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CURRICULUM GUIDE

SENIOR STUDIES

2021/22


BANGKOK PATANA SCHOOL GUIDING STATEMENTS

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.

Protected, safe and secure

Rigorous

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

Cover artwork by Tahilia Constant, Class of 2021


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CONTENTS THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)................................................................................. 4 WELCOME FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL ...................................................................................6 INTRODUCTION FROM THE SECONDARY PRINCIPAL ............................................................... 8 THE SENIOR STUDIES PROGRAMME ............................................................................................. 9 THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA PROGRAMME ................................... 9 ACADEMIC SUBJECTS ................................... 10 THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE (TOK) ............ 10 THE EXTENDED ESSAY (EE) .......................... 11 CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY AND SERVICE ........ 12 THE IB COURSES PROGRAMME ..................................................................................................15 LEARNING SUPPORT .......................................................................................................................15 WHAT NEXT AFTER BANGKOK PATANA SCHOOL?...................................................................16 THE PASTORAL PROGRAMME ........................................................................................................18 CORE PHYSICAL EDUCATION .......................................................................................................20 EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY PROGRAMME .............................................................................21

SUBJECT GUIDE GROUP 1 STUDIES IN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE . .................... 22

GROUP 4 EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCES ..............................48 BIOLOGY

LANGUAGE A: LITERATURE (ENGLISH)

CHEMISTRY

LANGUAGE A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (ENGLISH)

COMPUTER SCIENCE

LANGUAGE A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (THAI AND OTHER LANGUAGE )

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

SCHOOL-SUPPORTED SELF-TAUGHT LANGUAGE A: LITERATURE

GROUP 2 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION .................................. 34

ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND SOCIETIES PHYSICS

GROUP 5 MATHEMATICS .............................................61

LANGUAGE B

MATHEMATICS STANDARD LEVEL

AB INITIO LANGUAGES

MATHEMATICS HIGHER LEVEL

GROUP 3 INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES ............................. 38

GROUP 6 ARTS .................................................................66

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

MUSIC

ECONOMICS

THEATRE

GEOGRAPHY

VISUAL ARTS

HISTORY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY

ADDITIONAL SUBJECT.....................................................74 FURTHER MATHEMATICS

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“The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect1.� The IB Mission Statement

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From http://www.ibo.org/mission/

Artwork by James Matijasevich, Class of 2021 4 Bangkok Patana School


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THE IB LEARNER PROFILE According to the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), “provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.2�

Essentially the key principle behind the IB Learner Profile is to encourage students, through all aspects of their lives, to become: Inquirers

Knowledgeable

Thinkers

Communicators

Principled

Open-minded

Caring

Informed risk takers

Balanced

Reflective

In their lives at school, we thus aim to promote these attributes to ensure that students do not become accomplished only in the curricular studies but are balanced individuals who are better prepared for life beyond school.

KEY CONTACTS Head of School

Mr Matthew G Mills

mami@patana.ac.th

Cross Campus Principal

Ms Helen Thew

heth@patana.ac.th

Acting Secondary Principal

Ms Helen Thew

heth@patana.ac.th

Ms Suzanne Lindley

suli@patana.ac.th

Mrs Lorna Conroy

loco@patana.ac.th

Mrs Susan Brosnahan

subo@patana.ac.th

Mr Kevin Keller

kekl@patana.ac.th

Ms Rachel Jones

rajo@patana.ac.th

Secondary Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Assessment Secondary Assistant Principal, Student Welfare Senior Studies Curriculum and Assessment Leader (IB Coordinator) Head of Careers and University Guidance Admissions and Registration

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WELCOME FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL

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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 2020/21 at the following stages: • Foundation (Nursery to Foundation Stage 2) • Key Stage1 (Year 1 to Year 2) • 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 Courses programme. This booklet should be read after a careful review of our website, www.patana.ac.th, and in conjunction with another of our publications, Student Achievement. 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, along with our cultural activities and service projects. We are the leading sports school in Thailand, the pioneer of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People, one of the key schools in South East Asia offering Model United Nations and a leading school for the arts. 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 actively while also seeking to establish a 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

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

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INTRODUCTION FROM THE SECONDARY PRINCIPAL “Senior Studies students have to work hard to meet the rigours of this challenging programme. They must demonstrate the kind of personal qualities of tolerance, cooperation and determination to achieve their own full potential as independent learners that are integral to the mission of the school.”

