Our Curriculum - BJAB - British Junior Academy of Brussels

Our Curriculum

BJAB follows the National Curriculum for England with adaptations for an international school. The curriculum is taught in English and specialist teaching is given to children for whom English is not their first language. At all stages, pupils are encouraged and challenged to reach high academic standards. Our curriculum aims to develop the child to his or her maximum potential, in a dynamic and caring environment.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

​The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum concentrates on areas of learning such as communication and language, physical development, literacy, mathematics, personal, social and emotional development.

Teaching is often delivered through play with children learning about subjects and other people through games. At the end of the EYFS an assessment profile of each child, based on teacher observation, is passed to the teacher of the next curriculum phase.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 the National Curriculum for England requires children are taught three core subjects: English, mathematics and science; and seven Foundation subjects: art and design, computing, design and technology, geography, history, music and physical education.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 the National Curriculum for England requires that children are taught three core subjects: English, mathematics and science; and seven Foundation subjects: art and design, computing, design and technology, geography, history, music and physical education. Children at BJAB are also taught French.

Key Stage 3

BJAB Prep is for pupils in year 7 and 8. The form tutors are supported by a range of specialist teachers for French, classical civilisation, philosophy music, sports and computing. In support of BJAB’s pursuit of high academic standards The National Curriculum is enhanced with the ISEB curriculum, so that pupils who are planning to apply to UK independent schools will be familiar with the curriculum. BJAB Prep maintains the ethos of pastoral care and support for which the BJAB family is renowned.

In Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 teachers produce schemes of work each term detailing the areas of the curriculum to be covered and what topics will be used to devise interesting and inspiring activities and lessons

EAL – English as an additional language

All lessons (apart from French) are taught in English, so many children are, in fact, learning a language and learning through a language at the same time.  Simultaneously they acquire the rules of the English language and the subject specific vocabulary.  In small classes, usually a maximum of 16, the teachers are able give specific attention to each pupil. Whatever their entry level all children receive the support they need to achieve their potential. Our results are outstanding.

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