Learning - Lower School

Academics

Welcome and bienvenue to the Lower School section of BSL. This includes our preschool Creche and Nursery based around the Early Years Curriculum from the UK, which follows developmental areas into the Reception class. From Year 1 through to Year 6 we follow the Cambridge International Curriculum, which is a version of the National Curriculum for England and Wales, that has been tailored for International Schools.

The Curriculum is generally thematic following ‘topics’ which are usually Science, History or Geography based and there is a focus on skills rather than the rote learning of facts. As well as this we have a big focus on Phonics acquisition in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and on reading as a whole throughout the Primary School. In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) the focus shifts more to comprehension and interpreting texts all of which together provides a well rounded approach to reading which will help our learners throughout their school years and beyond. We offer extra support to new students and those who come from a non English speaking background.

As well as English, Maths, Science and History/Geography our learners also have French, PE, Music, Art and ICT lessons. There is also a full After School Activity Programme for them to take part in.

Once a week there is an assembly that is usually led by a class where the learners can ‘showcase’ what they have been learning. Parents are warmly welcomed to attend this and see how their children are doing and to be involved in their life long learning journey.

We actively promote positive behaviour strategies and want all the children to feel like they belong and are valued no matter where their strengths lie.

Tim Aviss

Head of Primary School

Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage

Here at the British School of Lome we follow the EYFS programme from the UK. We also adapt this using Montessori techniques which are used around the World in Early Years settings. The EYFS is made up of the Nursery and Reception classes. We work closely together to provide a caring and stimulating learning environment and to meet the needs of each individual child, in a language rich environment that gives the children a firm foundation in English. Nursery and Reception are far from being baby sitting or simple child care. We want the children to enjoy their first experience of school life and give them enthusiasm to begin their learning journey

Our Aims

  • To provide a secure and happy learning environment and promote positive relationships.

  • To provide an excellent foundation for learning that will go with them throughout school

  • To promote positive parent partnerships through good communication and joint learning opportunities.

Each class has a fully qualified teacher and teaching assistants.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

There are Seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language (English mainly but also French)

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design.

Our professional understanding of teaching and supporting your child will enable us to make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in main school, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that we can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Key Stage One

The National Curriculum sets out the learning and expectations for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).

We carefully build on the skills the children have learnt in Foundation Stage and continue to extend and develop levels of independence.

All subjects are taught through a thematic and creative approach as we believe that learning should be meaningful and we give children the opportunity to learn in a way that is familiar and relevant to their every-day lives. It strengthens the links across English, Mathematics, Science and other topics.

In English, the curriculum covers knowledge, skills and understanding through Reading, Writing and Speaking and listening. A broad range of activities are used to promote experience, reflection and improvement.

Our phonics education plays an important part in the daily learning to support the children in discovering the world not only through experiences as well as through reading and writing.

Mathematics is taught through Number, Geometry, Measure, Handling Data and Problem Solving; The school is following current developments to guarantee that the children apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

Science is designed to teach a broad and balanced curriculum, introducing the world around our children at a for them understandable level. This prepares the children to further and thoroughly investigate related topics in Key Stage 2.

Topic Education, through the Humanities and Creative Arts, plays an important part in our education, where we link the world around our children to their daily experiences. This stimulates the development of several skills such as research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication. Through a variety of opportunities to stimulate children’s interests, we provide opportunities for them to lead their own learning, which will challenge, extend and meet the needs of all children, preparing them for the next step of learning in Key Stage 2.

The children are taught by specialist teachers in some subjects e.g. French, PE, Music and IT education.

Key Stage Two

Key Stage 2 (KS2) comprises Year 3 to Year 6. Our curriculum covers all the subjects set out for these year groups by the UK National Curriculum. Our scheme of work aims to deliver cross curricular activities which provide an exciting learning experience.

Specifically, the English curriculum in KS2 covers skills in Reading and Comprehension, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Every class has a collection of high quality books from well-known authors to encourage students to read and to stimulate their writing.

Our Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that students become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through practice in Number Systems, Geometry, Measurements, Handling Data and Problem Solving. We provide the opportunity for our students to reason mathematically, and solve real life problems involving maths.

The scheme of work in Science offers a sequence of lessons in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Our teachers strive to include a ‘practical learning element’ within lessons. We guide our students to use the scientific method of investigation to create innovative experiments. To create cross curricular links, Science lessons also have elements of Writing, Maths and IT.

The Topics curriculum entails Geography, History, Art, Science and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). Our stimulating lessons are tailored to educate our students to think about global issues and encourage them to become socially responsible individuals in our multicultural community and beyond. Where possible, we organise trips linked to the ‘Topics Unit’ to extend the children’s understanding.

Our Year Group teachers instruct students in English, Maths, Science and Topics Education. In addition, we provide our students with enriching Specialist lessons in Music, Physical Education, Computing, and French, taught by creative specialist teachers.

Our dedicated staff team provides engaging and differentiated learning styles to ensure that the specific learning needs of every child are well catered. We believe that the exceptional educational experiences we provide will ensure that all our students reach their full potential as lifelong learners and responsible global citizens.