Primary school

Primary school

Welcome to CSi’s Primary section where our highly motivated, engaged and happy children thrive.

Following CSi’s vision, all the work in our school is differentiated according to each child ability so that all pupils achieve their full potential during these so important years of their lives.

We provide and promote a caring, secure and stimulating environment so that children feel respected and emotional secure.

Pupils start our Year 1 at 4 years old where late Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is taught, continuing at their pace into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 through the delivery of the National Curriculum of England, with our Bilingual component.

Lessons are taught in English and Portuguese and children easily and quickly adapt to the listening and speaking of both languages.

In Years 1 and 2 the class has a qualified teacher and a teacher assistant.

We aim to develop independent learners and encourage this independence in all aspects of the curriculum. Through our Pedagogical values and PSHE lessons children develop an understanding of our values and behavioural expectations. The children are prepared and able to use the skills they have learnt in their everyday lives. They feel secure enough to take risks and embrace challenge whilst developing a strong sense of self-worth and belief. PSHE helps our children to navigate their life in a changing world.


“The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum”
Statutory guidance – National curriculum for England: Framework for key stages 1-4; 3.2
In KS1 the curriculum builds upon the seven areas of learning in EYFS towards the ten areas of learning in the National Curriculum for England: Framework for KS1 to 4.

Core Subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Foundation subjects:

  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Music

In addition to these subjects PSHE and RE are incorporated into curriculum time and assemblies for both Year 1 and 2.

In Year 1 the children have one Portuguese language session a week. In Year 2 the children begin formal Portuguese language lessons twice a week.
Literacy and Mathematics are taught as separate subjects but are also often linked to cross curricular themes which incorporate Science, History, Geography, Art, and Design Technology. 
Computing, Music, Physical Education and Portuguese are taught by specialist teachers.
English Language is at the forefront of our Primary School Curriculum and is integral to all that we teach. Our teachers receive training in teaching English as an additional language and integrate this knowledge when planning the whole curriculum.

We believe that language is of vital importance in our learning process. It enables children to communicate their thoughts and ideas and make sense of written and spoken language in all its forms. As a core we use the National Curriculum 2014 from which teachers plan. Children are provided with a dynamic, engaging English curriculum, enriched through a wealth of texts. This develops children’s reading, writing, spelling and listening skills. Additionally there is an emphasis on spelling, grammar and punctuation. We have a passion for reading, equipping them with language to effectively communicate through the written and spoken word.

Our aim in Mathematics is for each child to achieve their potential, to attain the basic skills and concepts in Mathematics and to develop the insight to apply these skills in a variety of situations. Differentiated, stimulating and exciting activities help children at St. Julian’s enjoy Mathematics and to see the fun and beauty in it. They are able to use it to help understand and explain the world around them. They feel secure enough to take risks, embrace challenge and develop deductive reasoning skills. Children are continually developing skills in all areas of Mathematics; this helps them to see how Mathematics is such an important part of everything we do. Numbers are the key to unlock the door of mathematical problems.


Within the Primary school assessment is both Formative and Summative. Formative assessment by teachers is assessment for learning on a day to day basis and incorporates integrated feedback; the teachers adapt their planning accordingly. Summative assessment is carried out termly. It is assessment of learning, it supports and informs teacher assessment. 

If at any time during Key Stage One children are experiencing problems or need support in an area of the curriculum we may, after consulting with their parents, seek advice from our Student Support Department as to ways in which we can best help them.

We aim to ensure that the children leave Key Stage One with a positive self-image, are resilient and have the confidence needed to tackle new situations and problems. We value the partnership we have with parents, your help is essential in developing a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Together we hope to develop the understanding that school is about much more than learning, it's about the whole child.
he Key Stage 2 curriculum follows on from the Key Stage 1 curriculum and provides continuity and progression of learning.

For each subject in this Key Stage, the English National Curriculum programmes of study set out what pupils are taught. English and Maths are taught according to the Primary Framework, whilst the other subjects’ programmes are adapted to suit our environment and our student profile. They are taught in a differentiated cross curricular approach linked to several different themes throughout the year.

The school offers specialist subject teaching in the following subjects: Portuguese, Information and Communication Technology, Music, Physical Education. Portuguese is compulsory for all children and is taught at all levels from beginners to first language level (Equivalência).

As a parent, we believe you have a very important role to play in helping your children learn. The most important thing you can do is be interested in what your child is learning at school, and encourage them to tell you about it and explain it.

Communication between parents and school is vital, and we are always available to discuss your child’s progress and welfare.