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Age 2 to 5
Our Early Years follow 4 Units of Inquiry giving a balance of subject areas – Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts (Visual and Performance) and PSPE (Personal, Social & Physical Education), with a real focus on development of independence and social skills.
The power of play is the primary catalyst for inquiry at this stage, supporting thoughtful and proposed opportunities for child-initiated play, hands-on learning and the co-construction of learning. Unit related field trips allow for further real life experience and reflection.
I like learning Phonics to know every sound!
It’s special because I like BIA and I like to play!
We learn lots of stuff!
- Student, Reception
Early Years at BIA is an exciting world of discovery – a time to grow through play and inquiry; to begin to make sense of the world around them, both inside and outside the classroom.
Age 5 to 11
Primary Years at BIA is a time to ask questions, find answers and solutions to problems through inquiry. It is a time to develop passions and friendships and begin to take ownership of their education.
Our Primary Years follow 6 Units of Inquiry each year, giving a balance of all subject areas – Language, Language Acquisition (French), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts (Music, Drama and Visual) and PSPE (Personal, Social & Physical Education), with a real focus on Growth Mindset and Student Agency.
We love maths because it’s so fun –
because our teachers are so great!
BIA teachers and friends are all kind and caring!
Learning is fun at BIA because there are fun teachers and friends. I talk about my learning with them!
- Student, PYP 1/2
All units follow a cycle of inquiry that include: Tuning In, Finding Out, Sorting Out, Going Further, Making Conclusions and Taking Action. We
link to our local and global communities, whenever possible –
discovering similarities and celebrating differences along the way.
Age 11 to 16
Aspire and achieve with enthusiasm and growing confidence!
The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. It aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.
The Eight Subject Groups
The MYP provides the 8 subject groups with a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.
Language & Literature
Individuals & Societies
Personal and Health Education
Language Acquisition (French)
Teaching & Learning
Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of :
identities and relationships
personal and cultural expression
orientations in space and time
scientific and technical innovation
fairness and development
globalization and sustainability.
Approaches to Learning (ATLs)
A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these 5 ATL skills helps students learn how to learn.
5 ATL Skills
Age 16 to 19
In BIA, DP students are supported to achieve and are inspired to aim high and reach their full potential.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous two-year pre-university curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities and many award advanced standing or university credits for successfully completed IB diplomas and courses. Students learn more than a collection of facts. (IBO, 2005)
Things to Know About a General IB Diploma
Important notes when planning for the IB Diploma
3 Higher level subjects,
3 standard level subjects and ToK(Theory of Knowledge).
Extended Essay and CAS completed outside class time.
Subjects offered in BIA
Group 1. English A(HL/SL) , Korean A(HL/SL)
Group 2. French B (HL/SL) , Language Ab initio
Group 3. Global Politics (HL/SL), Business Management (HL/SL)
Group 4. Biology (HL), Chemistry (HL/SL), Physics (HL/SL)
Group 5. Mathe A&A (HL/SL), Math A&I (SL)
Group 6. Visual Art (HL/SL), Film (SL)
The Arts are a wonderful way to express ourselves and we develop both performance and appreciation. All classes have Visual Art, Drama and Music with Specialist Teachers every week. We hold an annual Art Exhibition to showcase our visual masterpieces and parents are warmly invited to monthly Class Assemblies, which are student-led and give an opportunity for presentation and public speaking skills.
Additional activities such as Mini Makers, STEAM Club, Polyglot Performance, Choir and Drama Club are offered throughout the year.
Sports and PE
Sports at BIA form an important part of a balanced PSPE curriculum. BIA collaborates with SKAC (South Korean Activities Conference) in order to join in National Tournaments and collaborate and compete with other international schools. Therefore BIA’s extra– curricular Sporting Activities are offered seasonally and range in Futsal, Basketball, Volleyball, Cricket, Hiking and Football.
Language is both celebrated and integrated at BIA – both Mother Tongue and Second Languages. In BIA, three languages are being taught in classes - English / French / Korean. (IB programs : English / CNED programs : French / Korean GED prep: Korean)
For those Learners who have English as a Second Language, we provide EAL support. Learners’ levels are assessed through WIDA and we have a wide range of levels to join.
Action and Trips
In addition to unit related Field Trips and learning experiences, the Primary Years takes one overnight trip in the Summer Term from Year 3 up. Years 5 & 6 are invited to join the Winter Trip (Snowboarding Camp) with the MYP Learners in the Spring Term.
BIA Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. We run an Eco Club to help drive this in PYP and Service as Action is an integral part of the MYP programme. Also, our MYP students join the annual Model UN conferences.
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