Whilst acknowledging the importance of academic achievement, we believe it is imperative that our children grow as a person.
The world is in constant flux. Globalisation, the digital revolution and social media influence our lives and how we interact with each other. New challenges arise: global warming, sources of energy, shortages of water etc. Independence and interdependence, relationships, communication and the way countries influence each other fluctuate too. Therefore, through their learning experiences the children are encouraged to reflect on their own development within these changes.
We aim to integrate the younger generation into the present world and to prepare them to play a key role in shaping their world, both locally and globally.
We also ensure they foster positive attitudes in order to develop the qualities and attributes they will need to function effectively and at ease in the 21st Century.
Our children reach these goals by learning about International Mindedness, the IPC Personal Goals during Early Years and Primary, our Golden Rules, and about the IB learner profile during Secondary.
At BEPS, we want our children to engage in learning relevant to the 21st Century and beyond. They need to be able to thrive in today’s world where learning is expanding and change is constant, and in tomorrow’s world too. Therefore, teachers will facilitate their learning using up to date practices based on the latest research in education and neurosciences. Teachers design brain-friendly learning and develop the children’s ability to articulate on their learning using relevant assessment practices.
As an International School, we are responsible for developing International Mindedness in our children. At BEPS, this is not just an add-on but is supported by our International Primary Curriculum and IB MYP Curriculum. It is embedded into our learning activities to ensure that children grow up celebrating what we share together, are curious about our differences and understand where they come from and how we can live together.
Our Definition of International Mindedness is:
We cultivate International Mindedness at BEPS by demonstrating respect, curiosity and understanding toward each other. We foster empathy and kindness by celebrating our similarities and differences. This helps us to become responsible, caring, active global citizens.
The IPC Personal Goals underpin those individual qualities and learning dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st Century. – Fieldwork Education
They help to develop those qualities that will enable children in Early Years and Primary to be at ease with the continually changing context of their lives.
Opportunities to experience, further develop and reflect on these are built into our learning activities.
There are 8 IPC Personal Goals:
- Adaptable – I accept changes and new ideas.
- Communicator – I express my ideas, thoughts and feelings in many different ways and listen to other people.
- Collaborator – I share, take turns and work well with others. I try to help others and work as a team.
- Empathetic – I think about others and their feelings.
- Ethical – I always try to do the right thing for myself and others.
- Resilient – I always try my best and keep on trying
- Respectful – I care for others, animals and look after the environment. I am polite and kind to everyone.
- Thinker – I reflect on what I have learnt and what I would like to learn.
BEPS is a learning community of families from different cultural backgrounds who instil rich diversity into our school. We value, encourage and respect the individual contributions that they bring with them. For Early Years and Primary, we implement ‘Golden Rules’ to reinforce this.
Each month we choose one Golden Rule to focus on. At the end of the month children that are felt to have demonstrated this rule particularly well are awarded a ‘Golden Certificate’.
Our Golden Rules are:
- We are careful and safe
- We listen to others
- We are good friends
- We take care of property
- We are honest
- We care for our planet
- We work hard
IB Learner profile
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.
We cannot teach our kids to compete with the machines who are smarter – we have to teach our kids something unique. In this way, 30 years later, kids will have a chance. – Jack Ma, World Economic Forum 2018
The profile aims to develop learners who are:
“The 10 attributes reflect the holistic nature of an IB education. They highlight the importance of nurturing dispositions such as curiosity and compassion as well as developing knowledge and skills. They also highlight that along with cognitive development, IB programmes are concerned with students’ social, emotional and physical well-being, and with ensuring that students learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them.” – What is an IB Education. 2013.
Brain Friendly Learning
As they grow, children at BEPS develop an understanding of how the brain works and learns. This is vital to ensure they become confident independent learners.
The Early Years learn about healthy eating, outdoor activities and the benefit sleeping has on their brains.
In Primary, they start their year learning about their Brain through the IPC unit: Learning to learn
They learn how neurones help them make connections and review the importance of drinking water regularly as well as eating healthily and exercising.
We believe the children should be able to learn through their favourite learning style. Therefore, they engage in their learning through a variety of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities. As a result, they are able to define which learning style is the best for them.
International Primary Curriculum approach to learning:
The IPC Units are developed following a clear structure that enables the children to understand what they are learning about and why. This increases their motivation, interest and engagement. As a result, their new knowledge is recorded in their long- term memories.