FS1 Enjoy Their First Swimming Lesson

Our FS1 children had a fantastic time on Thursday as they kicked off their new term with their first swimming lesson!

Coach Anze welcomed the class of excited 3 and 4 year olds to the pool at our Kisongo campus and the children couldn't wait to get started. The weather was perfect and all the children were brave and ready to try new things. The children listened well and followed all of Coach Anze's instructions. What a wonderful bunch of water babies!

There are many great life-long benefits of childhood swimming, and plenty of wonderful reasons to start early. Research has shown that early swimmers perform better socially and academically, and that swimming from an early age:

  • enhances gross motor skill development and coordination
  • promotes personality development
  • leads to greater happiness, health, and development of the ‘whole’ child.

Splish Splash - water fun in Creche and FS1!

As we start to feel the effects of a hot Arusha summer, we are all trying to find ways of keeping cool. Our children in FS1 and Creche at the Infant School had a splashing time with some water fun. They all brought their swimming costumes and enjoyed a variety of water-based activities to help cool down in the heat we have had recently. 

For our FS1 children, this is a little bit of practise for starting swimming lessons in Term 2. They are already very excited about this next step, as you can see from their delighted faces.

What a great idea!

Supporting Children's Emotional Development

Children’s responses to the different feelings they experience every day have a major impact on their choices, their behaviour, and on how well they cope and enjoy life. 

Emotional development involves learning what feelings and emotions are, understanding how and why they happen, recognising one’s own feelings and those of others, and developing effective ways of managing them. As children grow and are exposed to different situations their emotional lives also become more complex. Developing skills for managing a range of emotions is therefore very important for their emotional wellbeing.

Key points for supporting children’s emotional development

Providing effective support for children’s emotional development starts with paying attention to their feelings and noticing how they manage them. By acknowledging children’s emotional responses and providing guidance, parents, carers and school staff can help children understand and accept feelings, and develop effective strategies for managing them. 

Tune into children’s feelings and emotions 

Some emotions are easily identified, while others are less obvious. Tuning into children’s emotions involves looking at their body language, listening to what they are saying and how they are saying it, and observing their behaviour. This allows you to respond more effectively to children’s needs and to offer more specific guidance to help children manage their emotions. 

Help children recognise and understand emotions

Taking opportunities to talk with children and teach them about emotions helps children to become more aware of their own emotions as well as those of others. Encouraging children to feel comfortable with their emotions and providing them with practice in talking about their feelings helps children to further develop ways to manage their emotions. 

Set limits on inappropriate expression of emotions

It is very important for children to understand that it is okay to have a range of emotions and feelings, but that there are limits to the ways these should be expressed. While acknowledging children’s emotions, it is therefore very important to set limits on aggressive, unsafe or inappropriate behaviours. 

Be a role model

Children learn about emotions and how to express them appropriately by watching others – especially parents, carers and school staff. Showing children the ways you understand and manage emotions helps children learn from your example. This includes examples of saying: “Sorry, I lost my temper” (because no parent is perfect!) and then showing how you might make amends. 

When it comes to child development, feelings matter. Everyone feels overwhelmed at times but some children can react more strongly to everyday experiences than others. For this reason, it can be useful to understand how temperament affects feelings. Young children especially need adults to help them in developing coping skills for managing emotions. A great way to help children with their emotions is to role-model talking about emotions and being calm.

This can be especially helpful when supporting children around fear and worries. Everyone gets scared, and children can get scared for all sorts of reasons. Very young children are often afraid of imaginary things like monsters hiding under the bed. Older children usually fear real things that might happen, like being hurt.  All children need reassurance and support so they can learn to cope with fear and worries on their own.

Older children can also benefit from understanding the relationship between coping with fears and helpful self-talk. Making sense of older children’s emotions requires tuning in, reflecting back to them what you’re noticing and asking open-ended questions. Helping children to manage feelings builds emotional self-awareness and can also help children to understand how thinking affects feelings.

Creche in the Kitchen

Creche are starting to learn their life skills early with their activities this term around the theme 'Rhyme Time'. Through looking at different favourite rhymes each week, they take part in activities like singing, dancing, art, storytelling and also a bit of cooking!  This week was 'Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree', and what better way to find out what monkes like to eat than having fun in the kitchen with bananas and chocolate! As you can see, it's never too early for children to start to learn simple things like using knives and forks.

BISA Bonfire Night a huge success!

The BISA Annual Bonfire Night is one of the biggest events of our school year, and Bonfire Night 2018 was no exception. After many days of rain, the sun came out just in time and the crowds came to enjoy what has become a firm favourite in the Arusha community calendar.

The games stalls were busy from the moment they opened with families enjoying apple bobbing, spin-the-wheel, face-painting, lucky dip and many more! Community vendors also came out to sell their wares, provide some delicious food and drinks, and be a part of the event. Attendees also got a sneak preview of the upcoming BISA App, due to launch on the 16th November!

BISA Bonfire Night is a key date for our BTEC Business, Music and Dance students as their performance and organisation of the event is part of their assessment towards their BTEC Qualifications. The BTEC Band plus our BTEC dance students provided some stunning entertainment, displaying their skills already learned through their courses, while the BTEC Business Students saw all their organisational hard work pay off through the high attendance and success of the event itself.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy our event! Please take the time to watch our video slideshow of some of the highlights of our night!