Welcome to the Primary Section of TBS
At The British School, Kathmandu, we have a dynamic Primary Team of 12 Teachers and 19 Teaching Assistants who are committed to a creative approach to delivering the curriculum for our Primary students. We believe in the joy of learning and provide as many educational opportunities as we can to foster this love of learning for our 3 – 11 year olds in the Primary section. We have three distinct educational stages within Primary, the Early Years setting for our Nursery and Foundation age children, Key Stage 1 for our 5 – 7 year olds and Key Stage 2 for our 8 to 11 year olds. We have 200 children and 10 classes in Primary in total. Some year groups have two classes as we balance the demand of children wishing to come to The British School and our aim of keeping our classes small.
We are an international community with a family ethos that results in belonging to a small school. We are proud of and celebrate our cultural diversity. We are also aware of how fortunate we are and we are committed to developing our community and charitable links within the local community. We were the first international school to have achieved the Eco Schools UK Green Flag which we fly with great pride!
We value our relationship with parents and together are committed to making the Primary section a thriving, welcoming and exciting place to be. Our children are happy to come to school, to learn, to be with their friends, teachers and teaching assistants.
All children have different strengths and interests and with the vast range of activities being taught within the classroom and offered as after-school clubs at The British School there is something for every child here. Children have the opportunity to develop as individuals, whichever subject they are interested in and to gain confidence in their own abilities whilst they are part of The British School, Kathmandu.
Early Years and Key Stage 1
We aim to achieve a balance of child-initiated activities, play and teacher-led activities.
Within our Nursery and Foundation classes we have many different play areas (e.g. sand, water, the vegetable garden, writing corner, maths corner, investigation station, listening area, construction, small world, games and puzzles) and we aim to change these areas each week according to our main topic for the term and weekly themes. Our Early Years curriculum is topic-based and includes fun topics such as Celebrations, Story World, Dramatic Dinosaurs and Exciting Explorers. We encourage children to take a lead on suggesting ideas for their learning and the areas which they would like to focus on within a certain topic. We aim to make learning fun, meaningful and with plenty of challenge!
In Key Stage 1, the value of independent, child-initiated learning is continued and children have access to ‘independent learning zones’ which are also changed according to the topic and the children’s interests. In addition to our creative approach to the curriculum we celebrate learning through themed days and weeks, through exhibitions of children’s work and through trips and residential experiences.
We have a strong Phonics scheme in place which provides the foundations for literacy, starting in the Nursery with games to improve children’s speaking and listening skills and moving on up through to Year 3. Through our Phonics scheme (which follows the UK Letters and Sounds programme), children learn how to blend and segment words and these valuable strategies help them to become confident readers and spellers.
Head of Early Years and Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 is the longest of the Key Stages and incorporates Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. During these years children will make a significant amount of academic, personal and social progress and will become more confident, independent and aware of others and their impact in the world.
In Key Stage 2, as in Key Stage 1, every effort is made to ensure learning is enjoyable, progressive and stimulating. Teachers employ a wide range of teaching methods to ensure children’s different learning styles are catered for, maximising the potential of every child. The English National Curriculum is followed, with an international twist catering for our children’s individual international backgrounds. Cross-curricular links are developed and explored wherever possible, with a focus on the core subjects. In Key Stage 2 the children begin to learn both French and Nepali.
The class teacher, supported by teaching assistants and learning support assistants, teaches the children English, Mathematics, I.C.T., Geography, History, D.T., Art, and P.E. Specialist teachers teach the children for French, Nepali, and P.E.
Head of Key Stage 2
Welcome to the Secondary Section of TBS
Not long into my first term here I was struck by how quickly I had become accepted into the family of TBS and how at home I felt. We are a diverse community of nearly one hundred and fifty students from Year 7 to Year 13. With a staff of twenty we are fortunate that as well as having small class sizes we can offer a good range of subjects at all key stages. Our diversity defines us in that whilst we offer a thoroughly British Education, following the National Curriculum and teaching internationally recognised UK qualifications, all our students recognise the need for tolerance and understanding. This nurtures one of our key strengths: respect for each other. This is demonstrated in so many ways. From our work with charities that goes beyond fund-raising to active involvement in local projects, to the way our senior pupils interact with younger students guiding them through a programme of welfare issues, respect for the individual is at the forefront of all we do. Nepal, and Kathmandu itself, offers a wealth of experiences that encompass a fascinating, cultural heritage, the opportunity for community work as well as adventure. Our various activities, including the International Award (the overseas equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award) provide a fascinating holistic education which is truly unique in Kathmandu.
The rest of these pages will tell you about the subjects we offer and our examination success. They will also give you an indication of the physical nature of the School, from the modern teaching resources we have available to the impressively advanced ICT all our students access. What the website will not convey is the vibrancy of our community, the integrity of our students and care with which every individual is welcomed and accepted into our School. I do hope you will take the opportunity to contact us and find out more about our unique British School.
Head of Secondary