|Basic Level (5-7 year old children)|
The Basic Level promotes a smooth
transition from kindergarten to Primary School. The connection of playing and
learning, as well as the support of children in groups of mixed age and
learning level are central elements of the daily teaching. The Basic Level
allows individual learning styles, which are adjusted to the child’s
The Basic Level is designed as two branches, the German speaking branch (Branch D) and the English speaking branch (Branch E), of which both are instructed by the according native speaking teachers. In both branches the opposite language is instructed as the first foreign language. The team is supported by additional subject teachers. Thai nationals have additional Thai language lessons.
The Basic Level aims to achieve a balance between artistic and intellectual abilities through a continuous focus on play, music, movement, creative arts, arithmetic, reading and writing. Usually children stay two years in the Basic Level. When they have achieved the learning objectives of the former 1st grade, the students are promoted directly to the 2nd grade of Primary School.
As in Kindergarten, 29 lessons per week are given in Basic Level. There is a partly rigid schedule within the school day, which runs from 7:30a.m. to 1:10.pm.. School ends at 11.55 a.m on Fridays. By independent work and projects, students pursue their personal interests and build up personal knowledge. During group work the children are asked to rethink and analyze themselves and their points of view.
Entry is possible throughout the year. In principle, it is not necessary to have attended the Swiss School Bangkok Kindergarten before entering Swiss School Bangkok. The decision about whether to admit a child to the Basic Level or the 2nd grade of Primary School is made by the principal.
Specifically for students with limited German language knowledge, the subject “German as Foreign Language” is available. It is expected that parents support their children as much as possible when learning German. Children that require extra support in areas such as gross and fine motor skills, speaking, perception and social skills are supported with individual special educational measures for early development (individual fostering, psychomotor learning groups). Furthermore, Swiss School Bangkok offers supervised homework sessions. After 1:35 p.m. the students have the opportunity to voluntarily attend extra-curricular activities.
Students are escorted to and from school and supervised during travel on the Montri school bus service.
The students eat catered lunches together in the canteen in their own quiet room with supervision.