Primary School in Bangkok

The British Primary School in Bangkok Consists of Three Key Stages

Year 1 and Year 2 are known collectively as Key Stage 1 in accordance with the English National Curriculum.

At St. Andrews Sathorn, the English National Curriculum provides the framework for our formal curriculum at Key Stage 1, which is modified and extended to give a broad and balanced programme relevant to our diverse, international community. Children’s learning experience is further enriched through our comprehensive extra-curricular provision.

In Key Stage 1, we consolidate and build upon learning in the Early Years and continue to develop the characteristics needed to become effective learners.

Our highly qualified teachers plan an integrated curriculum, with key objectives taught through half-termly topics. Such topics bring learning to life for the children in a contextualised and meaningful way.

Core subjects:

  Maths

  Literacy (English)

  Science

  Computing (including digital citizenship)

Foundation subjects:

  Geography and History (taught through Topic)

  Art and Design

  Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Specialist subjects - children are taught by specialist teachers in the following subjects:

  Music

  Physical Education (PE)

  Swimming

  Thai Language and Culture

St Andrews sathorn Primary

Key Stage 2

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are part of the primary school known collectively as Key Stage 2 in accordance with the English National Curriculum.

In Key Stage 2, the children build on the strong foundations laid out in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Our expectations of children in Key Stage 2 are high because we believe in them and in their potential to succeed. We want them to develop their own opinions and views so that they can be actively engaged in their own learning.

We plan our learning around cross-curricular topics which change each term or half-term and link these in meaningful ways to other areas of the curriculum. Our highly skilled teachers use many different teaching strategies with the children working individually, co-operatively in small or large groups, and at times as a whole class.

By the time children complete Key Stage 2, and their time at St Andrews Sathorn primary school in Bangkok, our aim is to ensure they will be ready and well equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to make a smooth and successful transition to their secondary school of choice.

Core subjects:

  Maths

  Literacy (reading, writing and oracy)

  Science

Foundation subjects:

  Geography and History (taught through Topic)

  Computing (including digital citizenship)

  Art and Design

  Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Specialist subjects - children are taught by specialist teachers in the following subjects:

  Music

  Physical Education (PE)

  Swimming

  Thai Language and Culture

  An additional modern foreign language (MFL) with the option to choose French or Mandarin.

Learning Support:

English As An Additional Language (EAL)

St. Andrews International School, Sathorn welcomes students for whom English is not their first language.

Our academically robust, comprehensive and high level English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme is tailored and resourced to provide optimal conditions for the academic and personal success of students. Students are assessed and evaluated on campus by the EAL teacher

The programme aims:

  • To provide immediate, short term acquisition of sufficient English to ensure a seamless integration into both academic and social school life
  • To strategically assist students to acquire a developed English proficiency to ensure success in the mainstream classroom without EAL support

At St. Andrews, language support is available to all students for whom English is not a first Language from year one onwards. This can be in class or through small ‘pull-out’ groups dependent on the level of support required.

St. Andrews International School Sathorn is proud to host students from over 40 countries as we embrace and celebrate our internationalism. The EAL programme is delivered by specialist language teachers with specific pedagogical experience.

In order to maximise the benefits and outcomes of the programme and to ensure EAL and language acquisition is a whole school focus at St. Andrews, all staff are exposed professionally to the theory and pedagogy of English language teaching.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

We understand that many children could need additional support at some time during their education for a wide variety of reasons. Learning Support Provision at St. Andrews International School Sathorn is personalised for each child using an ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ response method to meet each child’s unique and diverse needs. Students, parents, school staff and if relevant, any external therapists meet regularly to set challenging goals and work together as a team to ensure they are accomplished.

Inclusion

We are an inclusive and an academically non-selective school, although we do assess each child on entry to ensure we are appropriately equipped to meet their needs.

Class sizes are small ensuring that in most cases special needs are able to be met within class with high quality teaching and differentiated learning opportunities. Although, in some cases we may assess that your child needs some additional learning support in order to meet their full potential.

We offer a range of Learning Support services that include:

  • Targeted interventions from the learning support coordinator or learning support caseworkers
  • One to one support from a learning support assistant
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Educational testing for Access Arrangements

We have links with a wide variety of external educational services should the need arise

  • Educational psychologists – if students need a more in depth assessment.
  • Occupational therapists
  • Child psychiatrists
  • Speech and Language Therapists

The Arts

The Arts play a major part in school life at St. Andrews International School Sathorn. We believe that studying Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Dance helps to develop self-confidence and communication and develop a lifelong engagement with and appreciation for the arts.

Music, Drama and Visual Arts are the three main specialist curricular areas, with all children being exposed to each from Nursery to Year 6. We have specialist music and drama teachers to encourage and guide each child’s development.

Our many musical ensembles, choirs and drama productions provide opportunities for students who find a passion for the arts. Throughout the year, our children are given opportunities to perform in assembly, productions and other events on the school calendar. Our choir performs at shopping Centres/malls, hospitals, hotels and the British Club in Bangkok. The Rock Band is a regular competitor in TISAC Battle of the Bands.

We also offer private piano, guitar and violin lessons throughout the school day for an additional fee. We want to share musical experiences that reflect a platform of musical ideas.

Library

“A seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge. An investigation, the act of inquiring or of seeking information by questioning; interrogation”

(Dictionary.com)

The main focus of our Library is to generate a positive reading culture at the school, resulting, hopefully, in the children becoming lifelong readers and lovers of Literature. Our aim is to make that journey as exciting and rewarding as possible.

We have over 13,000 titles to choose from, in both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from Picture Books to Poetry, Board Books to Biographies. Children are encouraged to broaden their reading horizons from an early age with Reading Challenges from Year 1 to Year 6, which are a popular feature of our yearly provision.

Library lesson story-time is popular from Nursery to Year 6, while we support major school events with special Library weeks and activities, including an annual Book Week, author visits and the celebration of other children’s literature events. Our Creative Space in an adjoining room provides a popular class and lunchtime venue for a range of book—based and other activities.

Initiatives like the Library Club and the Junior Librarian scheme offer an incentive to particularly keen Library users.

Our online, interactive Library system, Reading Cloud, offers the children a chance to explore further the world of reading and the opportunity to rate and reserve books as well as writing critical reviews.

We encourage close links with the wider community with an active Parent Library Group offering invaluable support to the work that we do.

Our Library is the vibrant, beating heart of the school, giving life to an enduring passion for reading.