Key Stage 3 Curriculum Guide

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Key Stage 3

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K E Y S TA G E 3


Bangkok Patana School



Our mission is to ensure that students of different nationalities grow to their full potential as independent learners in a caring British international community.

We develop global citizens who shape their world through independence, empathy, creativity and critical thinking.

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Committed to integrity

Motivated and engaged

Inquisitive and creative

Active volunteers

Responsible and honest

Collaborative and confident communicators

Diverse and inclusive

Kind and compassionate

Critical, reflective thinkers

Ethical and informed

Balanced and fulfilled

Passionate, resourceful and resilient

Empowered by our interculturalism Inspired to improve global sustainability Respectful contributors to digital and local communities




Head of School

Mr Matthew G Mills

Cross Campus Principal

Ms Helen Thew

Secondary Principal

Mr Matt Seddon

Secondary Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Assessment

Mr Luke Jones

Secondary Assistant Principal, Student Welfare

Mrs Lorna Conroy

Senior Teacher, Curriculum and Assessment

Mr Andrew Roff

Senior Teacher, Student Welfare

Mr Grant Robertson

Head of Admissions

Ms Rachel Jones

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CONTENTS WELCOME FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL ................................................................................... 4 INTRODUCTION FROM THE SECONDARY PRINCIPAL ................................................................ 6 THE KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM ...................................................................................................... 7 THE PASTORAL PROGRAMME .........................................................................................................10

SUBJECT GUIDE ENGLISH ............................................................................ 14

ART .................................................................................. 27

MATHEMATICS ................................................................. 15

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY .............................................. 29

SCIENCE ............................................................................ 18

DRAMA ........................................................................... 31

WORLD LANGUAGES ...................................................... 20

GEOGRAPHY ................................................................. 33


HISTORY........................................................................... 34

HOME LANGUAGES .................................... 22

COMPUTING................................................................. 35

THAI...................................................................................... 24

MUSIC............................................................................. 36


ADDITIONAL AREAS LEARNING SUPPORT ............................................................................................ 37 PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) ............................................................................... 38 EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME (ECA) ................................... 39

PLEASE NOTE: The content of this booklet was accurate at the time of publication (December 2021).

Cover artwork by Sean Lertpisitkul, Year 7 Bangkok Patana School




angkok Patana School offers a broad and balanced British international education from Nursery to Year 13 when students complete their preparation for university entrance. This booklet is one of a series that summarises the curriculum for 2021/22 at the following stages:

• Foundation (Nursery to Foundation Stage 2) • Key Stage1 (Year 1 to Year 2) • Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6) • Key Stage 3 (Year 7 to Year 9) • Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) • Senior Studies (Years 12 and 13) These summaries are important as they give parents and staff an overview of what we offer across the complete age range. This overview is also increasingly important to students as they too seek to understand the nature of what they are leaning, especially when they have to make choices about what they will study for (I)GCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma or IB Courses programme. This booklet should be read after a careful review of our website, and in conjunction our Student Achievement publication. Here you will find more background about what makes Bangkok Patana so special, as students of all ages grasp the opportunities of an extensive range of learning experiences offered both in the main curriculum and our extra-curricular programme. What our students achieve academically, which is of an extremely high standard, must therefore be set in the context of their incredible commitment to our sports programme, outdoor education, our cultural activities and service projects. As they progress through the school, we expect our students to acquire the skills and motivation to become independent learners who seek knowledge and fulfilment while also seeking to establish balance in their lives. We want them to take risks, learn from their mistakes and question critically. These are the skills that will prepare them for the next stage of their education, wherever it takes place, and get them ready for the challenge of the world of work in the 21st Century. We are very proud of the quality of teaching and learning that takes place at Bangkok Patana and we hope that this booklet and our other publications will help you understand more about what we set out to achieve here as we introduce increasingly challenging material to our students as they progress through the school. We would be delighted to help you in any way once you have read this booklet. Please do not hesitate to contact us through the admissions office, or via our Primary and Secondary school offices if you need any further information.

Matthew G Mills Head of School


Bangkok Patana School

“We expect our students to acquire the skills and motivation to become independent learners who actively seek knowledge and fulfilment while also seeking to establish balance in their lives. We want them to take risks, learn from their mistakes and question critically.” Matthew G Mills, Head of School Artwork by Bhaavni Batwara, Year 9

INTRODUCTION FROM THE SECONDARY PRINCIPAL “As well as allowing young people to develop their social, literacy and analytical skills, the Key Stage 3 curriculum provides the challenge to help our students to be able to perform in today’s modern technological world.”


he academic programme at Bangkok Patana School has its roots in the English National Curriculum but has been further developed and constructed to celebrate the international context in which the school resides. There are many opportunities to study international themes and cultures across the wide range of subjects students take. The programme is underpinned by a Pastoral Programme which seeks to develop the individual skills necessary for students to make the right decisions, take responsibility for their actions and have a broad understanding and appreciation of the cultures that live together in our international community. Students enter the Secondary School from the age of 11 and in Years 7, 8 and 9 - collectively referred to as Key Stage 3 - follow a course of study which provides a broad and balanced range of learning experiences. The content of the National Curriculum is modified to take account of our position in South East Asia, but the competencies remain the same. In Term 2 of Year 9, students start to make decisions concerning the courses they will pursue during Key Stage 4. In order to help students, make informed decisions the school supports parents and students through an options process where they are informed of the courses available for study at (I)GCSE. In the Pastoral Programme students meet with one of our Careers and Universities Guidance Counsellors for age specific advice regarding personal preferences and strengths to feed into later guidance for subject choices and university preferences. As well as allowing young people to develop their social, literacy and analytical skills the Key Stage 3 curriculum provides the challenge to help our students to be able to perform in today’s modern technological world. A key focus which has been developed over the last two years is in helping them to gain a greater understanding of the increased connectedness of their learning, and the need to not only acquire knowledge, but to develop skills and acquire the personal attributes that will enable them to be successful, principled and caring citizens of the mid- 21st Century world.

Matt Seddon Principal, Secondary School


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THE KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow a broad and balanced curriculum which includes the following subjects: • Tutorial

• Art

• English

• Design and Technology

• Mathematics

• Drama

• Science

• Geography

• World Languages

• History

• PE • Music


Setting Students are placed in tiers in Mathematics only, all other subjects are taught in mixed-ability groups.

Assessment and Reporting Students are assessed regularly in a variety of ways, depending on what is appropriate to the subject and the type of learning being undertaken. For example, students will regularly sit progress tests, complete extended written assignments or be observed preparing and presenting creative and/or collaborative work. The way in which students’ learning is assessed varies from subject to subject. Details are provided by Faculties in this booklet, and at the beginning of every year, so that students understand the various procedures that apply. Feedback is given to students as a regular feature of their ongoing learning in the classroom. This takes a variety of forms, and includes written and verbal feedback. In addition, formal feedback is given in the form of written reports which are issued to parents four times a year.

Connected Learning Students also have the opportunity to make connections and links between subjects, and to develop the competencies for life-long learning. These opportunities are built into each subject’s programme of study. In addition, Years 7 and 8 have whole days during the year where the regular timetable is suspended for them so they can engage in special Connections Projects which are not only based on providing an engaging, open-ended context for each student to further develop the values we promote as a school, but which also encompass the learning from a wide variety of curriculum areas.

