Adding automicity to the way we work, think and process information is seen as a strong prerequisite for all future learning to take place. At BIS we follow the 3Rs: Recall-Retell-Retain which fosters enduring understanding to take place in all core subject areas.
Consistent practices to engrain mental Math abilities, language proficiency and scientific understanding is seen through a lense of rigour with the underpinning aim of students to develop accuracy, speed and confidence.
What do we mean by ‘foundational skills’?
To achieve the education they need to be productive members of their respective societies, children need universal, early, conceptual, and procedural mastery of foundational skills.
Universal: Every child in the world should achieve foundational learning
Early: Children need to start learning early, because those who fall behind rarely catch up
Conceptual: Foundational learning must include more than rote learning. Children must be able to make sense of the world and understand concepts behind solving problems
Procedural: In addition to understanding concepts, children need practice and fluency in procedures. They must learn how to do the steps to solve problems and apply skills practically
Mastery: Children should achieve some agreed-upon level of proficiency and difficulty against which progress can be measured
Foundational skills: Basic literacy and numeracy are vital, indispensable skills needed for virtually any further education and to lead an empowered, self-determined life.