Learning

We believe that to prepare our children for the 21st Century we must focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education along with the ability to Communicate in English. We have enhanced the British Curriculum by integrating the Cambridge Curriculum with interesting and engaging multidisciplinary STEM projects.  This allows students to work in teams to promote their critical thinking skills through discovery and exploratory learning to develop and research ideas and solutions to real world problems.

The Curriculum follows a number of stages.

Stage Year Groups Grades
Early Years Kindergarten Kindergarten
1 Year 1 – 2 K3 – Grade 1
2a Year 3 – 4 Grade 2 and 3
2b Year 5 – 6 Grade 4 and 5
3 Year 7 – 9 Grade 6,7,8
4 Year 10 – 11 Grade 9 and 10
5 Year 12 – 13 Grade 11 and 12

WHY Focus on 21st Century Skills and STEM

21st Century skills must integrate mastery of traditional skills in English, Maths, Science, ICT and Finance, with the skills of collaboration, communication and problem solving. We believe we must develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, creativity, communication and collaboration skills, as it is these competencies that help us approach complex problems that face the world. Finally, to thrive in our changing environment we believe we must instill the character qualities of curiosity, initiative, persistence, adaptability, leadership and social and cultural awareness.

 

Kindergarten (age 2 – 5)

PISA Kindergarten encourages children to develop into independent, curious, motivated and engaged learners, within a fun, happy and secure environment. Children are encouraged to explore, enquire and take risks in our interactive, hands–on environment. We foster the child’s own interests, needs and stages of development, and offer activities that extend, enrich and develop potential – both inside and outside the classroom.

In Kindergarten students’ learning and development is underpinned by a set of 4 learning strands. These strands are the foundation for developing 21st Century Skills and preparation for STEM learning at PISA:

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Primary (age 5 – 12) and Middle School (12 – 14)

In Primary and Middle School students’ learning follows an enhanced British Curriculum with a combination of the Cambridge Curriculum alongside multidisciplinary STEM projects and development of 21st Century Skills.

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High School (age 15 – 19)

In High School students’ learning follows an enhanced British Curriculum with a combination of the Cambridge Curriculum alongside multidisciplinary STEM projects and personal development. In junior high school students are prepared for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) iCGSE (year 11 / grade 10) and (AS and A level) senior high school (year 13/grade 12) alongside our high school diploma. Students are also prepared for Cambridge English examinations.

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Learning Support

The ability of students to be able to access the curriculum varies due to a number of factors. For example, in the case of proficiency in English, students may need additional support to aid their learning of both English and access to other subject areas.   We are able to support a number of levels of support, which range from additional support from the class teacher, in class support from a specialist teacher, to our of class support either individually or in small groups. The purpose of this support is to provide the skills necessary for students to reach a level where they can function on their own in the classroom. External support may also be found to address specific student needs.

Extra Curricula Activities

We aim to provide a diverse range of Extra Curricula Activities to meet the needs and interests of the students.   Students from Year 1 are encouraged to participate in these activities to experiment, develop new skills and interests.

Examples of clubs include :
Football, Swimming, Engineering, Maths, Science, Programming, Moving Making and Editing, Robotics, Golf, Young Inventor, Cooking.

School Trips

All students at the school have the opportunity to participate in school trips. These trips are an integral part of students learning. In early years and primary school, children go on a variety of trips in and around Bangkok. These typically take place during the normal school day. In secondary school, students may have residential trips staying away from home for one or more nights. The objectives of these trips and residential are designed to support and enhance the curriculum and development of 21st Century skills.