Home Learning Home Learning is seen as an important complementary aspect of Patana’s Secondary curriculum. Students are expected to complete their Home Learning tasks by the specified date and to the best of their ability within the given time-frame. In order to promote personal wellbeing, Key Stage 3 students need to develop effective organisation and time-management skills to ensure their academic obligations are balanced against other interests and commitments. There is a gradual introduction to Home Learning in Year 7. The most important aspect of Year 7 is for all students to settle into Secondary as optimally as possible, and to feel safe and secure. By not having the full burden of Home Learning in the first half term of their Secondary programme, our youngest students are able to concentrate on settling in with their teachers, lessons, learning and organisation, as well as settling in emotionally and socially. It is important to note that teachers are not required to set Home Learning in Key Stage 3. What is required is that all Home Learning that teachers do set is: • Purposeful and of high-quality learning value; • Is achievable by all students within the set time limits; • Is posted as a Task on our Firefly Virtual Learning Environment (which is accessible to parents to support and monitor) by 4pm the day of the lesson; • Followed up with timely feedback. Experience has shown that students respond well to parental interest in their learning and we encourage parents to monitor Bangkok Patana School


their child’s Home Learning habits and take an interest in what is being studied at school. As our students are so dedicated, there can be the temptation to spend significant amounts of time on Home Learning tasks undertaken at home. Therefore, it is appropriate for a parent to sign off a piece of unfinished work, if the allocated time has already been spent on it. This will indicate to the teacher that the student has fulfilled the requirement.

Tutor Groups Students are placed in a group which is overseen by a tutor. They meet their tutors every morning for registration, and also for Tutorial lessons (one 80-minute lesson per week). Tutors are the first point of contact for students experiencing difficulties. For subject-specific concerns, it is advisable to contact the subject teacher directly. Students are taught in their Tutor groups for most of the school day. Tutor groups are arranged with consideration of gender, nationality and ability, in order to ensure as wide a mix of students as possible.

Library Supporting the Curriculum Students are encouraged to visit the Secondary Library during lessons in Key Stage 3. During their English lessons students are encouraged to change their reading books, are taught how to select appropriate reading material, and are encouraged to share and discuss their reading choices. Time is set aside for reading for pleasure. In this way, the Secondary Library aims to fulfil the Library mission of supporting the school in the facilitation of recreational and reading development. In Year 7 students are explicitly taught how to complete research, using a six step approach (super six) of planning, locating, judging, organising, sharing and evaluating information. In addition, they are taught how to create a formal bibliography which develops and extends learning from Key Stage 2. Referencing and research skills are taught within subjects. Across the whole of Key Stage 3, staff are encouraged to use the Secondary Library resources and staff to enhance learning in their subject areas and to support children in developing information literacy skills.

Recreation Students can use their free time to become involved in a number of activities during lunch break and after school. The activities offered vary from time to time, but encompass sports, drama, art, music and other creative pursuits. Students may also attend a Youth Club which is available every lunch time to undertake a range of activities, or simply to socialise with friends. Further opportunities for meeting others occur at the Key Stage 3 dances which take place during Terms 1 and 2.

Laptops for Learning All Secondary students are required to have a personal laptop to support their learning. It is primarily considered as a device for learning at school and home. Further details about our Laptops for Learning programme, including the minimum specifications, recommended devices and registration process, can be found on our website: https://patana.fireflycloud. asia/technology-for-learning/laptops-for-learning-students .If you have any questions or queries, please contact helpdesk@


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Artwork by Logan Manley, Year 8 Bangkok Patana School


THE PASTORAL PROGRAMME The Pastoral Programme at Key Stage 3 builds upon the skills, concepts and knowledge introduced during the Primary School years.

Aims At Bangkok Patana School, we aim to ensure that everyone: • works within an atmosphere where individuals are valued and where their self-esteem is enhanced; • gains sufficient knowledge with which to make informed choices concerning moral issues; • prepares for adult life..

Year 7 Term 1: Term 1 focuses on managing the transition from Primary to Secondary School. Some of the issues include the practical aspects of Secondary School, such as navigating the physical environment, the online systems and the timetable. There is also a strong emphasis on how to deal effectively with a range of social and emotional challenges, including keeping themselves and others safe, building positive relationships, making new friends, coping with a wide range of teachers and knowing who can offer support when necessary. There is also a specific session on digital citizenship which focuses on e-safety. This inter-connectivity encompasses a wide range of contexts, such as the wider range of learning opportunities the students can engage in beyond the classroom e.g. CAS/CAT clubs and ECA’s. Some of the other issues include making positive social choices and assertiveness in the face of peer pressure.

Term 2: During this term there is a focus on ourselves and connecting with our Bangkok Patana community. In the first week we will reflect on their reports and have a session to set targets for the upcoming term; we will also look at overcoming any physical and emotional challenges that are now facing students as they become accustomed to secondary life. There will be a session on basic First Aid to give students information which they could apply inside or outside of school if it was ever needed. The students will have sessions on Sexual Relationship Education which focus on the changes in puberty and how to feel good about those changes. There is also a focus on our responsibilities as digital citizens and the way we interact online.

Term 3: In Term 3, the students will revisit how to be emotionally and physically happy and healthy. The first week of term, we will revisit the report reflection and targets that students set for Term 2 and spend some time thinking about these before making targets for Term 3. Students look back on their first year in Secondary School and celebrate their achievements, and then look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in Year 8 and beyond. The students will also have a focus on helping the Year 6 students in their transition by acting as Helping Hands and some will present on how to overcome the issues that they faced when they moved into Secondary School. The Connections Project, which takes place over several days and includes the whole year group, provides opportunities for the students to work independently and as a team, synthesizing and using skills from all areas of the curriculum.

Year 8 Term 1: The first unit focuses on students’ rights and responsibilities: to themselves, to their friendships, to school and to their wider environment. It covers the importance of creating a caring community for everybody to feel safe within; empathy is a major thread running throughout. Students consider Digital Citizenship and how to be a responsible online user to create a positive digital footprint, also looking at the systems within school that can help to support them. Another focus is on building positive and meaningful relationships to act as a support network. This work on relationships and navigating feelings and emotions is further developed with sessions done by the emotional health counsellors. Leading up to Residential, students participate in student-lead workshops on inclusivity and diversity, as well as considering their own personal strengths and expectations in relationships. Additionally, with the help of Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) , students are equipped with 10 Bangkok Patana School

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knowledge about harmful substances and their usage as well as how to negotiate potential scenarios where these substances may be an issue.

Term 2: In the first week we will reflect on the learning that took place in Term 1 and set targets for the upcoming term. Students examine the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle and how this impacts on their mental and emotional health. There will be a session on basic First Aid to give students some practical knowledge, which they could apply inside or outside of school if it was ever needed.

Term 3: In this unit students assertiveness and independence; how to make our own choices; and how to resist peer pressure. The first week of term, will revisit the report reflection and targets that students set for Term 2 and spend some time thinking about these before making targets for Term 3. The majority of the term will link with the previous learning continuing to look at our values and developing students as responsible global citizens, there will be a strong focus on sustainability and the impact they can have on the future of the environment both on a local and global level. The students will also research Antarctica and the 2041 project to develop awareness and understanding after Bangkok Patana joined Robert Swan’s International Antarctica Expedition. Students will prepare for a Connections Project in they will be encouraged to think about global issues and the impact we have on our environment. There is a strong focus on independent learning as well as a focus on group work bringing together and using skills from all areas of the curriculum.

Year 9 Term 1: Students are taught the skills to help them cope with the many decisions they will begin to face from this age onwards in the contexts of peer pressure, healthy body and mind, FCD and the subject choices for (I)GCSE. Year 9 have support and guidance from Careers Guidance Counsellors as well as their subject teachers and tutors as they make their IGCSE choices. Students receive information via assemblies and have the opportunity to have one to one sessions with the counsellors. Time is allocated for residential preparation and reflection. There will also be some input on Digital Citizenship and online issues that students may be dealing with inside and outside of the school environment.

Term 2: In the first week students will reflect on their reports and have a session to set targets for the upcoming term. In this unit, (I) GCSE options are finalised and the students start to focus on the person they are and the physical and emotional challenges they face, there will be a specific focus on relationships, sexual health, contraception, first aid and equality. Students also revisit Digital Citizenship and how to be a responsible online user to create a positive digital footprint.

Term 3: The first week of term, students will revisit the report reflection and targets that students set for Term 2 and spend some time thinking about these before making targets for Term 3. Emotional health will be revisited looking at the media and how it can influence both our physical and emotional health, this also links to the carousel from Term 2. Students have the third session on digital citizenship with a focus on revision and digital distractions.

Delivery The programme is delivered by the pastoral group tutors during an 80-minute session each week. When expertise or knowledge is required which is beyond that of the tutor, outside speakers are invited in or the school’s own subject specialists are used to supplement the programme. Support tutors are also available to assist with the delivery of the tutorial programme. An integrated approach is used, where skills, concepts and knowledge are cultivated in the mainstream curriculum and reinforced in the Tutorial programme. Often, several related key learning intentions are covered in the same unit.

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Approaches A wide range of teaching strategies are used in the programme in order to increase the students’ effectiveness as learners and so enhance their learning. Role play, group activities, individual study, demonstrations, individual interviews, visiting speakers, discussion, video presentations and displays all contribute to a varied programme. In addition, the students undertake a Residential Visit which supports and enhances many of the programme strands.

Assessment in Years 7, 8 and 9 Students will be given feedback in the end of Term reports based on the three learning attributes: • Communication and collaboration • Motivated and engaged • Independent Learning

Residential Visits All Year groups in the Key Stage 3 programme attend a Residential Visit.

Objectives of the Secondary School Residential Visits The mandatory Residential Visits are an integral part of the Secondary School curriculum and therefore contribute to the fulfilment of the School’s Mission Statement. They provide our students with an opportunity to develop through experience. One of the main aims is to involve them in activities and situations which they may not have experienced before and which encourage them to think about the values which they are applying and the attitudes they adopt. Each visit is designed with a specific programme to help enhance the mainstream curriculum and to provide opportunities for personal and social development. To follow on from the work in the Primary School Residential Visits, each visit and related activities are planned to accomplish the following aims: • exploration of cultural, historical or physical environments with specific targets linked to the school’s curriculum setting; • reinforcement of self-esteem and positive interaction amongst students and staff within a unique setting. As students progress through the school, the experiences develop requiring the student to become more independent. As well as the clear curriculum links, the visits will provide the opportunity for students to develop personal and social skills. The following list outlines the types of areas covered: • independence and self-discipline

• initiative and problem solving skills

• confidence and self-esteem

• leadership skills

• development of sound relationships among students

• the ability to enjoy the environment without destroying it

• flexibility and consideration for others

• ability to work with others in a team

• development of sound relationships between students and staff

• communication skills

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The nature of life in Bangkok is that it is sometimes difficult for students to socialise outside school. Therefore, another important reason for taking the students away is for them to have an opportunity to socialise and have fun. Currently the following visits take place:

Year 7 visit the Rayong region where students enjoy a wide selection of outdoor activities, including kayaking, snorkelling, a trek, a beach clean-up, Thai cooking and a visit to a turtle sanctuary. There is some associated curriculum input throughout the residential, particularly with Biology. The Residential is a valuable opportunity to reinforce the year group’s cohesion and to develop relationships with tutors, other staff and students.

Year 8 students visit the Kanchanaburi region where there is a focus on the enrichment of the History curriculum. History specialists attend the Residential Visit to give insight into this region. There is also an environmental focus to this visit. The students go to Erawan waterfall within the national park and visit a local elephant sanctuary where they get to interact with the elephants. There is also a physical challenge within the cycling and stand up paddle boarding activity. Students also have an opportunity to participate in team building activities as well as an obstacle course to complete and develop their friendships with other students in the year group.

Year 9 students fly to Chiang Mai and then travel on to Mae Taeng. This is a true outdoor experience with rafting, mountainbiking and trekking in a safe environment so that students develop their self-confidence. The focus of the week is develop teamwork, try a new experience and work with new people. Students have the opportunity to throw themselves into an activity they may have never done before. Many Bangkok Patana students describe the Year 9 Residential as the one they look back on most fondly.

Key Stage 3 Careers Guidance During Terms 2 and 3, the Careers and Universities Faculty co-ordinates a series of Key Stage 3 careers-related Tutorial sessions.

Year 7 students focus on the type of person they want to be and how they want to feel in the future i.e. happy, fulfilled and motivated. They explore what they need to ‘discover about themselves’ in order to achieve this ideal by focusing on their strengths and what they enjoy. They then create a video to help advise others how to be happy and fulfilled in their lives.

Year 8 students work on a programme called ‘The Real Game’ where they learn about life issues that they may face as adults including budgeting, job satisfaction and the importance of being adaptable. The game emphasises the importance of making the most of their education and realising where key credentials could take them. In the programme, each student assumes a randomly chosen occupational role. The job roles reflect a range of salary, educational levels and work styles to emphasise certain points: the value of all work in our world; the inequalities that can exist in the world of work; the importance of adopting a positive attitude, and exploring ways to adapt your life to live it to the full. ‘The Real Game’ is a UK-based programme which we have adapted to suit our international community here at Bangkok Patana School.

Year 9 students further reflect on their interests, skills and preferences. They consider what motivates them and what they really enjoy and explore how these considerations can help steer their (I)GCSE choices and maximise their academic potential. Students also explore possible careers surrounding their favourite subject areas.

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ENGLISH Aims To maintain, develop and extend: • an understanding of the spoken word and the capacity to participate effectively in a variety of speaking and listening activities, matching style and response to audience and purpose; • the ability to read, understand and respond to a range of texts; recognise and appreciate themes and attitudes and the ways in which writers achieve their effects; • information retrieval strategies for the purpose of study; • the ability to construct and convey meaning in written language, matching style to audience and purpose.

Course Outline Speaking and Listening

Writing and Reading

Students will develop competency in a range of situations where speaking and listening skills are paramount: speech making, debates, group discussion and role-play are thus integral to the course. Reading in class will focus on the skills of inference, insight, analysis and interpretation. Students will read independently in lessons and at home to ensure that they are developing their own private reading skills and engaging with texts that suit their own personal interests. Challenging prose, poetry and drama will be taught throughout the Key Stage. Writing skills will focus on adapting writing for a range of purposes and audiences with writing to describe, narrate, analyse, persuade and advise amongst others. Students will explore non-literary texts throughout the course to acknowledge the key issues and ideas that are presented in the literary texts they have studied.

Assessment Component



Speaking and Listening

A wide range of individual, paired and group activities are assessed throughout each year, progressing in difficulty through Year 7, 8 and 9.

Activities completed throughout Years 7, 8, 9

Written Pieces

Students will be assessed for reading, writing and skills of literary analysis, progressing in difficulty each year. The work will be in a wide variety of forms and genres. Students will complete six pieces of work each year and these will be kept in their Best Work Folders. Three of the pieces will be drafted and completed with the assistance of teacher feedback and three of them will be timed pieces.

