Pedagogy

Children grow and learn every day. Integrating the Early Learning at BIS, children find themselves in groups where they will learn to interact and socialise. They will be encouraged to develop their own ideas, opinions, style and personality. Guided by teachers, the child will learn how to communicate in ways that will allow them to open themselves up to others as well. Activities and games will facilitate the learning of a 2nd language (French or English - depending on the child’s 1st language, plus an introduction to Spanish from 4 years old).

Active learning is key in Early Learning. The emphasis is placed on using their imagination and initiative.  We believe that this helps to develop the whole child: their communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development. 

In addition, the children follow a pedagogical programme that is specific to BIS in that it is a mixture of the French National Education system as well as the British National Curriculum. By the end of the year, all of the fundamental objectives of each official programme will be obtained.

Objectives 

  • To provide an early start in self-expression by developing listening and speaking skills
  • To create a stimulating environment, with emphasis on interaction with other children and play with appropriate materials
  • To develop autonomy, self-confidence, self-respect and respect for others
  • To encourage curiosity and acting on initiative
  • To develop bilingualism, create an interest in, and respect for other languages and cultures 
  • To encourage the discovery of solutions by the child through the process of positive discipline

Teaching Approach

The children are active in their own learning. Our interdisciplinary programme of work involves them in discussion, research, experimentation, creation and evaluation (self and group).

French-speaking and English-speaking teachers work alternately with groups of a maximum of 12 pupils. Specialist teachers in music, Spanish and sport play a vital role in subjects which are a key to each child’s well-rounded development. 

The children will learn to write in script, which is used internationally and corresponds with the different cultural profiles of our students.  In addition, it is also the written form that they are exposed to on a daily basis (books, journals, newspapers, billboards, the computer…) thus ensuring more autonomy for the student.

Progress report

There is continual assessment on personal development and curriculum targets throughout the school year. A detailed progress report is sent to parents twice a year.

A whole-school exhibition of project work is mounted at least once a year. Parents’ meetings are held twice a year to discuss all aspects of the child’s education as well as the programme itself. In addition, each child has a home/school book for weekly communication between parents and teachers.

Student notebooks are sent home twice a week in order to be reviewed and discussed in a family setting.  They must be signed and returned to the teacher. 
 
Parents are also invited to visit their child’s classroom quite frequently so that they can discover their child’s creations and see their progress.