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he Senior Studies Programme at Bangkok Patana School has as its academic backbone the demanding International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This course of study offers students the opportunity to select from a broad range of academic subjects and is recognised as a high-quality entrance qualification at the very best universities and colleges of higher education around the world. A small number of students may elect, or be advised not to take the full IB Diploma Programme. These students may instead opt for our IB Courses programme. Students choose to study a suitable number of individual IB subjects either at Standard or Higher Level, which focus on their specific strengths and may gain them entrance either directly to a degree course or to a foundation course at university. We offer extra support in terms of teacher guidance and, for example, more workshop or studio time where possible, to ensure these students have the best possible opportunity to be successful in their chosen subjects. Building on the firm educational foundations established in the earlier Key Stages at Bangkok Patana, the curriculum in Years 12 and 13 provides our Senior students with a challenging, relevant and varied course of study which recognises the demands that they will have to face in the mid-21st century. All Senior Studies students have to work hard to meet the rigours of this challenging programme. They must demonstrate the kind of personal qualities of tolerance, cooperation and determination to achieve to their own full potential as independent learners as embodied in our Guiding Statements. Whatever the specific components of a student’s course of study, successful completion of it will lead to the Bangkok Patana Academic Diploma. The Senior Studies Programme provides not only the valuable passport to tertiary education around the world, but also the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and personal attributes that will ensure success both at university and beyond.

Helen Thew Acting Principal, Secondary School

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THE SENIOR STUDIES PROGRAMME Requirements At Bangkok Patana we believe that our Senior Studies Programme should be available to all students - our only requirement is that they should have the necessary motivation and enthusiasm to benefit from what we offer. We aim to see students grow in academic ability and maturity in order that they fulfil their potential. The ultimate goal of the Senior Studies Programme is for students to receive the Bangkok Patana School Academic Diploma and either the IB Diploma or IB courses. In order to attain the Bangkok Patana School Academic Diploma, students must satisfactorily fulfil all the requirements of the individual courses that they undertake and complete the relevant examinations in their chosen courses. The Senior Studies Programme at Bangkok Patana is a demanding one and students need to be: • motivated - both academically and socially; • able to cope with the range of subjects; • adaptable and flexible in their approach to learning; • resourceful and independent; • effective at time-management. The progress that students are making and their suitability to the courses that they have undertaken are constantly monitored to ensure that they are deriving maximum benefit from their studies. Students are required to have an attendance record of at least 85% full school days over the two years in order to be eligible for graduation. Where students do not meet this requirement but have mitigating circumstances, graduation will be at the discretion of the Head of School.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME Individual courses can be studied at either Standard or Higher level. A student choosing three Higher Level and three Standard Level International Baccalaureate courses has the opportunity to gain the IB Diploma. This follows a pattern which is uniform throughout IB schools worldwide and provides a qualification to meet university/college admission standards internationally. In the United States and Canada, achievement within an IB Higher Level course is considered a sound basis for awarding advanced placement credit at many major universities. Similarly, in Europe, Asia and Australia, the IB Diploma is held in very high regard by major universities. Compiled data shows us that students who go on to pass the IB Diploma have usually achieved six good passes (C grade/Level 5 or better) at IGCSE (or equivalent in another school system), and this is therefore our benchmark for entry to the Diploma programme (students not achieving this benchmark, will be offered a suitable programme of IB Courses). In addition to which guidance for selecting Higher or Standard Level courses is as follows: • Higher Level subjects should generally be undertaken by students who achieved a B grade (or Level 6) or higher in that subject at IGCSE, or in consultation and by agreement with the subject leader. • Standard Level subjects should generally be undertaken by students who achieved a C grade (or Level 5) or higher in that subject at IGCSE, or in consultation and by agreement with the subject leader. • The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme is an educational challenge which provides scope for both academic achievement and worthwhile practical activities in outdoor pursuits and social service. It is of the world. • To obtain the IB Diploma, students must study three subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. They must also satisfactorily complete the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) programme, a 4,000 word Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge course. Following final examinations, students receive point scores between 1 and 7 for each of the subjects they have studied. They can also receive up to three bonus points for the Theory of Knowledge course and Extended Essay. This means they can score a maximum of 45 points. To successfully gain the IB Diploma they must score a minimum of 24 points in total and 12 points in their Higher Level subjects, though there are other requirements stipulated by the IB which must also be met. Bilingual diploma A bilingual diploma will be awarded to a successful IB Diploma candidate who fulfils one or both of the following criteria: • Completion of two languages selected from Group 1 with the award of a level 3 or higher in both; • Completion of one of the subjects from Group 3 or Group 4 in a language that is not the same as the candidate’s nominated Group 1 language. The candidate must attain a level 3 or higher in both the Group 1 language and the subject from Group 3 or 4.

