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English National Curriculum

Shrewsbury International School Bangkok City Campus provides a Primary programme of study linked to the English National Curriculum. Developed especially to meet the needs of our talented, multi-lingual, international student body, it supports the achievement and successes of all children in the school.

The Curriculum is arranged into stages:

Age on the
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Year Group Curriculum Stage
3+ Nursery Early Years Foundation Stage
4+ Reception
5+ Year 1 Key Stage 1
6+ Year 2
7+ Year 3 Key Stage 2
8+ Year 4
9+ Year 5
10+ Year 6

Within each year group, children study thematically. Curriculum areas include Literacy, Numeracy, Mandarin, Thai, Computing, Science, History, Physical Education, Geography, Music, Drama, Citizenship, Art and Design. Subject strands and objectives are carefully woven together to create immersive and interconnected units of learning. Four to Eight topics are studied during each academic year.


Early Years

The curriculum within EY1 and EY2 classes is shaped by the Early Years and Foundation Stage framework. An integrated programme of learning and care, it is founded upon a series of developmental markers and split into Prime and Specific areas.

Accordion Prime Areas

Critical to the development of the whole child, prime areas form a significant focus of early childhood development. Within this area, children learn about:

Personal and Social Education

Children develop confidence and self-assurance. They learn how to share and take turns, discovering how to manage their feelings and behaviour.

Physical Development

Children develop coordination, control, manipulation and movement. They develop grow in confidence and activity, developing self help skills and greater independence.

Communication and Language

Children develop listening skills and increase their vocabulary, articulation and fluency. They learn to communicate verbally and non-verbally in order to successfully develop positive relationships.

Accordion Specific Areas

More familiar to many parents, specific areas shape the academic interests of children as they move through the Early Years. Within this area, children learn about:


Children will be exposed to a wide range of books, introduced to letter sounds and begin emergent writing.

Numeracy (Mathematics)

Children will match, count, sort, spot patterns, make connections, recognise relationships and work with numbers, shapes and measures. They develop mathematical understanding through stories, songs, games and imaginative play.

Understanding of the World

Children will begin to develop the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding to help them comprehend the world around them. This forms the foundation for subjects of Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology and Computing taught through the Primary years.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children create and explore in order to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding. This area encompasses music, art, dance, role play and imaginative play.