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Ms Rosy Clark Weekly update 4th September

04 September 2015

What has been happening in the Primary School this week?

This week many Primary classes participated in their Lien Ket topic’s “entry point” and other year groups will be holding their entry points over the next few weeks.

Parents new to the British Vietnamese International School may wonder what “Lien Ket” is so here is an extract from an article published in a BVIS newsletter last academic year:

What is Lien Ket?

At BVIS, like our BIS sister schools, we deliver the National Curriculum for England plus the International Primary Curriculum or IPC. Both curricula are taught in British schools all over the world.

As BVIS is a dual language school, we link learning in English and Vietnamese as much as possible with obvious benefits for the children as young language learners. Therefore the IPC is known here at BVIS as “Lien Ket” or “Link It” because the children learn every topic in both languages.

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One of the main strengths of the IPC, or Lien Ket, is that the topics or ‘units’ are relevant to children living in any country across the world. The topics are adjusted by teachers to include areas of study that are appropriate to the country where the children are living.

This term’s Lien Ket topics at BVIS:

Year 2 – “From A to B” (Transport and Travel)

Year 3 – “Rainforests”

Year 4 – “Explorers and Adventurers”

Year 5 – “Moving People” (Migration)

Year 6 – “Learning” (a short 2 week unit) followed by “Ancient Greece”

(Year 1 classes are engaged in transition activities this term as they make the step from Early Years to Year 1).

What is an “entry point” in Lien Ket?

The IPC website describes the learning process involved in each topic or unit as follows:

“The Learning Process”

There is a distinct learning process with every IPC unit, providing a structured approach to make sure that children’s learning experiences are as stimulating and rigorous as possible.”

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The entry point could be an event, visit, visitor to school, experience or activity that is designed to excite and stimulate the children’s interest in the topic to be studied.  This week we saw a variety of entry points here at BVIS:

Year 2 went on a bus trip on Monday which allowed the children to observe and identify as many different forms of transport as possible in the local area.

Year 4 participated in a series of exciting activities requiring team work and collaboration. Their “adventures” were themed ‘ocean’, ‘mountain’, ‘forest’ and ‘space’ and the children worked together in their house teams to complete the tasks.

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Year 5 took part in an experience designed to challenge them and take them out of their comfort zone as they learned about refugees. Their day began with the task of prioritising the emergency supplies they had brought to school from home. They then had a long and hot walk to their “emergency camp” which they needed to set up in teams. Lunch was a simple bowl of rice. A period of reflection to end the day helped the children to focus on their learning about this important and very topical issue of refugees.

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How to find out more about Lien Ket

There will a series of “exit points” held during the school year for different year groups. This is an excellent way to find out about your child’s learning so do look out for your invitation to join your child’s class.

Also, we will be holding a coffee morning about Lien Ket next term. Coffee mornings are provided to help you learn about our curriculum as well as experience for yourselves how your children learn here at the British Vietnamese International School.

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