Life in the Middle School Section
Middle School provides a bilingual learning environment for students aged 10 to 13. Lower Middle School (LMS) is our “bridge” between Primary and Secondary education for students aged 10 to 11 and Upper Middle School (UMS) continues the bilingual, active learning approach for the next two year cycle.
Teaching is conducted equally in both French and English with Spanish taken as an additional language. Combining both Cambridge Lower Secondary programmes in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science and the French Education Nationale, our school has created a unique learning experience that equips students with a holistic education and the fundamental language skills needed to succeed in the future.
Students have inspiring and active lessons taught by specialist subject teachers. Our curriculum is broad and ambitious, helping pupils to confidently develop academically, socially, and artistically. Our international dimension encourages pupils to become global citizens and our programmes develop fundamental cross curricular skills such as co-operation, taking responsibility, organisation, and much more.
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Middle School Carousel
Carousel refers to our bilingual Arts education programme. One afternoon a week, students explore Music, Art, Drama and Dance, and twice a year they showcase their work in the Christmas Show and End of Year performances. Carousel plays a fundamental part in developing the capacity for creative thinking, and provides opportunities to explore the creative process whilst learning strategies that can be applied in all other areas of their education.
BIS offers an exciting array of “Awaydays”, linked to the annual school theme. Six Awaydays are organised every year: students spend the day participating in activities varying from local visits to do tree-zipping, canoeing, sailing, scavenger hunts and more. Past destinations have included the Dune du Pilat and the Citadel at Blaye. This hands-on approach allows students to apply their learning to the wider world, while discovering more about their region.
STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths)
LMS and UMS students follow an exciting STEM programme, which develops teamwork, resilience, creativity, research and presentation skills. Local, national and global events are incorporated, as well as the annual school theme. Projects include designing and building bridges, constructing water clocks, building robots, coding, and much more. The result is an engaging and fun learning environment where students can sharpen their skills and learn about a wide range of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths topics.