Situated in the capital of a multilingual country, we believe that it is important for all of our students to build solid foreign language foundations.
The French language programme at BEPS is designed to enable all students to achieve greater proficiency in another working language, using a wide range of authentic materials and activities. At each level, students will work around a variety of themes.
The IPC programme will be reflected in the French lessons whenever the unit is appropriate to the level of proficiency of the group of children.
During the secondary school, French is taught as Language and Literature for those with a solid foundation and Language acquisition for learners who are beginners or intermediate speakers.
Some educational visits or workshops are also scheduled in French to give the children the opportunity to experience French in a practical context outside the classroom.
At BEPS we regard technology as an integral part of students’ learning. It is our goal to give students the confidence and knowledge to use computers and related technology to support their own learning in all areas of the curriculum.
From Reception upwards, the children visit the Computer room once a week (in half class sized groups). Here they develop their skills at their own level. For example, Reception will draw and label their drawings and the older children will use Excel to create graphs and use PowerPoint to display their learning. All learning in ICT is linked to learning in the classroom.
When appropriate the children also have the opportunity to use our bank of iPads in their classroom. It is important that they understand these are learning tools not just used for games.
Music is a unique and powerful source of creativity and communication that can reach across cultural and individual barriers.It helps to help foster personal and collective cooperation and development. As an integral part of all cultures, past and present, it helps students understand themselves and relate to others.
The Music programme at BEPS is an active and engaging subject, which aims to implement the philosophy of the IPC and, as much as possible, offers links with the students’ Units of work.
Music in Early Years is not just about the children singing, but also about developing rhythm and co-ordination through music and movement. The Music teacher visits the Early Years children three times each week, where she interacts with them during their ‘free flow’ sessions.
In Reception, once a week the Music teacher visits the children during a ‘free flow’ session, where she interacts with them in a Music learning centre. On a second occasion she takes the children to the Music Room.
From Year 1 – 6 the children have 1 lesson following the Music programme each week. In addition to this, when there is a link with Music in the IPC learning goals, the Music teacher will place more emphasis on Music and have extra lessons or support the class teacher in the classroom.
Children from Year 1 – 6 also have the opportunity to join either our Lower Primary or Upper Primary School choirs, where they have opportunities to demonstrate their skills in real live contexts such as at our Winter Concert, Summer fair and with other choirs at the International Schools Choir Day.
Physical Education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. Physical Education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams.
It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.
In the Early Years, PE or psychometricity takes place in half groups on site. It is taught in an appropriate space where the children feel comfortable and safe.
Year 1 - 6 have their PE lessons off site in the ULB gym. Here they are introduced to individual and team sports.
Year 2, 3 and 4 have P.E for one half of the year, and swimming lessons at the Longchamp Swimming pool to develop their swimming skills, for the other half. The children are taught by three teachers to ensure they are challenged at the correct level.
The children need to wear their BEPS PE kit for PE lessons.