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Class Sizes Bangkok Patana School has set a maximum class size for Senior Studies students of 18 for Registration and Tutorial, and 17 for all other classes except Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics and Environmental Systems and Societies where the ideal maximum class size is 15. 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://community.patana. ac.th/technology-for-learning/laptops-for-learning-students. If you have any questions or queries, please contact helpdesk@patana.ac.th. Assessment Assessment of IB Diploma and Course subjects is based on a seven-point scale: 7 6 5

Excellent Very good Good

4

Satisfactory

3

Mediocre

2

Poor

1

Very poor

The IB Diploma consists of: • • • •

Six academic subjects The Theory of Knowledge The Extended Essay Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)

1. Six Academic Subjects These are made up from 3 Standard and 3 Higher Level International Baccalaureate examination courses. These subjects are arranged into groups, and students study one from each. Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature: English or Thai as a first language (other languages may be available subject to student demand and may incur extra costs) Group 2: Language Acquisition (or second first language) Group 3: Individuals and Society Group 4: The Sciences Group 5: Mathematics Group 6: Arts (or selected second Group 3 or 4 subjects) Details on specific subjects follow

2. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself and is a compulsory part of the IB Diploma programme. The course aims to try to help young people make sense of the varied and rich information that they are receiving both from their teachers and from the world outside of the classroom. In order to do this we explore questions such as: • What counts as knowledge? • How does it grow? • What are its limits? • Who owns knowledge? • What is the value of knowledge? • What are the implications of having, or not having, knowledge? At the centre of the course is the student as the knower. By the time they reach Senior Studies, students will have spent many years painstakingly accumulating a vast amount of knowledge, and TOK gives them an opportunity to step back from this relentless acquisition of new ideas, in order to consider what this knowledge really means and how it has been developed. 10 Bangkok Patana School


Senior Studies Curriculum Guide 2021/22 International Dimensions In many ways, TOK is ideally placed to foster internationalism. In close harmony with the aims of the IB Learner Profile, TOK aims to encourage students to develop many of the attributes needed by a citizen of the world: self-awareness; a reflective, critical approach; interest in other people’s points of view; and a sense of responsibility. Aims The aims of the TOK course are to: • Develop a fascination with the richness of knowledge as a human endeavour, and an understanding of the empowerment that follows from reflecting upon it; • Develop an awareness of how knowledge is constructed, critically examined, evaluated and renewed, by communities and individuals; • Encourage students to reflect on their experiences as learners, in everyday life and in the Diploma Programme, and to make connections between academic disciplines and between thoughts, feelings and actions; • Encourage an interest in the diversity of ways of thinking and the ways of living of individuals and communities, and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions, including the student’s own; • Encourage consideration of the responsibilities originating from the relationships between knowledge, the community and the individual as a citizen of the world. Assessment Outline

Part 1

Part 2

Essay on a prescribed title (1,200- 1,600 words) The student must write one essay on a title chosen from a list of six titles prescribed by the IBO for each examination session. The Exhibition (950 words) The student receives a list of knowledge questions. The student chooses one question and three objects that show how this question manifests in the world around us. The student writes a commentary on each object, justifying each object’s inclusion in the exhibition and showing how the object links to the knowledge question.

