We offer a full-time online schooling programme for children ages 4 to 8. Students are matched with an experienced Master Teacher and class sizes are capped at 6 students. Our curriculum is grounded in international academic standards and personalised for each student’s needs.
We’ve crafted an international curriculum that pulls from a variety of standards from around the world– perfect for kiddos growing up in a global society. Our curriculum is grounded in UK standards with elements of the US Common Core, International Baccalaureate (IB PYP) and the Australian curriculum woven in.
At bina, we cover a wide range of academic subjects, including literacy, numeracy, and technical sciences. We also emphasise social emotional learning (SEL), meaning that we explicitly teach and model social and emotional skills.
We ground our students’ learning in biome-themed units. For example, if the theme of their current biome unit is “Marine,” much of their learning across all subjects will be directly related to the animals, plants, and cultures that call the ocean their home.
At bina, our students are continually assessed (think projects, games, reflections, and conversations). Constant observation of students is made possible because of such small class sizes– meaning that our teachers have clear insight into each student’s progress.
Teachers can give timely and specific feedback, which increases our students’ involvement in their own learning process. We use that feedback to customise our students’ learning experience (and we call that precision education).
Students engage in a morning meeting and learn or practice social emotional skills to be used throughout the day.
Students apply what they’re learning in all subjects to their project (with a teaching assistant on hand if needed). An example could be using what they have learnt about the process of testing materials to test others they think could be useful for their needs. This session is all about working toward the completion of their topic project.
Students have a chance to interact with one another in a game-oriented manner. This is supervised and guided by a teaching assistant and is largely guided by students’ wants and interests.
Our Master Teachers all have a postgraduate degree and at least five years of experience as educators. With only 6 students each, our teachers are able to develop genuine connections with their students, intentionally getting to know them as individuals.
Students will typically also be matched with a Teacher Assistant, who will support them with independent learning activities during breakout sessions.
We run our school year on a quarterly system. Between each quarter, students have a 2-3 week break. Currently, we are accepting students at eight points during the school year: at the beginning and middle of each quarter.
We structure our students’ learning around a new biome-themed unit each quarter. Students virtually explore a biome and its inhabitants, making connections across all academic subjects along the way.
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We aim to focus on student interaction during our lessons, and our Master Teachers are fully prepared to lead all learning activities, discussions, crafts, and games without parental guidance. However, we know that sometimes it’ll be necessary for you to pop in and give your child some support. Check out this article for more information about parental involvement during lessons at bina.
Small class sizes means that teachers are able to truly understand their students’ needs. We have built a feedback loop through continual, informal assessment, which gives teachers the information they need about their students’ academic progress. In turn, we’re able to customise lessons so that they target exactly what our students need to practice.
Read this article to learn more about how we offer our students precisely the education they need.
Standardised testing that is anxiety inducing and unnecessarily stressful is completely against bina’s philosophy. While understanding where students sit in their learning is important and there are times where slightly more formalised styles of testing do take place, it is always done 1:1 with a child in a more comfortable and relaxed setting.
Check out this article to learn more about how we assess our students using micro-credentials
We provide progress reports twice a year as an official way to provide feedback to parents and students. Throughout the quarter, you are also able to check in on your child’s progress at any time by logging in to the different platforms we use. You are also welcome to arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher. We also set meetings at the end of each quarter with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress.