CBZS Organisation

How CBZS and PBS work together
Our school is a sister school of the Prague British School (PBS), cooperating with it in many areas. We employ its extensive experience with English language teaching, and modern teaching and learning methods. Thanks to the everyday presence of the international community, the English language is naturally developed and immediately verified in practice. We are proud that our pupils are able to fully understand native speakers and communicate with them in English without any fear as soon as after having spent the first year at our school.

The School and its Facilities
Our school shares the school building as well as outdoor premises and sport grounds with PBS, while employing its experience with English language teaching, and modern teaching and learning methods. The permanent presence of the international community has a positive influence on children and their interest in verifying their newly acquired knowledge of the foreign language in practice, but also their multicultural awareness.

Our classes as well as the classes at PBS have all the necessary equipment not only for the major subjects but also for specialised educational subjects such as PE, drama or art.

Form or tutor group classrooms are available for pupils of our schools on the premises of the school in Prague 4 – Kamýk, which we share with the Prague British School. We make efforts for the Czech-British classes to neighbour the British classes with children of the same age. All the classrooms are equipped according to the standards of the British educational system. They are furnished with modern and tasteful furniture. The classrooms are spacious, bright and colourful, equipped with modern and interactive aids mostly imported from Great Britain. Specialised classrooms are also available for instruction in information technology, the sciences, music, PE, etc. Teachers share in using these classrooms and also an overhead projector, TV, video and DVD player. The library, provided not only with entertaining but also professional literature that children fully use in their studies, puts the finishing touch to the overall very good impression given by the school. The school accommodates specialised language laboratories for English language teaching, equipped with top quality materials, aids and educational means. There is a gym in the school building and we have a sports ground available on an adjacent plot.

One of the significant resolutions of both schools is to invest in the future. By this we mean a better future not only for our pupils but also teachers and other school staff. Furthermore, this concerns the school’s infrastructure, building and equipment, and last but not least also teaching and learning aids.

The area of information technology and its application in education is in the foreground of this obligation of ours. Our school can boast high-performance computers with the latest software and hardware. All these are continuously updated and upgraded. In addition to this, all the classrooms are equipped with a computer, overhead projector and various types of interactive boards helping pupils to get acquainted with cutting edge technologies and their application. Younger pupils have “Touch Sensitive Boards” available, while older students have common “Interactive Boards” at their disposal. This enables them to be in touch with the latest information and make use of it during lessons. Most classrooms at school have already been equipped with 10 computers or laptops that are used by pupils during lessons. Our plan is to equip all the classrooms at the Primary School with these computers.

IT teaching makes up an integral part of the curriculum and during it pupils learn to master various programmes (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) and their uses. All-day access to the Internet is enabled not only for teachers but for pupils as well. Our school uses a high-speed 24-hour Internet service. Pupils are allowed to use the Internet only under a teacher’s supervision.

Meals are provided by the school canteen, which focuses on a healthy diet, offering three dishes daily to choose from. Intelligent cards are used for meal ordering. Their credit may be recharged and they clearly show which menu was selected by a pupil. Our school also takes care of pupils' fluid intake; there are drinks dispensers installed all over the school. Pupils are encouraged to drink regularly during the whole school day. As research shows, these measures increase pupils’ attention, especially in the afternoon hours.

The Czech British Primary School uses modern buses to transport pupils between the schools and also for the purposes of school trips, visits to swimming pools, etc.

Buses are also used for the “Home-School-Home Transport” of children. This service is a paid service, hence it must be covered by pupils’ parents. In addition to this, a school shuttle bus service between the nearest metro stations and the school sites in Prague 4 and Prague 6 has been established for pupils of our school and PBS.
 
The School Day, its Organisation and Structure

The organisation of the school day and classes themselves equals that at PBS.

Classes take place daily, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. After the classes, pupils may attend extra-curricular activities at school that are organised by the after school care centre. The school day is divided into 3 parts referred to as “blocks”, separated from one another by longer breaks (“Morning Break”, “Lunch Break”, and “Afternoon Break”). Within the blocks, regular breaks are included every 45 minutes which are used by pupils to refresh themselves, have a short break and get prepared for the next lesson.

The school day structure at our school, i.e. classes, breaks, etc., are fully in compliance with the requirements of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, while also being consistent with the school day at PBS. The content of the major educational subjects is based on the Framework Educational Programme for Primary Schools, while the British style of education, teaching methods as well as the individual approach to pupils, remains preserved. Individual subjects are taught in Czech with the full support of the British curriculum. In this way, pupils naturally develop knowledge of their mother tongue, while acquiring adequate knowledge of the English language. Pupils may fully employ their talents and interests in an abundant number of events (e.g. drama performances, school shows, singing in the choir, art competitions, etc.) and clubs (football, floorball, singing, drama, art, etc.) organised by the school.

School Events
A lot of interesting events both for children and their parents (coffee mornings, international evenings, Christmas concerts, drama performances, jumble sales, firework displays, etc.) are held during the school year, which positively contribute to the development of close relationships between the school, teachers and parents. Assistance from parents is very welcomed during these events. The “Friends of School Association” exists to help organise the aforementioned events and to represent parents within the school.

School Assemblies
The school assemblies, where the whole Primary School (CBZS and PBS) gathers and where the achievements of pupils from individual classes are presented, play a significant role in school life. Pupils’ parents may participate in individual assemblies and are always welcome there.
Another interesting event attended by the whole class, which parents are also invited to, is the class assembly. It is organised once a month, with individual classes taking regular turns in it. The themes for individual class assemblies are usually topics covered in the term in question. Here, we may come across historical themes (scenes from the reign of Princess Libuse, Henry VIII of England, the War of the Roses, etc.), dancing, or poetry or singing performances. Class assemblies are usually a great experience for children.

