British International School is divided into five sections, each of the sections comprise of year blocks. The years are divided all the way from Pre-School to A-levels. The School organizes itself this way to allow the highest level of order and give educators the chance to work directly with the heads of their departments in order to create a smooth pipeline of work flow. Additionally this give parents the opportunity to better understand the aims and objectives of the year blocks and the personal development their child will go through.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of Nursery and Reception Classes. At this age, students learn through play, discovering the world around them, experimenting with different practical activities and improving motor skills. The curriculum focuses on English language learning through songs and games along with creative activities or music.
The Early Years Programme includes:
Our Early Years curriculum for students aged 3 to 5 covers the prerequisites for students moving into full-time academic education and starting our iPrimary programme.
Learn more about how a preschooler progresses at BIS!
The focus in language in these two years is on how to help children develop the refined skills necessary for communication as they learn how to become more expressive, vocal, work and play together with others.
Oral, listening, writing, and reading skills are developed through naming exercises (e.g. identifying the nouns in a classroom); One on one writing, writing activities that include motor skills (e.g. practice colours by picking the right pompom colour with a tweezer and placing it onto the right coloured sheet). Connect the dots and tracing of sandpaper letters allows the children to see then feel the shape and learn how it is formed, and then hear the teacher pronounce the sound.
Different letter sound games (e.g. can you find things in the classroom that start with the “mmm” sound?); help children become more aware of their surroundings and encourages them to willingly participate in the group activity. Your children will further use educational toys available to their disposal to further develop their communication skills. Additionally our teachers use phonetic approach to develop and prime reading and writing skills.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Our teachers use a broad curriculum of activities for STEM learning, a few being building through imagination; e.g. building a house with blocks or Lego; seeing how magnets attract; the speed of a car on different slops. Your child will be given the chance to show their creative expressions during STEM learning.
Apart from fun activities, During circle time our teachers help create a safe and nurturing environment for our pre-schoolers where they will be encouraged to feel secure and confident. Circle time activities vary from Monday to Friday. During this time all the students and teachers sit in a circle and get in touch with their emotional understanding, children are encouraged to be kind to their neighbouring friend, they are taught to give other a chance to speak and wait their turn. We end circle time by stretching our arms and legs feeling refreshed to continue our day ahead.
A break from the time in the classroom is very important. During lunch break we encourage our children to get outdoors, play with their friends and have conversations in the playground all under the constant supervision of our dedicated teachers.
Eating together is also encouraged as this promotes the sense of community, belonging and lowers risk of disordered eating.