Early years Curriculum
The Early Years Department provides nurture and high-quality structured education for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5 so that they are able to develop in a happy and caring environment. They are encouraged to progress to the best of their ability, and at their own personal rate, establishing basic learning patterns for their future years.
The Early Years classes provide a relaxed atmosphere, enabling parents to leave their children in the care of qualified and experienced staff with complete peace of mind. Parents can be sure that their child will be encouraged to become confident amongst other children, and will learn the vital social skills necessary for their future school life.
We work in close partnership with parents to ensure that all our children feel secure in a comfortable and stimulating environment. Parents are encouraged to discuss their children's development and progress on a regular basis.
The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises of six areas of Learning and Development:
1) Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Practical Life)
We provide children with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn. We aim to support each individual child's emotional well being in order to help them become confident in themselves and what they can do.
2) Communication, Language and Literacy (Language)
We support and further children's learning in communicating, speaking and listening, reading and writing. They are provided with opportunities to use these skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.
3) Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy (Mathematical)
We provide opportunities for the children to become confident and competent in learning and using key skills. This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making connections and recognising relationships, working with numbers, shapes and measures. The children's understanding is developed through stories, songs, games and imaginative play.
4) Knowledge and Understanding of the World (Cultural)
The children are supported in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world around them. We offer opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations. They undertake practical ‘experiments' and work with a range of materials
5) Physical Development
We encourage children's physical development by providing opportunities for them to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of coordination, control manipulation and movement.
They are supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices.
6) Creative Development
The children's creativity is extended by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. We provide opportunities for children to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, music, imaginative and role play activities.
Monitoring and Assessment
Children are continually monitored against the early learning goals laid down in the EYFS.
The partnership between home and school is of paramount importance and we are very keen to keep parents and carers appraised of every aspect of their child’s progress. A profile which records events and goals in each child’s day, is kept electronically and is available to parents and carers.
Records of reference are kept of each individual child’s progress towards each learning goal and are shared with parents and carers. During the first six weeks in EYFS the children are formally assessed using Performance Indicators which provides a baseline assessment against which to compare progress throughout the Primary School.
At the BIST Primary School, we have strived to create a learning environment that is lively, fun and challenging, with a classroom atmosphere that generates a real enthusiasm for learning.
Our aim is to build a strong foundation, not just in the academic sense, but also to further the creative, aesthetic, and moral development of your child. We want to develop high-achieving pupils, but also kind and caring children, who will be able to flourish through all areas of their lives, both during their time at BIST and beyond.
Giving our pupils the support and attention they need is of our key priorities, and a teacher:pupil ratio of 1:10 allows us to do just that. Smaller class sizes allow us to focus on the individual; figure out what each child needs more support with, and what subjects they really shine in.
In terms of academics, we follow the English National Curriculum, and are the first school in Tunis to be accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). This means your children will receive some of the best education Britain can offer. Each class has a dedicated teacher, educated up to the British standard of teacher to the core curriculum of English, Math and Sciences, along with supplementary classes in humanities (History and Geography), Sports (Physical Education) and PSHCEE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education). We have Tunisian teaching assistants all with English degrees, to offer additional support to the pupils. Alongside this, there are specialised teachers in multiple subjects, such as Art, Computing, Languages (French and Arabic) and Music. Within the classroom, children are regularly and consistently assessed, to ensure we can offer the best, personalised education that suits the pace of the pupils, and to set realistic and attainable goals for everyone, however high or low they may be.
While we teach the children the importance of academic achievement, we also encourage them to take a deeper look into their potential.
Pupils have the opportunity to take up to 3 hours of co-curricular activities every week, from a broad range of disciplines; from music, to karate, to knitting, we ensure each child can flourish within their own skillset.