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ACADEMIC


CURRICULUM OVERVIEW 

At BSB juniors, children come first. Our priority is to make them feel welcome, settled, valued and part of the BSB family. BSB’s curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales, adapted to the needs of an international community in a British educational environment. English is the medium of instruction, as well as a subject of study in its own right. Arabic, the mother tongue of Bahrain, is a core subject for all our students, taught in sets according to prior experience of the language, from complete beginners to fluent Arabic speakers. Twenty-first century skills run throughout the curriculum, setting children on the right path toward their secondary education. However, Junior School is about far more than preparation for Senior School. It is a colourfully illustrated chapter of a child’s life, which can never be repeated. Junior education matters, and that is why we make it our business to get it right, for every child.

Liaising closely with our colleagues in Year 2, we transition students smoothly into Junior School. Our single campus means they see it as a natural progression, not a daunting step. Children become accustomed to learning in discrete subjects, most of which they learn with their home room class teacher.

In this second year of lower Junior School, children develop independence and initiative, building upon the solid foundation of the previous year. As in Year 3, they spend most lessons in their form classroom with their own teacher, as they gear up for the more mature challenge of Upper Junior School.

For the first time, children experience different teachers for all subjects. Their own form teacher will teach them one subject at least, and they will have a host of other teachers for their other lessons. This is a pivotal year in a young person’s educational journey.

In this final year of primary education, young people consolidate the twenty-first century study skills they have learned so far, and prepare to apply those skills to their upcoming secondary education. Working closely with our colleagues in Key Stage 3, we nurture readiness for the next phase.
In Years 5 and 6, students take weekly cyclical tests in rotation, in Arabic, English, Mathematics and Science. Cyclical testing is just one of the ways we assess children’s progress.
 


DEPARTMENTS

In Years 3 and 4, the Year Group is the departmental unit, led by the Head of Year and the Assistant Head of Year. Aided by Curriculum Leaders for each subject, the Heads of Year work with class teachers to ensure the same curricular entitlement for every student, regardless of which class they are in, within the year group.
In Years 5 and 6, each subject has a Head of Department and a team of dedicated subject teachers, delivering the very finest education in their particular discipline. 
Working cohesively, all of these teams keep abreast of UK and international best practice, through continuous professional development, and liaison with other schools in the global Inspired network.

  • English (including Library time)
  • Maths
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Science
  • Arabic
  • Arabic Extra (for Arab nationals)
  • French Extra (for non-Arab nationals)
  • Art/DT
  • Arabic Citizenship (for Arab nationals)
  • French
  • Humanities
  • Islamic Studies (for students registered as Muslim)
  • Religious Education (for students not registered as Muslim)
  • Music
  • PE
  • Personal, Social and Health Education