A unique aspect to our curriculum is the way that our teachers incorporate academic learning with popular toys, role-play environments as well as playing party-style games and activities that excite and engage the children. No expense is spared when it comes to teaching resources and props needed to facilitate quality teaching and learning.
Our literacy levels (reading and writing in particular) are incredibly high. We achieve this through an early introduction to phonics (sounds) in English which starts in our Foundation class.
Balance best describes the delivery of the curriculum. A balance of teacher-led versus child-initiated play and a balance of different types of play, allows the simultaneous acquisition of language and skills.
Teaching Through Play
One unique aspect of the curriculum is the way in which we balance the various types of play and use them as a tool to teach during teacher led activities.
The timetable is a perfect balance of the the types of play which allow children to both develop across the curriculum areas and to retain new knowledge and skills.
Role playing adult activities is not only one of the natural types of play but it is one of the best ways for children to acquire knowledge and language. The more realistic the setting, the clothes and the props, the more the children are able to immerse themselves into the role of an adult. In this way the teachers enable the environment to teach the children sounds, numbers, shapes etc.
Fine Motor Play
Daily phonics and maths activities that strengthen muscles in the fingers and hands develop dexterity and control and prepare the children for writing. Threading and beading and other intricate activities are typical activities used to engage children.
Gross Motor Play
Playing games and activities that involve running around, throwing at targets, netting fish in the water tray are all examples of phonics, maths and Thai activities that enable the children to practice coordination and control as they learn.
Sensory play is an exciting way for children to learn. Sounds or numbers might be hidden in jelly or slime or maybe they children are asked to write in the sand or on the light box. The use of different media and textures is very important method of exciting children as they learn, which results in more effective learning.
Children love to construct. Whether using blocks, lego or other sets, children are able to use their imagination to create structure, models and props for imaginative play. By modifying and using bespoke sets of construction sets, teachers are able to teach children in a very informal manner. Children might simply be immersed in a set of numbered blocks where individuals can be asked targeted questions during play.
Small World Play
This type of teacher led play allows children to play in a miniature world as they learn. The tiny world will created with the learning objectives in mind. The toys and setting will be set up to ask the children questions about numbers, sounds, shapes or colours. The teacher will play alongside the children and informally ask targeted questions to individuals as they play in a very relaxed way.
This involves any type of play where a child is free to use different media and materials to create as they wish. This could be using paint, crayons, pencils but also playdough and clay. For teacher led creative play the teacher will make certain materials and media available to a group of children and ask individuals to make numbers, shapes or sounds. Colours and textures are key vocabulary sets that are simultaneously picked up by children.
Children who learn at British Early Years Centre start their learning journey at a much earlier stage than their peers do in other schools in Thailand or in the U.K. It is important to note however, that the teaching, across all of the age groups is heavily reliant on game and party based activities. Teachers incorporate learning objectives into fun, well known games that children love to play, perhaps using familiar toys, puppets and other fun props.
We are able to boast incomparable literacy, maths and Thai levels. Our curriculum for the core subjects is so strong now that our children are achieving levels and results at least 1 year ahead of the national average in the U.K. In most cases, with children that have studied with us since Pre-K, they are more than 2 years ahead in Phonics and Maths. Our online coverage in recent years has caught the attention of many educational institutions overseas including the U.K. and Korea. The European Chamber of Commerce has now named BEYC as their sole recommendation for a Preschool and Nursery for Expat families relocating to Bangkok.
What we teach
Phonics lessons are taught everyday for every year group. It is arguably the most important area of our academic curriculum, where the youngest children learn to make the correct mouth positions and English sounds and where the oldest children are given the skills to read and write independently. Children are streamed up and down where necessary to build confidence and allow gifted and talented children to achieve their potential.
Maths is taught daily and we find that with our small classes children make incredible progress with knowledge of shape, space and measuring as well as the number system. Our Reception and Year 1 children all study one whole academic year ahead of the U.K. Children are streamed both up and down to build confidence when needed and to allow gifted and talented children to achieve their potential.
