Lower Secondary

Lower Secondary

Years 7, Year 8, and Year 9 

​Ages 11 to 13
(Estoril and Lisbon Campuses)

Prime School International stands out as an exceptional educational institution, characterized by continuous innovation, top-tier learning, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to providing diverse experiences. The schools are notable for their high-quality teaching staff, modern facilities, multicultural ethos, emphasis on sciences, sports, and arts. Tailor-made approaches are also integral to addressing the individual needs of students.

Prime School follows the Cambridge International Curriculum in primary and lower secondary, offering two formats: one entirely in English and the other in bilingual mode.

  • English as a First Language: This subject focuses on developing advanced language skills in English, including reading comprehension, writing proficiency, speaking, and listening. Students study literature, grammar, and composition.
  • Science: This subject covers a wide range of scientific topics including biology, chemistry, and physics. Students learn about fundamental scientific principles, conduct experiments, and explore real-world applications.
  • Mathematics: The mathematics curriculum encompasses topics such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Students develop problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, and mathematical fluency.
  • Art & Design:Students engage in creative activities exploring various art forms such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and design. They learn about art history, techniques, and develop their artistic expression.
  • Global perspectives/History/Geography: Students study historical events, cultural developments, and geographical features from around the world. They learn about key historical periods, geographical landscapes, and societal changes.
  • Music and Drama:This subject involves the study of music theory, history, and performance. Students explore different musical genres, learn to play instruments, and participate in theatrical productions.
  • Physical Education: Students engage in physical activities, sports, and games to promote physical fitness, coordination, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
  • ICT/Robotics: Students learn about information and communication technology (ICT) concepts, digital literacy, and computer programming. They also explore robotics principles and engage in hands-on robotics projects.
  • Portuguese as a Second Language: This subject is designed for non-native speakers to develop proficiency in the Portuguese language, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
  • Science Project : Science projects for lower secondary students are interactive activities that motivate them to explore scientific concepts and principles by observing, experimenting, and analysing.

These subjects provide students with a comprehensive and well-rounded education, covering various academic disciplines and fostering critical thinking, creativity, and cultural awareness.

Cambridge Curriculum with Bilingual Delivery, students engage with a diverse range of subjects taught in both English and Portuguese. Here's a breakdown of the content covered in each subject:

Subjects Taught in English: These subjects are delivered entirely in English to facilitate language immersion and proficiency. Students engage with the curriculum in English, covering a range of topics and skills across various disciplines.

  • English as a Second Language: Students further develop their proficiency in the English language, focusing on communication skills such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They engage with English-language texts and materials to enhance their language abilities.
  • Science: Students learn scientific principles and concepts in English, covering topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics. They engage in experiments and investigations to deepen their understanding of the natural world.
  • Mathematics: This subject encompasses mathematical concepts and skills, including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Students solve mathematical problems and explore mathematical relationships using English as the primary language of instruction.
  • ICT/Robotics:Students develop digital literacy skills and technological competencies through activities and projects conducted in English. They explore concepts related to information and communication technology (ICT) and robotics, using English as the language of instruction.
  •  Science projects:  for lower secondary students are interactive activities that motivate them to explore scientific concepts and principles by observing, experimenting, and analysing.

Subjects Taught in Portuguese: These subjects are conducted entirely in Portuguese to promote language immersion and proficiency in a bilingual setting. Students engage with the curriculum in Portuguese, covering a variety of topics and skills across different disciplines.

  • Portuguese as the primary Language: Students advance their proficiency in the Portuguese language, honing their communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They interact with Portuguese-language texts and materials aligned with the Portuguese curriculum to bolster their language proficiency.
  • Global perspectives/History/Geography: Students study historical events, geographical features, and cultural phenomena from around the world, using portuguese as the medium of instruction. They explore different time periods, societies, and civilizations through the lens of history and geography.
  • Music and Drama: Students explore musical and theatrical concepts, practices, and performances in Portuguese. They learn about musical genres, theatrical techniques, and cultural expressions through the medium of Portuguese.
  • Physical Education:This subject focuses on physical fitness, health, and sportsmanship, with instruction delivered in Portuguese. Students engage in various physical activities, games, and sports to promote overall well-being and fitness.
  • Art & Design: Students express their creativity through various art forms, including drawing, painting, and design projects. They learn about art history, techniques, and artistic processes in Portuguese.
  • In addition, students also study Spanish as a second language, further enriching their linguistic skills and cultural awareness. Through this bilingual approach, students have the opportunity to develop proficiency in both English and Portuguese while gaining a well-rounded education across various subjects.


Project-Based Learning 

Interdisciplinary Projects: At Prime School, students engage in projects that integrate various subjects, encouraging them to apply knowledge in real-world contexts. For example, a project on sustainable living might combine science, geography, and management.

Community Projects: By collaborating with local organizations, our students work on projects that benefit the community, fostering a sense of social responsibility and practical problem-solving skills.

Technology Integration

Interactive Learning Platforms: Prime School uses Interactive Learning Platforms and interactive simulations in science and math to enhance understanding and engagement.

Coding and Robotics: Coding and Robotics: We introduce basic programming and robotics to develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills. In this educational cycle, students create their own robots or simple computer games.


Educational Games: We incorporate games into the curriculum in all three schools to make learning fun and interactive. For example, using math games, historical adventures, or apps developed by our IT team and our students.

Classroom Competitions: We organize friendly competitions that motivate students to excel. This may include spelling bees, math challenges, or science fairs.

Experiential Learning

School Trips: The pedagogical team at Prime School organizes regular excursions to museums, science centers, historical sites, and nature reserves with their students to provide hands-on learning experiences.

Outdoor Education: We utilize the school surroundings for lessons in biology, geography, and environmental sciences. Activities include nature walks, field studies, and environmental conservation projects.

Collaborative Learning

Group Work: Encouraging teamwork through group projects and presentations. Students learn to communicate effectively, manage conflicts, and collaborate towards common goals.

Peer Review: Students review each other's work, providing constructive feedback and learning to critique thoughtfully.

STEAM Education

Integrated STEAM Projects: Combining Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in projects that require creative problem-solving and innovation.

Maker Spaces: Creating dedicated areas where students can experiment, build, and invent, using tools and materials to bring their ideas to life.


at Prime School International

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certified

Prime School International is proud to be the first international school in Portugal to join the exclusive and prestigious group of Portuguese Certified Educational Institutions.
This certification underscores our commitment to providing the highest standards of education and boarding facilities, ensuring an exceptional learning environment for our students.