The British Primary Section (BPS) of the Taipei European School covers Nursery through to Year 6 in a child's education. These years are crucial to the foundation of a child’s academic and social development. The Early Years and Primary Curriculum, in addition to the pastoral framework, aim to maximise each student’s talents and potential.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework reinforces the notion that 'play is children’s work' (Susan Isaac) and that young children learn most effectively through the medium of play. We aim to help children acquire vital life skills, which will increase their understanding of themselves, of others, and of their environment. The Framework was revised in September 2014, with more focus on the things that matter most. The revised Framework focuses not only on what children learn, but how they learn. There is a greater emphasis on parents as partners, by involving them as much as possible in their child’s learning and development.
The National Curriculum of England and Wales is organised into blocks of years called ‘Key Stages’. Key Stage 1 includes Year 1 and 2, while Key Stage 2 incorporates Years 3 to 6. The curriculum focuses on learning key concepts and understanding these at greater depth. It is filled with skills and prioritises reasoning and application in all areas. The English National Curriculum f or Primary Schools is world - renowned and respected. In the British Primary Section we have tailored the curriculum to include a set of standards, or age- related expectations, for all the subjects and year groups. These standards are in line with the National Curriculum of England and Wales.
Woven into the curriculum are our School Values and Learner Profile. It’s not enough for children to just keep learning more information at the expense of learning how to use that information and work with others. As well as learning about a variety of subject areas, children need to learn how to learn, how to think for themselves, think alongside others, and be motivated to keep on learning throughout their lives. Our School Values and our Learner Profile help your child to learn these things.
The Learning Profile
The BPS Learner Profile was developed by staff, students, and parents and is a precursor to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile. It is a distinctive set of attributes that we aim to instil in our students before they exit the BPS after Year 6. The attributes are a sound base for students to launch into the IB Learner Profile that is used across our British Secondary and High School.