years have had a wonderful start to the term. For our Awesome Autumn topic we have been crafting and creating hedgehogs and owls. We have enjoyed learning about Florence’s Paper Lantern event, the Mid-Autumn festival celebrated in Asian cultures and the Harvest Moon.

Alongside the rest of the school, we have been exploring the ocean inspired by the tale of Duffy, a turtle who gets very poorly after mistakenly eating some discarded plastic. We have been actively involved in Barlavento’s Positive Pathways program enjoying our relaxing calm corner, our daily well-being check in and our breath and meditation sessions.


What has been happening in our class in Term 2?

.Inspired by our class motto: ‘We Can Do Hard Things’ we will look at people from the past and present who have shown resilience, perseverance and determination on their adventures and explorations. Each week the children will have a story connected to the Explorer or Adventurer of the week.  One week they may be transported to the cold Antarctic with Felicity Aston and the next to Africa with Mario Rigby.  We’ll climb mountains with Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, head into space with Valentina Tereshkova and be wowed by ultrarunner Jasmine Paris.  The children will learn the stories of Portuguese explorers including Vasco da Gama. Our topic will represent our diverse world and show a commitment to promoting diversity in all its forms.

Our topic will not be limited to a representation of white male explorers as is the norm in this area of history. We will learn about Amelia Earheart, Felicity Aston, Mario Rigby, Matthew Henson and many more.  The children will be inspired to find their own desire to explore and adventure and each week will have a mini imaginative journey together developing their skills of observation, map reading and teamwork.

Class teacher: Lindsay Gale

Drama Day – Adventurers and Explorers

To celebrate the end of our topic we took the children on a mini adventure to the local park in Espiche. The children dressed up as their favourite explorers from the topic and brought in things they might need for their adventure: binoculars, magnifying glasses and hand drawn maps. They packed up their rucksacks with food to sustain them on their journey and set off for the walk under very dark clouds. Undeterred by the threat of rain, they walked with determination and dodged the showers by sheltering under the trees.

Finally, we made it to the park and the children were rewarded with fair weather and even some spells of sunshine. After a couple of hours of exploring all the things at the park and eating our picnic lunch, the children made the journey back to base camp and enjoyed their afternoon snack with rosy red cheeks and big appetites.

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