Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum of England and is adapted to allow for the international community and our lives here in Portugal. We aim to enable children to think broadly and creatively, and to consider a wide variety of options available to them. The ‘thematic’ approach will be used through topics, which will interlink our children’s learning of History, Geography, Science, Art, Design and Technology, Music and Drama. Alongside these topics, and often interlinked with them, are the core skills of Reading, Writing and Maths. We will also include lessons in Portuguese, Physical Education, PSHE, Mindfulness and Wellbeing. In the coming months we hope to establish a vegetable garden and food forest in the school grounds which will include small farm livestock such as chickens.
We are privileged that the school is set in the beautiful Algarvian countryside with extensive outdoor space including two large shaded play areas with a climbing frame and 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 and 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.
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.
A Typical School Day
09.15 ~ Registration and lessons
10.50 ~ Break & snack time
11.15 ~ Lessons
12.50 ~ Lunch break
14.00 ~ Afternoon lessons
15.30 ~ End of the day
However, please note initially we will have staggered starting and leaving times to accommodate the Covid-19 situation. Details will follow.