Organisation of the Academic Year and Assessment
With respect to organisation and invoicing, the academic year is divided to three (3) terms; with respect to the Czech educational system, to two semesters at the end of which pupils will receive a combined school report (marks & verbal assessment), including suggestions on how to work at home so as to further increase their level of knowledge. Parents are informed about the study results of their children regularly through their school diaries and, in addition to this, within “supplementary reports” that are equal to British reports (e.g. the “Settling In Report”), corresponding to the standards of the British educational system. The end-of-semester as well as end-of-year school reports include a supplementary verbal assessment of subjects taught in English. These are fully equal to those issued to pupils of PBS, providing parents not only with detailed information on the level of knowledge of English acquired by their offspring, but also suggesting how to support them in their further learning efforts so they achieve even better results.

Teaching Staff
The teaching staff of CBZS and PBS work together as one team. They participate in all conferences, staff meetings and parent-teacher meetings, equally sharing their duties as well as experiences. Its members assist, advise and support one another. Collegiality, mutual confidence and teamwork are commonplace in the everyday school life of our teachers.

Clubs
The education also includes extra-curricular activities within clubs. The list of clubs changes every term and children can select from a wide and diverse range focused on sports, arts and logical/analytical pursuits. Clubs are shared by both our school and PBS and nearly all of them are held in English. Clubs are led by teachers from both schools as well as external trainers, coaches and instructors. Those interested in singing may enrol for the School Choir. The School Choir is very popular, having been through several years of successful activities and favourite and appreciated performances.

Our school also cooperates with the International School of Music which organises instrumental classes and classes of ballet or singing for children. The classes take place on the premises of the school during lunch breaks or after school.

Other activities organised by external agencies include, among others, karate, modern dancing such as street dance, skipping, etc.

School Trips
Other activities making education more varied are nature studies trips and skiing courses that are very popular among children. These are shared by pupils of both schools. So far, they have taken place in Špindlerův Mlýn and Harrachov.
During the academic year, pupils participate in interesting trips, excursions, exhibitions and concerts related to their education and the schoolwork themes covered.

The IPC (International Primary Curriculum)
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an international curriculum designed for the primary stage of school education. It is a curriculum used at more than 1,000 schools in 65 countries all over the world. The IPC first came to existence in 2000 when a group of leading experts on children's education from across the world decided to develop a curriculum that would better meet the needs of pupils at international schools.

The objective of the IPC is that pupils concentrate on both academic and personal as well as international aspects in their education. We want children to enjoy learning and develop their natural curiosity as well as the personal qualities they need to become good citizens of the world, developing their sense for national awareness and culture and, concurrently, a deep respect for other nationalities and cultures. The most important goal of the IPC is that children develop all the skills they will need to face the world of tomorrow with certainty.

Milepost 1 (British Years 1 and 2) – Key Stage 1 (Czech Preparatory Class and Class 1)
Children between the ages 5 – 7 study appropriate themes in individual subjects, supplemented with activities designed specifically for Milepost 1 (Key Stage 1), covering the Preparatory Class (Year 1) and Class 1 (Year 2).
The educational objectives for English and mathematics are adopted from the English National Curriculum following the Framework for Literacy and Numeracy and all the other subjects are taught through project-based education within the IPC.

Milepost 2 (Years 3 and 4) – Key Stage 2 (Class 2 - Class 3)
Children between the ages 7 – 9 study appropriate themes in individual subjects, supplemented with activities designed specifically for Milepost 2 (Key Stage 2), covering Class 2 (Year 3) and Class 3 (Year 4).
The educational objectives for English and mathematics are adopted from the English National Curriculum following the Framework for Literacy and Numeracy and all the other subjects are taught through project-based education within the IPC.

Milepost 3 (Years 5 and 6) – Milepost 3 (Class 4 - Class 5)
Children between the ages 9 – 11 study appropriate themes in individual subjects, supplemented with activities designed specifically for Milepost 3 (Key Stage 3), covering Class 4 (Year 5) and Class 5 (Year 6).
The educational objectives for English and mathematics are adopted from the English National Curriculum following the Framework for Literacy and Numeracy and all the other subjects are taught through project-based education within the IPC.
 
Senior School Studies
After having completed Year 6, pupils of our school may continue their studies at PBS Senior School (the British version of the Czech “gymnázium”), another 8-year “gymnázium” or at the senior stage of another basic school in the Czech Republic.

Taking into account the type of our school, the close cooperation with PBS and the excellent language skills, the first option to be considered is to study at the British Senior School at PBS. It is an advantage for pupils that they are familiar not only with the environment but also their teachers, the educational style and the possibility to study at universities abroad after having completed their IB (International Baccalaureate). There, they can fully use and appreciate their excellent knowledge of English and the British style of education.

The School Community
The community of both schools is very active and creative, offering abundant opportunities for personal involvement. Parents and students of both schools cooperate. Parents who express an interest may become members of the Friends of School Association. The main role of this association is as follows:

To encourage and support interaction between families and teachers within the school, offer their support and assistance in a friendly spirit, secure that parents of both schools are kept informed, help classes within the curriculum when required to do so by teachers, and to perform charitable activities.

In the course of the academic year, the Association organises many social events offered to parents as an opportunity to meet and enjoy themselves together. These include, for example, regularly held coffee mornings, trips, international evenings celebrating the multinational community, and also the school ball and summer barbecue. The work of the school community representatives is very important for new school families as it helps them get better oriented in the new environment and integrate into it without any problems.