Welcome to the Bangkok Patana Foundation Stage - A Centre of Excellence “We play, we think, we learn!”
“Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with
other people in the world around them.”
“Development is not an automatic process …. It depends on each unique child”
(Development Matters, Department of Education, UK)
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you and your family to the Bangkok Patana Foundation Stage - the beginning of a very exciting learning journey!
As we all know, for a building to withstand the test of time it needs a strong foundation. The same is true of children’s education. That is why we are committed to providing the educational experiences and choices necessary to develop the learning characteristics that will support your children throughout their lives.
We offer a flexible playgroup ‘Tiny Tigers’ (for accompanied children aged from 1 year old) which runs every morning in the Foundation Stage Play Centre and our outdoor learning environment. Our programme is play-based and led by a specialist Early Years teacher. Our Tiny Tigers blog can be viewed here.
Students may enter our Nursery Programme from 2 years of age. Separate from Foundation Stage 1 and 2 classes, Nursery offers an exciting and nurturing environment for our youngest learners. The adult:child ratio is set at a maximum of 1:7 for Nursery.
Watch our 'Day in the Life of Nursery video' at the top right of this page to get a glimpse of the fun our youngest learners have at school.
Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) and Foundation Stage 2 (FS2)
We have three learning zones within FS1 and FS2. Each zone comprises of one FS1 class and two FS2 classes. Each class is led by a class teacher with four teaching assistants supporting in each zone.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum:
“Play is the highest form of research”
At Bangkok Patana School, we are committed to encouraging children to become independent learners. We use the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum as a guideline.
Children explore and learn through play, allowing them opportunities to take risks in a safe environment. The opportunities for individual exploration and use of imagination allow our children to develop the characteristics needed to become effective, life-long learners.
All the Foundation Stage staff work together to equip the environment and plan engaging activities for our children. We carefully observe the student responses to the learning experiences using the skills outlined in the EYFS Development Matters document as a guide.
We recognise parents as the first and foremost educators and we actively encourage a partnership between home and school to further supplement our ongoing assessment of each child. Through this meticulous data gathering, the Foundation Stage staff observe the interests and learning needs of our students which subsequently informs planning.
Our teachers skilfully incorporate learning engagements into the environment to further inspire the students and move them forward with their learning. We focus on giving ownership of discovery to the children by developing learning environments that encourage wonder, where children direct learning by asking for what they need and independently solving problems.
The facilities in the Foundation Stage are excellent, and though part of the larger school, are sufficiently separate to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children. The Foundation Stage has covered and uncovered zones and students have open access to all areas (inside and out). Adults interact with students, support learning and ensure the safety of all throughout the Foundation Stage.
Our facilities include a cycle track, sensory stream, learn-to-swim pool, indoor exploration areas, outdoor play areas (to promote physical development), a variety of ICT tools, libraries and gardens. At the same time, children receive stimulation through carefully supervised access to the grounds of the greater school and through their interaction with the older students.
For more information on the Foundation Stage and our learning philosophy please do not
hesitate to contact me via the Primary Office at email@example.com. For information
about the applications process and for a tour of the school please contact our admissions team.
Julie Kelly, Senior Teacher, Foundation Stage.