Primary School

From The Head of Primary

A very warm welcome to the BST Primary School. It is a great privilege to be leading this excellent School, offering an outstanding British education from Nursery at age 3 to Year 6 at age 11, with wonderful facilities in central Tokyo.

I firmly believe in the importance of providing an innovative and challenging all-round education during the Primary School years. I am therefore delighted that our recent ISI inspection report (January 2012) affirmed that BST offers an “excellent education” to students at all levels.

Our committed and highly professional staff offer outstanding teaching of a broad and contextually enriched curriculum, individualised to meet the needs of all students. Together, with the wealth of extra-curricular activities, we strive to develop potential from within, encouraging each student to grow in confidence, flourish academically and develop a life-long love of learning.

To get a real flavour of the very special experience BST offers each student academically and pastorally, please do come and visit us.

Together with the staff and students, I look forward to welcoming you.

Fiona Read
Head of Primary

 

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Curriculum

At BST we provide a broad and balanced skill based curriculum, which has its foundations in the English National Curriculum but extends well beyond its boundaries.


The curriculum offers the full range of

  • English
  • Maths
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Science
  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design Technology (DT)
  • Religious education (RE)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Modern Foreign Languages – Japanese from Nursery and French from Year 3

The school’s curriculum is pitched high and designed to challenge and enrich at all abilities, with close monitoring of students’ attainment informing individualised targets for progress.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

This is the earliest stage of a child’s education at BST, and covers Nursery and Reception classes.

EYFS has seven areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

The children’s views and interests are used to inform the planning of learning opportunities both in the outdoor and indoor settings. To extend the children’s learning and make it a more meaningful experience, the children are encouraged to bring in and talk about books or items of interest related to their topics.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

The Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum is challenging and designed to give a balanced educational experience covering academic, creative and sporting subjects. The majority of the teaching and learning takes place in the children’s own classrooms and is delivered by the class teacher. Japanese, French, Music, Computing, Library and PE are taught by specialist teachers.

BST is very well resourced and staff use a wide range of teaching styles and media to ensure pace, interest and progress are maintained. Learning is carefully differentiated to ensure progress. We make close links to our Japanese context wherever possible.