The elementary school encourages our young learners to engage increasingly in both curricular and co-curricular activities.
The elementary school curriculum provides work in the educational basics–reading, writing, mathematics, an introduction to natural and social sciences, health, arts and crafts, physical education, swimming, Thai, Chinese, and Information Technology. An important part of elementary schooling is socialization with peers and the creation of an identification of the child with the community and nation. Students begin to engage increasingly in both curricular and co-curricular activities. English language acquisition is a major task and students improve greatly in first language skills and native speaker fluency.
Students are in control of their learning through hands-on exploration and inquiry without an emphasis on memorizing and repeating concepts, but to learn through unique experiences.
Our elementary students have various hands-on lessons that help them discover new things. Simple things, such as connecting a light bulb, gardening, or observing animals inspire students to discover something new and helps discover the things they will eventually be interested in when they grow up.
There are 5 strands in Mathematics – Number, Shape and Space, Algebra, Data Handling and Measurement. Learning Outcomes are organized in developmental phases. Structured, purposeful inquiry is the main approach; however, there are times when students need to be given a range of strategies for learning Mathematical skills.
Our Science program has four strands of study which are taught through the Units of Inquiry. The strands are: Living things, Earth and Space, Materials and Matter and Forces and Energy. The strands do not need to be taught each year and are developed throughout the program of inquiry. We encourage the students to act and think like scientists.
Our Social Studies program has five strands of study which are taught through the Units of Inquiry. The strands are: Human systems and economic activities, Social organization and culture, Continuity and change through time, Human and natural environments and Resources and the environment.
There are 3 strands in Language – Oral Language (Speaking and Listening), Visual Language (Viewing and presenting) and Written Language (Reading and Writing). Learning Outcomes are organized in developmental phases. The Programme of Inquiry provides an authentic context for learners to develop and use language.
Thai and Chinese Language
Our languages are taught to students. The Thai language courses teach the students their culture and the use of the language in proper forms. Foreign students learn about the culture and how to live in Thailand. The Chinese course helps students learn basics of Chinese as a second language to be ready for global communication.
Information Learning Technology
The use of ICT provides students with a range of tools to: store, organize and present their learning, find information and communicate with a wide-ranging audience. ICT is taught by the homeroom teacher and is used as a tool to support learning within the units of inquiry. Some activities will also support learning in other areas of the curriculum.
Arts and Crafts
Art is an essential part of NIVA and is utilized daily as a means for students to express themselves and demonstrate their learning. For many students, artistic expression can be as powerful—if not more powerful—than spoken or written communication. Students develop knowledge and understanding of the Arts in society, both from a historical and cultural perspective.
The music program goes beyond teaching students to listen to music and play instruments: they also learn about history, culture, literature, geography, and science through music. When our students play music, their focus is on the process of creating music together, rather than on the song they produce.
Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education lessons support the units of inquiry that are so foundational to NIVA. In Physical Education classes, students develop an understanding of the factors that contribute to developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle and the importance of regular physical activity and safety considerations for self and others.