10 marks

External Assessment 67%

10 marks

Internal Assessment 33%

The method of assessment used by the IBO is criterion-related. That is to say, the method of assessing the essay on the prescribed title and the presentation in Theory of Knowledge judges each in relation to identified assessment criteria and not in relation to the work of other candidates.

3. The Extended Essay (EE) The Extended Essay is a 40-hour, 4000-word independent academic essay on a topic of the student’s choice and must involve personal, independent research accompanied by reflection and informed by supervisor guidance. All Senior Studies students must submit an Extended Essay. One of the main purposes of the essay is to train students in the methods of work and critical research that apply to its subject area. It is a valuable component of the Senior Studies programme as it enables students to develop study skills which are central to academic work in higher education. Choice of Subject It is highly recommended that students select an EE in a subject that they study (normally at Higher Level). This is useful for references and for interviews if it is the subject in which they wish to specialise at university or college. Students should choose a topic that they find interesting and which will give them opportunities to collect information or data for analysis and evaluation. In recent years topics have included: • How can Rolls Royce improve its image of corporate responsibility? • Electronic music: mechanical or artistic? • The rise of business in Japan since the end of World War II • Can hot water freeze faster than cold water? • Influence of the father figure in the poetry of Sylvia Plath.

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Supervision Each essay will be supervised by a teacher from within the school community who has some specialist knowledge of the topic to be studied. It is crucial that students take responsibility in liaising fully with the specialist teacher allocated. The supervisor’s role is to guide the student, prepare interim reports and make a final evaluation of the essay before external marking. It is recommended that the supervisor spends between three and five hours with each candidate. Deadlines Students will formally begin working on the essay in January of Year 12. Internal deadlines are set to ensure that the Extended Essay is completed by November in Year 13. Failure to meet deadlines may result in failure of the IB Diploma. Choice of Topic within the Subject Students should avoid topics which are vague or general. Topics should have a narrow focus and deal with a question or issue which is possible to answer or resolve within the word limit. Marking is external and completed against subject specific criteria defined by the IBO. The IB Diploma Bonus-Point Matrix For each of the six academic subjects studied, students can be awarded a maximum of seven points. However, further bonus points are available and these are awarded according to performance in the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay parts of the course. Performance in both is combined on the bonus point matrix below, based on the A-E grading system for each. Theory of Knowledge Grade

Extended Essay Grade

A

B

C

D

E

A

+3

+3

+2

+2

Failing Condition

B

+3

+2

+2

+1

Failing Condition

C

+2

+2

+1

0

Failing Condition

D

+2

+1

0

0

Failing Condition

E

Failing Condition

Failing Condition

Failing Condition

Failing Condition

Failing Condition

For example, an IB Diploma candidate who achieves grade B for Theory of Knowledge and grade C for Extended Essay will be awarded two further points.

4. Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) What Is CAS?

“If you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must act.” PETERSON (2003) CAS stands for creativity, activity and service. All students are engaged in CAS experiences and projects on a weekly basis for the duration of their Senior Studies programme. CAS aims to challenge and extend the individual by developing a spirit of discovery, self-reliance, as well as intra and interpersonal skills. CAS is a framework for experiential learning, designed to involve a student in exploring new roles. The emphasis is on learning by engaging in real tasks that have real consequences and then reflecting on these experiences over time. The CAS programme aims to develop students who are: • active volunteers • are ethical and informed • are inspired to improve global sustainable development • are active members of local and global communities

