“It’s time to challenge ourselves”
“It’s time to challenge ourselves”. This expression voiced by our students in Years 4 through to 6, as they left on their residential trips this week represents such a great spirit for the week. For many of these children, it will be the first time they will be away from their parents, so it is a huge step in their growing independence. Our progressive trips program becomes more challenging as the children move up through the Primary school and then into Secondary. Children learn how to collaborate, socialise and as a result, they become more empathetic and tolerant of others, while developing their critical thinking skills. Working outside enables the students to form connections with ‘real life’ situations and additional lesson content. They can access tools and environments that are unavailable in the classroom, using ‘hands-on learning’ to make the experience more memorable. This multisensory learning process can bring more one-dimensional lessons to life and create enthusiasm for a subject that is hard to replicate through other media. What fun!
Let’s be different
We love to dress up in BVIS Primary, so it was no surprise to feel the enthusiasm emanating from our youngsters as they prepared to get ready for their ‘Halloween Disco’. Dressing up encourages our children to be creative, adopting different roles and developing their capacity for imaginative play and therefore fictional story writing. Who wouldn’t want the freedom to communicate with their friends as a ghost or to transform themselves into friendly witches? Our children certainly took advantage of this opportunity.
Never too young for ‘STEAM’
You are never too young for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths). Our Early Years’ children showed great excitement as they worked out how to transport Simba the Lion and his friends, across the swimming pool. With only tape and plastic bottles as their resources, they worked collaboratively to build different rafts, which they then tested out together. Like any good project, the children had to carry out some research first, to identify objects that floated or sank. Fortunately for Simba, their research paid off and he managed to avoid getting wet!
Language learning is one of our BVIS priorities. The four skills of language (also known as the four skills of language learning) are a set of four capabilities that allow an individual to comprehend and produce spoken language for proper and effective interpersonal communication. These skills are Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. New this year, Class Assemblies are creating more opportunities to develop the speaking and listening skills of our students. Currently, all of the children in Year 2 have now confidently performed for their peers and parents, using both English and Vietnamese languages. It’s hard enough learning lines in one language, but our ‘ambitious’ youngsters rose magnificently to the challenge of learning in two.
Author: Nici Wood
Head of Primary