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Lower Primary Handbook

Table of Contents     Welcome from the Headteacher


Welcome from the Lower School Leader


Academic Calendar 2017-2018 


School hours


Arrival & Departure Procedures






After School Activities


School Uniform


What Your Child Will Need For School


School Lunch




House System




Health and First Aid


Role of the Parent




Home/School Communication


Using English in School


Educational Visits & Residential Trips


Meeting Student Needs





Welcome from the Headteacher   Dear Parents and Students,     It  is  our  pleasure  to  welcome  you  to  the  2017-2018  school  year  at  The  British  International  School  of  Marbella  (BISM).  We  extend  a  very  warm  welcome  to  all new and returning students and parents.     Our  aspiration  is  to  provide  a  World  Class  Education  for all pupils within the BISM community.     We  are  fortunate  to  be  governed  by  the  Executive  Board  of  The  British  Schools  Foundation  (BSF),  a  network  of  schools  established  across  the  globe.  We  are  looking  forward  to  providing  your  child  with  an  outstanding  educational  experience.  The  Foundation  has  an  excellent  reputation  worldwide  and  we  will  continue  to  build  on  that  as  we  seek  to  meet  the  needs  of  all  students  enrolled  in  our  school.  Our staff members are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching, and bring  a wealth of experience and expertise.     At  BISM  ,  we  have  created  a  stimulating,  safe  and  positive  learning  environment,  with  high  expectations  of  achievement, endeavour and behaviour. We are committed to making the curriculum accessible to all students  through  utilising  a  range  of  teaching styles and state of the art technology, which will motivate our students to  develop independent, lifelong learning skills.     As  BISM’s  Headteacher,  my  role  is  to  establish  a  culture  that  promotes  excellence,  equality  and  high  expectations  of  all  students.  We  value  the  opinions of our parents, therefore please feel free to send an email,  call  or  arrange  a  visit.  Parent  input  is  invaluable  and  I  look  forward  to  working with you in the most important  job you have - educating your child.     We  hope  you  will  find  this  handbook  useful  and  look  forward  to  working  closely  with  you  to  ensure  the  success of BISM and our students.     Yours sincerely,     Ms Sian Kirkham  Headteacher                                    3 

Welcome from the Lower Primary Leader   Dear Parents and Students     Welcome  to  The  British International School of Marbella  (BISM),  part  of  The  British  Schools  Foundation  (BSF).  Our  aim  is  to  provide  World  Class  Education  to  our  enthusiastic students, in which we consistently achieve.      Here  at  BISM  we  are  a  tight  knit  family  with  highly  qualified  and  motivated  teachers  providing  the  best  education possible for your child.     Our  children  are  global  citizens,  highly  motivated  and  have  a  charm  and  charisma  that  we  encourage  here  at  BISM.  Many  visitors  comment  on  the  positive  feeling  around  the  school  and  eagerness  to  learn  from  our  students.     We very much look forward to working in partnership with you as parents, and witnessing our students  take joy in discovering their full potential, here at BISM.     Yours sincerely,     Mr. Llion Thomas  Lower Primary Leader                                                      4 

Academic calendar 2017-2018 
   Autumn term  Fri 1st Sept  Thurs 12th Oct  Mon 16th Oct – Fri 20th Oct  Wed 1st Nov  Tue 20th Dec   

First Day of Term One Spanish National Holiday  Half term break  National Holiday  Last Day of Term One 

Spring term  Mon 8th Jan  Wed 28th Feb – Friday 2nd March  Fri 23rd March    Summer term  Tue 3rd Apr  Mon 30th April – Tue 2nd May Mon 11th June  Fri 29th June  

First Day of Term Two Half term break  Last Day of Term Two  First Day of Term Three  Half term break  Local Holiday  Last Day of Term Three 

School hours     Primary School   08:30 - 08:45 Registration/Literacy Skills  08:45 - 09:45 Lesson 1  09:45 - 10:00 Morning Break  10:00 - 11:00 Lesson 2  11:00 - 12:00 Lesson 3  12:00 - 13:00 Lunch/Break  13:00 - 14:00 Lesson 4  14:00 - 15:00 Lesson 5  15:00 - 16:00/16:30 Lesson 6/7     Registration  time  is  used  to  register  the  students  and to work on their Literacy targets. It is essential that  students  arrive  at  their  classrooms  for  the  beginning  of  registration  so  that  they  can  be  properly  registered  and  take  full advantage of the Literacy skills lessons.  Please understand that Teachers are not  available to meet with parents during this time.   

Arrival & Departure Procedures     It  is,  of  course,  essential  that  our  students  are  supervised  at  all  times  for  their  security  and safety. Therefore,  we  request  that  students  should  not  arrive  before  8:30am.  This  is  to  ensure  that  teachers  have  sufficient  planning,  meeting  and preparation time at the beginning of the school day. All students should, however, be in  class 8:45am at the latest.     Please  ensure  that  you  or  your  designated  guardian  collects  your  child  from  a  member  of  staff  at  the  end  of  each  day  from  the  playground.  Please  collect  your  child  at  4:30pm  every  day.  On  the  last  day  of  each  term,  school finishes at 12:00 noon.     Pickup Points  Primary  students  are  to  be  collected  from  the  playground.  It  will  help  the  end  of school routine enormously if  parents do not enter the school building unless there is a specific reason to meet with a member of staff.       5 

Please be  aware  that  a  member  of  school  staff  needs to hand your child over to you. Therefore, please assist  this process by ensuring your teacher is aware you have received your child.     If,  for  any  reason,  you  have  been  delayed,  please  telephone  the  school  so  that  we  are  aware and can inform  your  child to avoid any unnecessary anxiety. If you are unable to collect your child, please inform the school at  your  earliest  convenience  as  to  who  will  be  collecting  your  child.  For  security  reasons,  teachers  will  not  release a child to an unauthorised person.  

Security     There  is  no  issue  that  the  school  takes  more  seriously  than  the  safety  of  our  students.  All  families  will  be  asked  to  have  their photographs taken by the BISM team or send in electronic photos so that ID cards can be  made  for  any  adult  picking  up  a  child.  No  adult  will  be  allowed  on  the  school  grounds  without  their  ID  card.  Please support us in this.     It  is  essential  that  we  have  an  accurate  record  of  who is authorised to collect your child and their photograph  in  order  to  make  an  ID  card.  We  will  not  release  a  child  to  the  custody  of  a  different  adult  unless  we  have  received notification from the child’s parent.     If  you  need  to  collect  your  child  during  the  school  day  please  ensure  that  you  inform  your  class  teacher  in  advance.  Parents  will  need  to  sign  in  then  a  member  of  staff  will  collect  the  child  from  the  classroom.  Early  Release  Slips  will  need  to  be  collected from the front desk before leaving the school premises and all children  collected  early  will  need  to  be  signed  out.  Parents  should  provide  the  school  with  at  least  two  contact  numbers  in  case  of  emergencies.  It  is  vital  that  you  inform  the  school  of  any  changes  to  these  contact  numbers.     Please be aware that school closed at 5pm. If your child stays after school for a club or tutoring, the lead adult  will bring your child to the gate at pick up time. Parents and visitors are not permitted onsite after 5pm.  


  Weekly Curriculum Allocation:     Subject 






Physic al Educa tion 







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Huma nities






All  subjects  highlighted  blue  will  be  delivery  by  the  class  teacher,  the  subjects  highlighted  in  orange  are  delivered by specialist teachers.    



