In the British system, music is a compulsory subject from the age of five to fourteen. However, in our school the pupils are in contact with it from the Pre-Nursery classroom (two years old). The children sing, dance, play and learn about different instruments and musical styles with sessions adapted to their age.

Our students have two hours of music education per week.


Within the British curriculum, music teaching is based on composition, performance and attentive listening. Teachers integrate these activities with practical exercises that encourage the participation of all students. The musical content reflects the cultural diversity present in the UK without neglecting classical music.

The aim is to enable students to experiment with the composition, representation and evaluation of their own work. This enables them to recognise and manipulate musical elements creatively and as a method of personal expression both individually and in groups.

Musical language and instruments

At The British School of Navarra students learn musical language as part of the academic curriculum. The school has pianos, ocarinas, guitars and violins, among other instruments, which are used in the classes.

The teaching of one or the other instrument depends on the interests of each child and class, as well as on previous knowledge. The contents and objectives are updated to suit the needs of each group.

School choir

The school encourages its students to participate in the choir activity. In addition to learning to sing, the children perform at school festivals or on special occasions. One of our traditions is to sing Christmas carols in the streets.

Students interested in participating should contact the music teacher.



At our school, art is not a stagnant subject as we do not relegate its teaching to a few specific hours of the curriculum. Our students learn about art and through art with activities adapted to their age. At the British School of Navarra, Miró’s paintings teach us about the human body, leaf collages teach us about deciduous trees, and the solar system can be touched with our hands.

In addition, we are committed to interdisciplinarity. For example, learning about shapes in mathematics and materials in social studies in Year 1 is combined in the creation of mandalas.

To complete their secondary education, our students must pass the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations. These tests arrive at the centre from the UK sealed, are completed by the students under supervision and sent for marking externally.

From Year 10, students may choose Art and Design as an examination subject for GCSE. Students should plan the work to be presented, studying different authors, periods, techniques and artistic approaches. As with other subjects, such as Mathematics and Literature, artistic works are externally assessed for GCSE.