Cambridge International Primary
The Primary Section at TBIS consists of classes from Year 1 through to Year 6. There is a class teacher who teaches the majority of the curriculum (Maths, English, Science, Humanities, PHSE) specialist teachers for Art, P.E Computing and, Music in Years 3 to 6, and French.
We follow the British National Curriculum and the Cambridge Primary Stage Curriculum. Classroom assistants are in place to support students; in addition we have teachers to support Reading, Literacy, English as a Second Language and a Learning Support Teachers.
We strive to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that interests each child and that gives each child the opportunity to succeed and achieve. We believe in educating the whole child and as such, we offer specialist subjects, a range of lunch time clubs and trips.
We pride ourselves in having small class sizes so that each individual can be catered for. We are a family school and children have the opportunity to regularly mix with each other regardless of age. Primary children have scheduled breaks for eating during the day and children are encouraged to eat healthily.
The school has a House System consisting of 4 houses – Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Points are given out and totals collected each week.
Reading is taught individually, as a class and as part of reading groups. Children are given a guided reading book to read at home each week, as well as being encouraged to take a library book home. They visit the library once a week to learn library skills and widen their choice of texts.
We have a Literacy and Numeracy hour daily. There is a spelling and Maths test weekly in class. Homework is given across primary and varies in length and amount as children progress through the school.
We want each child to enjoy their time in Primary.
Key Stage 1: Years 1 and 2
The core curriculum in Year 1 and Year 2 includes:
Students also study the following subjects:
Art and Design
In Years 1 and 2 students are taught English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and PSHE by their class teacher. Specialist teacher provide lessons in Computing, PE, Music and Art.
KEY STAGE 2: Years 3 – 6
All students follow a broad, creative and balanced curriculum across Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The curriculum follows the Cambridge Curriculum but is adapted for our multi-lingual, international context.
The core curriculum is based on:
Students also study the following subjects:
Art and Design
The majority of lessons are taught in mixed ability classes throughout the Key Stages.
Cambridge International Secondary
Mapped to the latest syllabuses for Cambridge Secondary 1 for years 7-9 and secondary 2(IGCSE) for years 10-11
English is taught in accordance with the Cambridge programmes we chose to follow. During their time here children develop a great enthusiasm for reading. Every child is given the opportunity to make independent choices from a wide variety of books and they also have a weekly-guided reading session.
Pupils are taught why and how people write and gradually progress to express their own ideas. As they progress through the school they learn the skills required to write for different purposes and in various text types, such as stories, reports and instructions.
All children will be taught the value of speaking and listening skills through numerous school activities spanning the whole curriculum. Emphasis is placed on spoken language and how to use it confidently.
Reading and Writing skills are also developped further.
The teaching programme for Mathematics is based on the core learning objectives as set out in the Cambridge curriculum programmes of study and ensures that children receive a broad and balanced mathematics curriculum.
It is our aim to deliver exciting and successful learning where children develop confidence and competence with numbers, number facts, calculating, problem solving, shape, measure and data handling. Where appropriate we will make cross-curricular links with other subjects, e.g. ICT. Mathematics is a compulsory subject at IGCSE.
The Bridge International School provides a balanced and well-articulated curriculum that builds on the knowledge base from nursery and reception through all grades. In the Primary School and throughout the Secondary School, the study of Science includes learning to use the scientific method, critical-thinking, problem solving and Inquiry based learning strategies.
Science builds up a child’s natural curiosity and helps develop respect for living things. The practical nature of much of the work encourages sociability and co-operation with others. Above all, Science helps children develop the ability to tackle and solve new problems confidently.
Our Science laboratory
Secondary students carry out experiments using a range of equipment and technologies. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are available for study at Cambridge IGCSE level, and students choose two or all of the three Sciences to study for the two year programme.
Information and Communication Technology
At the Bridge International School we recognise that information and communication technology prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. The children will learn about how technology is used in the home and in their own environment.
From the start the children have access to a range of software and hardware. At the Bridge International School, we have two new and up-to-date ICT suites equipped with a sufficient number of computers for individual use by students. There are dedicated ICT lessons on the timetable for Years 3 to 9, and the use of ICT suites is also encouraged for research in all subject areas. ICT appears as an option choice for our students at IGCSE.
