Early Years

Early Years Curriculum Overview

Here at The British School of Lisbon, we aim to provide children in Early Years with educational experiences that develop a positive approach to learning.

By creating a learning environment where children feel at home, they will be more willing to explore new concepts and ideas. Self-discipline, a sense of responsibility, and respect for others are encouraged.

Classroom walls are covered with careful displays of children’s art and craft, as well as language-based information to help them develop language skills. Displays of educational material related to topics being studied and an ever-changing role-play area further stimulate their enthusiasm.

Language and literacy

Language and literacy cover essential aspects of language development and provides a strong foundation on which to build. Particular emphasis is placed on speaking and listening as well as on pre-reading and pre-writing activities.


In Numeracy, children are introduced to essential aspects of mathematical understanding and are provided with the foundation for numeracy. This is achieved through practical activities and by using and understanding simple mathematical language.

Knowledge and Understanding of their Environment

Children in Early Years at BSL acquire basic knowledge and understanding of their environment, other people and features of the natural and human-made world.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development focuses on children learning how to; work, play, co-operate with others and function in a group beyond their family.

Physical Development

The physical development programme aims to help children develop physical control, mobility, awareness of space and manipulative skills in indoor and outdoor environments. Children are actively encouraged to establish positive attitudes towards a healthy and active way of life.

The curriculum at BSL ensures children are ready for Primary School by providing them with a range of knowledge and skills to build the right foundation for good future progress. By the end of the Early Years children will have acquired most, if not all, of the skills and abilities in each of the seven areas of learning: 

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design


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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