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The curriculum in juniors is based on Key Stage 2 of the UK National Curriculum, adapted to an international educational environment. We recognise our host country and we incorporate the history, culture and geography of the Kingdom of Bahrain into our programme. All children from Reception to Year 6 are taught Arabic. Arab nationals have Arabic lessons as directed by the Ministry of Education.

We value and promote a lifelong love of learning; our students are highly motivated and eager to make progress. Children are encouraged to be proactive with their own learning both in class and at home, whilst technology is used to enhance understanding and creativity whenever possible. Links are frequently created between subjects, leading to a vibrant and lively learning experience for every child. Educational visits and trips form an important part of the all-round student experience at the BSB, as do our themed study days such as Ancient Greek day and Shakespeare day.

Student attainment is significantly above UK age-related expectations, monitored by benchmarked, standardised annual assessment in reading, spelling and mathematics. Assessment is continuous throughout Key Stage 2. Formative assessment in English and Mathematics is undertaken during the first term of each school year through the CEM InCAS system (University of Durham). Progress is monitored throughout the year via teacher assessment, informing individual target-setting for each student. Additionally, progress in reading is assessed using the Star Reader system in association with the Accelerated Reader online comprehension programme.

Children in Years 3 and 4 are taught in classes by generalist teachers, with specialist subject teachers taking care of Arabic, French, music and physical education. In Years 5 and 6, children are introduced to subject-based teaching in readiness for their secondary education.

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