Students come to Traill International School, Bangkok at different ages, from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds and with varied English Language skills. They have different levels of ability and may leave the school to return to national educational systems or to attend international schools, colleges and universities elsewhere in the world. Our aim, therefore, is to provide a curriculum sufficiently flexible to meet a wide range of demands, and rigorous enough to meet the challenge of any national system whilst catering for a wide range of abilities.
The curriculum is the sum of all the experiences to which learners will be exposed and to which they will have access as members of the school community. These will include aesthetic and creative, human and social, linguistic and literary, mathematical, moral, physical, scientific, spiritual and technological learning opportunities. Our chosen curricula are a modified version of the English National Curriculum leading into a two-year programme in which students prepare for University of Cambridge IGCSEs (International General Certificates of Secondary Education) at the end of Year 11, followed by a further two years leading to University of Cambridge Advanced Certificates in Education (or A Levels) at the end of Year 13.
From Kindergarten to Year 6, we offer an integrated curriculum and from Year 7, students are taught by a number of more specialist subject teachers. Our curricula offer challenge, breadth, balance and coherence through a wide range of subjects, including English, Thai, French, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT, History, Geography, Business Studies, Art, Drama, Music and PE. Our EAL and SEN provision includes support in English as a Second Language and Special Educational Needs. The structure, content and pedagogical principles underlying our curriculum are ideal preparation for the IGCSE and AICE followed by students in Years 10 to 12.
The curriculum is enriched by additional strands since various cross-curricular projects, field work and other elements are made possible by the school's international character and its location in Thailand. This curriculum is supported and strengthened by a variety of generic themes and supplementary dimensions that include:
- a strong, pervasive international dimension
- a strong foreign languages and EAL programme
- information technology
- environmental education
- politics and citizenship
For specific information on:
The English National Curriculum: www.nc.uk.net
Cambridge International General Certificate of Education and Advanced Certificate in Education : www.cie.org.uk
Characteristics of the Curriculum
We intend that every learner, regardless of age and gender, aptitude and ability, cultural or religious background, will have a rigorous curriculum which provides:
breadth through a range of learning experiences
balance that allows for the adequate development of each area of learning
relevance, by placing the learning in contexts which allow students to develop not only knowledge but also understanding.
progression and continuity, in the learning of knowledge and skills and the development of conceptual understanding
planning for quality. Through our development planning and schemes of work, we define success criteria for curriculum delivery, and review our curricula annually.