Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

The British School of Lisbon’s curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum (ENC) provided by the British Department for Education (DFE). This curriculum is both rigorous, respected and recognised around the world. The curriculum is adapted to allow a more international perspective and includes studies of local language and heritage.
As a result, any child attending our school will not only benefit from a rich and vibrant programme of studies but can also easily transition into any British or international school. Moreover, this includes having their studies recognised by the most reputable universities worldwide.

The notion that learning a second language improves your first, or that playing the violin deepens your reasoning skills, or that a game of tennis might even boost your mathematical ability is not naturally intuitive. It is these ideas that are at the very heart of our curriculum. A child’s learning capability is immensely heightened compared to adult learners, and it is during childhood that they can more easily pick up a second language, learn to play an instrument or develop athletic ability. Our curriculum aims high and our exceptional teachers motivate and inspire pupils to relish in their learning.


Pupils who complete their education at BSL will attain a high level of competency across all subjects. Learning is mostly question-based with an emphasis on problem-solving, aiming to build a pupil’s ability to reason and think independently.


Teaching and learning are about making the most of a child’s natural curiosity to learn and be inquisitive. In Early Years, learning takes place principally through guided play. As work gradually becomes more structured in Primary School, lessons are planned to be exciting and engaging.

Personalised Curriculum:

Teachers plan lessons with differentiated outcomes allowing for a range of achievements. This enables teachers to match each experience as closely as possible to individual needs while providing scope for pupils to be stretched academically.


A global vision is embedded throughout the entire curriculum, and all subjects extend national borders and become universal.

In addition to a rigorous and challenging academic programme, BSL also runs lively sports, music, arts and drama programmes. This approach presents students with many opportunities to develop their skills and interests outside of the classroom.


We are always delighted to hear from prospective parents that are considering our international school for their children’s education. Please do not hesitate to call us on the phone number above or select from the options below.

You can ask us a question, arrange a school visit (instant confirmation), or make a formal application to join the school. Please click one of the buttons below to make contact with our admissions department. Note: As an international school we conduct admissions placement all year. Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 are for children in Nursery (3 years old) through to Year 4 (8-9 years old), in 2020-2021 we will also offer Year 5 (9-10 years old.), we will continue to add year groups each and every year until we achieve full secondary school.


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