Key Stage 1 and 2
Early childhood education covers a critical stage of development in your child’s learning journey. During the first years of primary school the learning becomes more focused and structured, while building on the basic blocks of EYFS learning.
Our primary school programme is based on the National Curriculum for England, it is designed to deliver the skills and knowledge your child needs to succeed in the future. It has been adapted with learning materials that reflect our school’s location in Thailand and highlight the rich local culture.
There are ample opportunities for real world learning with field trips, taking the learning out of the classroom and into hands-on experiences in meaningful ways within the community and local area.
Primary school is divided into two Key Stages as explained below.
Key Stage 1 (Years1 and 2, for children aged 5 to 7)
Key Stage 1 learning follows a thematic approach where learning is integrated into child-centered activities that are planned by introducing learning themes and topics every half-semeter where multiple subjects are taught around. This helps children to absorb knowledge and improve their skills, all while continuing to develop their life-long love of learning. This thematic approach allows for a smooth transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and builds on a style of learning the children are already familiar with – teaching more complex subjects through enjoying more complex activities.
The core subjects being taught at this stage are English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Social, Art & Design, Music, Physical Education, Modern Languages, Computing, Personal, Thai Citizenship, Religion, Social and Health Education.
We provide a rich and varied environment in which all children have the opportunity to expand on their ideas and thinking to explore their full potential. There is a careful balance between academic discipline and building creative thinking to ensure our curriculum develops the whole child.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6, for children aged 8 to 11)
This important stage sees the children grow from new learners into a pupil who is ready to take on the demands of a more in-depth learning environment, which gears them towards being ready for secondary school.
The core and foundation subjects remain the same as in Key Stage 1 with a literature component added in English and the addition of a modern foreign language.
The curriculum at Key Stage 2 further develops topics that were built on in previous stages in order to ensure high levels of interest and motivation from the children that leads to high academic standards being met.
We enable all our pupils to realise their full potential by recognising what makes each child unique and tailoring our approach to suit their individual needs and interests. Small class sizes allow for an extremely high level of support for each pupil, helping them reach their true potential. We have high expectations for all our children and the work provided is challenging and stimulating in order to help them achieve the greatness within.
We encourage the pupils to respond to art in a positive manner and to express their own creativity and imagination in the process of creating art. Art and crafts are used throughout our curriculum to enhance the children’s work using a wide variety of materials and techniques, including drawing, painting, printing and working with clay, fabric and fibre. Finished works of art are put on display in classrooms and throughout the school.
Music plays an important role at Kids’ Academy where the pupils receive a great introduction to reading and writing music, singing and playing instruments. From Year One pupils continue to have music each week, and their classes will include singing, percussion and keyboard. Music shares equal status with sporting, creative and academic education. Indeed music and singing can be heard as you walk through the school at most times of the day.
Computing has become an integral and accepted part of everyday life for all of us. ICT literacy is a necessary functional requirement for people’s work, social and personal lives. The use of ICT adds value to teaching and learning in the Primary School Curriculum. In Kids’ Academy, we promote and encourage the use of technology in the school. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and computers are available to children throughout the school. By learning to use technology in the classroom, pupils will learn the critical thinking and workplace skills they will need to be successful in the future. As education is no longer just about learning and memorizing facts and figures; it’s about collaborating working, complex problems solving, developing different forms of communication and leadership skills essential for the 21st century.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT
The pupils receive on average 2 hours of physical education each week. Positive habits learned at an early stage will help them to lead active and healthy lives and to enjoy the challenges and rewards of sporting activity and after school clubs. All students attend swimming lessons as part of the aquatics programme in P.E.