Ascot Curriculum and Courses:
• Areas of the Curriculum
• EAL (English as an Added Language)
• ECA (Extra Curricular Activities)
• School Trips and Residential Visits
Curriculum at Ascot
Ascot International School is an IB World School authorised for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
The Ascot Lower Primary School
Ascot’s Lower Primary school is committed to providing students with hands on and experiential learning opportunities. With a strong emphasis on learning through play and exploration, we encourage our students to have ownership over their learning opportunities. We support our students in developing a growth mindset and resilience and independence. Each class is provided with a teaching assistant and a class nanny. This low student to teacher ratio ensures that students are provided with direct support where and when needed. Our dedicated and qualified teaching team ensures that our vision, mission, values and the essential elements of the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) underpin all aspects of our Lower Primary programme.
The Ascot Upper Primary School
Ascot’s Upper Primary school is committed to providing students with hands on and experiential learning opportunities. We encourage our students to take ownership over their learning by being an active participant in the planning and direction of their inquiries. Through collaborative and transdisciplinary approaches to exploring authentic and relevant issues, our students develop the skills needed to become successful global citizens in a dynamic world. Our dedicated and qualified teaching team ensures that our vision, mission, values and the essential elements of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) underpins all aspects of our Upper Primary programme.
What is the IB Primary Years Programme?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Year Programme is a leading curriculum framework for international primary education. Designed for schools with students aged 3 to 12, the PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
With its rigorous research and inquiry based curriculum, the PYP transforms schools’ pedagogical practices, placing teachers, students and leaders in the core of the programme. As a result, students become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. PYP students are not only well prepared for the next stage of education, but also for participation in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and subsequently the Diploma Programme (DP).
The PYP Curriculum Framework
These five essential elements that students need to lead successful lives underpin the PYP’s curriculum framework. Schools work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary education curriculum that is transdisciplinary, engaging, relevant, and significant. The PYP is offered by many types of schools around the world, including state schools, private schools and international schools. As a flexible curriculum framework, the PYP is able to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums. With local and global issues incorporated into the PYP curriculum, students are asked to look at look at six related themes and to consider the links between them.
The themes include: ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works.’ Nurturing independent learning skills, and encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning, the PYP develops students’ academic, social and emotional well-being, while simultaneously focusing on international-mindedness and the development of strong personal values.
Secondary Years 7-9
In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, students follow courses in Information Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Physical Education, Mandarin and PSHE. Critical thinking skills are encouraged to ensure the students are prepared to think around academic problems as opposed to simply rote learning.
Secondary Years 10 & 11
IGCSE International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) courses are followed by students between the ages of 14-16, in Years 10 and 11 at Ascot. Students choose a range of subjects from those taught in Key Stage 3, whilst continuing to study English, Maths, Science, Mandarin and Art. Students then take optional subjects selected from the following: Geography, History, ICT, Physical Education, English Literature, Economics and Business Studies. At the end of Year 11 students take external examinations. Some subjects are assessed by examinations set by the University of Cambridge.
Secondary Years 12 & 13 (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme)
The International baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Our programme encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
It is a challenging programme of international education and rigorous assessment.
The IB is different from other curricula because:
- It encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told
- It is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula
- It encourages students to consider both their local and international environment.
Unlike other programs such as A level and AP, the IB diploma gives not just a thorough academic preparation for university but it also has critical thinking and research skills embedded throughout the course. An IB student graduates as an independent learner ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow as a global citizen.
Our programme helps IB students:
- To ask challenging questions
- Think critically
- Develop research skills to help them in higher education.
IB is a course designed to produce the innovators and thinkers of the future, who will answer those as yet ‘unasked questions’ and rise to ‘new challenges’.
The IB Diploma Curriculum
We encourage international-mindedness in IB students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity.
The Learner Profile
- These are the 10 attributes that all IB students should develop throughout the continuum of learning that is the IB.
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Holistic internationally-minded education
Subjects on offer at Ascot
Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature (HL/SL)
English or Thai
Group 2 – Language acquisition (HL/SL)
English or Mandarin
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies (HL/SL)
Business Studies and Management or History
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences (HL/SL)
Biology or Chemistry or Computer Studies or Physics
Group 5 – Mathematics (HL/SL)
Mathematics or Mathematics Studies (SL)
Group 6 – The Arts (HL/SL)and Electives
Visual Arts or an Elective choice from Group 3 or 4.
Most subjects are offered at both:
- Higher level (HL)
(recommended hours = 240).
- And at
- Standard level (SL)
(recommended hours = 150).
- Usually over 2 years
- Both external assessment (exams) and internal assessment (IA)are used.
- Internal assessment is generally 20 – 30%
- There are no modular exams.
Each subject (Higher or Standard) is graded on a scale from 1 to 7, where:
- 7 = excellent
- 6 = very good
- 5 = good
- 4 = satisfactory
- 3 = mediocre
- 2 = poor
- 1 = very poor
The points are then added together, which gives a maximum of 42 for the six subjects.
- Points are then available for Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.
