Curriculum: From Nursery to Year 7
International Standards: The British Curriculum
Our core academic standards are set by the British curriculum, one of the most popular curricula worldwide! It sets clear expectations for what children must know and be able to do at each stage in their education, and makes sure that the standards they set match the best in the world. It specifies a rigorous model of the knowledge which every child should expect to master in core subjects at every key stage. At the same time, it allows for autonomy and innovation at the school level, giving us the freedom to teach a dual language programme integrated with Buddhist values.
Learning in the Early Years: Nursery to Kindergarten 2
We all want our children to grow up to be happy, well-balanced individuals with strong cognitive and social skills. It starts in preschool. At Panyaden, we believe that creating the conditions for children to get excited about learning will achieve better results than through being pushed or pressured. We have set up an inspiring and challenging environment for children to reach their full potential: mindfulness, guidance, exploration, the joy of living with nature and running barefoot make for happy, enthusiastic days at school.
Guided by the UK Early Years Framework our preschool programme provides a strong foundation for life where self- and guided discovery learning are at the heart of what we do.
• Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience the world around them, and ‘have a go’;
• Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
• Creating and thinking critically – children initiate and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
There are seven core areas of development:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design
Learning in Primary Year 1-7
In primary years, students go from learning to read to reading to learn. “I can read, I can write but most importantly, I can think.” Critical and creative thinking are valued equally with the ability to think with empathy; to cultivate positive thoughts, knowledge and actions. In primary years, students start to apprehend the world and become active members of their community through our exciting global themes and social contribution projects. We build the foundation that will guide their teenage years.
Primary age students follow the National Curriculum for England framework. We use a subject integration approach that supports deeper understanding of each subject and the natural interconnectivity between them. It stimulates the ability to look at situations and problems from different angles.
Core Primary Subjects:
• Computing, Design and Technology
• Performance Arts
• Physical Education
Great learning takes place when there is great teaching and great fun but also great effort. The key to our approach rests in the Wise Habit of “Chanda”: loving learning for its own sake. In “Chanda”, we believe that understanding is the result of high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution, and that difficulties can be overcome without stress.
Love Learning! The International Primary Curriculum
We use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as the main tool to deliver the principles and objectives from the British Curriculum. The IPC is now the choice of over 1,800 international and national schools in over 90 countries around the world. One of the fastest-growing curricula in the world, it is endorsed by schools, authorities and governments. The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children by integrating all core subjects into dynamic themes of work. It underlines how important it is that both teachers and children enjoy what they do! It has also been found to be an excellent preparation for secondary school settings based on IGCSE, A levels and the IB Diploma.
For more information please visit IPC website.
Intensive Language Support
(This applies to both English and Thai language speakers)
All Panyaden students are expected to reach a level where they are functional in English and in Thai. During the first few weeks of school, language proficiency will be assessed for every Year 1 to Year 7 student to determine the best possible placement for them during language time. Students who are assessed by the school as needing supplementary intensive language support in either language will be required to join the Intensive Language Support programme until they are able to function comfortably in a class with first language learners. This ‘pull out’ course will be provided for a fee, payable one term at a time.
Skills for Life
It seems that many of the skills learned by previous generations are being forgotten or practiced by fewer and fewer people, no doubt partly due to the changes in society brought about by new technologies. But we see that there remain valuable lessons and skills to be handed down to the new generation. Panyaden’s Life Skills programme centres on sustainable living, traditional crafts and outdoor survival skills, providing hands-on opportunities for children to build invaluable core qualities that will stay with them for life: resilience, independence, how to work as a team, the ability to bounce back after mistakes, how to solve problems, perseverance and courage.
Examples of Life Skills activities include:
• Building a shelter
• Making a fire
• Cooking from nature
• Growing rice
• Cotton weaving
• Organic vegetable growing
• Household repairs
• Making toys from recycled material