Thai is taught to the children everyday. In much the same way that children learn the sounds in Phonics, they learn the sounds and letter names in Thai. Once a foundation of sounds are learnt children practice the blending of consonants and vowels to begin reading. Sight words which are commonly used are learnt to allow the children to write sentences independently in Year 1.
Topic are chosen for their popularity amongst the children but also for the importance to life in today’s world. Nutrition, keeping healthy, recycling are examples of topic areas that we want the children to have knowledge of. Space, construction, superheroes, dinosaurs are areas that have been chosen by the children.
Art + Crafts
Art and Crafts are always related to the topics that the children are learning about. In this way vocabulary and language can be practiced and knowledge reinforced. The children follow a curriculum where different skills are introduced and practiced in equal measure and importance is placed on the process rather than the end result. Sculpting, printing, drawing, painting are some of the processes learnt. Materials, textures and pattern are all explored within the art curriculum.
Whilst songs and dance are a part of daily life at BEYC, music is taught as a lesson once every week. If at all possible the lessons are linked with topic but often the lessons follow a discrete curriculum focusing on beat, rhythm, tone and pitch. Singing and the playing of percussion and other instruments are an important part of the lessons. In Reception and Year 1, children learn to play the piano in much more depth.
P.E. and Swimming
Physical education is taught twice weekly. One physical skills lesson such as ball control, throwing and catching, movement and dance. One swimming lesson focusing on water safety and swimming technique. Foundation children learn physical skills through play alone and swimming lessons focus more on the children feeling comfortable in the water.
How We Assess
Ongoing and continual assessment is crucial to the planning and customisation of your child’s learning. It is from effective assessment that appropriate and challenging learning objectives can be set. It is also the means at which we are able to group children by their ability.
We believe in assessment through play for younger children. If children are learning through play then they should also be assessed in the same way. After all it is this environment where they are most relaxed and the most likely to perform at their best, where the most realistic results are shown.
As the children grow older and become more confident, assessment will be conducted one-to-one with a child in a very informal and relaxed way.
Children in Foundation level are assessed on a daily basis during teacher-led play activities whilst children in Reception and Year 1 are formally assessed on a half termly basis.
Many extra curricular activities and after school clubs are offered to children in Reception and Year 1 classes. Whether you feel that your child would benefit from boosting language skills or would simply enjoy learning something new please enquire with the school office to see which clubs are running in the new term.
If you have any recommendations for clubs that we could organise for small groups of children, we would love to hear from you. We will do everything we can to drum up interest for other parents and try to add a new club to the growing list.
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Children learn through a mixture of child-initiated and teacher-led play. By the end of this stage children are reading and writing independently and able to learn by themselves through books and other media.
What The Parents Say
Our son attended the school for 3 years, and in that time, learnt about Michaelangelo and David Bowie, developed a fierce passion for learning new things, especially science, and most importantly, grew socially, with teachers who helped him navigate emotions and interactions. Some say teachers are meant to instruct and parents to educate, but there’s a whole lot of education going on at BEYC too. We are grateful to have been part of its family during our son’s crucial early years.
Sze and Christian
From what our son, Akira, narrates us every evening, we are assured 100% that BEYC is all about “learning”. Thanks to phonics, in which the school particularly excels, Akira can read and write simple sentences. And, because of this newly found ability, he seems to absorb new information faster now, and is more eager to explore new topics such as science. Before BEYC, he was not much interested in art, but after a year in the school with a great art programme, he now begs us to buy paper and water colour. We find all the teachers very dedicated and professional, showering children with just-right amount of loving care and discipline.
We’ve really observed Dylan’s development accelerate within just a 6 month period at BEYC. His social interaction, language skill, level of inquisitiveness of the world, logic (sometimes working against us!) all improved rapidly and he even has fun learning phonics and number games. It’s a lovely homely facility with friendly staff and mall teaching groups and a curriculum that clearly works.
Paul and Nipa Haines
Our Results Speak for themsleves!
All of our children work a whole academic year ahead of the National Average for the UK. Children who start in our Foundation classes generally are even more advanced. Our results both academically and socially have brought us recognition by the European Chamber of Commerce who see us as the best practise in our field.