At MIS key stage one refers to Pre- school, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, this means children from the age of 3 to 7.


Maputo International School inspires pre-schoolers to explore the world around them with hands-on activities which are designed to engage and excite them at the age of 3 to 4 years (pre-school A) and 4 to 5 years (pre-school B). In this phase we cater for early childhood development, in other words the emotional, intellectual, social and physical development of learners which has a direct effect on their holistic future well-being.


In the Reception Year our children build upon the skills and experiences they have encountered during the Foundation Stage. The learning is still based in a largely social atmosphere and through guided play, but more formal lessons in literacy and numeracy are gradually introduced, thus providing pupils with excellent preparation and grounding for the more formal learning environment that they will encounter in Years One and Two.

YEARS 1 & 2

In Years 1 and 2 our children build upon the skills and experiences they have encountered during the Foundation Stage and Reception. Gradually, by maintaining a social atmosphere and a carefully monitored, formal curriculum, children are introduced to a full range of subjects by the end of Year Two.

Classes are kept to a maximum of twenty-two children. This enables teachers to monitor each pupil's progress, providing enrichment and support on an individual basis.

Physical activities play an important role with the children enjoying PE, games or swimming session every week. We also have a specialist music teacher to provide children with basic music skills. All children receive one hour of Portuguese tuition from a Portuguese teacher every week. These lessons are offered on two levels, beginners and advanced. We also have a dedicated teacher of English enrichment classes for children who need support in adapting to English as their primary language of learning.

In Key Stage One we aim to:

  • Provide a nurturing and secure environment, encouraging a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.
  • Encourage positive relationships between home and school.
  • Prepare children to embrace the challenges and achievements that they will encounter as they develop.
  • Educate and encourage children to live in a way that will lead to good health for life.
  • Encourage children to be independent and develop good learning habits.
  • Inspire all children to be creative learners.
  • Promote kindness to others and embrace our differences and similarities, irrespective of gender, religion, ability, race or cultural background.
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum responding appropriately to the diverse emotional, cultural and learning experiences of our children.

Tadala Mvula

Head of KS1

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The Maputo International School, founded in 1976, caters for the children of both expatriate and Mozambican families.

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