Primary Years

The Ascot Primary years

At Ascot, we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales curriculum to help our learners become positive, productive and globally minded individuals who strive to embrace lifelong learning. Whether it is exciting investigations in the classroom or active learning out on the field, Ascot Primary has a firm commitment to ensuring that all students benefit from an enriched,experiential and engaging approach to learning.

Our focus on the core curriculum in order to promote high standards of learning and expectations are matched by a rigorous curriculum. In Maths, we follow the Abacus scheme of work in order to provide students with a clear framework as they progress through the Primary school in this subject. In Literacy, we put emphasis on Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing. These skills are also applied across all subjects in the timetable.

Our goal is to help guide students into becoming responsible and internationally minded individuals with attributes that help them become lifelong learners.

Programmes of study

We believe that by offering a programme of study that is broad yet provides students with the opportunity to develop effective cross curricular skills  and in-depth and practical subject knowledge is paramount in ensuring our students become lifelong learners and successful global citizens.

The Following links display what the different year groups will be covering during the year as their Programme of study:

Events

At Ascot, we believe in learning and having the opportunity to experience events that either demonstrate the growing skills of our students, or offer a chance to develop strong school community values. We celebrate National events such as Loy Krathong, as well as International events such as Chinese New Year and Eid-al-Fitr.

Events based on subjects such as Sports Day, Book week  and International week help to enrich the learning environment for our students as well as helping to foster a greater sense of community in our school. With contributions from teachers, parents and students, events are all inclusive and provide memorable experiences for everyone involved.

Music

The Music Programme is based on the National Curriculum for Music. Each class has a music lesson for one period per week. It is taught by a specialist music teacher and takes place in one of our purpose built music rooms.

During Key Stage 1 lessons students listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. They play musical instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating short compositions, with increasing confidence, imagination and control. They explore and enjoy how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects.

During Key Stage 2 students sing songs and play instruments with increasing confidence, skill, expression and awareness of their own contribution to a group or class performance. They improvise, and develop their own musical compositions, in response to a variety of different stimuli with increasing personal involvement, independence and creativity. They explore their thoughts and feelings through responding physically, intellectually and emotionally to a variety of music from different times and cultures.

All children are provided with regular performance opportunities to demonstrate their musical talents. This may be within their class, their year group or for larger audiences in any of our class assemblies or Key stage Productions. In recent years a major event in the school calendar is our  annual talent competition ‘Ascot Idol’. Participation is open to all students who wish to be involved and rehearsals take place as an after-school activity.

Thai

Thai Language and Culture is a specialist subject which is offered to all Primary children at Ascot International School to help them learn and appreciate the culture and language of our host country.

Key Stage 1

Year 1 and Year 2 students study this subject with teachers who are Thai nationals. The broad content of the curriculum for all children focuses on Thai oral language development with cultural topics embedded. The content of the curriculum for Thai national students is aimed to develop Thai literacy skills for young children while promoting a growing awareness the culture and . Special cultural events arranged by our Thai teachers enrich the curriculum for all students and foster strong values of community.

Key Stage 2

All KS2 students study this subject with teachers who are Thai nationals. The students are divided into different groups based on their language abilities; some groups are for Thai speaking nationals and others for non-Thai national students. Special cultural events: Wai Khru, Loy Krathong and Songkran, arranged by Thai teachers enrich the curriculum for all students.

FOR NON -THAI NATIONALS

The curriculum focuses on Thai oral language development with the integration of social and cultural aspects of Thailand. Some relevant Thai letters, vocabulary and basic sentence structures are included.

FOR THAI NATIONALS

All Thai national students are required to learn Thai language and literacy skills. The content of the curriculum, in accord with the content standards set by the Ministry of Education, is aimed to develop their language skills and knowledge of Thai literature and Thai culture.

Mandarin

The Mandarin Programme is provided for all children, except on occasions where new English learners are excused for extra English language lessons or additional learning support. Two hour periods are taught per week by our specialist language teachers.

The main focus of the Mandarin Programme offered at Ascot Primary, is to foster an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and fun, to provide a foundation on which to develop language skills for future study and to raise awareness of cultural differences – thereby reflecting the true commitment to international education central to our school’s mission.

Daily routine – Timetables

The Daily routine for young children is important for providing a secure platform for them to develop and progress.This is why we believe in having a clear timetable with ample opportunities for students to benefit from the guidance of an experienced class teacher and well as specialist teachers for subjects such as swimming, music and Mandarin.

Homework

Homework at Ascot Primary represents a very important part of our learning. Aside from providing parents with an opportunity to be involved with your child’s learning on a regular basis, it helps to extend what is being covered in lessons and to reinforce what the students are learning. Homework in some subjects may involve an online environment where students can engage in exciting activities that complement their lessons at school.

KS2 Residentials

Residential visits form an integral part of the academic and personal/social curriculum for all students in Key Stage 2. The visits usually take place in January each year when the weather is deemed most suitable and provides many opportunities for enriching our curriculum, and also for developing social skills and independence. There is an expectation that all children attend and so parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns with their child’s teacher as soon as possible. A meeting is held for parents before the visits and detailed information is sent home. Great care is taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the students. Residential and day visits are chargeable and are not included in the school fees.