  Sports Programme     Our aim in Physical Education is to introduce students to a wide variety of sports and activities with the hope  that they leave BISM recognising the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle after developing a love for  physical activity. Children participate in Sports at least four times per week and throughout the year are  involved in sports competitions and inter-house tournaments that help develop key skills such as  communication, leadership and teamwork.     Children participate in swimming lessons all year round. Swimming is part of the curriculum therefore not  optional. If a child cannot attend a lesson due to illness then the question has to be asked whether the  children should be at school at all. If there is a medical condition, such as a skin allergy, then a doctor’s note is  required and the children will need to be collected at 3pm; they will not be able to join another class due to  the disruption this causes to teaching and learning.     Music     In addition to their English National Curriculum Music lesson, all Middle School children the  Primary/Secondary School Instrumental Programme, designed to develop each child’s understanding and  appreciation of music. Each child’s musical experience is built up through learning to play a range of musical  instruments to a basic level.     In addition, Middle School students are given the opportunity to join the Instrumental Music Programme  (IMPs) in which they receive individualised music lessons once a week in their chosen instrument.     Spanish    We are very aware of the enormous opportunities that are available to us being based in Marbella. We are at  the heart of southern Spain, a rapidly transforming area with a growing influence on Spain and the world at   large. We recognise that an understanding of Spanish culture and a command of the Spanish Language wil  be invaluable assets for the future. Children receive six hours of Spanish lessons per week. Other languages  are available as part of the After School Activities (ASAs) programme. 

After School Activities    The  ASAs programme offers a range of activities including Sports, Music, Art, and Modern Foreign Languages  (MFL).  The  opportunity  for  students  to  develop  interests  beyond  the  classroom  is  an  integral  part  of  the  school.     The  ASAs  are  organised  by  staff  members  and outside instructors. ASAs generally start near to the beginning  of  each  term,  once  the  usual  routines  are  established.  You  will  be  notified  of the clubs on offer in advance so  that you can assist your child in choosing the preferred activities.     Once  an  ASA  is  chosen  for  each  term,  it  is  important  that  the  student  remains  committed  to  that  activity.  Certain  ASAs  may  require  a  commitment across more than one term. Students and families will, of course, be  made aware of the requirements of the activities that they select.    

School uniform   School  uniform  is  compulsory  for  all  students attending the school. We believe that wearing school uniform in  a  proud  and  smart manner promotes positive self-esteem and, therefore, is integral to the ethos of the school.  All  students  are  expected  to  arrive  at  school  every  day  in  uniform,  worn  in  a  tidy  manner.  We  expect  our  students to take pride in their school uniform.     Students  take  part  in  sport  every  day and therefore are expected to bring their PE uniform to school each day  in a separate bag. You will be informed about these days at the beginning of the academic year.     7 

The Headteacher  will  give  guidance  regarding  the  dates  when  summer  and  winter  uniforms  are  to  be  worn,  according to the seasonal weather conditions. Summer uniform will be required at the beginning of the year.     Below is the set uniform for Primary children:       Boys    


  P.E and Miscellaneous    


Other Items Footwear  is  an  important  aspect  of  the  school  uniform;  the  correct  socks  and  shoes  complete  the  uniform  (see above). Shoes should be black leather and worn each day.     On  PE  days,  students  must  wear  appropriate  footwear  for  the  activity  on  offer  -  normally  training/sports  shoes. All students should wear regular PE uniform for lessons and house colours for competitions and events  only.  On swimming days please provide a swimming costume (one piece for the girls), swimming hat, goggles,  pool shoes and a towel.     Use of coats and anoraks are encouraged during cold and rainy days, and sunhats on sunny days.     We  encourage  independence  in  our  students. This does mean at times that items can go temporarily missing.  With this in mind, please label all items of school uniform with your child’s name and class.  General Appearance  For  safety  reasons  the  wearing  of  earrings  (except  studs)  or  other  jewellery  (a  small  necklace  can  be  worn  under  shirt  provided  it  is  removed  for  sports)  must  not  be  permitted.  They  represent  potential  hazards  to  all  participants.  Medical,  professional  and  occupational  safety  advice confirms that they should be avoided at all  times due to the active day the children are engaged in.     Hair  should  be  worn  in  a  neat  style  (long  hair  tied  up),  while  mohicans,  tramlines  and  bright  colours  are  not  considered  appropriate  hairstyles  for  school.  If  a  student  attends  school  with  a  hairstyle  that  is  deemed  inappropriate, the Headteacher will inform the parents and request a more suitable style.  

