Primary eNews – Feb 24th, 2023

Primary Dazzles in the Library in the name of Reading

All Primary classes, from PreSchool to Grade 5, set up shop in the Library last week to stake out a window and decorate it to their liking in order to promote our BIS Book Week from February 27th to March 3rd. Our beautiful space looks even better now with students showing us their favorite authors, books, themes, stories, characters, and general celebration of the joy of a good book. 

Remember, Book Week starts Friday, February 27th. Please see your homeroom teacher’s weekly communication regarding details of this as well as the post in this week’s Head of School Friday email. Here is our schedule for the week. Stop by the Library for more information. 


Grade 4 Market – How We Organise Ourselves

It’s time once again for the Grade 4 Market!

This project is a summation and celebration of our inquiry into the economic activity that relies on systems of production, exchange, and consumption of goods and services. 

This year’s Market design is a Market Place filled with goods (treats & handicrafts) and services (games & prizes). Each producer is familiar with the production and distribution process of the items on offer. They will be busy supporting each other to bring to the BIS community a fantastic market experience.

The Class of 2031 has been researching, observing, designing, budgeting, and reflecting as they prepare to deliver the BEST possible products to you, their customers. All profits will be used to create “Shoeboxes of Love” to donate to our local community.

We thank you in advance for supporting our Market. 

Wednesday 8th March 8:30 am – 12:30 pm in front of the Grades 3 & 4 classrooms.

We suggest primary students bring about Rp50,000 (in small denominations) to participate in the Market. Reusable snack boxes and reusable shopping bags can be used for keeping their purchases.


Grade 1 Indonesian B – Reading activities in class
Reading is one of the language skills which is a very important skill for children in lower primary. In grade 1 Indonesian class, students are beginning to sound out letters, and read words and simple sentences accurately. We are doing some reading activities to improve our reading skills. Here are some reading activities in class.

We start with phonics
Phonics is the foundation of reading fluency. We identify vowels and consonants and sound them out in Indonesian. We use flashcards and board games to practice our phonics skills.

We read the same words and sentences several times.
Our current unit is about family. We read the words and sentences related to the family several times. We read the words and sentences aloud by ourselves then we read it with friends. It helps us to practice our pronunciation.

Reading leveled texts
We read leveled texts that consist of the vocabulary we have learned in class so that we can improve our reading fluency as well as our reading comprehension. We also read simple picture books with partners and used the pictures to help us understand the texts.

Teacher read aloud

Listening to a teacher reading aloud helps us to improve our vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. We can listen to the pronunciation and intonation, and we can understand the story better. After reading, we usually say the words that we hear and pronounce them correctly.


Primary Assembly by STUCO
Today, Friday, 24th February, Primary STUCO hosted our primary assembly, in which the main focus was on creating essential agreements on how we should use our facilities at school. We began the assembly by having a team-building activity where the primary students were sitting with their house group team and passing a hoop from one person to another. The next group activity was discussing the ideas for primary school essential agreement in using the school facilities, i.e. playground, lunch area, small field, and students’ toilet. Each house group with the teachers had a piece of butcher paper and a photo of the area to discuss, they then wrote their idea down on the paper. We are going to put the ideas together and make them into an essential agreement poster that is shared with all the primary school members. Hopefully, by creating the agreement together, we all have the sense of ownership to look after our school facilities.