Prime School offers a flexible curriculum with integrated assessment for 3 to 5 year-olds.

Our Preschool program is filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery, to accommodate active and enthusiastic children, who seek to refine and expand their skills and knowledge. Thanks to specialized teaching practices, purposefully designed learning environments, and enriched activities, teachers ensure preschoolers have joyful, appropriate, and meaningful learning experiences, that lead to success in academia and professional life. Our preschool program goals and practices aim to fulfill families' expectations of educational excellence, helping young learners grow into confident students. 

Preschoolers learn “pre-skills,” which lay the groundwork for the future. Through their playing, singing, and learning, preschoolers gain skills that ultimately help them learn to read, write, build their maths and science skills, and become successful students. Preschoolers also learn “school readiness” skills, which help them understand the routines of school, how to work in a group, and how to be students.


Our preschool programs and curriculum provide pupils with opportunities to integrate listening, speaking, early reading, and writing into daily activities. Preschoolers develop their literacy skills throughout the day, not only during scheduled “reading” time. Teachers use read-aloud as well as poems, songs, and rhymes to teach topics cross-curriculum, and classrooms are filled with signs and labeled objects, which help pupils make connections between objects and words, and words and letters.  


Our preschool teachers create learning experiences that build mathematical skills and reasoning, so pupils can solve problems and use mathematics in real and meaningful ways. Daily preschool maths activities include learning numbers, practicing counting, creating and learning shapes, and working with calendars. In addition, playing with puzzles, building toys, blocks, and games help preschoolers practice and build maths skills as they count, manipulate objects, and work with different shapes and sizes.


Our preschool teachers nurture pupils' intrinsic artistic abilities and help them appreciate art in the broader world, by engaging them in varied creative activities. 


Throughout our preschool science curriculum, teachers carefully plan experiments that not only develop scientific skills but also nurture pupils' natural curiosity. The class will learn about a certain topic (for e.g.: water, weather, animals, plants, and nature) through the use of books, demonstrations with actual objects, exploration outdoors, or interactive activities. In addition, preschoolers are natural scientists as they play and explore the world around them with their inquisitive minds. They constantly experiment and learn as they play outside, explore natural objects, and play with toys such as clay, sandboxes, and water tables.  

Estoril Campus: Whole curriculum taught in English
Sintra Campus: Bilingual curriculum (Portuguese and English)

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Creative Ways of Teaching


Investigating objects in a light box or in a light table; Predicting daily weather; Using microscopes and documenting observations through pictures and charts.


Sharing cultural and family traditions with the class; Working with peers on community service projects; Experiencing the comforting words and gestures of teachers and peers. 


Making their own choices for snacks and meals; Identifying nutritious foods and how they help the body grow; Engaging in physical activities - hopping, climbing, and yoga.


Dictating stories to accompany drawings; Singing songs and reading books from around the world; Making instruments; Painting to the sound of music; Creating dramatic plays. 


Sorting items by size, colour, or shape during clean up; Counting small groups of items and matching them to numerical cards; Playing estimation games. 


Recognizing letters and distinguishing sounds; Answering open-ended questions; Playing language and rhyming games. 

Daily Schedules

Redeveloped with the following in mind:

  • Matching the age and abilities of the children.

  • Outdoor time, both structured and unstructured, every day.

  • At least two large blocks of time for child-directed learning.

And include:

  • Morning and Afternoon Group Time

  • Small-Group Activities

  • Morning and afternoon child-directed learning in learning centers Outdoor play and activities

  • Snack and meals

Extra-Curricular Activities

At Prime School, we understand how important the early years are to both you and your child. This is a time of remarkable growth when children are experiencing rapid development, learning new skills, and progressing steadily towards physical, intellectual, and social-emotional milestones. That is why we invest in extracurricular activities, such as:






Arts & Drama


Modern Languages

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Cambridge Curriculum

Our curriculum provides focused guidance and enriching experiences that build on individual strengths and talents. With our child development professionals at their side, pupils at Prime School are assured of getting the care they need, the creative learning experiences they enjoy, and the intellectually challenging opportunities they deserve.

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