WELCOME TO BIS PRIMARY
Dear Parents, Guardians and the British International School Community, Welcome to the BIS website.
As the Vice Principal of BIS, I am very fortunate to work with many dedicated, innovative and caring staff members, parents and students.
Each day is filled with new experiences, learning for all, and the ability to make someone’s day better; many days, it is the students who make my day a little brighter.
British International School, Primary Department is committed to a holistic approach to learning: Inquiry based and tailored learning styles to engage all learners from ages 5-11 years. It is our belief that each child becomes responsible for his or her learning outcome.
Our motto of achieving excellence is encouraged through teaching children how to think, not what to think. “To motivate the weak, to address the average and challenge the gifted.” is the teaching vision of our school.
We live today in a world that is so very different from the one we grew up in, the one we were educated, so as educators we to pause and reflect on this entire system of education and do our best to to prepare our children to face the challenges that the future holds.
At BIS we go through a continuous process of reflection and hence we work at implementing a well-balanced curriculum to ensure that the children who walk into the portals of our school will be well-grounded and well-rounded to face life’s challenges.
Even as we impart education to match the advancement in technology and globalization, we march our children ahead with BIS’ ethos of moral values and principles. We endeavour constantly to instill these qualities in our children and pride ourselves to help them grow and develop into sensitive and responsible citizens of the next generation.
A committed and supportive management, dedicated teachers, caring and co-operative parents blend harmoniously to create a child-centric school. It is natural to find in this ambience, the intensive use of a variety of thinking activities, strategies and group dynamics so that the classrooms become alive.
Teamwork is the hallmark of BIS. I am very sure through collaborative effort we can achieve more to benefit our learners who are the future leaders of tomorrow.
With sincere and warm regards.
BIS IN COLLABORATION WITH CAI PREPARES LEARNERS FOR QUALIFICATIONS WITHIN THESE AREAS;
|MATH & SCIENCE|
|LANGUAGES||The languages department of the Primary School (BIS) is a vibrant and dynamic body made up of enthusiastic and self-motivated teachers in:
all classrooms in KS1 and KS2,|
the Library Department
The French Department
Its main objective is to lead, train, and manage the teaching and learning of languages (Literacy and French) in fun but educative activities using ICT as a main tool. It focuses on the “enjoy and achieve” strand of every Child Matters framework. Activities in the Academic Calendar
The importance of literacy in a child’s learning journey and academic prowess cannot be overemphasized. Based on this assertion, the languages department in the primary school has a well-planned and activity oriented, fun packed calendar that follows and supports the National Curriculum of Cambridge. These activities are categorized into KS1 and KS2. Here is a summary of the yearly activities.
Library: Storytelling, book reports and illustrations, guided reading and summary writing using different genres. Literacy: Linking fiction and nonfiction and History in drama, role play and mimicking. Yearly projects on different book characters and authors.
Readtheory.org, autobiography projects, reading week. World Book Day celebrations, spelling ‘B’ competitions. French: French workshops, songs and videos to enhance the teaching and learning of French as a second language for most of the children and French Spelling Competitions.
|ARTS & DESIGN||Creative Arts Expression refers to participation in a range of activities that allow for creative and imaginative expression, such as music, visual art, Computing/Animation and drama. The creative arts engage children’s minds, bodies, and senses. |
The creative arts invite children to listen, observe, discuss, move, solve problems, and imagine using multiple modes of thought and self-expression. The creative arts provide ways for young children to learn and use skills and their God -given talents.
Music and performance art
Ignites in the children the development of the intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language and overall literacy skills. It strengthens memory skills; and helps in addition, multiplication and subtraction in numeracy due to the learning of rhythmic note names and composition. Playing musical instruments build the child’s motor skills, children who dance to music also develop their motor skills and keeps them active. Making music together also teaches children to work as a team and contributes to social learning and creativity.
Learning to create visual images is very important to the development of the child. Motor skills involved in making art, such as holding the paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. The use of scissors helps to improve the dexterity children will also needs writing. Visual art also helps in language or vocabulary and descriptive development being able to describe objects and shapes and also improve upon their numeracy skills too.
Computing is basically learning; to use technology, with technology and about technology. Computing also improves the motor skills and spatial sense of children especially when they use the mouse of a computer. Since technology in the 21st century is part of our daily lives and businesses introducing children to the use of computers such as sending mails, learning about other cultures, following instructions by coding or punching in key commands develops the child’s memory and technology skills for the future since we are in the technological age. Reading and accessing the latest news and events around the world keeps children updated.
The British International School’s Creative arts department aims at Instilling self-discipline, technique and a good work ethic in the children we work with; We encourage self-esteem, discourage the self-deprecating “artists” and “artistes” and teach our students to take pride in their work.
We say “It is okay to recognize that you are good at something as long as you can also see what you need to work on; “Do what you love and love what you do.” Motivation will always beat mere talent. Talent isn’t taught but awakened, and here at BIS, we love to awaken talents and inspire our creative and skilled learners to achieve excellence.
|HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, P.S.H.E & RE||The Humanities Department of the Primary School (KS1 and KS2) is especially made up of unique and energetic teachers. Subjects under the Humanities Department include:|
Personal, Social, Health and Education (P.S.H.E.)
We offer a high-quality History education which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain and Ghana’s past and that of the wider world. Geography lessons supply pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. P.S.H.E education is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves safe, healthy and prepare for life and work in our modern world. Lessons are full of videos, songs, debates and discussions which capture the attention of our pupils.
The Humanities Department plans and executes some vibrant activities and events throughout the academic year. A few of these include:
Eradication of Poverty Day
Racial Discrimination Day
World Environment Day
|DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY||The Department of Training and Technology reports to the head of academics / head of school and is responsible for all issues relating to training and technology at the school.
These include, but not necessarily limited to, the following areas: |
To communicate information about current training services and research in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), British National curriculum and the Cambridge Primary Program by preparing memos and making presentations, accompanied by handouts and/or training manuals to update educators.
To develop, coordinate, and teach workshops and classes on instructional and administrative applications for microcomputers and related technologies. To provide technical curriculum assistance regarding hardware usage, software applications, computer technology, and the general instructional use of technology in the classroom. To assist in the integration of technology applications across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), British National curriculum and the Cambridge Primary Program. To develop, update, and maintain the school’s inventory of hardware and software.
To trouble-shoot problems relating to hardware and software. To establish systems for educators to access, preview, or receive training in hardware usage and software applications. To assist with development of, and participate in, computer user groups.
To model staying current with technological knowledge and skills. To serve as a liaison of technology to the various departments, and administrative teams.