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Head of Primary Message Week 33

Celebration of Learning 🤩

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to each of you for coming to our Celebration of Learning event. Your presence made the occasion truly special and meaningful for our students. Seeing you engage with their projects and achievements not only boosts their confidence but also reinforces the importance of education in their lives.

We understand the profound responsibility we have in shaping the educational journeys of our students. With this in mind, we want to share with you the principles that guide our approach to teaching and learning.

Our commitment to providing education is rooted in a deep respect for methods that have stood the test of time and have been proven effective through rigorous research and evidence. We believe that by embracing these tried-and-true strategies, we can offer your children a robust and reliable foundation for their academic development.

One of the key components of our traditional approach is the teaching of reading through phonics and direct instruction. Phonics instruction, which emphasises the relationship between sounds and their spellings, has consistently been shown to be one of the most effective methods for developing strong reading skills in young learners. Direct instruction, where teachers lead and guide students through carefully structured lessons, ensures that our students receive clear, concise, and effective teaching.

At ISB, we are dedicated to fostering a learning environment where each child can thrive. We do not shy away from these traditional methods because we recognise their value in helping students achieve literacy and overall academic success. By combining these proven techniques with a nurturing and supportive classroom environment, we aim to inspire a love of learning and a strong educational foundation for all our students.

We are grateful for your trust in us and are committed to working together to provide the highest quality education for your children. Should you have any questions or wish to discuss our educational approach further, please do not hesitate to message in Seesaw. There is also a lot of information within the curriculum and knowledge sections below this post.

The importance of creating solid foundations within the Early Years is also not to be underestimated. Without this, it would not be possible to build and facilitate growth.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is based on four guiding principles:

  • A Unique Child: Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident, and self-assured.

  • Positive Relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

  • Enabling Environments: Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, where their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.

  • Learning and Development: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework we use covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

I hope that there principles came through strongly today in your interactions with your children, their teachers and learning environments. Thank you again for joining us.

House Captains 🟢 🔵 🟡 🔴

Primary school house captains have written their own profiles and need your votes. Voting will close on Monday 27th May, so make sure you have your say. Who will be the next Primary House Captains?

It's been a busy week... 🤩

This week six more students have Gone Green in Times Tables Rock Stars.

Year 6 have been analysing dinosaur poo (and fossils), Year 5 have been exploring reversible and irreversible changes, Year 4 have been creating food chains, Year 3 have been publishing stop-motion videos, Year 2 have been learning to tell the time, Year 1 have been counting to 60 to see what they can do in one minute, Reception have been rehearsing and performing exquisitely on stage, Kindy have been learning how to segment words and Pre Kindy have been out and about at Peak.

If you have any questions about any aspect of school life, please do not hesitate to message me in Seesaw.

Mr Michael Everett | Head of Primary 

Swim Galas 🏊

We are looking forward to welcoming parents to our Swim Galas on Friday 7th and 21st June.

👥 Reception

🗓️ Friday 7th June

⏰ 9:40am - 10:30am

👥 Yr1 and Yr2

🗓️ Friday 7th June

⏰ 7:45am - 9:15am

👥 Yr3 and Yr4

🗓️ Friday 21st June

⏰ 7:45am - 9:15am

👥 Yr5 and Yr6

🗓️ Friday 21st June

⏰ 9:30am - 11am


🗓️ Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th June: Dr Dolittle 🦜

🗓️ Friday 7th June: Swim Gala Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (see above)

🗓️ Tuesday 11th June: BJSL Tag Rugby & Netball (BJSL Squad)

🗓️ Friday 14th June: Yr6 Ceremony

🗓️ Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th June: Year 6 to Year 7 Experience Days

🗓️ Friday 21st June: Swim Gala Year 3 to Year 6 (see above)

🗓️ Friday 28th June: Year 5 Young Entrepreneurs Assembly

🗓️ Friday 5th July: Last day of term


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