Curriculum

siteThrough our programme and teaching methods we aim to cultivate well-balanced, self-disciplined, open-minded, caring and enquiring young people who possess a breadth of understanding that can be applied to new situations. Our aim is not only to develop diligent and effective learners in the academic sense but to support the overall healthy development and positive outlook of young people. The emphasis on academic achievement is, therefore, balanced by our concern to develop our students’ physical, emotional and social needs and to ensure that they are well prepared to become active and participating citizens.

The curriculum is designed to meet the different needs of our particular student body while maintaining an essentially British education and ethos. We aim to give pupils a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated educational experience with an increasing emphasis on cross-curricular links. International and Brazilian elements are incorporated where appropriate.

From Pre-Nursery to Class 4 the programme broadly follows the IPC – International Primary Curriculum. Classes 5, 6 and 7 follows the British National Curriculum. Secondary students are prepared for the University of Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations that are taken at the end of Class 9. The final two years are directed towards the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a demanding course leading to a highly respected and widely recognised university entrance qualification.

Academic standards are very good – results in both IGCSE and the IB have been maintained at a high standard over the years. English is the language of teaching and learning throughout the school and its use, fluency and accuracy are promoted to the fullest extent. Portuguese is taught as either a first language or Portuguese for beginners.

 

Table of Comparison

star This table shows a comparison of The British School year groups with the British, American and Brazilian systems.