The Curriculum Framework used at AISB has been developed from the Australian curriculum and syllabuses from other high performing education systems in the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand.
INQUIRY BASED LEARNING
Inquiry based learning draws on the principles of Teaching for Understanding developed at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and on inquiry based learning concepts that are very similar to those used in the International Baccalaureate.From Early Years all Humanities and Social Science lessons and Science lessons have been planned using an Inquiry pedagogy. The approach, where appropriate is used across other Key Learning areas as well.
The curriculum has a strong academic focus based on literacy, numeracy, the creative and performing arts of music, visual art, drama critical and collaborative thinking through inquiry and physical development. Student progress is systematically assessed on a regular basis.
PHYSICAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
A strong emphasis is placed on the physical and social development of the children. It is embedded in the curriculum through the daily physical education program (DPED) soccer and the swimming programs. Swimming classes are led by fully qualified English-speaking swim coaches and qualified assistants. Both campuses have dedicated, covered and age-appropriate swimming pools. The covered soccer field is available to all ages.
Social development is delivered through our Social and Personal Development themes in the pastoral care program, school assemblies and events. This program helps students develop leadership, perseverance, resilience and other qualities. We have a strong emphasis throughout the year on stage performances, where all children are encouraged to participate not just the best singers or dancers in the class. Some real hidden talents have been uncovered on every occasion!
The ultimate measure of success is the quality of the teacher, their ability to deliver our structured curriculum and communicate effectively with students and parents. This can only be achieved with fully qualified native-English speaking teachers. The school executives and Principal only hire teachers who love to teach and nurture each student’s special talents. They must be proficient in both directed teaching and inquiry-based learning and bring a personal expertise to the teaching staff that can be shared amongst the community.
AISB’s rich and future focused curriculum nurtures children’s curiosity, creativity and problem solving skills. Our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program is infused across all aspects of our curriculum, with formal classes at the Innovation Centre commencing at the Soi 31 Campus.
Learning multiple languages provides the opportunity for students to communicate in the language being learned as well as having an understanding of the role of the language and culture in communication.
YEAR 1 - YEAR 2
Thai: All students will continue to study Thai Language & Culture as a compulsory subject.
Other Languages (Year 2 Only):
French and Mandarin offered to all the students
German and Japanese offered to native speakers
Frequency: Other languages are taught twice per week
YEAR 3 - YEAR 8
Thai: All students will continue to study Thai Language & Culture as a compulsory subject. Students are divided into native and non-native Thai classes
Frequency: Other languages are taught twice per week
YEAR 9 - YEAR 12
Thai: All students will continue to study Thai Language & Culture as a compulsory subject (once per week)
IGCSE Thai: Year 9 IGCSE, Thai native speakers can choose Thai first language
The academic curriculum is complemented by a wide variety of stimulating co-curricular programs which offer a comprehensive range of sporting, cultural, performance-based, visual arts, craft and practical programs.
In this modern world of the internet and digital experiences, an old traditional favourite has embedded itself within the AISB culture and philosophy. Chess maybe over 500 years old (in its current form) but, at AISB it is considered a modern day activity that encourages and helps develop in those students who play the game, many qualities which can contribute strongly to their learning.
Chess is also the great equaliser where children who may have nothing in common, are on common ground on a chessboard and chess stays with them for life.
Through singing, dancing, and playing instruments our music programs aim to provide students with the fundamentals of musical concepts, such a beat and rhythm. Our music curriculum allows students to respond to music through movement, singing musical ensemble, individual, instrumental and public performances and concerts. Students are also offered one-on-one private lessons with our music teachers.
STEAM PROGRAM AND AISB INNOVATION CENTRE
Our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program is infused across all aspects of our curriculum. At AISB, we do not treat STEAM as a separate curriculum area, it is a learning framework to provide differentiated opportunities for students to better understand their world, supported by our purpose-built Innovation Centre facilities.
We encourage children to focus on using digital technology to enrich and extend their learning across the curriculum. It is an engaging and interactive way to learn as it incorporates real-life, practical connections across the curriculum.
Students have the opportunity to express themselves through their art making. They explore different colours, textures, tools, techniques and artists. Through their sensory experiences they manipulate, discover and explore various art mediums.
The Swimming Program at AISB develops children’s swimming skills through a step by step process from Water Familiarisation, Learn to Swim, Stroke Correction up participation in school Swimming Squads. Nursery children participate in week supervised water play activities. Students from Kindergarten 1 and above participate in weekly, all round swimming lesson. For the students who want to get the best out of their lessons, it is recommended that they swim a second session per week which the school provides in the After School Activities program.
THAI LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Students learn basic Thai language through songs, rhymes and picture cues. There are also specialist classes for native Thai languages speakers. They develop an awareness of the culture through stories, interaction and festival celebrations.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM (ASA)
Students at Australian International School Bangkok are also always excited to get involved in our after-school activities program. We provide a variety of options for all types of interests and encourage students to find the best fit for them. Activities range from gymnastics, chess, basketball, football, cooking, swimming and more!