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Senior Studies Curriculum Guide 2021/22 For student development to occur, CAS should involve: • real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes • personal challenges – tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope • involvement in the planning and initiation of activities • reflection on outcomes and personal learning Creativity This aspect of CAS involves exploring creative ideas which lead to an original or interpretive product. It is interpreted as imaginatively as possible to cover a wide range of arts and other activities outside the normal curriculum, which may include creative thinking in the design and carrying out of service projects and could involve dance, theatre, music and art. Students need to be engaged in group activities, and especially in new roles, wherever possible. Nevertheless, individual commitment to learning an art form is allowed, provided that it respects the requirements for all CAS activities and that goals are set and reflection on progress is made throughout. Examples of Creativity at Bangkok Patana School include: Model United Nations

Learning a New Language

Instrumental Music Activities

Core Magazine

Designing Websites

Organising the Senior Prom

Choir

Producing Videos

Mural Painting

Activity This aspect of CAS encompasses any kind of physical exertion which can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Activity can include participation in expeditions, individual and team sports and any form of physical exertion, including those undertaken in the physical education curriculum. International Award Expeditions

Varsity Teams

Personal Fitness

Martial Arts

Yoga or Pilates

Dance

TigerSharks Swimming Academy

Climbing

Horse Riding

Service

“Service is not simply an emotional impulse, it is a demonstration of attitudes and values.” MARIA PIAGGIO Service is represented by a collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. The community may be the school, the local area, or it may exist on national and international levels. At Bangkok Patana School we believe it is vital for our service projects to focus on the needs of the local community, so students are encouraged to get involved in at least one project involving engagement with the wider community in Bangkok. Service can take a number of forms: research, advocacy, indirect and direct action. However, the most meaningful CAS experience comes from direct action service in which time is spent with others to build relationships and develop the self-worth of both server and served. Examples include: World Food Project

Supporting Reading in the Primary School

Habitat for Humanity

Amnesty International

Swimming Sessions with The Village

Coaching Sports

Teaching English at Pong Ploy School

Thong Bai Day Care Centre

Mercy Centre Club

The CAS Project As part of their CAS programme, students are required to be involved in at least one CAS project. A CAS project involves collaboration between a group of students in at least one of the strands of creativity, activity and service. It must be of at least one month’s duration. To do this the student needs to find a supervisor to oversee the project and seek approval from the CAS Coordinator.

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Reflections and the CAS Portfolio There are seven learning outcomes which need to be evident in the reflections in a student’s portfolio. As a result of the CAS programme as a whole, there should be evidence that students have: • identified their own strengths and developed areas for growth; • undertaken new challenges, developing new skills in the process; • planned and initiated activities; • developed skills in, and recognised the benefits of, working collaboratively; • shown commitment to and perseverance in their CAS experiences; • engaged with issues of global importance; • considered the ethical implications of their actions. Students record their reflections and other evidence in the form of photographs, videos etc, in an online portfolio. Towards the end of a CAS experience, an evaluation form is completed containing comments from the supervisor and this is also added to the portfolio. A student’s CAS portfolio is an important point for Careers Advisors, Tutors and Teachers who will consult it when writing university references. Furthermore, the IBO may wish to inspect the CAS records at the end of Year 13 before Diplomas are awarded. A Bangkok Patana School Academic Diploma will only be issued if a student completes a full CAS programme.

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THE IB COURSES PROGRAMME An Alternative Senior Studies Programme Students who elect not to or are advised against taking the IB Diploma have the opportunity to select IB courses at Higher Level and Standard Level, totalling no more than six courses, from each of the six subject areas as well as the possibility to retake (I)GCSE subjects. The IB courses are identical to – and therefore every bit as rigorous as - those studied for the Diploma and will therefore develop a student’s growth. They provide the potential to enter onto foundation and sometimes undergraduate level university courses in countries such as the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada (especially, in the case of the United States, if supported by SAT scores). Students taking the IB Courses Programme will also have the opportunity to study for a number of different courses including: • Emergency First Responder, • NRASTC Lifeguard Qualification • FA Wales Level 1 Football Coaching • Swim Australia Teaching Qualificatiion In addition, students involved in this Programme must successfully complete the CAS Programme and complete an internallyassessed research project of words (this can be developed into a 4000-word Extended Essay for externally assessment if required).