Completed by end of Years 7, 8, 9

Time Allocation Year 7, 8 and 9 Five x 40-minute periods per week

Course Structure Students are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups in Years 7 and 8. In Year 9, mixed ability continues for the majority of students with the addition of one support group and one language rich group, giving extra assistance to ensure that all students are prepared for the transition to IGCSE. 14 Bangkok Patana School

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MATHEMATICS Aims The key learning intentions for Key Stage 3 are: • • • • • •

to prove mastery of the concepts we feel are required to start the IGCSE course; to develop an understanding of algebra and how it can be used to communicate mathematically; to develop Mathematical fluency in all areas of the curriculum; to develop Mathematical resilience through tackling challenging problems; to make connections between different topics and build an awareness of what comes next; to enjoy studying and learning Mathematics and to appreciate some of the beauty that the subject holds.

Course Outline The content in the table below is for Years 7, 8 and 9:



Year 7

Ratio and Proportion, efficient use of the calculator, calculating with percentages, calculating with fractions, estimation and approximation, algebraic manipulation, solving linear equations, using and manipulating formulae, sequences, transformation of shapes, area and perimeter of 2D shapes, volume and surface area of prisms, construction and loci, calculating averages

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Year 9

Calculating with percentages, fraction and decimal equivalence, laws of indices, standard index form, quadratics, using and manipulating formulae, plotting and interpreting linear functions, real life graphs, quadratic and cubic graphs, angle facts, Pythagoras’ theorem, trigonometry, congruence and similarity, probability and statistical diagrams

Number, prime decomposition, indices, directed numbers, ordering, standard form, estimation, accuracy, ratio, proportion, rate, percentages, exponential growth and decay, using a calculator, graphs in practical situations, graphs of functions, straight line graphs, algebraic fluency, functions, equations and inequalities, quadratics, rational expressions, linear sequences, angle properties and circle theorems, mensuration, transformations, trigonometry, statistics, probability.

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zMultiplication methods, number patterns, directed number, rounding, fraction decimal and percentage equivalence, order of operation, calculating with percentages, calculating with fractions, algebraic manipulation, solving linear equations, using formulae, sequences, transformation of shape, area and perimeter of 2D shapes, volume and surface area of cuboids, construction, plans and elevations.

Ratio and proportion, efficient use of the calculator, calculating with percentages, estimation and approximation, solving linear equations, solving simultaneous equations, plotting and interpreting linear functions, real life graphs, volume and surface area of prisms, angle facts, probability and statistical diagrams.


Factors, multiples and primes, efficient methods for the four operations, multiplication methods, number patterns, directed number, ordering decimals, simple fractions and percentages, fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence, simplifying fractions, order of operation, four operations with decimals, symbolic notation, solve simple equations, substitute into simple formulae, transformation of shape, area and perimeter of rectangles and compound shapes, 3D models and nets, probability scale and average calculations.

Ratio and proportion, calculating with percentages, calculating with fractions, constructing and solving linear equations, algebraic manipulation, coordinates, plotting and interpreting linear functions, real life graphs, transformation of shape, area and perimeter of 2D shapes, volume and surface area of cuboid, angle facts, surveys, two-way tables, frequency diagrams, Venn diagrams and pie charts.

Fraction and decimal equivalence, calculating with percentages, laws of indices, repeated proportional change, standard index form, quadratics, using and manipulating formulae, sequences, transformation of shape, Pythagoras’ theorem, trigonometry, congruence and similarity, loci and construction, probability and calculating averages.

Estimation and approximation, sequences, solving linear equations, transformation of shape, volume and surface area of prisms, loci and construction, and plan views, probability and calculating averages. Preparation work for IGCSE Mathematics

* The table above is generic and so where a student requires extra support or extension then this will be provided by both by the teacher and also where appropriate, extra provision.

Timetable Allocation Five x 40-minute periods per week

Assessment All students take key assessments in Mathematics at timely points throughout the academic year. The results of these, in conjunction with continuous teacher assessment, are used to ensure individual students are following the optimal programme. Forms of assessment used by teachers in class include topic skill checks, quizzes and questioning of students understanding. Further information is available regarding tiering, please contact the Head of Faculty, Dr Scott Tooley,

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Home Learning Students will be set home learning tasks if and when it is appropriate. This will likely take various forms depending on the teacher’s reason for setting it. Some possible reasons for setting a home learning task could be: • • • •

to consolidate a new mathematical process learnt in class – routine practice to review some previous learning that will be built on in a subsequent lesson - retrieval practice to learn something new in advance of the lesson – flipped learning improve a student’s problem solving skills – open ended problems

Course Structure All students are grouped by ability and this is achieved by looking at prior assessments. Within each Year group three tiers of learning are available with the most able students following the material in tier one. Those students who are the most challenged by Mathematics are likely to follow tier three. As these tiers progress into Key Stage 4, the most able Mathematics students from tier one will have already begun the IGCSE programme in Year 9. If then considered ready, these students will take the extended IGCSE Mathematics Exam at the end of Year 10 and will then go on to study Mathematics at a higher level which will involve them sitting further assessments, gaining a higher qualification in Mathematics. The remaining students in tier 1 will follow an enriched path of learning, tackling concepts that extend beyond the IGCSE course and they will take their IGCSE examination at the end of Year 11. The majority of students from tier two and some students from tier three will follow the extended IGCSE Mathematics course, starting in Year 10 and sitting their final exams at the end of Year 11. The remaining students from tier three and perhaps some students from tier 2 will follow the core IGCSE Mathematics course, starting in Year 10 and sitting their final exams at the end of Year 11. Although set placement eventually affects examination entries, this does not occur at Key Stage 3, and tier movement remains fluid during these years to match students’ individual progression.

Challenge It is very important to us to make sure that the most able are challenged throughout all their Mathematical experiences. The following is a list of some of the things we do to make sure that this is the case. • The faculty is full of Mathematics specialists who are passionate about their subject. This allows for ‘on the spot’ extension and enrichment that is individualised to either the student or the situation. • Teachers are continually considering what learning experiences will provide sufficient challenge for their most able students. With a wealth of resources to hand a lesson is rarely without a task that allows a student to really dig deep into their understanding of a particular concept. • In Year 7 and 8, a small group of students will be part of our Mathematical Mentoring Program. The students will work both independently and collaboratively on tough problems in order to build the important skills required to be great problem solvers. Students and teachers will communicate using a combination of technology and small group tutorials to share findings and discuss possible pathways to the solution. • Students have the opportunity to enter UKMT Maths challenges throughout the academic year. • Other competitions such as SEAMC and BISJMC are available for our most able students to be a part of. Our most able Year 7s and 8s are invited to work with our older students, once a week to prepare for the BISJMC. These sessions run at lunch and are always full of excitement.

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SCIENCE Aims The aims of the Key Stage 3 Science curriculum are to: • • • •

Increase students’ fluency in Science skills. Deepen students’ Science knowledge, understandings and applications. Foster engagement, curiosity, exploration and sustainability. Provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding for learning Science in Key Stage 4 Year 7 • • • • • • •

Particle model Forces Acids and alkalis Environment and ecology Chemical reactions Energy Cells and reproduction

Year 8 • • • • • • •

Atoms and elements Food and digestion Light and sound The Climate Crisis (Heating and Cooling) Compounds, mixtures and solutions Microbes and disease Respiration

Year 9 Unit

Biology Component


How does Evolution explain locomotion strategies in vertebrates?

Chemistry Component

Physics Component

Energy and Rates of Reaction

Spy Science – Rockets, Submarines and Cracking the Safe

Timetable Allocation Year 7: Four x 40-minute periods per week Year 8: Five x 40-minute periods per week Year 9: Five x 40-minute periods per week

Assessment Throughout each year students undergo continual assessment via a combination of progress tests and in-class formative assessments. In this way, accurate up-to-date grades reflecting the student’s current attainment grade can be produced at any time during the year. All students in a year group take the same topic tests, although the formative assessments may vary slightly. An examination is taken at the end of Year 9 which assesses all topics studied throughout the Year 9 curriculum. At the end of Year 9, performance in the topic tests, annual examination, report grades and the teacher’s professional judgement is used to decide which pathway through IGCSE Science is most appropriate. The pathways are: Standard Science Programme; Specialist in Science Programme; Single Science Programme. Each student is directed onto the pathway that they are best suited to so as to ensure the best possible outcome at IGCSE Science.

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Challenge Each unit will have a variety of challenging activities which can be found on the Firefly Challenge Page. The challenge may take the form of questions, activities or presentations that students can access both in and out of the class. They are designed to: stimulate application of knowledge and understandings; inspire students to inquire more deeply; link different areas of the curriculum together; encourage thinking about a sustainable future. Recommended wider reading lists for Science can also be found on the Key Stage 3 Firefly pages. When appropriate, students will be directed to these resources, for example as part of the Super Six Research Skills development in Year 9. Throughout the whole of Key Stage 3 Science, students are challenged to apply their Science knowledge, understanding and skills, to confront current global issues so that they are inspired to improve global sustainability and develop as Global Citizens.

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French German Japanese Mandarin Spanish

Aims The Modern Foreign Language (MFL) courses aim to enable students to: • • • •

write accurately in the target language; read and understand the written target language; communicate orally in the target language; understand the spoken target language.

Course Outline The courses offered in the Modern Foreign Language faculty are to support the learning of a first (MFL1) and second (MFL2) foreign language. In MFL equal weighting will be given to the four key skills of: • • • •

listening speaking reading writing

During the three-year course, students will cover such topics as personal identification, food and drink, sport and leisure, school, the world around us, a visit to the target language country, the world of work and healthy living. The structure and grammar of the languages studied are taught in context and through the topics. Students are expected to become increasingly aware of and be able to use more complex grammatical structures as they move up through the courses.

Timetable Allocation

Year 7 Year 8 and 9

MFL1 Three x 40 minute periods per week Three x 40 minute periods per week

MFL2 Three x 40 minute periods per week Two x 40 minute periods per week

Assessment Students will be assessed continuously throughout the year to ensure progress and to inform planning. in the four skills, with some formal tests. Student progress is measured against the National Curriculum Sub-Levels. Students are familiar with these Sub-Levels and should be able to explain not only which Sub-Level they are working at but what they need to do in order to progress to the next Sub-Level.

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Course Structure All language work is centred on the development of language skills within a given topic area: Year






In Year 7, students’ language knowledge is developed through the study of new topics. This language is a continuation of the language studied in Primary School and students have already been exposed to a large amount of culture and language. Year 7 MFL1 learners will be mostly working at Levels 2-5.

Students will begin the study of a new language for two periods per week. This second language will introduce the basics of that language and provide a foundation for further study. Year 7 MFL2 learners will be mostly working at Levels 1-4.

Students continue with the language they studied in Year 7 for three periods per week. Students will be learning more about the grammatical structure of the language being learnt and develop a better understanding of how to apply the grammatical rules. Year 8 MFL1 learners will mostly be working at Levels 3-6.

The Year 8 MFL2 course follows on from the MFL2 studied in Year 7, moving more quickly through the course as students apply the skills learnt through their MFL1 to become increasingly confident in the MFL2. Year 8 MFL2 learners will mostly be working at Levels 2-5.

The Year 9 MFL1 course follows on from the MFL1 studied in Year 8. It forms a foundation for the GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11. At the end of Year 9, students must continue with one MFL and they will have the option to continue with both. Year 9 MFL1 learners will mostly be working at Levels 5-7.

By Year 9, MFL2 students will be in the position to seriously consider the study of their MFL2 for IGCSE, having developed their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in their MFL2. Year 9 MFL2 learners will mostly be working at Levels 3-6.

* French, Spanish and Mandarin will be offered as MFL2 for Year 7 and 8 or academic year 2022/23 Should students wish, they may take MFL1, MFL2 or both into Years 10 and 11.

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WORLD LANGUAGES HOME LANGUAGES Language is central to all learning and teaching at Bangkok Patana School. English is our main language of communication and enables students to realise their academic potential. However, all languages are not only equally valued, but they are also fundamental to our understanding of internationalism. We appreciate the role of language in personal development as well as in developing, maintaining and celebrating a diverse cultural identity. Our Home Languages Programme is developing, under the leadership of our Primary and Secondary Home Language Coordinators.

Aims The Home Languages Programme strives to provide bilingual students with the opportunity to validate and reinforce their existing fluency in their Home Language by: • • • • •

creating a school environment which values linguistic diversity; encouraging the use of the language within the home environment; furthering the Bangkok Patana community’s understanding on multilingual matters; providing, where possible, curriculum time in which to enhance their learning of independently-identified areas; providing information on opportunities beyond the scope of the classroom.

Currently, our Extra Curricular Activities programme offers a range of Home Language opportunities including Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese Second Language, Dutch and Thai. Other languages may be accommodated upon request.

Course Outline In Key Stage 3 we offer some Home Language classes during MFL2 lesson time and in Key Stage 4 during students’ MFL lessons. These classes enable students to develop their language skills in their native language in addition to learning a Modern Foreign Language and it is hoped that this will ultimately lead to students being able to take the bilingual IB Diploma in Years 12 and 13. The Home Language Programme focuses on the key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are exposed to a wide range of texts in a variety of genres in their Home Language, alongside cultural topics linked to their age group. • • • • • •

They learn to extract specific information, organise material and present it in a given format. They are supported in expressing opinions in accurate, clear language. Students write for various purposes and audiences, including creative, narrative and descriptive writing. They demonstrate control of vocabulary, syntax, grammar and punctuation. Students also develop their vocabulary, including the use of idioms. When reading texts, students recognise and respond to simple linguistic devices.

Chinese Second Language Chinese Second Language is sometimes taught during MFL2 time. This is a course designed for students for whom Mandarin may be a home language but in which they are not necessarily bilingual. It can also be appropriate for students who are not ethnically Chinese but who have spent some time living and studying in China and who are therefore much more advanced than MFL learners of Mandarin. Students taking this course can opt to take Second Language Mandarin for IGCSE and, ultimately, Language A or Language B Mandarin HL for IB.

Assessment Students are continually assessed in the four skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) and there is formal assessment at the end of each academic year. Student progress is measured against appropriate National Curriculum Levels.

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Please note, however, that being able to offer Home Language classes in a particular language will always depend upon staff availability and student numbers in our current taught languages. In some circumstances we can only offer a language taught by an external provider, for which there is an additional charge, even though the class is taught in curriculum time. Currently, only Home Language French is offered at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 (IGCSE) and in Senior Studies (Language A Language and Literature), and it is taught by an external provider at an additional cost. Home Language Japanese has currently been withdrawn from exam boards offering IGCSE qualifications.

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THAI There are two Thai courses offered to Key Stage 3 students: 1. Thai as a First Language 2. Thai Language and Culture All courses teach an appreciation and understanding of Thai culture through reading, writing, speaking and listening.

