Welcome to the Juniors’ section of our website. We hope that you will gain an insight into life at the BSB, with our caring, family atmosphere and its dual emphases on exacting academic standards and all-round social development.
Our aims are:
- that children enjoy a broad and balanced education while taking an active role in their own learning;
- to deliver a full and exciting curriculum, enriched by a diverse range of after-school activities and support programmes;
- to encourage our students to strive for personal excellence, and to develop a curiosity which will form the basis of life-long learning;
- to prepare children for an ever-changing world in which technology is rapidly developing;
- to provide children with the tools to become responsible for their own education;
- to promote fully our student voice by supporting the ideas of our student parliament;
- to recognise the individuality of each of our children by identifying their talents and celebrating their achievements.
Some 66 nationalities are represented at the British School of Bahrain and we value such diversity through events such as International Day. We are truly a British international school and we are proud to have been granted the International School Award by the British Council. We have also forged links with schools from other countries.
We have a superb staff team, working hard to create an environment where the children feel sufficiently confident to step outside their comfort zones and understand that making mistakes is an essential element of learning. Assessment for Learning plays a vital role in our planning, helping us meet the needs of the individuals in our classes. Throughout the school, we encourage, by expectation and example, a culture of mutual respect and politeness.
It is proven that children benefit from multiple sources of support and we encourage parents to be involved in their child’s learning.
I hope that you enjoy looking at our website, and I hope you will come and visit our school.
Head of Juniors
Junior School Comprises Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 (ages 7-11)
Juniors and Seniors share the same spacious building, with superb facilities, including a library and multimedia centre, art, music and drama studios, a food technology workshop, a cafeteria, two large multi-purpose sports halls, an astro-turf football pitch, tennis courts, basketball courts, a running track and an indoor swimming pool.
The School Day
Juniors register with their class teachers at 7.45am and the school day ends at 2.40pm. Children have two break times during the day. Junior students are encouraged to bring a healthy and nutritious packed lunch daily or to buy food from the excellent range available in the cafeteria. Fizzy drinks, chocolates and sweets are not allowed.
Drop off and Pick up Arrangements
End of School Day: The teaching day ends at 2.40pm and parents will need to ensure that they have necessary arrangements in place to collect their child punctually at this time. Refreshments are available in the cafeteria at the beginning and end of every day. Children must not be left unsupervised.
After School Clubs
Each school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, each term. All programs are run free of charge by the school unless otherwise stated. Junior clubs usually run for a ten week period each term, from 2.45pm – 3.45pm. A list of available clubs will be published online ahead of each season of clubs.
Absence from school
School attendance is essential for the academic and social success of your child. We ask parents not to plan holidays during term time as missed days cannot be made up. Every absence needs to be explained by means of a phone call to reception followed up by a letter or a medical note.
Book Bags (Reception-Year6)
Reading books should be carried to and from school in BSB book bags. These cost BD5 and can be purchased from the school uniform shop. Please label your child’s book bag clearly.
Children are welcome to bring in cupcakes or a plate of healthy treats to share with their classmates on their birthday. Large cakes and party bags are best kept for home celebrations only.
All children from Reception to Year 6 are taught Arabic. Arab nationals have Arabic lessons as directed by the Ministry of Education.
Key Stage 2: Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (ages 7 – 11)
At the British School of Bahrain we follow the UK National Curriculum, adapted to fit the international backgrounds of our students. We recognise our host country and we incorporate the history, culture and geography of the Kingdom of Bahrain into our programme.
An enquiry based environment is used to encourage children to think independently and be proactive with their own learning both in class and at home, whilst technology is used to enhance understanding and creativity whenever possible. Topic driven teaching is encouraged and links are frequently created between subjects, leading to a vibrant and lively learning experience for every child.
Assessment is continuous throughout Key Stage 2. Formative assessment in English and Mathematics is undertaken during the first term of each school year through the InCAS system (University of Durham). Progress is monitored throughout the year via teacher assessment, informing individual target-setting for each student. Additionally, progress in reading is assessed using the Star Reader system in association with the Accelerated Reader online comprehension programme.
The library is a central part of a stimulating learning environment. It supports the school’s vision and aims to empower students and teachers in their quest for learning.
The purpose of the library is to:
- complement, enrich and support the learning and teaching programmes of the school;
- encourage students to develop independent learning skills;
- inspire and stimulate reading for pleasure and information;
- manage an extensive and relevant collection of resources to support the learning, curricular and recreational needs of the school community;
- provide a friendly, flexible learning environment in which students can learn individually, in small groups and as a whole class.
- Series Fiction
- Reading Area
- Junior library provides books from Year 3 to Year 6 (36 classes)
- Students visit the library using their weekly passes at specific times in the schedule
- Each class visits the library once per week
- Every class starts by welcoming the students and by helping them to find their favourite books.
- Library classes have been divided into a reading week and an activity week.
Library aims at:
Developing a strong reading habit in students by providing them with interesting books or giving them some library activities that are easy and fun.
The library hours are from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
We welcome you all and wish you a very happy library experience!