Developing a love of reading and the necessary skills associated with understanding a text are keys to so many areas of learning. I am in full agreement with the author, Philip Pullman who says, ‘After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.’ I know I am repeating myself here, but in terms of supporting your child’s learning, the single most important thing you can do is spend time enjoying books with your child. Make it a daily part of the bedtime routine; open the pages of a book and allow the ‘spark’ to light a fire of imagination in your child’s mind.
Our session on Thursday was led by Ms Gemma and Ms Kirstine, two of our English leaders, who took the process further; listening to stories, telling stories, writing stories. This is the guiding principle behind the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach that we have seen so much success with at BIS. Follow the link below to find more:
Talk for Writing and the Importance of Reading Workshop
What is Learning Support at BIS Primary?
The specialist departments at BIS can be divided into two. We have our subject specialists in music, PE, ICT, and modern foreign languages (MFL) who teach whole classes a specific area of the curriculum, and we also have our support specialists. Please join us on Thursday 17th October as we will be having an open morning where there is an opportunity to go into classrooms to see what our specialists do.
Our support specialists provide additional support to small groups or individuals who have a particular need. Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers work with children who do not have sufficient proficiency in English to fully access the curriculum. Our learning support teachers’ role is more diverse, working across a range of subjects and needs. Ms Sarah, our learning support leader explains more in this post:
What is Learning Support at BIS Primary?
World Clean Up Day
We're hosting our second annual World Clean Up Day Event on Saturday 21st September between 8.45am and 11.30am and we'd love for you to join us. At BIS we believe in Thinking Global and Acting Local, and cleaning up our area of Thao Dien is just one small pledge that we have made as part of the Clean Up Vietnam initiative. If everyone in our community takes part, then just think of what can be achieved!
Not only will you be doing your bit towards cleaning up our planet you'll also gain House Points for participation which count towards the House Points total for the year. In fact, the more family members and friends you bring along, the more points you'll receive.
There will also be other activities taking place, including a rubbish sort and plastic cleaning, and eco-friendly items and refreshments for sale. We'll be collecting plastic separately to use in our plastic shredder as part of our Precious Plastic project; find out more by watching this video:
The clean-up will be managed in small teams with a staggered leaving time:
- Group A will meet by 8.45am to leave at 9.00am
- Group B will meet at 9.15am to leave at 9.30am
- Group C will meet at 9.45am to leave at 10am
Please be on time for the Group you select as there will be a safety briefing before you leave.
Please note: we have a small number of clean-up kits available to borrow, however we strongly recommend that you bring your own gloves (gardening style, not plastic or rubber) and tongs for picking up the rubbish.
Children from our Primary Campuses must be accompanied by an adult. Though we have a number of BIS staff attending the event, they will be taking part in the event themselves.
Please sign up using this form. If you are signing up as a family or group then please only complete one form and add all of the names in the relevant question section.
We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!
The Clean Up Vietnam Team
Community Talks – September dates for your dairy
Following on from the success of the first of our Community Talks, the second of our hands on workshops focusing on First Aid will be given in collaboration with Family Medical Practice and will be run again in Vietnamese.
Wednesday 25th September- First Aid Workshop (Vietnamese)
If you would like to sign up for this workshop, please sign up via CHQ.
Watch out for further talks in English and Vietnamese planned in October, November and December.