LEARNING SUPPORT In Learning Support (LS) we encourage each student to develop skills for life-long learning. The Learning Support Faculty offers additional support to Year 12 and 13 students taking the IB Courses programme. This programme includes the following: • Self-study and mentoring – Learning Support teachers act as learning mentors to guide students through the peaks and troughs of post-16 education; • Weekly meetings with students to track their progress and discuss any problems or celebrate any accomplishments; • Specialist support – specific subject support with particular areas of study. Where appropriate, a Student Profile is completed and examination access is applied for.

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WHAT NEXT AFTER BANGKOK PATANA SCHOOL? Careers Education and Guidance in the Senior Studies Programme On successful completion of the Senior Studies Programme, the student is faced with a number of options. There are four key questions that need to be considered and answered: • What should I do now? • Where should I go? • When should I go? • How should I prepare? The careers education and guidance offered to students in Years 12 and 13 allows informed decisions to be made and the above questions to be answered. The process involves students, teachers and parents. The Careers Centre contains up-to-date information on various occupations and on university courses throughout the world. Staff are available to give guidance and support and each student will be offered an individual interview to set an action plan for the future. Counsellors also work with students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 to prepare them for Senior Studies. Building on the knowledge, skills and experience gained from Year 10 and Year 11 electives, workshops and internships, all students will meet with an assigned counsellor in Year 12 in order to discuss their plans for applications to universities or colleges. Students are again counselled in Year 13 to ensure their post-secondary plans are in progress. All students and parents are welcome to make individual appointments at any time. It is important for students and parents to have a plan for their post-secondary experience and the Careers Department is here to help. Some universities require students to take the SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Tests)/ ACTs (American College Testing) and/or the TOEFL/IELTS English Language Proficiency tests (depending on the university›s requirements). It is advisable to start taking the tests in the later part of Year 12. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is available for students to take every October. There will be a cost implication for students registering for these tests. It should be understood that particular university courses may require other tests. For example, students interested in Medicine in the United Kingdom must take the BMAT or UCAT tests and if they wish to pursue Law in the UK they will need to take the National Admissions test for Law (LNAT). Therefore, it is in the interest of the student to contact the Careers Centre early. Students in Year 12 should also consider arranging a university summer programme which will give them important information about their skills and interests and also bolster their university application by making them a more attractive applicant. Organising a work experience internship will also be required for some courses such as medicine, law, veterinary sciences, dental and some engineering courses. Such work experience is a valuable learning experience for all students and, as such, is a recommended part of the post-secondary preparation; again, the careers department will be available to help. It is essential for students to contact their target institutions to build up a relationship and also garner answers about what entry requirements are needed along with ensuring the course and the institution are a good social and academic fit. Some 200+ colleges and universities from across the globe make their way to Bangkok Patana each year to meet informally with our students and discuss their campus, programmes, entrance requirements, etc. Students are made aware of each visit via the Daily Notices and via Cialfo updates. We encourage students to keep a close eye on which colleges/universities are visiting and make every effort to come and meet with the various representatives. This evidence of ‘demonstrated interest’ in the institution and its offerings is valued by competitive admissions offices. Meeting an admissions/recruitment representative from a target university can provide the student with an invaluable contact to answer any specific queries they may have during the application and course acceptance process.

US Testing Many (although not all) U.S. colleges require either the SAT, administered by the Collegeboard, or ACT, administered by ACT.org. They are each offered 5 or 6 times per year between September and June and are generally taken during Term 2 and/or 3 of Year 12 and/or Term 1 of Year 13. Some of the most competitive colleges require Subject Tests, which are also given by the Collegeboard. It is a useful step for Year 12 students and families to review their calendars in the autumn and determine when it might be best to prepare for, and take, the SAT, subject tests or ACT.  More information about the SAT and subject tests can be found at: http://www.collegeboard.com/testing/. For more information about the ACT:  http://act. org/