1. Thai as a First Language Aims The course aims to develop: • the four language skills and language competence necessary for effective communication; • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Thai culture; • high-order thinking skills and produce critical responses to a variety of literary genres and social issues.

Course Outline

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

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Autobiography Mox’s The Wonder Cat (ม็อกซ์แมวมหัศจรรย์) Places of attraction and travelling Ban-pong (บ้านโป่ง) Thai Wisdom When the grandparents were young (เมื่อคุณตาคุณยายยังเด็ก) Short stories and reading articles

• • • • •

Nature and Environment The Moon Castle (ปราสาทกระต่ายจันทร์) Community Science and Technology Short stories and reading articles

• • • • • •

Evolution of Language Tawipob (ทวิภพ) Famous Thai people Kwan-song (ขวัญสงฆ์) Ads analysis Short stories and reading articles

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2. Thai Language and Culture (TLC) There are two tiers of Thai Language and Culture course offered to cover the five levels of language proficiency: beginner, confidant beginner, intermediate, confidant intermediate, and advanced.



Course Outline

• to develop students’ proficiency in oral language skills and acquire a range of vocabulary and grammatical patterns; 1

• to improve students’ reading comprehension and writing skills; • to encourage students to enjoy, understand and appreciate cultural aspects of Thai lives.


Through the learning and exploration of five cultural themes including:

• to develop students’ communication skills on daily situations

• All about me

• for the students to acquire basic survival vocabulary and simple grammatical patterns;

• Exploring Thailand

• to introduce students to fundamental Thai reading and writing;

Tier 1 curriculum is designed to develop students’ language proficiency from confident intermediate to advanced levels with an emphasis on reading and writing skills.

• Community around us • Inter-culturalism • Thai wisdom and beliefs

• to encourage students to enjoy, understand and appreciate cultural aspects of Thai lives.

Tier 2 curriculum is designed to develop students’ language proficiency from beginning to intermediate levels with an emphasis on speaking and listening skills.

Timetable Allocation These courses are available either as MFL1 or MFL2, with details on allocation summarised below: Thai MFL 1

Thai MFL 2

Year 7

Three x 40 minute periods per week

Three x 40-minute periods per week

Year 8 and 9

Three x 40 minute periods per week

Two x 40 minute periods per week

ETP - One session per week (two x 40 minute periods)- compulsory for Thai national Please note: • Thai nationals who are not required to do EAL must study Thai as their MFL1 • Thai nationals who are required to learn EAL must learn Thai as their MFL2 • All Thai nationals are required to take one session of the after-school Extended Thai Programme (ETP) • Non-Thai nationals who learn Thai as their MFL1 are encouraged but not mandated to join the ETP

Assessment Students’ performances in both courses are internally assessed in four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The assessment includes the observation of students’ work, class assignments, tests and annual exams.

Course Structure Students who demonstrate language proficiency as native or near-native speakers will join the Thai First Language course. Students who demonstrate proficiency at a non-native level will join either tier one or tier two of the Thai Language and Culture (TLC) course.

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ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL) Aims Although we teach all four language skills, we focus strongly on students’ reading and writing skills as these are invariably at a lower level than their speaking and listening skills. The course aims to improve: • reading skills by encouraging private reading, studying class novels and practising timed reading comprehension exercises using a variety of texts; • writing skills by using plans to craft compositions, practising timed writing exercises and encouraging proofreading skills; • students’ General English and subject-specific vocabulary.

Course Outline Key Stage 3 students will study: • • • • •

General and Academic English writing topics linked to IGCSE / IB themes Timed reading comprehension exercises Class readers Timed writing exercises Subject-specific vocabulary from mainstream subjects

In addition, Key Stage 3 EAL students will complete weekly reading records which will reflect their private reading habits. These reading records form the basis of students’ home learning and parents are asked to sign them each week.

Timetable Allocation EAL is usually offered as an MFL1 course and consists of three x 40-minute periods per week.

Assessment There is a key assessment test at the end of every term which consists of: • Timed reading comprehension exercises • Timed writing exercises about general topics

Course Structure Key Stage 3 students are placed in groups depending on their level of English. Movement between the groups is occasionally warranted based on a student’s performance in key assessments and their linguistic development over each term. Students may exit the EAL programme in Year 7 Terms 1 and 2 if their level of English is considered by the EAL Faculty to be strong enough, and if they are performing well with the English language demands. After Year 7, Term 2, exiting EAL students also need to have proficiency in the language they wish to study as their MFL so that they will be at a similar level to the other students in the MFL group. Finally, at the end of Year 9 Term 2, students may exit EAL if their level of English is at a suitable level to follow all mainstream courses in English with no further need for EAL support. Exiting students at the end of Key Stage 3 will not be required to study IGCSE ESL in Years 10 and 11.

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ART Aims Art in Key Stage 3 is made up of three key areas of learning: Technical Skills

Practical activities in 2 and 3 dimensions.

Investigating Art

Looking and responding to artwork from a variety of times and cultures.

Developing Ideas

Using skills and investigation to create personal and meaningful art.

Course Outline Students will normally study three key units per year. The content of these will vary but typical units include: Still life, Portraiture, Landscape, Identity, Popular culture and Traditional cultures. Each unit will include a study of at least one artist and/or art movement. Exploration of materials will be in in sketchbooks and practical and theoretical learning will be recorded digital portfolios. The units taught will include one or more of the following skill areas: Drawing and Painting

Drawing and painting skills are fundamental to students’ progress in Art. They are taught both as distinct projects, as well as underpinning most of the projects students will complete.


The art creating multiples and variations of an image. Students may work with etching, lino print, digital printmaking, mono prints, stamps and image transfer.

Graphic Communication

Art for a specific purpose. Students will follow a brief for a client. Work may include drawing, making, pattern, illustration, modelling and digital design.

Sculpture and 3D Design

Students will produce work that makes creative use of form and space. Students may work with wire, card construction, papier mache, clay, mod rock, and found forms.


The art of capturing an image through recording light. Students will work with both traditional and digital methods.

Timetable Allocation Two x 40-minute periods per week

Assessment Students are assessed according to end of Key Stage 3 outcomes, modified for each year. Assessment tasks are varied for each unit. However, for each unit students will be assessed on the following areas:

Knowledge and Understanding

• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis/function of the artwork studied; • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of styles, developments and ideas which have shaped art across time and cultures; • apply appropriate terminology to show aesthetic and critical awareness.

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• plan, research and organise to identify and set goals, solve problems, negotiate and make decisions; Process of Developing Ideas

• experiment and explore through both spontaneous and structured activities; • demonstrate an ability to find original and inventive solutions; • apply skills specific to art making to elaborate ideas, themes or compositions to a point of realisation.

Technical Skills


• use methods of creating art confidently as a form of expression and communication while demonstrating a range of technical skills; • present work through formal or informal performance and/or exhibition. • reflect upon and evaluate their work in order to set goals for future development; • use group discussion and feedback to support and promote creative development; • assess and appraise their work and that of others. • show sensitivity to their own and different cultures;

Personal Engagement and Group Work Ability

• accept and incorporate views and feedback from others to further develop their artistic potential; • show self-motivation in setting and meeting deadlines; • show initiative, creativity and a willingness to take risks; • support and encourage their peers towards a positive working environment.

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DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (D+T) Aims • Design and Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies; they learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. • The subject calls for students to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. • They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. • Through Design and Technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products and innovators.

