WHAT WE LEARN             WHO WILL TEACH

The Lower Loop supports each child’s natural development, valuing the role of play and the intuitive choices children make as learners. We understand the interconnectedness of sensory and physical development to the cognitive, social and emotional growth of every individual.

We develop and strengthen this understanding through ongoing observations and daily conVERSO.

conVERSO

A one-on-one conversation around learning incorporating reflection & intentional feedback to inform next steps.

In Learning Lab and Explore, we engage children’s natural curiosity by designing a variety of projects and opportunities that immerse them in inquiry. The children at our early childhood school in Bangkok will be engaged in a series of projects and learning activities that will ignite their curiosity and encourage them to look for answers to a wide range of questions. Learning is meaningfully connected across disciplines to help children develop a strong set of foundational skills.

Learning Lab

Learning designed by Learning Designers to target skill development across the curriculum.

Explore

Self-directed learning to pursue personal interests with a purpose, set goals and outcomes.

As children progress through the Lower Loop, where we offer early childhood education, their self- confidence will grow. Our focus on inquiry, and self-directed learning will empower them to take decisions, make choices and build resilience. They will learn to apply and connect their learning in meaningful ways to the world around them and share their new understandings in Showtime and Community Time.

Show Time

Reflecting, demonstrating and celebrating student work.

Community Time

Learners share, connect and reflect as a community.

Students

Each day students will have dedicated time for sharing and reflection at our international school in Bangkok. They will learn in a variety of groupings and settings. The typical school day will include workshops, individual time with a Learning Designer during conVERSO, independent learning time in Explore, and focus sessions in the Learning Lab for reading, writing and mathematics. There will be regular field trips and collaborative projects that will integrate social studies, science and each child’s heritage language.

conVERSO

A one-on-one conversation around learning incorporating reflection & intentional feedback to inform next steps.

Explore

Self-directed learning to pursue personal interests with a purpose, set goals and outcomes.

LOWER LOOP : A general guideline to the learning targets

Math

Early Years

Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
● Counting, comparing, naming numbers
● Shapes

Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

Grade 1

Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
● Addition and subtraction

Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

Grade 2

Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
● Addition and subtraction
● Measurement and estimation of length

Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

Grade 3

Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
● Addition and subtraction
● Measurement and estimation of length

Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

Grade 4

Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
● Multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions
● Measurement and estimation of length, time, liquid volumes, & mass

Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

English Language Arts

Early Years

Build oral language through play

Rhyme, match words with beginning sounds, and blend sounds into words

Use a combination of drawing, dictation, and writing to share ideas and feelings

Grade 1

Gain independence as an emerging reader and writer

Think about reading and discuss ideas from simple stories

Speak in complete sentences

Grade 2

Gain more confidence as a writer and reader

Use newly learned words and phrases to express ideas orally and in writing

Attention to formal and informal uses of language

Grade 3

Read with fluency and confidence to build knowledge

Write clear sentences and paragraphs on a range of topics, drawing on an expanding vocabulary

Grade 4

Build stamina and skills to read and comprehend challenging text

Build their ability to explain through thoughts about their reading

Write effectively

Science

Early Years, Grade 1 & 2

Understand relationships between objects
Plan and carry out investigations
Construct explanations
Develop a deeper understanding of:
● Motion and properties of matter
● Relationship between sound and vibrating materials
● Factors that impact plant and animal survival
● How objects can be changed or improved through engineering

Grade 3 & 4

Evaluate methods for collecting data
Revise models based on evidence
Analyze data to make sense of phenomena
Develop a deeper understanding of:
● The effects of chemical reactions, forces, and energy
● Interactions of different organisms and the environment
● Interactions of the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere
● How engineering design can be a regular part of problem solving

Social Studies

Early Years & Grade 1

Identify similarities and differences between:
● Home and school
● Communities
● Individuals

Describe how human activities alter places

Identify situations in which social actions are required

Grade 2 & 3

Identify multiple perspectives by comparing and contrasting points of view

Recognize the relationship between geography, economics, and history

Show respect in issues involving differences and conflict

Identify rights and responsibilities within the classroom, school, and community

Grade 4

Identify causes and effects using examples from current events and historical events

Describe how people in positions of power can influence people’s rights and freedom

Identify rights and responsibilities in various contexts

Participate in activities that focus on an issue

WORLD LANGUAGE

This includes additional languages that the students may learn and/or Heritage languages. Heritage language is the language that each student selects as their native language, upon consultation with their family and VERSO’s Learning Designers. The Heritage Language learning progressions will be modeled after the English Language Arts based on the student’s language proficiency level and not on their grade level. Students who hold Thai passport must study Thai language as part of the Thai Ministry of Education requirements.

Novice

Understands the general topic and some basic information from familiar and everyday contexts by recognizing practiced or memorized words, phrases and simple sentences.

Communicates information on very familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases and sentences that have been practiced and memorized.

Intermediate

Understands main ideas and some details on familiar topics from sentences and groups of sentences.

Communicates information and expresses own thoughts about familiar topics using sentences.

Handles short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions.

Advanced

Understands main ideas and supporting details on a wide variety of familiar and general interest topics from complex, organized texts.

Expresses self with detail and organization on familiar topics and concrete social and academic topics. ​

Confidently handles situations with unexpected complications.

Superior

Interprets and infers meaning from complex, academic and professional texts on a range of unfamiliar, abstract and specialized issues.

Participate fully and effectively in spontaneous spoken and written discussions and debates on topics ranging from broad general topics to areas of specialized expertise.

Distinguished

Interprets and infers meaning from dense and sophisticated texts on a wide range of global issues and abstract concepts.

Interacts, negotiates and debates on a wide range of global issues and abstract concepts, adapting to the cultural context of the conversation.

EXPLORE WHAT WE LEARN IN EACH LOOP