The Primary school is for students from 4 years old to 11 years old, covering the first two stages of schooling (Key Stage 1 and 2) over Years 1 to 6 (with a Reception year for 4/5 year olds).
With a class size of no more than sixteen students, an expat teacher and a teaching assistant each student can develop and reach their full potential.
The curriculum, based on the British National Curriculum, is delivered mainly through themes in the earlier years, gradually leading to more subject-based approached for older year groups. In Year 6, the final year of Primary, students sit Cambridge Checkpoint externally-marked examinations in English, Mathematics and Science.
As well as covering traditional subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Computing, and Art and Design which are taught by their class teacher, students will also have PE and Music taught by specialist teachers. For those students needing extra English we have a specialist English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. For students in Year 3 and above who do not need ESL they have the option of French or Serbian as an additional language.
In addition to the curriculum subjects’ students at the BIS Primary also develop socially through the likes of our extra-curricular activities twice a week (which may range from cooking to pottery to capoeira and many other options). During these times students are mixed within the two Key Stages, allowing them to interact with students who may be older, or younger, than themselves.
The school week culminates with an assembly on a Friday afternoon, where students will show off things have done that week to the whole school. This may be some art work, or reading some English work, or performing with their peers. The assembly is followed by ‘Golden Time’ where students can select a non-curriculum activity to end the week.
All students take part in an annual show, at an external professional theatre, which parents and friends are thrilled when they come along and see. As well as day trips during the year as and when a class teacher thinks it suitable, once a year there is a four-day long trip to a location within Serbia.
Parent’s receive information about how their child is developing as the teacher/teaching assistant writes in a student’s Homework Diary. In addition, there are formal reports at Christmas and in Summer. Twice a year there are Parent Meeting evenings, as well as parents being able to arrange to see a member of senior management or the class teacher throughout the academic year.
Students in the Primary school love learning and have a great fun time whilst being at BIS. If you would like to learn more, please do get in touch with us.