Course Outline (example modules or projects) From Years 7 to 9, the course is based upon the National Curriculum for England. The Key Stage 3 Design and Technology curriculum is split up into skills and theory-based modules in each year, with a design and make assignment (DMA) in Term 3. Year 7 Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Shaping Materials through Subtraction Processes CAD Basic Techsoft 2D Design Skills

Graphics Skills

CAD/CAM USB Drive Project

Memphis Clock Project DMA

Year 8

Year 9

Forming and Reforming Materials

Commercial Manufacturing

CAD Basic SpaceClaim Engineer Skills

Graphics Skills

Art Deco Jewellery Project DMA

Graphics Orthographic Projection

Iterative Design/ Designing for Materials and Manufacturing CAD/CAM

CAD SpaceClaim Engineer Skills LCA – Life Cycle Analysis of Products

Each module consists of focused practical tasks aimed at developing skills and knowledge and understanding. IIn term 3 of Years 7 and 8 there is an opportunity to put the skills covered into practice during a design and make assignment based on an iconic design movement. In Year 9 there is a problem-solving iterative design challenge, helping to raise students design awareness and develop understanding of the design process in preparation for IGCSE coursework projects. We place great value in developing skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) throughout Key sage 3. Theoretical study accompanies modules, where appropriate, with links to IGCSE and IB, preparing students for their future studies in Design and Technology.

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Across the Key Stage students will work towards ability to: • • • • • • • •

Identify a design need – understand a user and product requirements, Research and develop a critical awareness of designed products so as to generate a design brief and specification, Develop ideas and design proposals, Communicate ideas effectively using a variety of media, Plan for manufacture / production Produce or manufacture the chosen solution using appropriate techniques to the best standard of finish. Use tools and machinery, independently, accurately and safely Test and evaluate the success of the design and suggest improvements.

All modules of learning contain theoretical study which link into IGCSE and IB studies.

Timetable Allocation Two x 40-minute periods per week

Assessment In Design and Technology, four key areas of study are assessed. Each module has a focus on one or more of the areas below: • Designing: identifying needs, research, design thinking (problem solving), developing ideas, evaluating (Designing - broken down into specific elements of focus across the Key Stage) • Communication skills: graphics, CAD • Making/Realisation: planning, independence, workshop practice, CAD/CAM, quality of outcome • Knowledge and understanding of materials, processes, tools and equipment and associated theory According to the Scheme of Learning, a National Curriculum sub-level will be given on assessed pieces of work, manipulative workshop skills and knowledge and understanding. A range of different assessment opportunities are provided in different formats including in class discussion, home learning, practical tasks, quizzes and progress tests which can then inform the feedback loop and reporting process. Students are encouraged to become part of the assessment process themselves with the use of activities to self-assess, peer assess, monitor their own progress, setting their own targets for improvement. Students track their own progress.

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DRAMA Aims Drama in Key Stage 3 is made up of three key areas of learning: Theatre Arts Drama for Understanding Social and Global Issues Social Skills

The theory and practice of the art of theatre: acting, directing, producing, designing, technical. Drama is used to explore issues and concepts that apply to other curricula areas and the world around us to develop awareness of their own lives in relation to others, perspectives and empathy. Drama is, in essence, a collaborative art form and students learn and practice a wide variety of transferable skills about communication, collaboration, leadership, facing challenges, problem solving.

Course Outline Students study topics during Key Stage 3 that incorporate the following themes: These units are often focused on process and can be cross-curricular in nature. Drama is used to explore concepts and ideas being studied in another area, like the theme of persecution in Anne Frank or the plight of refugees and immigrants moving to a new country. Drama is used as a method of examining concepts and ideas and exploring different perspectives with regards big human issues. Drama is used to explore individual perspectives on social issues pertinent to the student’s lives eg. Bullying, gang mentality, power of social media.


Drama For Understanding


Social Awareness Drama


The Cultural Perspective

The study of theatrical techniques and cultural traditions from a specific period or culture. Eg. The Ramakien in Thailand which is based on the epic of the Ramayana from India.


Page To Stage

The dramatic potential of a script is explored and dramatised for performance. Eg. Monologues and group extracts.

Performance Skills And The Art Form

The nature of the art form is explored through specific skills such as using movement and voice to create characterisation. The nature and function of theatre is studied as is key roles within the theatre world – designers, technicians, directors, actors, producers. Assessed work might include costume designs, mask making and/or research about a particular theatre period in History. Eg Greek chorus.


Timetable Allocation Two x 40-minute periods per week

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Assessment Students are assessed according to end of Key Stage 3 outcomes, modified for each year. Assessment tasks are varied but during each unit of study, students will be assessed on each of the four following targets at least once.

Formative Assessment – Ongoing


Assessed Skills

Group work skills

Collaboration and communication

Leadership skills;

Individual Skills

Preparation, motivation, engagement Articulation of ideas; and focus. Ability to work with others; Levels of empathy and emotional intelligence

Summative Assessment – Termly Project Work/Homework

Assessed Criteria

Individual Skills

Use of voice and movement


Written Reflections and response to Ability to analyse and evaluate feedback

Individual and/or Group work skills


Ability to justify choices for design and technical choices

Understanding of Drama conventions

Chorus, mask, soundscapes Understanding of style, genre or playtext

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GEOGRAPHY Aims The aims of this course are to: • help young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world; • create an understanding of where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected; • through geographical enquiry, encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future; • inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet; • enable students to use and understand a plethora of geographical skills ranging from data collection techniques to interpretation of maps and diagrams whilst incorporating a range of ICT related activities.

Course Outline Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Theme 1

Introduction to Geography

Tropical Storms

Globalisation and contemporary global issues

Theme 2

Fantastic places around the world

Climate Change

The Restless Earth

Theme 3

Map Skills

Leisure and Tourism

Amazonia and Deforestation

Theme 4

Oceans and Sustainability

Timetable Allocation Two x 40-minute periods per week

Assessment Assessments include role-play presentations and debates, group projects, and individual assignments as well as progress tests. Assignments are set for each theme, often requiring computer-based research in the Secondary Library and at home. Assessments include role-play presentations and debates, group projects, and individual assignments.

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HISTORY Aims The History course in Key Stage 3 aims to develop in students: • an understanding of chronology; • an ability to describe and analyse the significance of events, the role of men and women as agents of change and key historical turning points; • skills to carry out historical enquiry and research using a variety of sources; • information processing skills, reasoning, creative thinking and evaluation of sources; • skills in organising and communicating historical information; • empathy with people from the past.

Course Outline Year 7

• The Italian Renaissance • Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution in the United Kingdom—focus on the Tudors • Clash of Cultures-China, Japan and the West-Industrial Revolution Opium Wars, Boxer

Year 8

Rebellion, World War 2 in Asia • The French Revolution • Woman’s Suffrage UK

Year 9

• Nazis and their Rise to Power • The Holocaust • Civil Rights USA

Timetable Allocation Two x 40-minute periods per week

Assessment Topics will be assessed through research assignments and essays to demonstrate each of the skills listed above. Students will use information supplied in class and from the Secondary Library. They will also be encouraged and guided in use of the Internet. There will also be progress tests. History tests will largely focus on analysis of historical sources, knowledge and written answers that focus on key concepts such as causes and consequences. Regular home learning will be set based on interpreting sources, writing tasks, role play preparation, creative work and thinking skills

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COMPUTING Aims The course aims to encourage students to: • • • • •

solve problems and design systems by drawing on the concepts fundamental to computer science (CS); become independent users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and information sources; understand how ICT can help the student’s work in other subjects; develop the ability to judge when and how to use ICT and where it has its limitations; develop an awareness of the social, ethical, health and safety issues related to ICT and CS use.

