Is your KS1 child doing too many ECAs? - Bangkok Prep

Is your KS1 child doing too many ECAs?

Extra curricular activities can be a wonderful way to engage children in new activities and interests but can you have too much of a good thing? 

At Bangkok Prep, we only start offering ECAs to children in Key Stage 1 as Early Years children already have a long day and extra activities would not be beneficial to them. However, when children join Key Stage 1, their day already becomes much more jam-packed with learning opportunities. The children have a wealth of specialist teaching throughout the day which is wonderful although this can also be extremely tiring for children. The children have to move around the school to different classes as well as engage with different activities and different teachers. Then at the end of the day they may also have an ECA! What a busy schedule for a young child. 

At the start of the year, Key Stage 1 teachers recommend that children are signed up for a maximum of 3 ECAs a week rather than ECAs everyday. We also always recommend that parents sit with their children and choose ECAs together. This is vital for the children to be engaged and interested in the activities that they attend. 

Unfortunately, the teachers at Bangkok Prep see children who have too many structured activities and this leads to burnout and disengagement with learning. Then, the children are not engaging in the lessons planned by the teachers during the day. In the worse cases, tiredness and anxiety in children will result in extreme emotional responses such as uncontrollable crying or meltdowns. 

It is important especially in young children that they have a balance between structured and unstructured play. Unstructured play is play that is led by the children. Some parents may worry if their children do not have activities what can they do instead? We suggest arranging playdates with other children from your child’s class as this will help them build social connections and deepen their friendships. Additionally, children can visit local parks and AQI permitting enjoy vital time outside. 

Ultimately, every child is unique and some children can cope with longer days more than others. At Bangkok Prep, the Primary Leadership all agree that children in Key Stage 1 children should not attend ECAs after 3:30pm as this is not beneficial for their development and well-being. We care about the holistic development of the children placed in our care. If you have any questions about your child and their ECAs, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher. 

We will leave the last word to Mr Bassett, our Primary Safeguarding LeaderThe well being of our children here at Bangkok Prep is paramount. All decisions made at this school are in the best interest of our children and we will continue to make decisions and changes, so that our children are happy, healthy and engaged. Finally, thank you to all parents for your ongoing support and participation with safeguarding at Bangkok Prep – it is very much appreciated.’

  • Natasha Jones, (KS1 Leader)


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Primary School

The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

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When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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