Throughout BISB Primary we foster an environment where students feel comfortable, happy and successful. The education, care and well-being of every student is a priority. Our staff plan stimulating, creative and challenging learning experiences for students to enjoy.
The curriculum documents below give details about the subjects covered in each phase of the school.
Key stage 1 students (Years 1 and 2), in our Maples building, transition from a play based learning style to a more formal approach to learning where the emphasis is on securing core skills in literacy and numeracy to set a good foundation to build on. Children learn in practical and academic ways through cross-curricular themes and projects. These themes cover science, computing, geography, history, design technology and art. Specialist lessons in PE and music are also taken. For slovak nationals, slovak lessons start in Year 2. Progression is monitored to ensure that students are moving forward at the appropriate rate. We encourage our students to take pride in their achievements and adopt an independent and self reliant approach to school, giving attention to the social and emotional development of all of them.
Key stage 2 is split into 2 Phases : Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6, these students are based in Oaks (our main building). Key stage 2 we build on the same core and foundation subjects covered in Key Stage 1 and introduce Modern foreign Languages, students can choose from German or French from Year 3. In this key stage, students are all given their own iPad to support their learning. Themes and projects are structured in a way that encourages both collaborative and independent study, giving some freedom to explore subjects in a stimulating way. Throughout Years 5 and 6 a greater degree of independence and autonomy is expected from students and they are softly encouraged to accept new levels of responsibility and demonstrate leadership skills.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Every year we get students starting with very little or no knowledge of English, this is a normal part of being an International school. All our class teachers are experienced with teaching English to non native speakers but in addition, we have a strong team of EAL teachers who are there to provide intensive English courses and extra lessons in English throughout the year. You will be amazed at how quickly our students pick up the language when they are immersed in our learning environment.
Primary students are also offered an extensive program of enrichment activities, skating, swimming and gymnastics the aim being to give breadth to their learning and ignite a passion for subjects they may not yet have tried.
Read more about our curriculum in the guides below.