What Your Child Will Need For School  Water bottles:  ●        E   ach student will be asked to bring their own reusable water bottle to school  ●       T   he bottle should be individual and never shared with others  ●       I  t should be clearly labeled with the name and class of the student  
 ●       T   he bottle will be returned home at the end of each day for cleaning  ●       O   nly water should be contained in the bottles - no juice, carbonated or flavoured drinks  
 ●       W   ater dispensers are available at school for refills whenever required

Storage & Usage 
 ●       W   ater bottles will be stored neatly in class and students will be able to carry them to specialist lessons  
 ●      T   eachers will establish clear routines in their class to ensure drinks are available to students at certain   times but do not interrupt their lessons in anyway  
 ●      P   lease note that students may not be permitted to use water bottles in locations which are deemed   hazardous, e.g. in the vicinity of ICT and/or electrical equipment  

 ●      W   hile we will have the necessary resources in class, it is a very good idea to start the year with a small   pencil case with personal items students will need for a school day. These items include a ruler, pencils,   coloured pencils, rubber/eraser and pencil sharpener. These should be brought to school in a bag where other   personal items may be kept.  
 Prohibited Items  
 It is school policy not to bring the following items to school:  ●       S   harp or pointed instruments (e.g. scissors)  
 ●       C   hewing gum and sweets  
 ●       T   oys or games unless at the request of a teacher  
 ●       M   usic-playing systems, mobile phones or any other electronic devices not supplied by the 
school. This is    


to ensure that students’ belongings do not get damaged or lost. If a parent needs to contact a student   urgently a message can be passed through the school office.  

School Lunch   A  hot  and nutritious lunch is served to all children in school. School lunches are paid for in advance along with  tuition  fees.  If  you  have  not  already  informed  the  school  that  your  child  has  dietary  restrictions  (whether  for  health,  religious  or  allergy  reasons),  please  do  so  immediately.  We  will  inform  the  school  kitchen  and  special  arrangements will be made to provide proper suitable alternatives.     Snacks  Students  are  encouraged  to  bring  a  healthy  snack  for  morning  break.  This  should  consist  of  fresh  fruit  or  a  wholesome,  nutritious  snack.  BISM  discourages  sugar-laden  foods  for  health  reasons and also because they  can  often  have  a  negative  effect  on  concentration  and  learning.  Under  no  circumstances  should  snacks  be  shared  amongst  students.  Please  note that, due to existing serious allergies present within the school, snacks  with nuts must be avoided. BISM is a nut-free zone.  

Behaviour   Our  school’s  code  of  conduct  aims  to  achieve a positive atmosphere in which more time is spent on teaching  and  learning.  We  recognise  that  the  school  has  a  critical  role  to  play in developing self-discipline in students.  We  aim  to  establish  acceptable  patterns  of  behaviour  and  to  encourage  students  to  develop  a  sense  of  responsibility, self-respect and a respect for other people, property and the environment.  
    It  is  essential  for  parents  and  the  school  to  work  in  partnership  so  that  the  values  encouraged  by  home  and  school are mutually reinforced. The following outlines the key expectations we have of students:  
   ●       T   reat everyone with respect and courtesy  ●      B   ehave in a way that aids learning during lessons  
 ●      W   alk at all times when indoors  
 ●      W   alk on the left in corridors and staircases  
 ●      H   old doors open for others  
 ●      R   emove coats, jackets and hats during lessons and at lunch  
 ●      M   ake sure that classrooms and playgrounds are kept clean and tidy; litter should be placed in 
 ●      G   reet the teacher and guests in the school  
 ●      S   peak and listen in turn  
 ●      A   lways look after classroom resources and ensure that furniture and resources are tidy at the 
end of   lessons  
 ●      K   nock and wait to be invited into the room if late for class or visiting another class/office  
 ●      D   o not leave the classroom without the teacher’s permission  
 ●      N   o eating and drinking in the classroom – except water, and with the teacher’s permission  
 ●      S   tudents are responsible for clearing trays, plates, etc., after break and lunch       All students are encouraged, taught and expected to demonstrate high standards of behaviour. We value    highly the qualities of self-discipline, self-respect and respect for others and their property.     We encourage all students to act as positive citizens and bullying will not be tolerated at our school.    

  House System    10 

On entry  to  the  school,  each  student  will  be allocated a ‘House’; members of the same family being placed in  the  same  house.  We  always  seek  a  balance  of  male  and  female  students  in each one. The house names and  colours are as follows:                            

The  whole  school  is  involved  in  the  merit  system  and  each  teacher  and  assistant  teacher  will  be  part  of  a  house.  There  will  be  regular  house  assemblies  held  throughout  the  year.  The  first  meeting  elects  house  captains for each house (one boy and one girl).     The House system comprises two parts:   1. Merit system, where students gain house points for individual awards relating to their progress and   efforts in all aspects of school life.   2. Inter-house competitions such as sports days, swimming galas, poetry and music competitions.      

House Points Certificates in The Primary School   At  BISM, we believe that great efforts should be rewarded and recognised. With this in mind, we have a house  point  system  designed  to  encourage  high  standards  and  positive  action  from  our  students  throughout  the  year. House points, therefore, will only be awarded when students do their very best.    During  the  year,  students  will  be  awarded  house  points  for  excellent  work,  effort  and  progress.  Teachers  award  points  to  each  student  when  deserved  and  it  is  the  responsibility  of  the  student  to  enter  their  house  point  on  the  chart  displayed  in  the  class. This can be a coloured square or a tick alongside a name. There will  be  no  negative  actions  such  as  minus  house  points.  Certificates  will  be  awarded  in  assembly  to  successful  students.  Certificates  are  presented  monthly  depending  on  how  many  have  been  earned  (bronze:  40,  silver:  50,  gold:  60).  At  the  end  of  each  week, the house points from each class are collated, with the winning house  announced  during  the  next  assembly.  The  house  captains  from  the  winning  house  will  be  responsible  for  changing  the  colours  displayed  each week to the winning house colour until the next assembly. A house point  cup is awarded to the winning team annually at Speech Day.     It  is  the expectation of all students to apply enough effort to receive at least a bronze certificate. If it is felt that  your  child  is  not  applying  minimum  effort  then  you  will  be  asked  to  meet  with  the  class  teacher  to  discuss  possible solutions.     Dojos  are  awarded  for  social development and citizenship. Parents receive notifications when children receive  both  positive  and  negative  dojos.  Although  the  option  is  there,  please  do  not  use  the  dojo  app  to  message  Teachers; always use email.     In KS1 each class agree a set of rewards for every 250 dojos cumulatively earned as a class.           In  KS3  dojos  are  only  awarded  in  relation  to  the  BSF  Charter  Values  (Teamwork  and  Leadership,  Independence,  Courage,  Self  Discipline,  Decency,  Presence  and  Awareness).  When  the  students  have 


demonstrated these  qualities  their  Charter  Card  will  be  ticked.  When  each  value  has  been  ticked three times  their card will be framed and presented to them in assembly.      


Regular  daily  attendance  is  essential  if  students  are  to  achieve  their  potential.  We  ask  that  parents  support  attendance  at  school  wherever  possible.  Absence  from  school  for  reasons  which  are  neither  health-related  nor  involving  an  emergency  are  strongly  discouraged  and  should  be  kept  to  a  minimum,  since  frequent  absence  can  result  in  the  student  falling  behind  -  perhaps  seriously  -  in  his/her  studies  and/or missing key assessments and can have a negative impact on friendships.     Parents  who  are  aware  of  such  future  absences  should  inform  the  class  teacher/tutor  and  seek  permission as far in advance as possible.     If  students  are  unable  to  achieve  the  standards  required  to  enter  the  next  year  group  due  to  poor  attendance, the following actions may take place at the discretion of the Headteacher:  1.     T   he student will be asked to repeat the year  2.     T   he student may be asked to withdraw from the school     Please  note  that  it  is  not  school  policy  to  provide  work  for  students  who are absent. Parents will receive  notification of the number of absences in the class teacher’s report at the end of term.     Absence Through Sickness  While  regular  daily  attendance  is  important,  sometimes  absence  is  unavoidable  through  sickness.  Please  inform  the  school  if  your  child  is  unable  to  attend  school  for  health  reasons.  Please  telephone  as  early  as  possible after 8:00am and leave a message for the class teacher.     In  order  for  us  to  ensure  the  health  and  safety  of  your  child,  please  advise  us  of  any  medical  problems  your  child  may  have  when  there  is  an  allergy  to  materials  or  food.  Please  ensure  that the health questionnaire has  been completed.     If  your  child  becomes  unwell  and  the  class  teacher  feels  that  s/he  may  not  be  well  enough  to  participate  in  lessons,  the  student  will  be  referred  to the Head Teacher. After further observation, if the student is clearly not  well  enough  to  return  to  class,  you  will  be  telephoned  to  collect  your  child.  Please  be  aware  that  it  is  the  responsibility  of  the  parents  to  collect  an  unwell  child  and  that  the  school  cannot  provide  a  driver  in  such  circumstances. Please ensure that school always has updated contact phone numbers.      If  a  child  has  suffered  a  tummy  virus,  please  be  aware  that  it  is  school  policy  that  the  child  cannot  return  to  school within 24 hours of the last episode to avoid further infection.     If a child has live head lice you will also be called to collect your child.    

Health and First Aid   All  staff  are  first  aid  trained  who  can  deal  with  day-to-day  matters  such as cuts or bruises, and students who  feel  unwell  whilst  at  school.  If  there  is  an  accident/injury  at  school  and  the  child  needs  to  see  a  doctor  the  parents  will  be  called  immediately.  If  you  have  private  medical  insurance  you  can  take  your  child  to  your  preferred  doctor.  If  you  would  like  to  use  the  school´s  medical  insurance  provided  by  Mapfre  insurance  you  will  need  to  go  to  the  Clinica  Ochoa,  Avenida  Severo  Ochoa  s/n,  Marbella.  If  you  decide  to  take  them  to the  Clinica  Ochoa  you  will  need  to take along an accident declaration form which has been filled in by the school,  signed and stamped with a unique file number.           Medicine for Students  Academic  Staff  are  prohibited  from  giving  any  medication  to  students  while  on-site.  School  Administration  12 

require a  prescription  from  a  doctor  with  the  doctor’s  signature  and  stamp  in  order  to  administer  any  medication  to  a  child.  If  this  cannot  be provided, a family representative known to the school will need to give  medicine to the student. 

Role of the Parent     At  BISM  we  acknowledge  the importance of involving our parents in their child’s education and we encourage  the support of parents throughout the school.     Parents  are  often  invited  to support class assemblies, activities, open days and curriculum days in order to be  involved  in  school  life  as  much  as  possible.  Parents  are  invited  to  join  the  EFC  (Events  and  Fundraising  Committee) to support school events and charity work.     Other opportunities to get involved:  To be involved in school life as much as possible parents are invited to take part in the following activities:  ● Reading with children in class (support booklet is given) 
 ● Helping with class trips 
 ● Helping with cookery or art lessons 
 ● Supporting class assemblies and other activities     Please  get  in  touch  if  you  would  like  to  offer  some  of  your  spare  time  in  school.  We  would  love  to have your  input. 

Homework   In  addition  to  your  role  within  school  we  also  encourage  your  support  with  your  child’s  learning  at  home.  Although  the  teaching  and  learning  your  child  experiences  during  each  school  day  is  more  than  adequate to  ensure  most  of  our  students  make  expected  progress,  there  are  certain  disciplines  such  as  reading,  spelling  and  mental  arithmetic  that  will  certainly  be  beneficial  to  your  children’s  progress  if worked on at home. Tasks  related to these disciplined will be allocated on Friday to be completed on Thursday.     Monthly  optional  homework  projects  are  also  assigned  which  are  designed  to  build  the  students  resilience,  self-discipline  as  well  as  their  creative,  problem  solving  skills.  All  tasks  are  email  to  the  children  as  well  as  posted on the Parent Portal. A corresponding sheet may also be sent home.     This  said,  we  also  understand  that  the  school  day  is  long  and  that  evenings  and  weekends  should  also be a  used  for  quality  family  time  as  well  as  resting  and  playing.  Therefore,  homework  is  not  compulsory  and  we  trust  parents  to  use their judgment rather than dictate to them how they should spend their precious time with  their children.  

Home/School Communication    At  BISM  we  greatly  value  working  in  partnership  with  parents  and  guardians  to  ensure  the  very  best for your  children.  As  part  of  this,  we  place  a  strong  emphasis  on  opening  up  many  avenues  of  communication  between  parents  and  teachers.  Please  take the time to read the following to help you understand the different  ways that we can share information with each other.     Daily Communication:  ● Parent  Portal.  Most  communication  from  the  school  is  provided  via  the  online  Parent  Portal.  Therefore, it is essential that all parents review all of the information on the Portal regularly. Not only  

    will information from key staff members be presented there but also important calendar events that  we would hate you to miss.  13 

Email. Critical/individual communication can also be maintained by email, though we ask you to do  this  selectively  and  concisely  so  that  email  communication  remains  manageable  for  teachers  and  they  can  focus  on  their  classroom  work.  The  class  teacher  would  be  the  first  point  of  contact  on  most  issues.  When  appropriate, they will refer any important issues to the Senior Leadership Team.  If you wish advice on administrative aspects of school our admin team are always happy to help. 

  Weekly:  ● Weekly  Blog.  Teachers  will  inform  you  of  learning  experiences  that  took  place  during  the  week  and  upcoming events via the weekly blog that is posted on the Parent Portal.

Monthly: ●

School newsletter.  This will be published on the Portal and the school website every month. It includes  articles  from  staff  and  students  and  photos  celebrating  what  the  children  have  done  throughout  this  period. 

  Termly:  ● Curriculum  Letters.  At  the  beginning  of  each  term,  a  curriculum  letter  is  sent  out  to  inform parents of  the topics and objectives that will be taught in the coming term.     ●  S   chool Reports. Each term you will receive a written report on your child’s progress and attainment.  
   ● Parent  Teacher  Consultations.  These  take  place  5  times  a  year  and  give  you  the  opportunity  to  talk  one-to-one with the teacher about your child’s progress, development and targets. 

Additional Information and Correspondence during the Year:    ●

Curriculum Evening.  Before  the  start  of  the  academic  year,  a  Curriculum  Evening  will  be  held,  during  which  time  parents  will  be  invited to visit the classroom of their son or daughter and gain an insight into  their  new  class  and  teaching  staff.  It  is  also  an  opportunity  for  the  teachers  to  share  important  information about class procedures and expectations. 

Class Timetable.  This  timetable  indicates  which  activity  your  child  is  doing  at  what  time  during  the  week. 

Curriculum Overviews.  These  will  be  posted  directly  onto  our  school  website  and  is  an  overview  of  what the year group will be addressing. 

News. We  have  regular  updates  of  school  activities  provided  by  the  news  coordinator  on  each site via  newsletter, website and postings. 

Face-to-face. Class  teachers/tutors  are  happy  to  discuss  concerns  you  may  have  about  your  son  or  daughter  but  are  unable  to  do  so  during  teaching time. Any small issue that can be discussed briefly at  drop off or pick up time must be completed outside of lesson time. 


  Teachers will gladly arrange for you to make an appointment (with class teachers) to discuss any  important topics that you wish to raise.     In  order  to  maintain  consistent  lines  of  communication,  we  ask  that  you  ensure  that  your  contact  details  including mobile phones and email addresses remain regularly updated with the school office.     If you have a question or concern, please arrange a meeting with your class teacher. If you are not satisfied         with  the  result  of  the  meeting,  then  please  meet  with  the  Phase  Leader.  If  the  issue  still  cannot  be  rectified,  please meet with the Head Teacher.    


If you  have  a  grievance  to  bring to our attention please always use a polite and respectful tone at all times. All  BISM  staff  work  very  hard  for  the  good  of  your  child  and  we  expect  them  to  be  treated with the respect that  they deserve.      Student Work and Portfolios  Parents  will  have  regular  opportunities  each  term  to  see  the  work  being  achieved  by  the  students  as  part  of  the  parent  teacher  consultations. Portfolios will be collated throughout the year and shared at these meetings.  All  student  books  will  normally  be  sent  home  at  the  end  of  the  year  (with the exception of examples required  for inspection or display purposes).    

