In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Fundiniotots, F1, F2 and F3), we focus on three primary areas, ‘Communication and language’, ‘Personal, social and emotional development’ and ‘Physical development’. It is these areas that we need to get right while the children are still so young, as these different areas provide the building blocks for them to go on to have a really successful education at BIS.
Within the area of ‘communication and language’ is the development of phonic knowledge. Phonic knowledge is simply the understanding of sounds in words and the shapes that make those sounds. This week we held two workshops for our F3 parents.
F3 Phonics Workshop
The purpose of these two workshops has been to enable our F3 parents to get a deeper understanding of the process by which we teach children those basic phonics skills, and also to suggest ideas how the children can be supported at home. You would’ve heard me say before there is nothing better than a parent can do than to read with their child every night and support them with the development of their reading.
For those of you who were unable to attend our workshop, or for those who would like to see the presentation again, please click on the link below. It contains information about the process the children go through, a useful slide on the terms regarding phonics, and links to websites that will help you to support your child at home:
F3 Phonics Workshop 2020
If you have any questions regarding the teaching of phonics, please do hesitate to contact Ms Maria (F3 leader) or Ms Claire (English leader) whose contact details can be found in the presentation.
English as an Additional Language Parent Coffee Morning
It was wonderful to see so many parents at the EYIC EAL Coffee Morning! Our fabulous team of EAL teachers informed our parents more about the EAL programme and how it works at EYIC. It was also good to chat to some of you at the end of the presentations.
Today’s Coffee Morning was aimed at ensuring parents were fully informed about:
- Assessing for EAL
- EAL Tier Levels
- Types of EAL support – withdrawals and in class
- Assessing children’s continued progress
- The importance of home language
- How you can help your child
This is the PowerPoint for the presentation which can be downloaded from the link. We hope you will also find it useful.
English as an Additional Language Presentation
If you have any queries about the programme, we are happy to talk to you!
Ms Shaheena Pall
Primary EAL Leader
Science in Primary
Enquiry is one of the characteristics in our ‘aide memoire’; we want to encourage our children to ask questions. Children at the EY&I are always asking questions about all aspects of the their learning, but science is a particular area where an enquiring mind is something to be cultivated and celebrated.
Mr John and Mr Tom, explain more about what each year group across primary have been doing in science so far this year:
Science in Primary
Young Musician of the Year
One of the highlights of Term 1 is the Young Musician of the Year competition. The standard of musical performance that we see from our talented students in the Junior School is always breathtaking, and this year was no exception as nine children from BIS and BVIS competed to win the coveted award. Mr Rhys, who coordinated all the auditions and semi-finals tells us more here.