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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 09/10/2020

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Ian Battersby (92 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Recently, at BIS we’ve been celebrating the success of our Year 13 and Year 11 students as they have done incredibly well and achieved amazing results in their IGCSEs and IB diplomas.  This has enabled our Year 13 students especially, to go on to some of the best universities in the world. Our colleagues in the secondary school recognise that getting the right start in the education process is so essential, and it all begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

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

F3 phonic

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

F3 Science 12

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.

Dates for Your Diary...

18/10/20          School closed for the half-term holiday

22/10/20          Year 1 & 2 Phonics Workshop, Small Hall EYI 8.30am

22/10/20          Primary Reports Webinar 4.15pm

05/11/20          EY&I Specialist Open Classrooms) @ 8:30am

10-13/11/20      SPLATs

12/11/20            Coffee Morning MFL (Y2 choices)@ 9am

19/11/20            F1 development day @ EYI sport hall

25/11/20            Intl WK meeting 2

26/11/20            Moving on Workshop @ BBT

27/11/20            T1 Vietnamese classes finish

29/11/20            T1 Clubs finish

1&2/12/20         1st and 2nd EAL PTSCs

2/12/20             Year 1 Production

3/12/20             EYFS sing along

3/12/20             PTG Disco

5/12/20             PTG Christmas BISzaar

7/12/20             T2&3 Club sign up

8/12/20             Carol concert 6pm@ JC

9-10/12/20         F1 Singalong/ SPLATS

11/20/20            Club sign up end @ 12pm


COVID Precautions

Just a reminder that all children should wear a mask to and from school, and when not in the classroom (moving between classrooms, playtime, etc.).  Please make sure the mask is named and that your child has a spare in their bag.

Children should be bringing a water bottle to school every day as part of their usual routine, but it is all the more important during the current coronavirus pandemic.  Please make sure that your child brings their water bottle, with their name clearly on it, every day.


If for any reason your child is absent from school, we ask for you to inform the class teacher and email reception eyic.reception@bisvietnam.com. You can also inform the receptionists via telephone from 7:30am on the morning of absence.  If your child usually takes the school bus, we would also ask for you to also inform Ms Trang, our bus manager, via email at Trang.Pham@bisvietnam.com 

When calling reception please use the telephone number: 

•            Early Years and Infants (EY&I) – 028 3636 0055


We had another wonderful PTG event on Wednesday morning, and it was great to see so many parents there to enjoy sharing a little of one another’s cultures.  A huge thank you to Synelle for organizing and to all those who contributed through dance, song and an insight into one of our best known nursery rhymes.

Primary PTG Update: 09/10/2020

For more information about the PTG, to connect with us personally, or if you would like to  support as a volunteer, please email us directly on  primaryptgbis@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support! 

Primary PTG Coordinators

And Finally…

As we continue to see rates of Covid 19 impact countries around the world, once again, I am thankful for the work of the Vietnamese authorities who have done such a marvellous job in managing the pandemic here in Ho Chi Minh City.  The fact that we have been able to have a full half term of learning and events for parents to engage with their child’s learning as well as simply getting to know one another has been great to see.

We have had to adjust to a number of challenges, but we have done so and will continue to do so after a well deserved break for us all.

I hope you have a relaxing holiday where possible, and remember to keep reading with your children.

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus