Busy Bees Beading Club

African Beading Club is a real hit with Key Stage 1. It has become a Busy Bees Beading Club. It is fun and really enjoyable for all the children. Once they join, they never want to leave. Beading, for Miss Sekemi, is a real passion.


She says, “ After a long week, beading is a passion of mine before the week end. Because I love it so much, the children learn to enjoy it too. They say, ‘Oh Miss Sekemi, we can’t do this. The beads are too small!’

But by the end of a beading session, they have gained confidence and courage. Beading really improves their co-ordination and encourages them to think creatively.

They make beautiful necklaces for their mamas and their babas. It is truly a wonderful job.

It is an activity I always look forward to. It gives me great joy to see the children being so creative.”


Well done Ms Sekemi and KS1! We look forward to seeing some more of these gorgeous creations.


At BISA, we know how to have fun and be creative. Last week the Secondary Students' Council organised an afternoon of fun and games for our Colour Fest.

There was a riot of colour and no one left unscathed, not even the teachers!


Year 1-2’s topic this term, “Healthy Living” led us to discover the work of famous Italian artist, Guiseppe Arcimboldo 1526-1593.

In class we used fruits and vegetables to design our own food sculptures.

Our creativity and imagination were unleashed as we experimented with different shapes and colours to mimic human liknesses. Take a look at the wonderfully comic, creative and imaginative faces below!

The Importance of Art.

Expressionism by Gabriella Doria

The following article is called The Importance of Art In Child Development by Grace Hwang Lynch. ( https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/the-importance-of-art-in-child-development) Many of us parents think that art is simply a waste of time, a fun thing to do if your child isn't particularly academic. We couldn't be more wrong. Artificial Intelligence has made giant strides and seems to be the way of the future, being able to diagnose illnesses, engineer, do accounts and countless other things which used to be done by humans. The one thing that AI cannot do is think creatively and be imaginative. All brilliant inventions were and are born of the imagination. Read on and see why Art is so incredibly important for all of us.

"Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up."

Developmental Benefits of Art

Motor Skills: Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. According to the National Institutes of Health, developmental milestones around age three should include drawing a circle and beginning to use safety scissors. Around age four, children may be able to draw a square and begin cutting straight lines with scissors. Many preschool programs emphasize the use of scissors because it develops the dexterity children will need for writing.

Language Development: For very young children, making art—or just talking about it—provides opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions. When toddlers are as young as a year old, parents can do simple activities such as crumpling up paper and calling it a “ball.” By elementary school, students can use descriptive words to discuss their own creations or to talk about what feelings are elicited when they see different styles of artwork.

Decision Making: According to a report by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life. “If they are exploring and thinking and experimenting and trying new ideas, then creativity has a chance to blossom,” says MaryAnn Kohl, an arts educator and author of numerous books about children’s art education.

Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important than ever. Even toddlers know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means that even before they can read, kids are taking in visual information. This information consists of cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television.

“Parents need to be aware that children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past,” says Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University. “Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.” Knowledge about the visual arts, such as graphic symbolism, is especially important in helping kids become smart consumers and navigate a world filled with marketing logos.

Inventiveness: When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. “The kind of people society needs to make it move forward are thinking, inventive people who seek new ways and improvements, not people who can only follow directions,” says Kohl. “Art is a way to encourage the process and the experience of thinking and making things better!”

Cultural Awareness: As we live in an increasingly diverse society, the images of different groups in the media may also present mixed messages. “If a child is playing with a toy that suggests a racist or sexist meaning, part of that meaning develops because of the aesthetics of the toy—the color, shape, texture of the hair,” says Freedman. Teaching children to recognize the choices an artist or designer makes in portraying a subject helps kids understand the concept that what they see may be someone’s interpretation of reality.

Improved Academic Performance: Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

Year 4 Conquer Mt. Oldonyo Laandare!

It has been an amazing three days away from school this week for the Year 4 class as they embarked on their first ever  Dragon expedition to Mkuru camp in Oldonyo Sambu.

The children could not hide their excitement at this golden opportunity of bonding with each other, sharing meals, sleeping in tents and experiencing real Maasai life. They were also learning about different plant and animal habitats up in the mountains.

Day two marked their biggest challenge as they all pushed themselves beyond their limits to conquer the tall and steep 2000 mt Oldonyo Laandare mountain.

A picnic lunch at the peak proved  worthy of all their sweat, hard work and positive attitude. Bravo, Year 4!