PRIMARY CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
Primary school education at Anglo Singapore International is based on the Singaporean and Cambridge curriculum, consisting of a four-year foundation stage (Primary 1-4) and another two-year orientation stage (Primary 5-6). The curriculum carries three core course areas throughout the full six years of primary school: languages, mathematics/sciences, and arts/humanities. We believe that this mixture of the Singaporean and British curriculum makes Anglo Singapore International School one of the best schools in Bangkok, and provides our students with a more complete education than they’d get anywhere else. These three key areas are broken out into several specific subjects and disciplines, outlined below.
English is the primary language for all classes and instruction at the Anglo Singapore International School (except for other language courses, naturally). Our focus on teaching English, specifically reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, forms the foundation of our instruction. We believe all our students need English as a first-level language, and thus it forms the cornerstone of student success in our international community of students and teachers.
However, we also recognize the reality that many of our students are not native speakers of English, and may struggle with the subject. Therefore, additional instruction in grammar and vocabulary is covered throughout the primary school years. Our goal is to create a sense of confidence in our students with the use of the language and allow them to integrate their language skills through speaking and writing exercises. In learning English, we hope our students both absorb the language, and learn how to use it successfully in the school environment, and beyond.
Mathematics and Science
Naturally, mathematics and the sciences are a central part of our curriculum. At the beginning of primary education, students develop basic number skills, simple math, and foundational science concepts. As they advance through the programme, they are given numerous opportunities to grow their skills and apply their knowledge through problem-solving activities and practical experiences.
During the last few years of primary school, students are introduced to more complex math and science concepts and skills, in preparation for the secondary school curriculum. By the end of primary school, they should have the knowledge and proficiency in math and science skills commensurate with their grade level, which already places them far and away above students educated in many programmes elsewhere.
And of course, with Anglo being one of the best schools in Bangkok, we offer a full range of computer and software applications for students throughout their primary school education. These programmes and technologies help to demonstrate, practice, and reinforce the concepts learned in the mathematics and sciences courses. They are gradually introduced at age-appropriate levels to augment education in these areas, and introduce students to the digital world at an early age, since it plays such a large role in the balance of their education, career, and life.
As part of our mission of creating multi-cultural, international, globally-minded students, Anglo offers social studies courses to our students during primary school years. These classes serve to create basic civic competence, drawing on history, geography, and other related disciplines. As they advance through the primary school years, students are given a general social studies course as part of the curriculum. Here, they utilise their English, mathematics, and sciences education to undertake projects in the areas of history, geography, and global issues. In essence, these courses provide an opportunity for students to practice all their other skills, while providing essential 21st century skills in teamwork, collaboration, research, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
One of the most important language offerings at Anglo Singapore International School is Chinese. China looms large in our region, and has a growing importance on the world stage. Naturally, we believe that teaching our students to be fluent in Chinese sets them up for greater opportunities for potential success in the future. Not to mention, it’s a matter of practicality – some 16% of the total population on the planet speaks Chinese.
The Chinese language programme at Anglo is based on the latest Singaporean curriculum, and delivered from kindergarten onwards. After primary 6, students are broken out into three tracks for secondary school Chinese learning, based on their proficiency.
Like most of our other language programmes, Chinese language educators at Anglo are native speakers, who employ both their knowledge of language as well as knowledge of Chinese culture, heritage, history, and tradition, in order to engage the students fully in their language learning. There are also many additional elements used to fully immerse our students in Chinese language skills, including a camping trip to China and participation if various events centred on the use of Chinese. And, of course, the canteen serves a full range of Chinese cuisine, too! It’s just part of the holistic education approach that we take at Anglo, and one of the reasons why our students are fluent multi-linguists upon graduation.
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As the school is based in Thailand, and in accordance with government regulations, all students at Anglo are given Thai language education as part of the curriculum. Learning Thai helps students to better fit in to the local community, and be able to navigate, converse, and absorb information more fully. Like in our other language programmes, the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Thai language are coupled with cultural learning as well.
In primary school, the Thai language offerings diverge a bit. Thai nationals are given more intensive additional language lessons in the afternoon session, providing more advanced language skills. Non-Thai students are given a basic course in Thai language and culture, to become proficient in the language, without the kind of expertise that native Thai students require. Topics covered include “Thai Ways of Life” along with history, culture, and other learning, so that foreign students can better understand and feel more at home in the local community.
Of course, beyond classroom language training, the nature of being here in Thailand means that students are exposed to a number of festivals and special cultural events throughout the year. Through language learning, these are put into context and fully explained, and allow students to have an interactive experience – putting their knowledge into use.
