Primary School


The subjects taught in Portuguese follow the national curriculum, as the subjects taught in English follow a programme adapted to meet specific requirements, in view of a more rigorous approach. Accordingly, our English programs, which integrate different levels of study, are developed with the aim of aggregating the National English Curriculum to the University of Cambridge English exams, as it is our aim to certify our students through these exams.

St. Peter’s International School embodies in its ideology the purpose of integrating students into the traditions and customs of Anglo-Saxon culture. Our teachers are native speakers, which allows for a closer look at the details of the language as well as the cultural idiosyncrasies that occur inside and outside class.

Embracing a bilingual teaching context, we provide our students with the necessary tools to successfully achieve their personal goals in what is increasingly a demanding and competitive world where teaching English is absolutely decisive for both their academic and professional future.

Throughout Primary school, from 1st to 4th grade, our students benefit from seven hours of structured English lessons per week so that the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are put into practice. Grammar content is taught in a variety of ways and written work is produced according to the children’s level of English. Fun projects, literature classes, creative writing and oral assignments are part of our students’ day-to-day English approach.

At this age-group, our students also have a wide range of different subjects that allows them to gain skills in language competence as well as develop a real interest in the Anglo-Saxon culture. Social Studies is a weekly subject in which our students learn cultural, geographic and idiomatic content. Students address the different cultural aspects of Anglo-Saxon countries, including their festivities and historical events. They are also encouraged to discuss and reflect on moral values and their conduct.

Our assessment process focuses on the five main language skills: Reading, Writing, Language Practice, Listening and Speaking. These skills are assessed separately in different contexts, reflecting the diversity of circumstances in which a language is used. Writing skills (Reading; Writing; Language Practice and Listening) are assessed in more formal tests as well as in other activities such as creative writing, literary analysis or listening to various media. Speaking skills are assessed in oral presentations, role-plays, classroom discussions and many other activities, many of them simulations of everyday situations.

In addition to the classroom assessment by our teachers, our students are also assessed by the University of Cambridge through the exams they take, which test the five language skills mentioned above. Starting in Grade 3 with the Young Learners Exams, all the way to the Certificate of Proficiency in English at Secondary School, our students can attest to their level of English with an internationally recognised certification.





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