International Primary School (Years 1-6)

Primary School forms the foundation for a child’s future learning. Whether you choose our Lagoa or Almancil campus, Nobel International School Algarve 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 two International Primary Schools welcome 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. Children attending our Lagoa campus have the benefit of mixing with a bigger school community where they may read with senior students or meet them through inter-house competitions. Those pupils based at our Almancil international bi-lingual primary school are in a close-knit environment with only children up to the age of 10.

What makes our Primary School unique:

  • Nobel International School 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

In 2017, the Cambridge Checkpoint curriculum was introduced at Nobel International School Algarve Lagoa campus for Maths, English and Science, and in these subjects children will have the opportunity to receive detailed reports following class-based summative assessments at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2.

  • 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 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. One of the annual highlights for our young scientists is the Halloween Science Spooktacular show; the annual science fair run by senior students is also popular with primary children as they get to mix with older students and to learn from experiments they design.

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 International School 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. Our music teachers from the Instrumental Programme, a bespoke programme for Nobel International School students, run sessions at both Lagoa and Almancil campuses.
  • 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 and they have opportunities to mix with Portuguese children all day at Almancil and at play times, inter-house competitions and “one school” events at Lagoa.
  • 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.