Maintaining the high standards and inclusive nature of our Pre-school, the Primary curriculum further motivates our children, equipping them with the perspectives, skills and attitudes to pursue learning at a higher level. 

We continue to foster a love of learning as a joy that is its own reward. To achieve this, we have carefully researched and chosen the most relevant, useful, and inspiring aspects of various international curricula that best suit the needs and wants of our community of learners. 

In addition to the core subjects that are usually taught in the mornings, children have classes in yoga, sport, art and crafts, drama, music, dance, cooking, and gardening, to name but a few; these take place during our afternoon sessions and vary throughout the year, with specialists and enthusiasts from the local community also contributing to a changing roster of activities. 

We ensure that every class has an opportunity to experience the wide range of opportunities on offer. Furthermore, the afternoon sessions let children cooperate with students of different ages and to work with different teachers and instructors, allowing for new perspectives, relationships and goals.

As part of our curriculum, classes often explore the local areas and go on trips to various sights, monuments, museums and landscapes around Goa. We make the best use of our stunning local environment and the unique cultural heritage of Goa to broaden our students’ horizons. 

From Year 3 (ages 7/8) onwards, children also go on a fully supervised annual overnight trip. A real highlight of the year for the students!

Our English Curriculum is based on the Cambridge Primary framework. To prepare our students for higher level study and to prepare them to sit IGCSEs at the end of Key Stage 4, we fully implement the standards set out by this framework. 

To ensure that we best serve our pupils who join us from an array of school systems from around the world and to honour the different cultural heritages, we supplement the Cambridge Primary curriculum with a range of global resources. In this way, we maintain an engaging, appropriate, and flexible English curriculum tailored to our students’ needs.

English is at the same time for all Primary classes which allows for flexibility in moving students between classes depending on their needs.

The Maths teaching at River House Academy is rooted in the Bridges in Mathematics curriculum. The focus of our primary Maths teaching is to develop number sense in our students who are encouraged to develop a range of strategies to solve problems, using different visual models. Teaching towards number sense enables students to make connections to real world contexts and apply their understanding to a wide range of problems. 

They become problem solvers rather than calculators. And, like English, Maths is at the same time for all Primary classes which allows for flexibility in moving students between classes depending on their needs.

Humanities teaching at River House is concept-based and takes its structure from the IB Primary Years Programme and the Cambridge Global Perspectives curriculum. Students’ interests are at the heart of this approach, as is an awareness and appreciation of Current Affairs and the world around us. Throughout the year, classes choose how to investigate a range of concepts and enquiries through different contexts and from different viewpoints. The focus on conceptual learning rather than the accumulation of facts fosters lifelong investigative skills that can be transferred to different contexts.

The Science curriculum is based on the Cambridge Primary framework and standards. However, we put a strong emphasis on hands-on enquiry-based learning. Through this approach, a wide range of skills are learned and applied in context. Students work towards understanding the concepts that underpin scientific knowledge and how to apply these to novel situations. We supplement the Cambridge Primary framework with resources from the Nuffield Foundation and other STEM focused curricula.

Every morning starts with a short Class Time session which is used to establish social bonds and create a positive class culture. There is a strong emphasis on acquiring social and emotional competencies throughout the school and a PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum is interwoven with all subject areas. We also have Sex and Relationship lessons starting in the Pre-School. These are age-appropriate lessons that enable children to make positive choices about their bodies and relationships.

  • Food and nutrition
  • Gardening
  • Physical Education
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Creative arts and crafts
  • Technology
  • Media Studies
  • Personal Social Health and Careers Education
General Terms & Conditions


These terms & conditions form a legally binding agreement made between you and River House Academy

Admission fee
There is an admission fee of Rs.7500 charged as a one time non-refundable payment to reserve the place.  Until this has been paid the child’s place will not be confirmed.  

Administration Fee
There is an annual administration fee of Rs. 2500 per child made at the time of enrolment.

Before your child starts you will be required to fill out an enrolment form and sign our terms & conditions form. The link for the enrolment form will be sent to you a couple of weeks before they start.

Once you have submitted an admissions form you will receive an invoice which outlines exactly what needs to be paid throughout the year and when payments need to be made.

Late fees
Any late fees will be subject to late payment charges of Rs.100 per day.

Sibling discount
A discount of 10 % will be given for your 2nd child and 30% on the 3rd and any subsequent siblings.

Personal holidays and absence
There are no fee discounts available for holidays or absences (including illness) from the school. Where possible please try to avoid taking holidays during the school term. Before booking your trip, it is essential that you check with the school to avoid missing important dates.

Notice of leaving
When you enrol your child at the academy you are required to give your attendance dates. Should your departure date be brought forward, you will be expected to pay according to your original dates given at enrolment.

Do not bring your child into school if they are ill, or are showing signs of being ill. If your child becomes ill at school, a Parent/Guardian will be contacted and asked to collect your child. Please text, email or telephone in the morning to let the Headteacher know if your child will be absent from school due to illness and what the illness is if it could potentially affect others. All medication must be brought in by a Parent/Guardian with clear instructions as to how and when it should be administered. Please do not allow your child to come to school with medication in their bag. Please check your child regularly for head lice. If we discover your child has head lice, they will be sent home from school and not allowed to return until the head lice have been treated.

Valuable items (including all electronic devices)
Valuable items, including all electronic devices, are not allowed to be brought into school. Children in the Secondary class may bring in a mobile phone but it should be kept in their bag at all times. We do not accept any responsibility for any items that are brought in.

School opening times
School lessons start at 9am. Please ensure your children arrive at school between 8.45 am-8.55am so that lessons can start promptly. If you are going to be late, please let us know. There will be no adult supervision before 8.45am. Please be aware that staff are busy at this time preparing for the day. Should you wish to speak to a member of staff please do so at 3pm or by prior appointment.

Collection from school
Children need to be collected from the school building at 3pm. Please let us know If someone else will be collecting your child from school.

Unexpected school closure 
Occasionally the school may be forced to close due to unforeseen circumstances in the interest of health and safety. In such cases, you will be informed by Whatsapp as early as possible.

Contacting the school
Should you need to contact somebody at school please message the school phone only, during office hours. Please do not contact staff on their personal numbers.

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