Barlavento International
Primary School
Algarve, Portugal
Primary Education With Inspiration

Learning environment

We are privileged that the school is set in the beautiful Algarvean countryside with extensive outdoor space including two large shaded play areas with a climbing frame, slides and rope swings, a recreation orchard and an all-weather sports pitch for outdoor learning opportunities. The school grounds include areas for storytelling, forest schools, wildlife areas and fruit and vegetable gardens. We are committed to outdoor learning and using the environment as a stimulus for learning opportunities.

The four large, brightly coloured, well equipped classrooms are organised to accommodate Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two children. We aim to have small class numbers to ensure we accommodate each child’s individual needs. Each learning space has been carefully organised to display material to aid the children’s learning, celebrate their work and create an inspiring and stimulating classroom culture.  

All classrooms are fully air conditioned and have been constructed to make learning comfortable in the heat of the summer and the cooler winter months. There is also a library area, a large IT room, a huge sports hall, with a fully-equipped stage and a separate dining area for children and teachers. This fantastic learning environment helps to foster the love of learning and provides the children with the opportunity to ask questions, explore and flourish within and beyond the classroom.

As part of our broad and balanced curriculum, we make regular visits to our rich and diverse local environment and welcome visitors into our school to share their interests, expertise and talents. We also encourage communication with many of our link-schools which are located around the world, in order to develop our international global community.

Our School Day


A Typical School Day….

  • 09.10 – School arrival
  • 09.15 – Registration and lessons
  • 10.50 – Break & snack time
  • 11.15 –  Lessons
  • 12.50 –  Lunch break
  • 13.55 – Afternoon lessons
  • 15.30 – End of the day

Please note we will have to have staggered starting and leaving times initially to accommodate the Covid-19 situation. Details will follow.

Lunch time clubs can include; yoga, football, sports games, chess, gardening, art and animal care club.

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