Sporting achievements in Primary!

Our Primary sports teams have been having a great season so far!

Our fantastic Under 9s football team put in a fantastic performance at our most recent football tournament at St Constantines and bringing home a win! In addition, Yuvraj was presented with the 'Man of the Tournament' Award. 

We are incredibly proud of our young sportsmen and women as they play according to our school's Sporting Etiquette code, showing good sportsmanship, cameraderie and team work. 

Well done everyone!

Junior Dragon off to a flying start!

The students working towards their Junior Dragon Bronze, Silver and Gold awards have got off to a flying start!

After setting their targets with coaches, parents and teachers, all our students have begun to work hard on their goals. Junior Dragon takes in a wide range of activities, for example,  Ayman and Ayyan Khan competed in the recent Rotary Triathlon as part of their Junior Dragon goals,  Atharv in Year 5 is writing his own book, and Isabella in Year 6 made her own table!

No matter what their goals, our Junior Dragon students will be supported throughout the year by their teacher mentor. Their teacher mentor is there to give encouragement, help keep track of their progress, and offer support along their Junior Dragon journey.

All students should have their initial meeting with their mentor before half term so, kids, if you haven't already, be sure to introduce yourself to your mentor and thank them for their support! 

Year 1/2 are treasure hunters!

Our Year 1/2 children have been having a wonderful time being treasure hunters in computing.

Their challenge has been to program the beebots and probots to navigate the giant treasure map and get to the 'x'. They had to avoid obstacles like the lake, the swamp and the forest. There was oodles of language and critical thinking skills on display as they worked together to figure out the exact instructions to give their programmable toy. You can see the looks of concentration as they navigated the robots around the map and, of course, the look of success and celebration when they made it! 

Growing up in an ICT-rich environment means that children need to have opportunities to experience and develop skills in its use that will help them make the most of adult life. Contrary to what we often think, ICT isn't simply about computers but includes anything that requires the input of instructions to produce specific outcomes. That's your answering machine, mobile phone, DVD player, washing machine, traffic lights and even speed cameras.

Computing capability is an essential skill for life and enables learners to participate more readily in a rapidly changing world. Using the internet and email, for example, gives them rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. 

Learning about control systems and robots increases children's awareness of many of the operating systems we use to manage our everyday lives. You could say that it develops essential life skills they will need in adult life, such as operating a washing machine and other devices.

Survival Weekend - 14th to 17th September

A report from our first Survival Weekend of the year!

"The point of survival weekend is to survive, this is the more obvious reaction in upon hearing the name. The real purpose of it is learning how to live with other people, being independent and overall team work. As a boarder I am experienced in the field of living with other people and by that I mean, sharing a room. I didn’t realise the real difference up until this weekend. Sharing a room with someone, though it can be difficult, is a small contained space. Someone’s bedroom is like a safe haven to them, so after a few rules people can coincide with no issues at all. But when there almost strangers move into a house together for the weekend, with limited money and a range of experience; that’s survival.  

Before we even began, we sat down to create a menu, formulate plans and discuss what we were going to do in the event of a crisis. It was this preparation that furthered us during the weekend. On the first day four of us went to the market while the other two of us were at play practice dancing and singing for about three hours. After an incredibly long day, we came together to make ourselves a spaghetti dinner and went to bed. The rest of the weekend was filled with laughter and bonding. Rather than inviting a single teacher we invited a total of five to enjoy our meal of barbequed chicken, honey garlic roasted potatoes, plantain, roasted beef stew, guacamole, salad and a side of fresh made chilli. After that we enjoyed a homemade Pineapple tiramisu. What happens when you combine different religions, cultures and personalities under two roofs? An amazing weekend with unforgettable memories, that's what." - Written by Josephine Kiaga

ABRSM Exam Preparation

BISA students are gearing up for their ABRSM music theory exams on 10th October. 

This week our BISA students did their mock exams organised by the school. This will help them gain feedback on how to improve their understanding and improve their overall attainment in their actual exams.

ABRSM’s Music Theory exams aim to give students a thorough understanding of the building blocks of music, starting with the basics of rhythm and notes, and going on to cover harmony and counterpoint, composition, and a broad knowledge of western music, including composers and their works, structure, style and period.

We wish them every success in their exams next month!