Key Stage 1 is comprised of two year groups: Year 1 (ages 5-6) and Year 2 (ages 6-7). The children in Year 1 are introduced to a more formal learning style when compared with their previous experience in Foundation. Meanwhile, Key Stage 2 breaks into four year groups: Year 3, 4, 5 and 6, with year 6 being a preparatory year for the demands of secondary education.
BISC Wrocław follows the English National Curriculum guidelines, with all lessons conducted in English as the language of instruction. Children participate in regularly scheduled lessons, including the core subjects of Literacy, Mathematics and Science followed by Geography, History and Design & Technology. Specialist teachers conduct their lessons of Music, Art, Physical Education and Computing in dedicated classrooms. Children are guided to develop their natural curiosity through a range of experiences, which include independent and collaborative learning, hands-on projects, an integrated ICT approach and multiple educational trips. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on how different aspects of their learning are connected, presented with clear learning targets and praise for achievement.
Teachers and assistants work closely with individual children, who are presented with clear learning targets. Each child’s progress is continuously observed, with evidence collected and monitored against the English National Curriculum levels. Pupils also participate in formal tests, including weekly spelling tests and end-of-unit tests in Science, Geography and History. At the end of Key Stage 1 pupils sit SAT tests in Literacy and Mathematics. External testing is conducted once a year from Year 4 to Year 6 in the form of International School Assessment (ISA) papers prepared and marked externally by the Australian Centre for Educational Research.