Independent Learners at ‘BEYC’
At BEYC we follow the British Foundation Stage Curriculum taught through a Reggio Emilia approach, nurturing creativity and independent learning.
- Learning is child led. Children construct and drive their own learning, through their own interests. Communication, questioning and play are the key ways in which children learn.
- Children are encouraged to investigate and reflect on their findings and experiences. They are encouraged to share ideas in their own ways. Children interact with others building an understanding of their place in the world.
- Teachers facilitate learning but do not prescribe to children what they should learn. Children and teacher have mutual respect for one another. Learning is a collaborative process between teachers, students and their peers.
- The teacher guides the children to find answers to questions, rather than being told the answers. The role of the teacher is to observe and provide children with opportunities to explore their ideas.
- The environment is the third teacher, recognised for its potential to inspire children. The space is cared for by the teachers and students alike. Children’s work is celebrated around the learning environment.
A warm and friendly school where all the staff know all the children as individuals.
A unique approach to teaching enables our children to achieve incredible independence, creativity and academic levels.
Teachers with ‘real’ qualifications in Early Years education and assistants who have an average TOEIC score of 800.
Our campus is safe and secure and children are cared for in the same way that they would be at home.
We have small classes with a 4:1 Teacher : Student ratio. This means your child gets the individual support they deserve.
From the topics we choose, the way we teach, the resources we use, creativity is paramount.
Development Through Key Stage 1
Our phases are determined by the children’s natural development. The engaging, fun way in which we teach stays the same throughout, however the development of skills will differ from phase to phase. Children that begin life at BEYC in Foundation, will often leave the school at Year 1 a whole year ahead of their peers in other schools in Thailand and even in the UK.
If the children have been with us since the Foundation stage they will now be working one whole year ahead of the British Curriculum. By the end of Year 1 your child will have become a completely independent learner. They will enjoy researching their own Topics and will know how to find information through a variety of means. The beauty of our curriculum is that by being completely independent the children get to learn about what they want. The teachers become facilitators to learning, rather than someone who disseminates information.
The children will now be taking part in more advanced Topics such as computer programming, wood work, electronics and current affairs.
WHAT TO EXPECT
By this stage the children will have almost completed their learning journey at BEYC. They will not only be choosing what they learn but socially they will be independent too. Children are encouraged to look after and clear away toys, brush their teeth after meals, tie their own laces and generally look after themselves as if they were young adults. Teaching children to be independent means they are able to work by themselves without the aid of an adult, helping to develop their curiosity and giving them the skills to solve their own problems. Children who leave BEYC love learning and have been top of their class wherever they have gone. We often get welcome visits from past parents and children and there is an extremely close bond between everyone here. Not only do children leave academically set for life, but socially the children are well adjusted, confident and morally sound.
WHAT TO EXPECT
In the Reception phase the children will have learnt to read and write independently. They will be able to write short sentences and make notes about ideas. The children will learn the rest of the alternative phonics sounds in Key Stage 1 and will be using their literacy skills to write stories, research their own projects and collect and record information about things that interest them. Being able to read and write will open a whole world of information to the children.
WHAT TO EXPECT
All of our children work one year ahead of children from the UK. Our Year 1 children use Year 2 Maths books so are always well advanced in Maths. By this stage the children will be able to add and subtract two digit numbers both mentally and with formal written methods. They will be using multiplication and division to solve real life problems. The children will have learnt how to use Maths in the real world and be able to work independently and in groups. By this stage children will have a solid knowledge of all the objectives in the Key Stage 1 curriculum and will be applying their maths skills to data collection in their scientific enquiry.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Scientific Enquiry is vital to our curriculum. The scientific thought process and the ability to research and take part in experimentation is a key part of teaching our children to be independent. By this stage the children will be able to create their own tests about things that are of interest to them. They will be able to keep tests fair and examine results coming to simple conclusions. They will take concepts and ideas that they come across in every day life and will look to find answers to their own life related questions. In Key Stage 1 the children are able to research independently and have control over what they learn. The teachers guide the children and offer advice but most of the learning comes through the children’s own creativity and drive.