Building Friendships in Infant School

Our children in our FS1 class at BISA Infant School have been learning about friendships and being a good friend this week. They talked about who is their friend in class and why they like to play with them, made a gift for their friend to say 'Thank You', and talked about what makes a good friend using the book 'The Rainbow Fish'.

Establishing relationships with other children is one of the major developmental tasks of early childhood. Friends, beginning in the toddler stage, can help children feel good about themselves, help the child adapt more easily to early childhood environments and help the child build self confidence.

True friendships can be seen in children as young as 2½, but it is more likely to appear in three and four-year-olds. Children are then more capable of coping with the demands of maintaining friendships. It is important not to underestimate the value of these early friendships. They help to support children’s emotional and social development and their understanding of the world around them.

To develop good friendships, now and later, it is important children begin developing the following skills:

  • Self-control: being able to wait for what they want, using words to express their feelings rather than acting disruptively or misbehaving, giving others a turn with toys.
  • Welcoming: being able to approach and respond to others positively.
  • Assertiveness: being able to say what they would like.
  • Consideration: being able to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, taking turns, being able to lead and follow what others want to do, being able to cooperate and share.
  • Play skills: being willing to take part in games and make suggestions for play.
  • Communicating: talking and listening to others in a friendly way, saying something to start a conversation.
  • Helping: being willing to help others.
  • Prediction: being able to understand how others might be feeling based on their behaviour, being able to predict how their behaviour might affect others.
  • Coping: being able to respond to rejection, disappointment or disapproval without experiencing too much distress or winning without gloating.
  • Empathy: being able to respond to others’ feelings with understanding.
  • Flexibility: being open to hearing or learning about other points of view or ways of doing things.

Thinking Ahead for our Year 12 and 13 Students

It was a time of thinking to the future for our Year 12 and 13 students last week as they attended the Tanzanian Student Achievement Organisation UK University Fair at ISMAC. Over 20 Universities from the UK was present including Loughborough, Middlesex, Nottingham, Exeter etc. Advisers answered plenty of questions and offered advice to students wishing to apply to the UK.

With our Sixth Form students currently having 100% acceptance rate for university places, they were left with a lot of food for thought about the future! Last year, students from BISA went to university in Canada, USA, UK, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Dubai, India, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and, of course, Tanzania. There is a whole world waiting out there!

Students will be attending ISMAC again on Friday 22nd September for a USA University fair. There was a number of Universities present including the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard.

On the 3rd October, an International University Fair will be held at Braeburn School. A range of Universities from all over the world will be on hand to help answer questions and advise students on the university process.

Students are about to start completing their Survival Weekends. This is where groups of students stay in accommodation on site for a weekend to get a taste of independent living. Students will have to cook a series of meals (including inviting a staff member for dinner!), budget their shopping, wash and iron their own clothes. Hopefully this will help prepare them for University!

Students have been busy completing their personal statements and University application with help from staff at Braeburn School. A big thank you to staff involved in helping students with this.


Mr Flanagan (Head of Sixth Form)

Junior Dragon Relaunch!

We had an incredibly successful Junior Dragon relaunch last Wednesday at the Infants School - thank you so much to all those people who attended. There was lots of information shared on the programme and everyone present had a chance to meet teachers and coaches for advice on activities and target setting. We continue to encourage parents to support their children and work in collaboration with the school in challenging the students to achieve highly in the different elements of Junior Dragon this year.

Please read the Junior Dragon Information Booklet for more information and feel free to contact the Primary Office for any questions regarding this programme. Thank you for making the evening a success.

Lower Primary Lowdown

First of all we would like to say a big thank you to all the parents that came to the Lower Primary Lowdown on Tuesday night. It is so exciting to have such great support from home!  

We explored the 3 core skills underpinning all that we do in our classrooms. At Braeburn we strive to support each child to become a Successful Learner, Confident Individual and Responsible Citizen.

Please read our presentation and feel free contact us with any questions.

Thank you!

Look at our exciting new play equipment in Infant School!

It has been exciting days at the Infant School with the completion of our adventure playground! The children thoroughly enjoyed testing out all the different equipment - giving them opportunity to run, swing, jump, climb, slide and move in whatever way they choose.
What is Physical Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage?

Physical development is as the title suggests about how babies and young children gain control of their bodies, but it also includes how children learn about keeping themselves active and healthy and how they learn to use equipment and materials successfully and safely.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Physical Development is broken down into two aspects:

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Self-Care

Moving and Handling

We often take for granted the way we move about in a crowd avoiding all the people around us – yet little children have to learn skills such as walking, balancing and not bumping into things. As well as developing the gross motor skills required to move about children also need to develop control of all the smaller muscles which move when we pick something up or put it down – these take time to develop and come through using and playing with objects such as spoons, beakers, cars, jigsaws and other playthings. From this early start children develop body-confidence which encourages them to want to push a car along a track, ride a scooter or jump in a puddle. As children develop control and coordination they eventually learn how to handle items such as a felt pen, a pair of scissors or a paint brush.

Health and Self-Care

Through Health and Self-care children find out about the effects of a healthy life style on their bodies. This includes all the factors that affect healthy development including making healthy choices in relation to food. It also includes managing their personal needs, such as dressing, when it is appropriate.