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Students take an active part in all learning activities which are adapted to both their interests and their cognitive stage of development. Students are involved in individual or group project work, often requiring the use of new technologies for research, presentation and editing.
Each year the school chooses a theme to link together interdisciplinary activities and learning which involve the whole learning community with parents invited to contribute as well as external experts.
In the course of these interactive activities, students progress towards autonomy, developing knowledge, skills, competences, initiative and creativity.
Addressing individual learning needs by differentiation
The teaching team determines the best learning methods for each student, through assessment and discussion on his or her preferred learning profile. Indeed, knowing how each student learns best (either by listening, reading, moving or viewing...) allows teachers to support each lesson objective with a range of activities based on varied techniques, equipment, ICT tools, and documents, thus allowing each student to progress in his/her own way and at his/her own speed.
The teaching in small groups (maximum 15 pupils per group) allows teachers to be easily available and accessible to each student. This, together with the variety of differentiated activities used, makes it possible for students to remain stimulated and motivated to make progress.
Working towards bilingualism
BIS has designed its own original scheme in which
- Lessons and activities are delivered in English (for 50 % of the class time) and in French (50%) for each student from the age of 3 to the age of 14, by teachers working in bilingual pairs teaching in their native language.
- Students obtain communication skills, including an accurate accent and ease of speech close to that of native speakers. English and French represent the tools of communication for all students.
- Our teaching methods are based on the excellent work and experience of many bilingual schools all over the world over many decades (e.g. in Canada, Egypt, Lebanon, the Aosta Valley, Alsace…).
- Bilingual events are organised all year round to promote the love of languages: end of term concerts, book fairs, international weeks, conferences for parents…