Primary

Welcome from the Head of the ISB Primary

Louise Everson

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the ISB Primary School on behalf of the Primary Team. We have created a safe, stimulating environment where children are supported and challenged to succeed. We have children at the heart of everything we do and understand the need to nurture the whole child both personally and academically. Our school ethos is based on respect, respecting one another, respecting yourself and our school.

We are very fortunate to have started our school from scratch in August 2011, allowing us to develop a new school with its own ethos and feeling. We are a friendly, close-knit school community that is particularly good at welcoming and settling new children. Our school has a family atmosphere and the children benefit from mixing with children of varying ages and nationalities, to form friendships and learn and support one another.

We feel very proud of our school and its location. We ensure our children have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful, rich surrounding area. We enrich the children’s learning by taking learning out of the classroom and into the real world. We plan school trips to enhance and extend their learning.

We aim to ensure all our children’s talents are nurtured and developed. As a team we do this by knowing our children very well and adapting and differentiating lessons to ensure all children have the opportunity to be challenged and supported. We facilitate this by investing time in really getting to know all our children, by planning for the individual needs of the children in our school, and by choosing themes and projects that excite and inspire children. We ensure the children are on track by assessing their progress regularly and reviewing their targets.

While the children are at our school, we enable them to gain real experiences of Dutch culture in Breda. All children in the primary are taught by native Dutch teachers. The children experience first-hand Dutch traditions and special days  and join in with celebrations for Sinterklaas, Carnaval and Kings Day.

We believe the role of parents is paramount for children to succeed in school. As such, we positively encourage parent involvement in school and encourage collaboration and cooperation. This takes shape in a variety of ways, such as inviting parents to help in school, operating an open door policy (in addition to  planned meetings with parents), organising social events, whole-school training and information evenings.

We are very proud of all our children, our school and look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Kind regards,
Louise Everson
Head of Primary
Deputy Head of School


Early Years

At the ISB, we believe in igniting the imagination and curiosity of young learners. We have created a bright, interactive and stimulating environment full of great resources. Through enquiry, exploration and creativity, your child will learn both in and outdoors  through a combination of self-initiated and adult-led activities.

Our small team is enthusiastic and comprises dedicated and caring professionals, led by an experienced Early Years teacher. We ensure that everyone feels valued, secure and well cared for. Your child will be encouraged and supported to develop a love for learning and to have fun and enjoy success in all aspects of their learning.

Our child-centred approach is based on each child’s individual needs and abilities. We have a high teacher to pupil ratio, ensuring your child develops their social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills through a carefully planned and structured programme. We feel it is important that Reception children have an enjoyable introduction to school life to give them a solid foundation for the more formal learning they will encounter as they move into Year 1.

We value the partnership between home and school and encourage you to play an active part in your child’s education. There are opportunities for you to get involved by supporting class activities or accompanying us on school trips.

Children are welcome to join the Reception class in August/September at the start of the academic year in which they turn five. They will move to Year 1 the following August/September. Once your child has been offered a place, we will contact you to organise a trial day, which is free of charge. After the trial we can then discuss if your child is ready to be enrolled on a full or part-time basis.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the Reception class at the ISB, please contact our admissions department for further information or to arrange a visit and see our school in action.

Children’s learning experiences should be fun, exciting and challenging. We want your child to have a positive learning experience, throughout every aspect of their school life, not just in the classroom.

Children learn ‘anytime, anyplace’ and we want to help them experience new opportunities. In addition to lessons taught within the classroom, your child will have plenty of other learning opportunities, such as special events within the school and educational school trips.

Our primary team are dedicated and experienced international educators. They are passionate about your child’s development. We make sure that every child feels valued and develops as an individual. The international aspects of our school are evident throughout everything we do and we believe it is important that our children understand the different cultures and customs of their peers.

The core areas of the curriculum in Years 1-6 are Literacy, Numeracy and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). At the ISB, we use the framework of the National Literacy Strategy (NLS) and National Numeracy Strategy (NNS), part of the Primary Strategy for England.

We value the partnership between home and school and encourage you to play an active part in your child’s education. There are many opportunities for you to get involved, support class activities or accompany us on school trips.

In primary school, it is  our job to teach your child the academics, but it is also about ensuring that they have the core social and emotional skills to succeed in life, such as resilience. By the time your child reaches the end of Year 6, they will have gained the knowledge, experience and skills to successfully make the transition into secondary school. We plan a programme of activities during the school year to enable a smooth transition into secondary. This prepares your child both academically and socially for the exciting challenges as they move into our secondary school.


Years 1-6

Children’s learning experiences should be fun, exciting and challenging. We want your child to have a positive learning experience, throughout every aspect of their school life, not just in the classroom.

Children learn ‘anytime, anyplace’ and we want to help them experience new opportunities. In addition to lessons taught within the classroom, your child will have plenty of other learning opportunities, such as special events within the school and educational school trips.

Our primary team are dedicated and experienced international educators. They are passionate about your child’s development. We make sure that every child feels valued and develops as an individual. The international aspects of our school are evident throughout everything we do and we believe it is important that our children understand the different cultures and customs of their peers.

The core areas of the curriculum in Years 1-6 are Literacy, Numeracy and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). At the ISB, we use the framework of the National Literacy Strategy (NLS) and National Numeracy Strategy (NNS), part of the Primary Strategy for England.

We value the partnership between home and school and encourage you to play an active part in your child’s education. There are many opportunities for you to get involved, supporting class activities or accompanying us on school trips.

In primary school, it’s our job to teach your child the academics, but it’s also about ensuring that they have the core social and emotional skills to succeed in life, such as resilience. By the time your child reaches the end of Year 6, they will have gained the knowledge, experience and skills to successfully make the transition into secondary school. We plan a programme of activities during the school year to enable a smooth transition into secondary. This prepares your child both academically and socially for the exciting challenges as they move into our secondary school.


The School Day

Reception to Year 6

The Primary School Day begins at 8.40am and finishes at 2.45pm for all children from Reception to Year 6.

During the first 5 minutes, the teacher will take the register and prepare the children for the start of the school day. Lessons begin promptly at 8.45am. 

Every day, your child will also have a literacy and numeracy lesson. During the week, your child will learn other subjects through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). These include: geography, history, information communication technology and art. All children have two physical education (P.E.) lessons per week and at least one weekly music lesson.

Snack Time and Lunchtime

Each day, the children have time for a snack before playtime mid-morning.

Lunchtime is from midday until 12.55pm. All children remain at school during this time and are supervised by a member of the ISB team. Hot lunches will be provided by our caterer Moeke’s Maaltijd.  After eating, the children, accompanied by members of staff, go outside to play. If the weather is bad, the children participate in indoor activities.