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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 20/11/2020

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (75 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Our understanding of ‘wellbeing’ has greatly increased in the last few years, and has become something that we are all aware of as we have come to terms with the global pandemic. 

There are lots of useful guides and advice that can be found to improve wellbeing; the National Health Service in the UK has gathered together evidence and summarised their findings into the following 5 steps:

  1. Connect with other people
  2. Be physically active
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Give to others
  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

At BIS, we try to build these into what we do each week, beginning with our youngest children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  In F1, F2 and F3, we have 3 prime areas:

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Physical Development
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

As the children develop in these areas, they will have the skills to connect with others, be physically active, learn skills, etc.  Everyday our skilled teachers will identify the next steps for the children and encourage them to engage in activities that will help them to be more confident in themselves. 

F1 Development Morning 2020-8942

On Thursday morning, it was wonderful to see so many of our F1 parents joining us for our ‘Physical Development Morning’.  The morning was split in two, with half the children in the Sports Hall working on their gross motor skills and the others in the F1 area concentrating on fine motor skills.  Ms  Juliette explains more in this post:

F1 Physical Development Morning

MFL Coffee Morning

MFL Coffee Morning

At various stages in a child’s education there are decisions to be made about which subjects to study.  Most of these occur when the children are at secondary school, but the first is happening right now for our Year 2 families.   On Monday morning, Ms Sophie and the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) team, hosted a coffee morning for Year 2 parents to share how we teach languages at BIS, and the choice of languages the children have.
Up to Year 2, the children learn French, Spanish and Mandarin for one term each year.  From Year 3 onwards, the children need to specialise in one of those languages. 

Thank you to all those parents who attended the coffee morning, and for those who were unable to attend, you can see the presentation that Ms Sophie shared by clicking on the link below:

MFL Coffee Morning

Dates for Your Diary...

1&2/12/20           Year 1 Production

3/12/20                F2 and F3 Sing along

3/12/20                PTG Disco

5/12/20                PTG Christmas BISzaar

8/12/20                Carol concert 6pm@ JC

10-11/12/20        F1 Singalong/ SPLATS

14/12/20              T2&3 Club Booklet available

15/12/20              Term Finishing 11.50am


Health and Safety

Lost Property

Starting from Monday at pick up time we will set up a table, next to the Sports Pitch that will contain any items found. Please check here if your child/children have lost belongings. To help us please label your child’s property. If you can not find it here please let your child’s teacher know.


If for any reason your child is absent from school, we ask for you to inform the class teacher and email reception 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 

When calling reception please use the telephone number: 

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

F2 and F3 Upcoming Events


F2 & F3 Sports Day


F2 F3 Christmas Singalong 2020

PTG Christmas BISzaar 2020 - Saturday 5th December

Christmas biszaar 2020

And Finally…

As I mentioned earlier, being physically active is one of the steps to wellbeing, and this week all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 have been taking part in very active sports days.  A huge thank you to all the PE teachers for their hard work this week, and especially Ms Ann and Mr Lamech who organised the events.  Look out in next week’s Weekly Update for a full write on the sports days and on our Facebook page to see lots of wonderful photos of the event.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus