Primary Education / 5 to 11
This stage covers two cycles
Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) / 5 to 7
Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6) / 7 to 11
The first two years of Primary Education (Year 1 and Year 2) have an inclusive and preparatory nature, where pupils are exposed to learning strategies which, although still simple, can be applied to the following years of this stage.
The following four years of Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6) aim to develop skills and abilities which will help them tackle with confidence the increasingly demanding academic levels, heavier personal workloads and new expectations that come with this stage, eventually culminating in an easy transition to Secondary Education.
Hard work, collaboration, respect and tolerance
Although we have already mentioned before, we would like to once again emphasis here the importance we attach to creating a pleasant and relaxed working environment for our pupils, where learning becomes an enriching process while encouraging strong work habits, collaboration, respect and tolerance.
The Primary School syllabus and teaching is headed by the Teaching Director, who with the approval of the school’s overall teaching management and the Primary Level Coordinators, oversees the work of the teachers assigned to each year. The core subjects of English Language, Mathematics, and IT also have a Director who oversees the meeting of objectives for the level or year as a whole.
An important part of the tutorial and pastoral programme is the weekly Assemblies, both at cycle and stage levels. These cover aspects related to the values we strive to teach our pupils, in an educational and often fun way, and feature prominently in our educational project. Apart from fostering mutual coexistence amongst pupils of different ages, they favour an atmosphere of respect and appreciation, which is the hallmark of our school.
In accordance with the National Curriculum for England and Wales, the subjects studied by pupils at this stage are:
- Art and Design
- Physical Education
- Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
Qualified native Spanish teachers, co-ordinated by the Head of Spanish Studies, teach Spanish language and culture studies. As of Year 2 pupils have one class period a day of Spanish Language and Culture.
Drama is a very important part of the English curriculum, proof of which is the End of Year Festival held in June, in which all of the pupils can show their families what they have been learning over the year.
Pupils at this stage study Religion as an integral part of the pastoral programme. Pupils who so wish may take their First Communion at the school.
“We prepare the children for the future, giving them the tools they need to succeed in the wider world.”
“I have worked at the BSV for over 10 years now, so you can say I really enjoy my job. I continue to grow as a professional, learning from great people and that is a satisfying sensation.”
“Teaching is all about taking a child’s individuality and enhancing it through education, both in the classroom and through using their own personal experiences to enlighten their future.”
“BSV is a great place to work where children learn in a relaxed, friendly environment. They are encouraged to have a go at something new, think independently, treat others with respect and not fear making a mistake.”
"Watching my students grow both academically and in stature fills me with satisfaction. I think all our efforts have been worthwhile. Thrive on! The future belongs to them."