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Senior Studies Curriculum Guide 2021/22 There are many US colleges that are test optional and do not require the SAT or ACT. More information can be found at: www.Fairtest.org. Please note that if a student submits their SAT/ACT tests to a test-optional school then those test scores become part of the application decision. We would advise that for test-optional schools, a student take the SAT or ACT test and if the scores are very high for that school, then submit them, but if the SAT or ACT test scores are below average for that school then do not submit them. Most students will be applying to schools that do require the SAT/ACT test scores. These require preparation. Bangkok Patana students tend to have little trouble with the SAT Subject tests and some research and practice tests will prepare them well. Students can buy books that will provide a great deal of practice and tips. In preparation for the SAT, the Collegeboard offers the PSAT (or PRACTICE SAT) once per year, which is administered at Bangkok Patana. It is offered to students in October of Year 11 and again in Year 12. The PSAT is a practice test to help students become familiar with the test format and style. Colleges do not receive score results and there is no need for students to prepare in advance. A useful purpose for the PSAT is to establish a baseline for students to understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to focus their test prep later in Year 12. More information about the PSAT can be found at: http://www. collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html Bangkok Patana School is a closed test centre for the SAT and PSAT, which means we offer all of these tests to our students but not to outsiders. Students register through Bangkok Patana for the PSAT but directly with the Collegeboard for the SAT. We are not a test centre for the ACT, so students need to register and take the test elsewhere. We are happy to provide support and guidance for decisions related to these tests, but registration for them is the responsibility of the student. Individual guidance is available from our University Advising office. We look forward to working with you and your students on their future plans.

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THE PASTORAL PROGRAMME Students in Years 12 and 13 follow a Pastoral Programme - called Tutorial - delivered by the Head of Year, Tutors within the Year Team and specialised staff when required, during one 80-minute session each week. Three strands provide a backbone for the programme: staying safe, healthy and happy, Life long learning and life as a global citizen.

Residential Visits Objectives The 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. Year 12 students attend a Residential Visit which focuses on Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Group 4 Project, both of which are compulsory components of the IB Diploma. The Year 12 Residential Visit endeavours to establish the same objectives as Key Stage 3 and 4 Residentials and additionally enables the TOK team to spend extended periods presenting ideas, discussing in small groups and developing the presentation skills of the students in TOK. The Group 4 Project is a collaborative science project undertaken by groups of students from different science disciplines, which encourages students to develop their communication skills and make strong links to the TOK course. This is also an opportunity for students to have some social time together in what is a very demanding year. As with Residential Visits in every year, the emphasis is on: • independence and self-discipline; • self-confidence and self-esteem; • the development of sound relationships among students; • the development of sound relationships between students and staff; • flexibility and consideration for others; • initiative and problem solving skills; • leadership skills; • the ability to work with others in a team; • communication skills; • the ability to enjoy the environment without destroying it; • the opportunity to socialise and have fun. 18 Bangkok Patana School


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“The 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.” The Pastoral Programme

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CORE PHYSICAL EDUCATION Aims The aims of the course are to: • enable students to see physical activity as a major feature in their lives related to leisure, employment and culture; • develop and maintain a habit of physical exercise and activity; • give students the opportunity to pursue sports and activities that they have previously enjoyed as well as giving them the opportunity to experience new activities as part of a broader curriculum; • develop leadership qualities through the provision of vocational activities as well as creating opportunities within other activities; • Offer a different style of lesson and activity against a broadly academic, classroom-based curriculum; • Promoting long-life participation in physical activity by providing a variety of choices .

Course Outline Students select activities from a variety of sports and leisure activities. They participate in a sport for a six-week block before changing to a different sport. During the year they can also select to do a leadership activity, for which they will receive externally accredited certification. They may also elect to use their PE activity as part of their Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme. Opportunities are also provided to lead sessions with local school children.

Assessment Students are assessed throughout the duration of each activity and this informs the lessons that they receive. This is a nonexamination subject, in which active participation, leadership and enjoyment is encouraged. Students opt for activities, and therefore are able to follow a personalised curriculum throughout the year. The assessment criteria is therefore one of effort, organisation and participation only. If students are using their PE activity as part of their CAS programme, then they are required to regularly reflect on their progress against the relevant intended learning outcomes, as they would do in any other CAS experience.

