Curriculum Overview

The notion that learning a second language improves your first, or that playing the violin deepens your reasoning skills, or that a game of tennis might even boost your mathematical ability are not naturally intuitive. Yet it is these ideas that are at the very heart of our curriculum. As children, our learning capability is extremely heightened. It is during childhood that we can pick up a second language, learn to play an instrument, or develop our athletic ability with an ease that is difficult to match later in life. Our curriculum aims high and relies on exceptional teachers to motivate and inspire pupils to relish in their learning.

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Teaching and learning is aimed at making the most of childrens' natural curiosity to learn and inquisitiveness. In Early Years, learning takes place principally through guided play. As work gradually becomes more structured in Primary School, lessons are planned with a view to making them interesting and engaging. As they move into Secondary School, children receive teaching by subject specialists.

Teachers plan lessons with differentiated outcomes, allowing for a range of achievements. This enables teachers to match each lesson as closely as possible to individual needs whilst providing scope for pupils to be stretched academically. 

A global vision is embedded throughout the entire curriculum and all subjects extend national borders and become global. Our established network of schools in North America, South America, Europe and Asia allows older students to develop cross-cultural experiences through exchanges.

Pupils who complete their education at BSN will attain a high level of competency across all subjects. Learning is largely question-based, with an emphasis on problem solving, aiming to build up a pupil’s ability to reason and think independently. 
In addition to a rigorous and challenging academic programme, BSN also runs lively sports, music, arts and drama programmes in which students are presented with many opportunities to develop their skills and interests outside of the classroom.

National Curriculum
The National Curriculum is divided into different stages that we call key stages and whose purpose is that teachers can measure the performance of students at the end of each stage.

Key Stages 1 - 2
5-6 years Key Stage: 1 Year: 1 Equivalence: 3º Infantil
6-7 years Key Stage: 1 Year: 2 Equivalence: 1º Primaria Exam: KS1 SATs
7-8 years Key Stage: 2 Year: 3 Equivalence: 2º Primaria
8-9 years Key Stage: 2 Year: 4 Equivalence: 3º Primaria
9-10 years Key Stage: 2 Year: 5 Equivalence: 4º Primaria
10-11 years Key Stage: 2 Year: 6 Equivalence: 5º Primaria Exam: KS2 SATs

Key Stages 3 - 4
11-12 years Key Stage: 3 Year: 7 Equivalence: 6º Primaria
12-13 years Key Stage: 3 Year: 8 Equivalence: 1º ESO
13-14 years Key Stage: 3 Year: 9 Equivalence: 2º ESO Exam: KS3 SATs
14-15 years Key Stage: 4 Year: 10 Equivalence: 3º ESO
15-16 years Key Stage: 4 Year: 11 Equivalence: 4º ESO Exam: GCSE

"A" Levels (University Access) 
16-17 years Key Stage: 5 Year: 12 Equivalence: 1º Bachillerato Exam: AS level
17-18 years Key Stage: 5 Year: 13 Equivalence: 2º Bachillerato Exam: A level