International Primary School (Years 1-6)

Primary School forms the foundation for a child’s future learning. Nobel International School Algarve’s International Primary School offers a challenging academic education in a creative, warm, and holistic learning environment that enables children to reach their full potential. We see the world as a classroom, and thus much of the teaching in the primary grades is done outside the traditional setting.

Our International Primary School welcomes students aged five to ten. We aim to provide a high-quality education in the British tradition, customised to instil a sense of belonging in the Algarve and Portugal.

What makes our Primary School unique:

  • Nobel Algarve offers the internationally recognised British national curriculum, with modifications to contextualise the learning experience for international students living in Portugal.
  • Our learning approach is inquiry-based and trans-disciplinary, creating a strong foundation for project-based learning, which is the focus in later years.
  • One of our core values is health education, taught through all subjects and general school life. This includes a robust physical education programme, lots of time outdoors, nutritious homemade food, a positive school climate, and an emphasis on social development and mental health.

Core Subjects

  • English – Students follow the Oxford International Reading Scheme, with extensive focus on spelling, grammar and punctuation skills. Our educators employ a wide variety of creative activities to help develop the children’s language skills.
  • English as a Foreign Language – A dedicated English Support Teacher focuses on rapidly building English language skills. Students with limited English proficiency are integrated into the class routine as much as possible, to help develop oral skills through interaction and participation.
  • Mathematics – Our structured mathematics programme aims to build number skills. Students participate in a range of activities that consolidate, reinforce and develop key concepts. Regular diagnostic testing is used to assess progress and identify the need for extra support.
  • Science – Children take part in investigative scientific activities using the Ginn Star Science Scheme. Our programme benefits from the resources provided by our Secondary School Science department, and is guided by creative and committed educators.

Foundation Subjects

Class teachers incorporate history, geography, information technology, art, design technology and drama into the curriculum, while specialist teachers contribute lessons in music, languages and physical education.

  • Music – Weekly music lessons build toward student performances for the wider community, including weekly assemblies, the annual carol concert, end of year productions and the school musical. Nobel Algarve is a Royal Schools of Music examination centre, and children from the age of six can study a range of instruments to level 8.
  • Physical Education – Students participate in a broad range of athletic activities, including gymnastics, games, team sports and outdoor and adventure tasks.
  • Portuguese – Taught in ability groups from Year 1, Portuguese instruction aims to ensure that each child develops skills to the highest standard. Students can extend their learning with after school Portuguese clubs.
  • Special Educational Needs Support – Available for children who need it, our Special Education team can provide individualised support to ensure each student performs to his or her potential. English support is also available.


Primary children are expected to read regularly. Year 1 and 2 pupils take home a reading book every day to read aloud to a family member. In Years 3 and 4, homework is given at the teacher’s discretion, for example to learn spellings and tables and to complete class assignments. Weekend homework is usually required. In Years 5 and 6, the children have homework every evening.