MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Modern Foreign Languages provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. It helps develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
The Modern Foreign Languages Department offered at BBIS are German and Spanish. Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding. Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words. Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help. Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases. Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences. Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple to more accurate writing. Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a paper based or online dictionary. Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly. Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing. Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
Learning at BBIS is fun
It is our central purpose to enable children to achieve more than they think they can and to equip them for life beyond. We follow the UK National Curriculum and believe in the concept of lifelong learning. We give our children the experiences, skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for them to make informed choices about important things in their lives. Our classes have a maximum of 16 children and are led by a fully qualified teacher and co teacher
We endeavour to provide a curriculum and learning experiences which encourage pupils to be independent, confident, flexible and able to co-operate with others. Our pupils express themselves imaginatively and creatively. They are conscious of our multi-cultural society and respectful of one another. We aim to nurture a desire to succeed and encourage pupils to take pride in their achievements. We hope that our pupils develop as self -confident, balanced and well-rounded individuals.
Pupils spend approximately half of their curriculum time engaged in English, mathematical or scientific activities. The remainder of their timetable is made up of history, geography, art, music, physical education, computing, PSHE and citizenship, and modern foreign languages. There is also the opportunity for native Hungarian speakers to continue with Hungarian lessons.
Class teachers and co teachers provide our pupils with the highest standards of pastoral care. The youngest children in KS1 (years 1 and 2) are taught by their class teacher and co teacher for all subjects, except where we use specialist staff to teach languages, music, computing and PE.
Children in KS2 (Years 3-6) spend the majority of their curriculum time with their form teachers. In addition to specialist teaching in languages, music, computing, PE, and specialist art teaching is available throughout the junior section of the school, and some degree of subject specialism may be used in humanities and science.
We believe that children learn best when they are happy, confident and motivated by challenge. We set clear boundaries and expectations. Our children are given tasks appropriate to their ability levels and they achieve success and gain approval.
Classrooms at BBIS are vibrant, inviting places and the learning environments are organised so that children have the opportunity to work in a variety of ways: collaborating in lively debate, working quietly with a partner or in a group, or working independently in silence. Children are involved in setting targets for their own learning. They review their learning and reflect on the process of learning.
For the promotion of high self-esteem and its benefits to academic learning, social, physical, creative and academic achievements are celebrated in many ways; the school often celebrates learning as a community. We are liberal in giving verbal and written praise. We reward our children for all their positive endeavours be they related to academic achievement, progress or effort or acts of kindness or good citizenship. A whole range of awards and certificates for achievements gained in school and outside are presented during assemblies and in class.
Music at BBIS is relevant, engaging and fun! Our goal is for pupils to develop a love of music and to be given the opportunity to enjoy a rich variety of musical experiences. Students experience practical, and where possible, authentic music making, using real instruments, in real performing situations. Depending on the time of the day you can expect to hear the sound of recorders being played, strumming ukuleles, a class rehearsing a song for assembly or the sounds of a rock band practising during a music class.
All classes receive a weekly music lesson which is based on developing and building skills in the following strands of music; listening and appraising, singing, performance on instruments, improvisation, composition, notation and performing and sharing their work. Students’ existing musical interests are used as a starting point to motivate and engage. The children’s musical awareness is further enhanced through listening to a huge variety of different musical styles and genres. Every week there will be a focus piece of music for ‘Music of the Week’ which the students will learn about in greater depth. Music technology and world music also play an integral part in the music programme and the children will experience music from many different cultures during their time at the school.
There are many opportunities for the students to perform at different times during the year including our Winter Concert and BBIS Talent Show. In addition to a range of extra curricular musical activities, BBIS also offers the possibility for students to have private lessons in Piano, Guitar, Violin and Drums. Highly experienced music teachers visit the school every week. Students have the opportunity to participate in instrumental concerts throughout the year and may also enter for the Associated Board of the Royal College of Music (ABRSM) and/or the Rock School performance exams.Music has the power to be transformative. At BBIS we give the students every possible opportunity to experience this, and encourage students to challenge themselves, pushing past the limits of which they think they are capable and creating music that allows them to connect more fully with themselves, their peers, their audiences and the world around them.