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Korean is one of the five core language offerings at Anglo Singapore International. As with all our other language programmes, students are taught by fully-qualified Korean teachers, whether in the Korean national programme, or non-Korean students. Of course, the depth of their training diverges, with the programme being more immersive for Korean nationals. They are taught from kindergarten to secondary level, and given a holistic experience in Korean language, history, and culture. As with other language programs for nationals of foreign lands, the goal is to provide them with the skills and context to assimilate back into their home country at a later date if necessary. Of course, non-Korean students are also exposed to the Korean language and culture while at Anglo. The primary focus is on literacy and communication skills, including oral presentation skills, reading, writing, and speaking. This is similar to our offerings in other language programmes. They are also given instruction in the traditions, ethics, history, manners, and culture of Korea. Additionally, the canteen features Korean cuisine as part of our standard offering, serving as another opportunity to reinforce what students learn in the classroom.
We genuinely believe that a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach is the best way of learning additional languages, including Korean. And we seek to provide both native Koreans and non-Korean students with a quality of language and cultural education that they can’t get anywhere else – only at the best international school in Bangkok, Anglo Singapore International School.
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At Anglo Singapore International School, we cater to both Japanese nationals as well as non-Japanese students with our Japanese instruction. Native Japanese are given Kokugo lessons, following the Japanese national curriculum standards and methods. This ensures that they will be fully fluent in their mother tongue, and capable of returning to live in Japan in the future if they so choose.
At the same time, we offer non-Japanese students lessons in the language and culture, similar to our offerings in other language areas. This is primarily accomplished via our enrichment programme. It adds yet another skill set to our multi-lingual, multi-cultural students, to make them more aware of other peoples, cultures, and languages in the wider world around them.
Much as in our other language programmes, students are taught grammar and vocabulary, but also provided with more exciting and interactive experiences to practice and utilise their Japanese skills. These include cultural activities such as our Japanese origami paper craft club. Japanese cuisine also is one of the regular offerings in our canteen.
Japanese is one of the fastest-growing areas of language instruction at Anglo, as Japanese enrolment continues to increase. This provides excellent opportunities for Japanese nationals as well as non-Japanese students, and helps mould them all into more talented, multi-cultural global leaders for the future.
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Often, many educational programmes neglect the arts. At Anglo, we believe the arts are critical to allowing students to develop their creativity. In terms of the visual arts, we use an inquiry-based approach, allowing students to explore new content in a spontaneous manner, bringing their cognitive skills and connections to life experiences into play as a primary vehicle for learning.
Students explore various materials and concepts in visual art, while becoming more aware of their surroundings, and learning how to look at things from multiple perspectives – an important quality in art as in life. During the early years of the primary school education, the main focus is on teaching basic skills, exposure to various materials, and cultivating the imagination. Later primary education, as well as secondary school education, is focused on refining these skills, and stimulating creative thinking. Ultimately, the goal is to provide students the skills and tools they need to be able to effectively express their thoughts, ideas, and dreams in a visual artistic manner.
Information and Communication Technology
Anglo Singapore International School is committed to providing our students with the best quality instruction and tools to further their education. As such, no programme to prepare students for the future would be complete without instruction in and the use of information and communication technology. Students use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange, and present information responsibly, creatively and with factual and credibility discrimination. These are incredibly important skills in the modern world, both in life and in future education and career paths.
Our students learn how to properly use ICT to rapidly access information and ideas, and enhance their understanding of concepts and experiences. They become knowledgeable in finding and identifying credible sources of information, and how to use that information to further their studies. As they mature into the later primary school years, they are given instruction in the basics of technology, programming, and algorithms.
Concepts that are covered include the use of word processing software, image, photo, and video programmes, creating music and animations, creating and using databases, producing websites, creating blogs, and becoming good digital citizens. This includes teaching the basics of storing and organising files on hard drives, USB stick drives, the school network server, and cloud storage. Throughout their education, students are given access to computers, netbooks, iPad, digital cameras, and other ICT to become familiar with, and utilise these tools in their studies.
Our music programme serves as a complement to the aforementioned visual arts programme at Anglo. The musical arts provide an exceptional opportunity for students to learn and utilise mathematics, organisation, structure, practice, and teamwork skills. Students are provided with instrumental lessons, often as a whole class, in order to teach them to play together and find harmony. Additional education, especially in later primary years, includes various activities in groups as well as individually. Ultimately, the students will have the opportunity to work on a short performance piece and present it to the rest of the class, in order to more fully develop their musical skills and confidence in their musical expression.
Developing the mind is incredibly important, but it is not the only important part of education at Anglo. Developing the body is just as important, and the domain of our physical education programme. The PE programme aims to help foster and expand motor skills, fitness, physical flexibility, and an understanding of teamwork. A modular system is introduced in the PE programme, where students will undertake a 4 to 6-week course in a particular sport or discipline, then rotate to the next. At the end of the term, they are assessed on their knowledge and skills in the areas they have explored during the term. They learn sport skills and basic fitness skills, to set them on a path of good habits, physical activity, and valuing cultivation of the body as much as cultivation of the mind.
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