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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 23/09/16

23 September 2016

When constructing our educational programme, at the British International School, we spend time making sure that each stage prepares the children for the next, and then ultimately for life at university and beyond.  We take into account the latest research into educational best practice, we draw on the experience of our excellent staff and we focus on the evidence of what makes the biggest impact on the children’s learning.  

  • Tapestry Coffee Morning at Tu Xuong Campus British International School

By the time the children come into school, the foundations of great learning have already begun through parents communicating with their children, giving them opportunities to socialize and develop personal skills, and by helping them to have strong and healthy bodies.  These are the areas that continue to be a key focus at school – in the Early Years Foundation Stage, we call these the ‘prime areas’:

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

To these, we add four other ‘specific areas’ that will equip the children to move into our mainstream programme that begins in Year 1.  They are:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

In order to best develop these skills, research and experience shows us that ‘play’ is the key to success.  As the children put themselves in different situations, they develop their creativity and critical thinking. There are times when the children will need to be led into different situations to ensure they have an appropriate balance across the 7 areas of learning, and as young children develop at such different rates, the learning is personalized to each individual, rather than through a structured timetabled approach.

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Assessing EYFS Children’s Progress

To ensure the children are developing in all 7 areas, assessment is an on-going process carried out by both teachers and teaching assistants.  Through taking notes on what the children are saying or doing and taking photos or videos, teachers are continually assessing and planning for the child’s next steps.  In each of the areas, we have a series of ‘age related expectations’ – for example, expectations in the area of ‘physical development’, for children aged between the development band ‘16 and 22 months’, include:

  • Walk upstairs holding the hand of an adult.

  • Begin to balance blocks to build a small tower.

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When a child is observed doing these confidently and securely they will be recorded, and once the learning is consolidated, opportunities will be provided for that child to move onto the next development band’s expectations (22 to 36 months).

Previously, we shared these developments with parents through the child’s individual blog.  This year, we have introduced a system called ‘Tapestry’.  This is purpose built for EYFS and enables teachers, teaching assistants and parents, to upload their notes or photos to each child’s Learning Journal. Teachers can then record the age related expectations in the different areas of learning, which the child is working towards within the observation.  As with all good assessment tools, Tapestry is then used to help identify the next steps for each individual child.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to the ‘Tapestry’ coffee morning on Wednesday; it was great to see so many of you there. If you were not able to come or would like to recap on what was shared on Wednesday, please click on Ms Hayley’s post below:

Tapestry Coffee Morning

We have a number of events coming up.  Please make sure you make a note of when these events will be taking place:

25/09/16 BBGV Fun Run – this is a great community event.  I hope that you will be able to join us for a fun morning out, which also raises funds for so very worthwhile organisations in Ho Chi Minh City.

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26/09/16-30/09/16 Brilliant Books

Ciaran Murtagh

Reading is the single most important activity you can do with your child!  

We love to celebrate all the ‘Brilliant Books’ that our children enjoy, and our celebration of reading has arrived.  We want everyone to get the most out of this week, so please make sure you know what is happening each day:

  • Monday 26th September

    • 8.00am – Meet the Author (for parents) in the Sports Hall

    • 8.45am – Book Character Parade in the Sports Hall (children come dressed as their favourite book character)

  • Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th September

    • Fahasa Book Sale in the Library, open for purchasing books after school

  • Wednesday 28th September – Coffee Morning for Year 1 Parents – Understanding Phonics

  • Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th September

    • Book Swap in the Foyer – please bring your tokens to choose your new book

Parents Corner

Having collected 458 books this week, the parent group has been working hard on our annual book swap.  This year we extended the book swap to include book titles from our Year 7 students in AP2, so we would like to thank the students, parents and teachers who have contributed towards this donation.  Our Year 5 and Year 6 children will have lots of choice next week!  Please follow the link to read more about the book swap and other parent group events that you could get involed in.

Link: Parents Group 23.09.16

Supply Teaching at BIS

Here at BIS we are committed to providing the highest standards of education for our students.

If you are interested in supply teaching at BIS and hold relevant UK equivalent teaching qualifications, please contact any of the staff below: 

Deirdre Grimshaw, APP Deputy Headteacher              deirdregrimshaw@bisietnam.com

Mary McAloon, TX Deputy Headteacher                marymcaloon@bisvietnam.com

Rebecca Graves, APS Assistant Headteacher         rebeccagraves@bisvietnam.com

And Finally…    

It is great to see that we have had over 120 members of the TX community register for the BBGV Fun Run on Sunday. It is always a great event.  The race starts at 7.00am, but please try to get there a bit earlier so you can be a part of the BIS photo which will be taken near the start line just before the run begins.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Ian Battersby, Head Teacher at Tu Xuong Campus