Art and Design
Art and Design is taught by a subject-specialist from Years 3 to 9 in a dedicated Art room. Students have learnt a range of techniques and how to use a number of different media.
Cambridge IGCSE Economics has an international outlook, but retains a local relevance. The syllabus provides opportunities for contextualised learning and the content has been created to suit a wide variety of environments, avoiding cultural bias and developing essential lifelong skills, including creative thinking and problem-solving. Our aim is to balance knowledge, understanding and skills in our programme and to enable candidates to become effective learners by providing a solid foundation for their continuing educational journey. In Economics you’ll look at the fundamental forces which affect our lives, such as employment, prices, international trade and poverty. Economists are often in healthy debate with each other over these issues. It is this controversy which makes Economics lively and interesting and which allows you the opportunity to make your own judgements and form your own opinions.
Formal French learning begins in Year 3, and is taught throughout the school by a native French teacher. The four areas of language acquisition are addressed, namely speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will take French as a Foreign Language as a compulsory subject at IGCSE.
Geography and History (Humanities)
Cameroon is a geographically diverse nation with a very interesting history, which provides a rich basis for Humanities lessons at The Bridge International School, together with the study of other countries, cultures and civilisations. For this academic year, in Early Years and lower Primary, Humanities has been taught by individual class teachers, covering a range of subjects such as the different flora and fauna of Cameroon, the arrival of Europeans in Cameroon, the Roman Empire, and environmental issues. A subject-specialist teaches Geography and History from Year 5 upwards. One of the two subjects is compulsory at IGCSE, and students will choose according to their particular interests and future plans.
Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE)
This is delivered following a programme developed by our staff to address the issues relevant today to our learners throughout the school, either informally as happens in the Early Years and Primary classrooms or as a timetabled weekly lesson in Years 7 to 9, delivered by the Class Teacher.
Physical Education (PE)
PE is taught by the subject-specialists. Lessons take place outside on the school field, using a range of equipment, and the multipurpose hall. Students learn the basics of 5-a-side football, football, handball, basketball, athletics, dance and taekwondo.
Business Studies is an optional subject at IGCSE
Business studies courses vary, but usually include information technology and clerical/ office skills as well as business organisation and finance. Whether an organisation is designing and manufacturing a product, selling or providing a service it will need to employ people with business management, financial and marketing skills. The course includes a study of;
- Why business activity is needed,
- How business activity is organised and financed,
- What the world of work is like,
- What is produced and why,
- How and why do governments and the community influence business activity.
More information about our programmes
Full details of the Cambridge programmes that we offer can be found on the CIE website http://www.cie.org.uk/, where there are links specifically designed for learners and parents, in addition to information about each particular programme and methods of assessment.
Key Stage 3: Years 7 – 9
This Key Stage covers Years 7, 8 and 9 – the first three years of secondary education at The Bridge International School. All subjects at this Key Stage are compulsory, and students will all take:
Students also study the following subjects:
All subjects are taught following the guidelines of the National Curriculum for England and Wales, and at the end of Year 9 students will all sit the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum Test (Checkpoint). It is a benchmark which allows each individual student to measure their attainment levels against those of students in England and Wales, and in British International Schools all over the world.
Stage 4 – International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE): Years 10 – 11
In Years 10 and 11, Key Stage 4, The Bridge International School offers the Cambridge IGCSE, the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14 – 16 year olds. Cambridge IGCSE is an international curriculum that develops students’ skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, and gives them excellent preparation for the next stage in their education.
Schools worldwide have helped develop the Cambridge IGCSEs. It develops in line with changing needs, and is regularly updated and extended. Cambridge IGCSE teachers can draw on excellent resources, training and advice from subject experts. Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by worldwide higher education institutions and employers.
Some subjects are compulsory, while students elect to take some as ‘options’. Students generally take 8 subjects, and they should aim to sit the IGCSE examinations in all subjects they are taking. Examinations are set and conducted by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) syndicate in England, and papers are all marked externally. The results of these examinations are graded, from A* – G.
At TBIS, we currently offer the following subjects at IGCSE level:
CORE (Compulsory for all students)