Course Outline Year 7 • Laptops-4-Learning (ICT) • Python Programming (CS) • Computing Ethics • Computer Systems (CS) • Spreadsheets and Word Processing (ICT)

Year 8 • Laptops-4-Learning (ICT) • Computing Ethics • Python Programming (CS) • Computer Systems (CS) • Web Development (ICT)

Year 9 • Laptops-4-Learning (ICT) • Computing Ethics • Java Programming (CS) • Computer Systems (CS) • Image Editing (ICT) • Multimedia Representation (ICT)

Timetable Allocation Two x 40-minute periods per week

Assessment The Computing faculty uses assessment strategies that promote learning. Students know and recognise the standards aimed for in each unit and generally maintain a skills check list for skill development units and/or an assessment rubric which clearly outlines the assessment criteria. Students are able to reflect on their learning and are involved in peer and self-assessment. Formal assessment tasks such as open-ended projects, in-class testing or monitoring of mastery of practical skills, tests and classroom exercises will be set for most units. All assessment tasks are moderated to ensure standardisation across all teaching groups.

Home Learning Home learning is set when required, and not necessarily each week. The task may be of a practical nature, research or written design activity. Students will usually be given a minimum of one week to complete the home learning and are welcome to use their laptop at break and lunchtime as well as use the library computers.

Technical Support There are also laptops that the students can borrow during the day or overnight if their laptop is broken. Wherever possible we utilise software that is freely available to the students and which executes natively on both the Macintosh and Windows operating system.

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MUSIC Aims Students are encouraged to develop a strong sense of ensemble playing through developing: • • • • • •

their ability to read and identify music notation; playing techniques; good practice habits; collaborative skills; reflective skills; an awareness of different styles.

Course Outline The Key Stage 3 Music curriculum at Bangkok Patana School is performance-based. It fosters life-long skills on a particular instrument, enables students to read music well and gives all students the opportunity to participate in school musical ensembles.

Year 7 Students choose from Concert Bband, String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble or Thai Ensemble. For instrumental ensembles, they are provided with a school instrument to take home and practise. A standard of approximately Prep Test level with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) will be reached.

Year 8 Students continue with their choice of ensemble from Year 7. They continue to develop skills in their chosen instrument and most are able to reach ABRSM Grade 1 standard.

Year 9 Students continue with their choice of instrument/voice from Years 7 and 8, in the same ensembles. There is increasing emphasis on group performance opportunities in the school community. A playing standard ranging from ABRSM Grade 1 to 2 will be reached, allowing further development in succeeding years either within IGCSE Music, school ensembles or through private tuition.

Timetable Allocation Two x 40-minute periods per week

Home Learning Students in Key Stage 3 are expected to practice for 15 mins, 5 times per week. They will be required to submit a recording of their playing/singing.

Assessment Assessment in the Ensemble Programme is by regular short instrumental tests, observation of contribution and commitment to the ensemble, and evidence of continuing good home practice of instrument and repertoire.

More information More information can be found in our Key Stage 3 Music Ensemble Handbook.

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LEARNING SUPPORT In Learning Support we strongly believe that the needs of every student are important. Bangkok Patana School is academically non-selective and thus recognises that a percentage of the student body will have different educational needs at some stage in their school career. The transient nature of our school population can also contribute to gaps in a student’s education and this might also result in the student being offered extra support. Once a student is identified as needing extra support with their learning, a thorough assessment of needs is made either in school or with the support of outside agencies. Subsequently appropriate interventions are planned. Different levels of support can be offered based on the needs of the individual student. A decision is made involving the Learning Support liaison teacher, parents and the student about the most appropriate type of support which could include one or more of the following: • • • •

Student tracking through our support list and learner profiles. In-class support of students in their mainstream subject lessons. Withdrawal from mainstream subject lessons to engage in subject based support or study skills. Before or after school booster sessions to improve skills, technique and/or subject knowledge.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) Aims The course aims to: • • • •

enable students to participate in a broad and balanced curriculum; improve students’ knowledge of health and personal fitness; develop and maintain physical activity and a lifelong commitment to physical activity; develop thinking and communication skills and improve teamwork.

Course Outline Students study each activity for a 6-week block of learning. Activities covered in Key Stage 3 may include: • Athletics (indoor/outdoor)

• Badminton

• Basketball

• Fitness

• Football

• Gymnastics/Trampolining

• Kayaking

• Touch Rugby

• Softball/Striking and Fielding

• Swimming/Water Activities

• Tennis

• Volleyball

• Dance

• Climbing

• Handball

Many of the activities will be delivered more than once throughout the Key Stage.

Timetable Allocation Two x 1hour 20 minute periods per week

Course Structure Students are taught in tutor groups throughout Year 7 and then in single sex ability groups for Years 8 and 9. Lessons consist of double periods and students have two double periods per week. Students are expected to have the correct kit for each lesson regardless of injury. Students may adopt different roles of performer, coach or official in lessons.

Assessment Students are assessed across the key stage in three areas; physical, thinker and communicator. Students are not given attainment levels but are assessed against Learning Attributes.

PE Lessons Key Stage 3 PE lessons aim to: • • • • •

ensure fun and enjoyment for all maximise physical engagement introduce as much game play as possible encourage student leadership foster a safe but challenging learning environment

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Key Stage 3

Curriculum Guide 2022/23

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY (ECA) PROGRAMME The school organises a comprehensive programme of Extra-curricular Activities for students from Monday to Friday. The Secondary School sessions occur at lunch-time and after school, with three different time slots offered; 2.30 - 3.30pm, 3.30 - 4.30pm and 2.30 - 4.30pm. Programmes are coordinated to ensure students have adequate access to school facilities and opportunities for supervised off-site visits. At Bangkok Patana we run a Block ECA system; the school year is divided up into four blocks of approximately eight weeks each. As students progress through the school the range of activities becomes more varied and provides students with opportunities to link their activities with other schools both locally and regionally. Sports, Model United Nations, Drama, Musical Ensembles, the International Award and community-based projects provide the opportunity for travel in Thailand and South East Asia. In keeping with Bangkok Patana’s Guiding Statements, ECAs are categorised in relation to our core values of Well-being, Learning and Global Citizenship. Enrolment for ECAs is on-line via the Parents’ Gateway.


Competitive Sports


Global Citizenship


Environmental Awareness and Action

e.g. Core Magazine, Business Club, Improve your Maths skills

e.g. Digging in the dirt: Community Garden

Recreational Sports e.g. Horse-riding, Squash, Off-Road Cycling, Taekwondo

Digital Citizenship Home Language

e.g. Electronics, Python Programming, Robotics

Community Service Fitness


e.g. BASE Fitness Camp, Morning Stretching, Thai Boxing for fitness

e.g. Acrylic Painting, Knitting, Pottery, Print Making, Baking

(CAT Clubs, CAS, Committees and Councils) e.g. Amnesty International, Thongbai Day Care, Habitat for Humanity

Instrumental Music

Model United Nations

Mindfulness e.g. Yoga and relaxation methods


Performing and Fine Arts

e.g. Classical Ballet, Salsa, Tap, Jazz

e.g. Drama Productions and clubs

International Award

Bangkok Patana School 39

643 Lasalle Road (Sukhumvit 105) Bangna Tai, Bangna, Bangkok 10260 THAILAND Tel: +66 (0) 2785 2200