The curriculum is divided into 4 core elements aimed to further the development of individuals, which are highly supported by the English National Curriculum.
Learning the Portuguese language is the main instrument of self-awareness and of the world. It is in this context that we give relevance to the Portuguese language, reflecting the concern in preparing our students, not only during their schooling, but also for their future personal, academic and professional journey.
The English language plays a key role in education and society. An education of excellence allows students to speak and write fluently in order to convey their ideas and emotions. Spoken language continues to underpin the development of pupils’ reading and writing during Key Stage 3 and therefore, teachers should ensure that pupils’ confidence and competence in this area continues to develop.
Mathematical language is another basic concern, the importance of which in the academic curriculum is unquestionable, and which constitutes a fundamental pillar in the formation of young people. They will develop knowledge of facts and procedures, Mathematical Reasoning, Mathematical Communication, Problem Solving and the understanding of Mathematics as a coherent whole. Regarding the programme, both Geometry and the study of Functions of Real Variables will have a key role in the classes to be taught. Algebra and Statistics will also play an important part thereof.
Sciences are a Core Element in the New English National Curriculum, therefore we shall pay special attention to what is known as “Combined Science” with the same importance as the Core subjects: Portuguese, English and Mathematics. The great advantage of teaching the Sciences is to understand the world through specialized subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This Science programme is designed with student-centred, active learning at its heart. It aims in building students’ confidence and their enjoyment of Science. Classes will be very practical ‘Working Scientifically’ much of the time on field trips or field observations.
English Literature plays an important role in the cultural, emotional, intellectual and social development of our pupils.
To complement foreign language learning, pupils will have the possibility to learn another Language and Culture.
Geography allows children to improve their knowledge of the places and regions of the world they live in. Through the study of Geography, students establish contact with different societies and cultures, which helps them understand how these spaces are related to each other.
History allows the student to build a global and organised vision of a complex, diverse and constantly changing society. The aim is for the student to be able to grasp basic historical references and at the same time to understand a given period in its context. With these fundamental ideas students will, in turn, create their own knowledge of history.