Bangkok Patana School provides a welcoming and friendly child-centred environment where the emphasis is on developing lively, positive and enquiring minds. Preparing your child for life by providing a well-rounded education is a key aspect of the school’s philosophy.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) includes our Nursery Classes, Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2. It provides an important link between home and the more tightly structured National Curriculum programme which starts when the children reach Year 1 at age 5+.
All the staff in the EYFS are qualified early learning teachers, and the staff: pupil ratio is set at a maximum of 1:10 - Nursery and K1 classes are led by a class teacher and two teaching assistants and in K2 the classes are led by a class teacher and one teaching assistant.
The facilities in Foundation are excellent, and though part of the larger school, are sufficiently separate to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children. The children have their own playground (both open and under cover), cycle track, learn-to-swim pool, soft play area, indoor play dens, library and gardens. At the same time, they receive stimulation through carefully supervised access to the outstanding facilities and grounds of the greater school and through their interaction with the older students.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is designed to be flexible in order to meet the varying needs of our very young children. It values and recognises parents as children's first and most enduring educators and actively encourages partnership between home and school.
Play is important in fostering and developing young children's learning and it underpins the delivery of the EYFS. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. Most children play spontaneously, but some children need adult support. In the Foundation Stage, the development of social and communication skills is vitally important, being nurtured through purposeful, structured and spontaneous play.At the Foundation Stage the children’s learning is carefully planned within the following six areas of learning:
In each area of learning, there are expectations of achievement known as the Early Learning Goals. These form the knowledge, skills and understanding that children should have acquired by the end of the Foundation Stage.
In each Year group, the six areas of learning are carefully explored through chosen topics. These topics add interest for the children and enable them to develop skills in a meaningful context.
Before your child enters full time education with us, we offer a flexible playgroup, "Tiny Tigers" which runs three mornings per week. This takes place within our Foundation Stage building and offers an excellent transition with our EYFS for our youngest children.