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At KSI Algarve we strive to provide all our learners with a balanced, relevant, engaging and differentiated education to ensure the success of all our students.

The aim of our school is to support the development of independent lifelong learners. Our teachers seek to instil in learners an attitude of confidence and achievement, which when combined with a rigorous academic curriculum, opportunities for sports and artistic self-expression prepares learners to graduate to the most respected universities in the world.

KSI Algarve will be the first school in the Algarve to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). English is the primary language of instruction, Portuguese mother tongue and second language learning opportunities will also be provided.

KSI Algarve is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP).

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) 

What is the PYP?

  • The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12
  • It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside
  • It is a framework guided by six interdisciplinary themes of global significance
  • Themes are explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas

What are the six subject areas identified within the PYP?

  • Languages (Portuguese & English)
  • Mathematics 
  • Science 
  • Social Studies 
  • Arts (Music, Drama & Visual) 
  • Personal, Social and Physical Education

At least once a week students will have class in the computer labs to use the Information & Communications Technology to support their units of study.

For more information view the IB Learner Profile.

What are the six transdisciplinary themes of the PYP?

  1. Who we are
  2. Where we are in place and time
  3. How we express ourselves
  4. How the world works
  5. How we organise ourselves
  6. Sharing the planet

The themes allow teachers to incorporate local and global issues into the units of inquiry and support children’s learning outside of the confines of learning within just subject areas. Each theme or Unit of Inquiry lasts approximately 6 weeks for Years 1 through 6 and 9 weeks for Nursery and Reception.


Students are continuously assessed by their teachers throughout the unit of inquiry but also receive a formalised end of unit assessment to record their progress of subject specific knowledge, understanding the central idea and learner goals. Assessments particularly focus on mathematics and literacy development.

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More Information

What is an IB Education

FAQs  about the the PYP

IB and Common Standards

How to make your IB credentials stand-out

“The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.”