Key stage 2 (ages 7-11)

We provide a curriculum that is relevant, engaging and suitably challenging for all. Our dedicated and expert team are committed to knowing your child well and developing learning tasks that are well suited to their personal needs and development.

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In Upper Primary we build on the good practice established in Lower Primary while also recognising the increasing demands that secondary education will place on our children. These are bridging years as we adjust our teaching and learning as the children develop physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. Nevertheless, we hold onto the principle that play, joy and wonder are essential entitlements for children as is their right to be curious and creative and as such, we maintain opportunities for play, for trips and visitors and enhanced provision of learning.

Areas of learning

In Upper Primary, our learners continue to build upon the strong foundation laid in Lower Primary. At this crucial stage of their education, we are committed to providing an enriching and supportive learning environment that fosters academic success, personal growth, and a lifelong love for learning.

As in Lower Primary, in Upper Primary, our learners benefit from a team of dedicated classroom and specialist teachers who are experts in their fields. These educators are not only passionate about their subjects but also deeply invested in the holistic development of each student. Through their guidance, support, and innovative teaching methods, they inspire curiosity, critical thinking, and a growth mindset in our learners.

Our curriculum is designed to offer exciting opportunities for learning and engagement. From immersive productions to enriching trips, we provide a diverse range of experiences that extend beyond the confines of the classroom. These experiences are carefully curated to spark creativity, encourage exploration, and deepen understanding across various subjects and disciplines.

We firmly believe in the power of collaboration supporting the transition from Primary to Secondary. As such, we actively collaborate with our colleagues in Secondary School to enrich our students’ learning experiences. By aligning our curriculum, sharing best practices, and fostering meaningful partnerships, we ensure a seamless transition for our learners as they progress to the next stage of their academic journey. Together, we strive to nurture well-rounded individuals equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world.

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Continuing our adventures in reading

Book based learning continues in KS2, where children experience a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. Spelling, reading and writing opportunities are embedded into lessons to create meaningful learning experiences.


Purposeful play in maths to challenge and engage

Mathematics teaching is based on the White Rose approach, which we adapt according to the needs of our learners, adding purposeful and playful experiences to challenge and excite the children.

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World-class resources for engaged learning

Our world class resources enable us to teach a curriculum that is updated and relevant to today’s learners. Our skills-based lessons are exciting and engaging.


Personal, social, health education

Teaching Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables the children to better understand themselves and others in our unique, global context. Children learn to discuss and debate sensitively and respectfully.


Specialist learning guided by experts

Children in KS2 learn from specialist teachers in French, Dutch, Music, PE, Library and Learning Without Walls with these lessons spread across the week.

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Exploring innovation and diverse perspectives

At BSB, our educational philosophy extends beyond the confines of a national curriculum. Our Units of Discovery prompt children to inquire about the world’s past, present, and future, positioning them as empowered global citizens.

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Seeing the bigger picture

These units often culminate in tangible actions, as students delve into profound philosophical and ethical considerations surrounding responsibility, power, sustainability, and community engagement. Moreover, we endeavour to integrate community links seamlessly into our Units of Discovery, whether through immersive trips, inviting guest speakers, or participating in service projects that benefit both the school and the local community. By aligning each unit with an overarching 'big idea' or concept, teachers and students can explore diverse perspectives, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills. Our commitment at BSB is to cultivate an environment where joy and wonder abound, and where every child's unique strengths and perspectives are celebrated.

Embracing scientific inquiry and cultivating curiosity

Within our scientific inquiry framework, students at BSB are encouraged to question, experiment, and explore the complexities of the natural world.

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Discovering the broader implications of learning

Our Units of Discovery not only delve into scientific principles but also encourage students to consider the broader implications of their learning, including environmental sustainability and the interconnectedness of global systems. Through hands-on experimentation and community-based projects, students develop a deep appreciation for scientific inquiry while also recognising their role as stewards of the environment. By fostering curiosity and critical thinking, we equip students with the skills needed to navigate complex scientific challenges and contribute meaningfully to society.

Nurturing creativity and fostering cultural understanding

At BSB, we celebrate the rich tapestry of human creativity and historical context within our educational approach.

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Navigating the world with grace and understanding

Our Units of Discovery explore diverse cultures and ancient civilisations, inviting students to engage with history in a transformative way. Through artistic exploration and historical inquiry, students gain a deeper understanding of cultural diversity and empathy for different perspectives. Community connections are woven into our curriculum, providing opportunities for students to engage with local artists, historians, and cultural organisations. By fostering creativity and historical awareness, we empower students to become thoughtful global citizens, capable of navigating the complexities of our interconnected world with grace and understanding.

Empowering students for transition to Secondary School

BSB is dedicated to equipping students with resilience and confidence for the journey ahead.

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Equipping students with resilience and confidence for the journey ahead

Our Units of Discovery support students in preparing to transition to secondary education by focusing not only on academic preparation but also on personal growth and adaptability. Through exploration of concepts such as transition, and community engagement, students develop the skills and mindset needed to thrive in a secondary school environment. Through supportive relationships and a nurturing environment, we ensure that every child feels valued and supported.

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