Using English in School   Bilingualism  at  BISM  is  an  asset  to  the  pupil  and  the  school, and this is reflected in the way we approach the  use  of  language  in  school.  English  is  the  first  language  of  the  school  and  we  should  encourage  it to be used  as much as possible. It is the one common language that all pupils will share and therefore has the capacity to  unite all pupils.  
    It  is  not  forbidden  for  children  to  use  their  native  language  in  the  school,  however  our  graduation  towards  exclusive  use  of  English  in  the  classroom  and  on  the  playground  grows  with  the age of the children and their  English  language  proficiency.  Younger  children  and those new to English, may use their native language when  necessary but move gradually towards more and more English.     
When  determining  use  of  native  language  in  school,  the  age  and  capability  of  children  is  key and all staff will  take  a  common  sense  approach.  
Pupils  are  not  reprimanded  or  sanctioned  for  using  their  mother  tongue.  Instead, they are positively encouraged to use English wherever possible.  

Educational Visits & Residential Trips     Educational  visits  are  crucial  opportunities  to  learn  beyond  the  classroom.  Educational visits are organised in  relation  to  the  topics  and  themes  being  taught  in  class.  Educational  visits  may  be  to  museums, cultural sites  and events or activity centres and are designed to support the learning in the classroom.     In  Years  3  to  7,  we offer the opportunity to enjoy an annual residential trip. The trip typically takes place within  Spain  or  another  European  country  for  a  period  of  one  or  more  nights.  This  opportunity  is  of  great  benefit  in  supporting  independence,  leadership  and  teamwork,  maturity  and  self-esteem.  For  many  students,  it  is  the  highlight of the year.     Every  effort  is  made  by  the  organising  staff  to  share  information  and  costs at an early stage. We hope that all  students will be able to attend. For those that are not able to go, a topic-related programme is offered at BISM  during the residential week.    

Meeting Student Needs     EAL (English as an Additional Language)  As  an  international  school,  we  seek  to  accommodate  students  from  a  range  of  cultures,  nationalities  and  backgrounds. We strictly limit the number of students who need significant support to fully access our   curriculum  to  20% of any class. This means that effective support can be offered and that English remains the  language of our school and the playground.    EAL  students  may  initially  be  withdrawn  from  other  classes to work individually or in small groups with one of  our  EAL  team.  Progress  is  monitored  regularly  with  the  aim  of  being  fully  integrated  into  classes  without  additional support. An intensive EAL course is available for children with exceptionally low English at an extra         cost.     SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)  15 

Our teachers  are  skilled  at  meeting  the  needs  of  different  abilities  within  a  typical  class.  Some  students  may  need  additional,  specialised  support  due  to  a  moderate  learning  difficulty.  This  can  be  generally  supported  through  the  development  of  an  IEP  (Individual  Education  Plan)  that can be designed by our Learning Support  Coordinator.     However,  due  to  our  limited  capacity  to  support  SEND  here  in  Marbella,  it  is  the  school  policy  not  to  accept  students that require more extensive support.     A G & T (Able, Gifted and Talented)  Able  students  are accommodated by effective differentiation to challenge high ability groups in classes across  the  curriculum.  All  students´  talents  and  academic  potential  is recognised. A register recognises these talents  and  academic  areas  of  strength  for  each  child  and  this  is  updated regularly by teachers, in collaboration with  parents.       We  believe  that  it  is  important  that  talented  students  are  challenged  and  have  an  opportunity  to  showcase  their abilities. Some of the practical examples of opportunities for our most able students include:     ● Entry in COBIS competitions and festivals  
 ● Competitive sports teams  
 ● Leading roles in productions  
 ● BISM talent show competition  
 ● Art exhibitions  
 ● Primary choir, ensembles and recitals  
 ●  I  ntervention groups and streamed sessions for excellent readers, writers and mathematicians. 

Summary    We  hope  that  this  handbook  provides  an  informative  introduction  to  the  school.  Of  course  not  every  piece  of  information  will  be  here  and  if  you  should  need any further guidance, please feel free to contact  the appropriate member of the school for further advice. We look forward to working with you this year.  


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BISM Primary Handbook 17-18 Final 05.10.17