A happy thriving school where curiosity instils learning
On a tour of Pre Prep you will discover a happy, thriving school alive with learning. Students are given an excellent grounding in core skills interwoven into an exciting, thematic curriculum. Learning is at the centre of all that we do. Students in the Pre Prep phase are aged between 5 and 10 years.
The Harrow Bangkok Curriculum focusses on developing skills and attributes students need to become ‘Leaders for a better world’ as they move through the school right from the Early Years through to Sixth Form. In Pre Prep, our core curriculum is divided into Academic, Leadership in Action and Pastoral. We believe that each strand is vital to a child’s education. Throughout the curriculum we also fully exploit opportunities to develop essential learner skills, transferrable learner skills and the Harrow Bangkok Leadership Attributes which in Pre Prep we teach through our iRules.
Our curriculum is rigorous, robust and built upon the very best practice from around the world. English and Mathematics are supported by the Big Writing and Big Maths initiatives and our exciting topics fully cover the objectives from the UK curriculum. Our Pre Prep class teachers teach the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Computing, Geography, Art, Design and Technology (DT) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Wherever possible we link these subjects together through exciting half-termly themes to give meaning and purpose to teaching and learning. Specialist teachers encourage the love of music, Thai culture, languages and physical activity.
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology (DT)
- Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Spiritual Curriculum
- Thai Home Language (THL) for Thai Students Only
- Mandarin and Thai Foreign Language (TFL) for Expatriate Students Only
- Physical Education (PE)
At Harrow Bangkok, our aim is to ensure high standards of language and literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Our English Curriculum is rigorous with a clear progression in teaching the basic skills such as phonics, spelling, grammar and punctuation. These expectations are woven throughout all aspects and subjects within the wider curriculum to ensure students are able to apply their skills and knowledge effectively.
At Harrow Bangkok our aim in teaching Mathematics is to ensure a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject and strong basic numeracy skills to prepare students for later life. At our school, we develop knowledge and understanding in the areas of Number (Big Maths), Geometry, Measurement and Statistics. We teach pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. We ensure that Mathematics lessons provide purposeful, real-life activities for pupils to apply their learning and within each class, learning is differentiated to suit the individual needs of the children.
The Harrow Bangkok Science Curriculum provides the foundations for students to understand the world through their study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We aim to develop scientific skills, promote scientific knowledge and encourage an enquiring mind in all our students. We believe that science is vital to the world’s future prosperity and so we provide an exciting range and depth of experiences and ensure that there is a progression of scientific skills as students move through Pre Prep. Through their studies, students are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
In History, we offer students opportunities to think about the past (in Britain, Thailand and the wider world) and how it differs from the present. We aim to provide a stimulating history environment, using artefacts, pictures, photographs, written documents and eyewitness accounts to enhance students’ understanding. Students are taught to use and evaluate resources effectively in order to draw their own conclusions about life in the past. Younger pupils explore history through personal experiences and stories. As our students get older, they learn about life in more distant times. Students are given opportunities to respond to history in different ways. These may include writing, role-play, independent research, stories and discussion, visitors into school and trips to museums. Our studies include Vehicles and Toys, Aztecs, Ancient Egypt, Romans and World War 2.
Our Geography Curriculum aims to inspire in our young Harrovians a curiosity and fascination about the world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Students learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. As students progress, they begin to consider our mutual dependence, and the need to conserve and protect our resources. Teachers focus first upon the immediate environment of school and home and then expand to draw comparisons between our environment and contrasting environments in Britain, Thailand and the wider world. Sources of information such as maps, aerial photographs, books, and the internet are used to develop the skills of interpretation and enquiry.
The Harrow Bangkok Art and Design Curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge our students as well as equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Our Pre Prep teachers develop expertise in skills for drawing, painting, printing, collage, three-dimensional projects, clay work and textiles. Our Art projects link in with other work in the curriculum and wherever possible students’ learning is showcased in exhibitions. We also teach how art reflects and shapes history and how it contributes to the culture and creativity of Britain and Thailand.