Each is scored on 5 bands:
- A = Excellent
- B = Good
- C = Satisfactory
- D = Mediocre
- E = Elementary
These are then combined on a matrix, which gives a maximum of 3 Core points that can be added to the points for the subjects.
The Extended Essay EE
- A piece of individual research carried out by DP students in ONE of their 6 subjects.
The Theory of Knowledge ToK
- A critical skills course designed so that DP students can evaluate the knowledge that is presented to them through their subjects, the media, friends and relatives, and so on.
- 100 hours
Creativity, Activity, Service CAS
- Experiential learning outside the classroom followed by student reflection
- example, a student who sets up and runs a school newspaper, or who learns a new musical instrument.
- A student who learns a new sport, or who takes charge of a team
- A student who organises a service activity e.g. Shopping for old people.
- 8 Learning Outcomes.
- Experiential learning outside the classroom followed by student reflection
University opinions on the IB
- Princeton University, NJ, USA
“The IB is a first-rate program, one we are all familiar with, and it prepares students well for a university like ours.”
- Cambridge University, England
‘Because the IB differentiates better than A-levels……, if we are hesitating about making an offer, we would be more likely to make an offer to an IB student than an A-level student.’
- MIT, CA, USA
“Send us prepared students (like those from IB). It’s the ‘best’ high school prep curriculum a school can offer.”
- Harvard University, MA, USA
“IB is well known to us as excellent preparation. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.”
Research shows that IB students are less likely to drop out of University.
- Princeton University, NJ, USA
In summary here are the skills that the IB Diploma develops:
- Research skills – from the EE
- Critical skills – from ToK
- Language skills – from the two language sections
- Analytical skills – from Science
- Mathematical skills – from Maths
- Creative skills – from Arts, CAS
- Personal skills – from CAS
- Organisation and self-motivation
The IB Diploma is a globally recognized qualification that will open doors for your child anywhere in the World. The IBDP will take your son or daughter where they want to go.
The Thai Curriculum
The Thai Language / Culture program is compulsory for all children is taught by qualified Thai Teachers. The Thai teacher differentiates for the level of students in the class. All students take part in the Thai Studies Program which provides a deeper understanding of the beliefs, culture, traditions and practices of Thai people and their way of life.
Homework expectations vary from Year level to Year level. Students in Lower Primary are asked to do their Homework to support the learning at school and all students should complete it independently. If it is brought to school incomplete, teachers will send it home to be finished.
Students in Upper Primary complete unfinished homework in Golden Time each Friday.
Students in Secondary receive homework detention if it is not turned in on time, but homework must still be completed at home.
Students in all Year levels are also required to read a story / fiction book daily. For Lower & Upper Primary, this is included in the times stated above. For Years 7-11, daily reading is an additional expectation (40 minutes per day).
EAL (English as an Additional Language)
All new students to Upper Primary classes at Ascot complete an English language aptitude test. This is aimed to find out the level of spoken and written English so that appropriate support can be designated if required. If it is identified that a child requires language support, parents, the EAL Department and classroom teachers are notified.
Students who require help with their language are supported by EAL staff both within the classroom setting and outside the classroom in small group situations. Small groups are made up of students of the same or similar year level. This is designed to best meet the needs of the students and target their specific language requirements. The number of EAL sessions per week depends on the ability of each individual student.
Extracurricular Activities at Ascot
ECA (Extra Curricular Activities) at Ascot consist of academic, sporting/fitness and general interest classes. They are elective and are developed for the students’ needs to improve their academic, interpersonal, creative, and sporting skills.
Examples of Academic Classes on offer
Thai language and Culture
Examples of Sports and Fitness Classes to join
Outdoor sport activities
Tae Kwon Do
Junior Muay Thai
Ascot Dance Company / Cheering
Examples of general interest activities
Arts & Crafts
Brickz 4 Kids
Times of ECAs
Activities are held Monday to Thursday from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.
Generally, Ascot staff teach ECA. In some cases, ECAs are outsourced and professional, qualified instructors are hired to run the activity. More information about ECA can be obtained by contacting the Front Office. Please call 02 – 373 4400 ext. 0.
School Trips and Residential Visits
Ascot recognises the importance of how excursions and residentials reinforce curriculum areas learnt at school. Trips and residentials are carefully planned to relate to the Schemes of Work and to ensure maximum learning opportunities for students. They are planned to support the Schemes of Work classes are learning at school. Teachers take their students to visit different destinations each year. You will be notified of your child’s trip details each term.
Examples of Lower Primary Day Trips
Siam Ocean World
Examples of Upper Primary Day Trips
Rama IX Park
National Science Museum
Art Museums and Galleries
Environment and Ecosystems
Farms and Animal Sanctuaries
Where does the school go on its Residentials?
Here are some recent examples:
Year 3 – Siam Ocean World (overnight)
Year 4 – Khao Yai
Year 5 – Rayong
Year 6 – Ayutthaya
Year 7 – Prachuap Khiri Khan & camping in Khao Sam Roy Yot National Park
Year 8 – Kanchanaburi
Year 9 – Khao Yai
Year 10 – Vietnam
These trips can change from year to year depending on the availability and changes in the supporting school curriculum.