Extending the Learning in the Early Years

  1. In August 2017 we will be opening our new Early Years learning environment. In addition, we have adjusted the hours of the school day for our youngest learners:

    • Nursery children finish at 11.50am or 2.30pm
    • Foundation Stage 1 and 2 finish at 2.30m
    • Year 1 and Year 2 finish at 2.30pm

    This will allow for more time to develop key skills in reading, writing and mathematics as well as give greater opportunities for broader learning experiences in the Early Years.

    For more information, contact the Admissions Team:
    Tel: +66 (0) 2785 2200 or Email: admissions@patana.ac.th

    View our website here.

Architect's Preview

Note: These are architect's perspectives only.  Actual photos will be uploaded after 16th August 2017.

The Benefits of the New Foundation Stage Learning Environments

The Designated Parents’ Lounge

  1. This new space invokes a sense of community and enhances the home-school partnership. At Bangkok Patana we value the parent teacher partnership and understand the importance of reflecting a home from home community within our school. We welcome parents into the setting to share their interests, culture and expertise so that the students understand the diversity of cultures we have in our school and how we can all learn from each other.

     We appreciate that some students need time to settle and knowing that a family member or carer is nearby, is comforting for both parents and students. We aim to build a holistic picture of your children, what interests them from the home perspective as well as in school. We value your input and tailor the curriculum according to your child’s interests.

    This parent lounge is a space where you can come before or after regular parent teacher learning meetings; it is a space where you can connect with other families; you can support each other and learn continue to build a social and collaborative environment for your child to flourish in both in school and at home. We understand that international settings are transient and we want to welcome new families and help them to settle with ease. Meet other parents – build a community and make social ties.

Connection with Nature - Gardening Beds

  1. In the busy, bustling, vibrant and hot city, life can sometimes become very indoors. At Bangkok Patana we value the importance of learning without walls.

    Young children love the freedom of being outdoors - The freedom to connect with nature: mud kitchens, sandpits, water play, climbing frames, bike tracks. Through taking the learning outside, children are able to reconnect with the wonders of nature in a safe environment where they are encouraged to chance to take risks. want to give children an appreciation of the cycles of nature.

    Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. Learning outside the classroom gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons. Playing and learning outside also helps children to understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles. Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.

    • Natural shaded spaces
    • Outdoor exploration about the environment

Outdoor Learning and Physicality

  1. Children need an outdoor environment that can provide them with space, both upwards and outwards, and places to explore, experiment, discover, be active and healthy, and to develop their physical capabilities. Our outdoor environment offers plenty of space and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Very young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks.

    Children develop in a holistic manner. Physical development should be seen as being important in young children’s development as intellectual development. Research has shown that physical activity in young children can enhance concentration, motivation, learning and well-being.

    Our Early Years environment can provide many opportunities for physical play to promote fine and gross motor skills and hand / eye coordination. Children revel in freedom of movement and in play outdoors that is inventive, adventurous and stimulating. Children also learn social skills as they cooperate with one another and show consideration for one another.

Quiet Reflection Spaces

  1. Just like adults, students need quiet, calm times during the day to stop and to think and to be mindful. Children should have time out from busy play to sit and wonder.  The power of mindfulness as an intervention for a number of behavioral challenges that children face. We're also starting to recognise that mindfulness practices could be beneficial for children for the same reasons it helps adults, contributing to reduced stress, improved sleep quality and heightened focus.

More Sensory Areas: Texture on the Walls, Walkways with Different Surfaces

  1. Learning often relies on a child’s sight to look at text and pictures and to read information. It also relies on a child’s hearing to listen to what the teacher is saying. However, we believe in a multisensory approach to learning, appealing to all of the senses: taste, smell, touch, sight, hearing and movement

    Through textured displays, walkways and different surfaces; through our mud kitchens, water play and sandpits - students learn and make sense of the world in many different ways – not restricted to only books, paper and pencils and technology.

Outdoor and Indoor Amphitheatres for Role-play and Expressive Arts

  1. Imagination is a powerful tool for future life and learning and it is vital that we provide students with ample opportunities to develop their imaginations and learn with others.

    For children, role-play is essentially learning through play. It is a fun and a ‘playful’ activity but is also a key component of a child's learning. Role-play is an active, social activity and children use role play to reflect on and develop their knowledge of a topic. Role play develops communication and language skills. Through our roe-play area, students are able to act out and make sense of real-life situations whilst developing important social skills as they collaborate with others. By taking on the role of different story characters, our children are given opportunities to empathise and develop an understanding of different perspectives.

    • Encourages children to express their ideas and feelings in a relaxed environment
    • Develops children's awareness of themselves and others

Aesthetically Very Natural, Child Centred Aesthetic

  1. Although Foundation Stage learners are often attracted to bright and warm colours, they may not be favourable in creating enabling learning environments. At Bangkok Patana School we have created a sense of calm using mild and soothing colours as the main colours. We operate a less is more approach to the environment where students are not over-stimulated through colour and clutter and are able to see the links between each area of learning. The students will then add the colour through their learning. In an attempt to give our children the best, we may be unwittingly over-stimulating them.

    Just like sound, we respond to colour with our whole body. Colour is often unknowingly the cause of over-stimulation.

    It can lead to hyperactivity, stress, inability to concentrate and even aggressive behaviour can result. Ultimately, achieving balance in colour will contribute to a sense of peace in the early years setting, enabling your children to relax and truly feel at home.