DT prepares our future leaders to take part in the development of a rapidly changing world. Our DT Curriculum requires our students to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. In Design and Technology, pupils talk about how things work and draw and model their ideas. Students learn to use tools and techniques for making products, and how to evaluate and improve their work — activities always link with curriculum topics.
PSHE aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It helps them to understand how they are developing personally and socially and addresses some of the issues that are part of growing up. Through PSHE, we teach students about how to have successful relationships with friends and family and how to look after themselves, for example through healthy eating and exercise. PSHE is taught in various ways including explicit lessons within the classroom, circle time and Pre Prep and class assemblies. Although we do not teach Religious Education in Pre Prep, we aim to encourage understanding about the main world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism) through an annual spiritual focus in each year group. Each year in Pre Prep, every class will visit a place of worship and learn a little about that religion. We also learn about and participate in Buddhist festivals such as Loy Krathong and Songkran.
Our Computing Curriculum equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Central to our curriculum is Computer Science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. The Harrow Bangkok Pre Prep Curriculum also ensures that students become digitally literate — able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a suitable level for our future leaders to be active participants in a digital world. We have advanced Computing facilities comprising class computers, iPads, two Computing suites, wireless networks, and interactive Smart Boards in classrooms. Other resources such as digital cameras, MP3 recorders, programmable toys, data logging/sensing equipment and software are used to teach Computing skills and to support the Harrow Bangkok Curriculum.
Students who are of Thai nationality study Thai Home Language and Thai Studies. Students develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, according to their ability level. Students read Thai literature, stories, poetry, proverbs, folktales and idioms for a variety of purposes with understanding and enjoyment. Students also learn about and take pride in Thai culture, society and local wisdom. Thai Home Language students begin to learn a foreign language once they reach Year 6. Mandarin and Japanese are also usually available as an after-school activity in Pre Prep.
As an international school, we believe it is important that our students learn foreign languages as an opening to other cultures. We therefore ensure that all non-native students study Thai Language and Thai Studies and begin to learn Mandarin. In both Mandarin and TFL (Thai as a Foreign Language) our curriculum starts students on their journey to be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond in the corresponding language both in speech and in writing. In Mandarin and Thai, our teachers provide opportunities for students to communicate for practical purposes and begin to read literature in the original language. Students also learn songs and activities connected to special festivals throughout the year. Our Mandarin Curriculum gives our students an introduction to this language, paving the way for later study in the Prep phase. Through Thai Studies lessons, students also learn to express appreciation and show respect for the unique culture and ways of life in Thailand.
At Harrow Bangkok Pre Prep, our Music Curriculum inspires our students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. Students participate in a range of musical activities, which include singing, composing, listening and performing. As they progress higher up the Pre Prep phase, all students participate in our instrumental programme ensuring that every child learns to play various instruments and specialise in at least one. There are opportunities for students to join music clubs, choirs and orchestras and our music performances are legendary. In addition to the regular curriculum, Pre Prep parents can also choose to pay for one-to-one tuition in an instrument of their child’s choice.
The Harrow Bangkok Pre Prep Sports Department provide an extensive and exciting Physical Education and Sports Programme in line with our school’s tradition of providing a broad, holistic education. All students are given ample opportunity to experience a range of sporting activities that they enjoy. The Pre Prep iRules (Teamwork, Care, Determination, Creativity and Respect) form the core of our sporting philosophy. These five values are reflected throughout our Physical Education Curriculum, our comprehensive sports training activities and the Harrow Bangkok Competitive Sports Team Programme. In weekly PE lessons, our team of specialist teachers and academy directors deliver a curriculum of games, gymnastics, dance, outdoor activities, athletics and swimming. Through this programme, students develop their physical skills, analytical and creative thinking, and consider the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. Our highly qualified coaches and state-of-the-art facilities provide the optimum environment to nurture athletic talent and inspire our students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.