Curriculum

BISB offers a high quality educational service which covers the full primary age range from Nursery to the end of Key Stage 2*.

The education provided by BISB is based on the National Curriculum for England with some variations in the Geography and History syllabus in order to encompass the widely varying needs and experiences of the pupil population and the geographical location of the school at the Heart of Europe.

*Ages 2½ – 11

Inspection Finding

“The quality of the pupils’ achievements and their learning, attitudes and skills is excellent”.

 

ISI Inspection Report

Nursery

A happy well-structured environment is provided to enable children to become more independent and secure whilst benefiting from play activities and social interactions not normally encountered within the home. In our Nursery, children are given the opportunity to socialise with other children in a controlled situation in which they are encouraged to part from their parents, for short periods of time initially, increasing to longer periods as they gain in confidence.

As they mature both physically and emotionally they are helped to develop pre-school skills which provide them with the firm grounding necessary to ensure a smooth transition to the start of their Reception class

Reception

The Nursery and Reception classes together form what is termed the Early Years Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum where the children concentrate on Communication and Language, Literacy, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development. From the Reception class upwards all of our pupils also receive 4 French lessons per week .

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) use a combination of subject-based approaches and a half termly topic. We cover the core academic subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, together with Information Technology, History, Geography, Design & Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education. Comparative Religious Education is introduced in the Key Stage 2 classes.

As well as working on the English National curriculum and the Numeracy and Literacy strategies,  all children have a specialist Music lesson twice a week and around 8 week blocks of swimming lessons during the year. Key Stage 2 children also benefit from 8 week blocks of Tennis lessons.

Topics are covered in a two year cycle (A and B), as shown below

Nursery & Reception

Nursery

Year A : All about me, Nursery Rhymes, Buildings, Farm, Clothes and Summer

Year B : Me, my family and other people, Celebrations, Fairy Tales, Castles, Pirates and Princesses, Growing and Water

Reception

Year A and B: Journeys, Toys,  Dinosaurs, Families, Space and the Beach

 

Key Stage 1

Year 1

Year A: Water, Day and Night, The Sea

Year B: A Look at Ourselves, The Wonder Emporium and My BISB

Year 2

Year A: A look at the Great Fire of London, Homes and Stories, Dinosaurs

Year B: Carnival of Animals, Castles and Dragons, Around the World in Eighty Days

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Year A: Invaders and Settlers, Pirates and Tour Bus India

Year B: Invaders and Settlers, Healthy Habits and India

Year 4

Year A: Property and Buildings, Celebrity Sport, The Ancient Greeks

Year B: Animal  Kingdoms, Puppets, Time Travellers

 

Year 5

Year 5

Year A: Pyramids, Oliver(Victorians), The Wind in the Willows(Rivers)

Year B: Remembering, Water,

Year 6

Year A: Espionage, Disasters, Conflict

Year B: Espionage, Tintin and Shackleton, The Titanic

Religious Education
The school welcomes and respects children of all religious faiths, or of none. No “messages” from any particular religion are given at assemblies or elsewhere. However, religious education does form part of the primary school curriculum, the aim being to introduce children to the world’s principal religions, their main features and beliefs, in order to broaden the child’s education and enable them eventually to form their own opinions.

Homework

At BISB we believe that the right amount and type of homework is very beneficial for children, fostering in them positive attitudes and habits.

Homework facilitates the acquisition and consolidation of knowledge by giving opportunities to build on work undertaken in class, as well as helping to acquaint parents with content being covered in class. We are also aware that current research indicates that too much homework has a detrimental effect on children, and runs the risk of overloading them to the point where they feel saturated and lose interest in learning. It is important that they have sufficient time for play, socialisation and relaxation. We are very keen to get the right balance, both in the amount and the type of homework that our children are given.

The various types of homework given include the following:

  • Practising individually new skills which they have worked on in school e.g. reinforcing maths concepts through answering extra questions
  • Reinforcing and extending knowledge e.g. learning vocabulary, memorising tables
  • Developing understanding of new topics e.g. background reading and research, comprehension exercises
  • Improving study skills e.g. reading, descriptive or creative writing

With regard to timing, we have the following guidelines:

  • Nursery and Reception
    No regular homework (although children may be asked to discuss current topics with parents and look for relevant resources to bring into school)
  • Year 1
    A small amount (5 or 10 minutes) 4 or 5 times per term, plus weekly spelling lists
  • Year 2
    A small amount (5 or 10 minutes) per week, plus weekly spelling lists
  • Year 3
    Up to 1½ hours per week
  • Year 4
    1½ hours per week
  • Year 5
    2 hours per week
  • Year 6
    2½ hours per week

We do not included reading time in these guidelines – reading (both alone and with parents) requires an extra allocation of time according to the level and interest of the individual child.