Course Structure Students opt for activities using a google form choosing six-week blocks at a time. They may choose from sports/leisure activities such as football, basketball, rugby, volleyball, tennis, badminton, fitness (body pump/aerobics), kayaking, climbing, futsal, parkour, softball, trampolining, ultimate frisbee, squash and table tennis. They are also able to participate in leadership activities. Opportunities are also provided for varsity level athletes in swimming, tennis and gymnastics to have an extra training session during their PE lessons with specialist coaches. Students are taught in mixed groups and each student has one 80minute period of Physical Education per week.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY (ECA) PROGRAMME The school organises a comprehensive programme of Extra-curricular Activities for students which operates from Monday to Friday. The Secondary School sessions occur both at lunchtime and after school, with three different time slots being offered: 2.30-3.30pm, 3.30-4.30pm and 2.30-4.30pm. Programmes are coordinated to ensure that students have adequate access to school facilities and opportunities for supervised off-site visits. At Bangkok Patana, we run a four-block ECA system, with the school year being divided up into four blocks of approximately eight weeks. The 2019/20 dates are: Block 1

9th September to 11th November

Block 2

25th November to 7th February

Block 3

24th February to 3rd April

Block 4

27th April to 19th June

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 the various activities is on-line via the Parents’ Gateway. Well-being

Learning

Global Citizenship

Competitive Sports

Academic e.g. Core Magazine, Business Club, Improve your Mathematics skills

Environmental Awareness and Action e.g. Digging in the dirt: Community Garden

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

Home Language

Digital Citizenship e.g. Electronics, Python Programming, Robotics

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

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

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

Mindfulness e.g. Yoga and relaxation methods

Instrumental Music

Model United Nations

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

Performing and Fine Arts e.g. Drama Productions and Clubs

International Award

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STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE LANGUAGE A: LITERATURE (ENGLISH) LANGUAGE A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (ENGLISH) LANGUAGE A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (THAI AND OTHER LANGUAGES) SCHOOL-SUPPORTED SELF-TAUGHT LANGUAGE A: (STANDARD LEVEL ONLY) Artwork by Vanessa Blake, Class of 2021 22 Bangkok Patana School


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LANGUAGE A: LITERATURE STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) ENGLISH Aims The aims of all subjects in studies in language and literature are to enable students to: • engage with a range of texts, in a variety of media and forms, from different periods, styles, and cultures • develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting and performing • develop skills in interpretation, analysis and evaluation • develop sensitivity to the formal and aesthetic qualities of texts and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings • develop an understanding of relationships between texts and a variety of perspectives, cultural contexts, and local and global issues, and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings • develop an understanding of the relationships between studies in language and literature and other disciplines • communicate and collaborate in a confident and creative way • foster a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language and literature. Higher Level English: Language A Literature Requirements • 5 literary works from the Prescribed Reading List in English • 4 literary works for the PRL in a language other than English • 4 free choice literary works • • • • •

A minimum of 3 works for each area of exploration 4 literary forms 3 time periods 4 countries or regions 2 continents

Standard Level English: Language A Literature Requirements • 4 literary works from the PRL in English • 3 literary works from the PRL in a language other than English • 2 free choice literary works • • • • •

A minimum of 2 works for each area of exploration 3 literary forms 3 time periods 3 countries or regions 2 continents

Course Outline Three Areas of Exploration: • Readers, Writers and Texts Works are chosen from a variety of literary forms. The study of the works could focus on the relationships between literary texts, readers and writers as well as the nature of literature and its study. This study includes the investigation of the response of readers and the ways in which literary texts generate meaning. The focus is on the development of personal and critical responses to the particulars of literary texts.

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• Time and Space Works are chosen to reflect a range of historical and/or cultural perspectives. Their study focuses on the contexts of literary texts and the variety of ways literary texts might both reflect and shape society at large. The focus is on the consideration of personal and cultural perspectives, the development of broader perspectives, and an awareness of the ways in which context is tied to meaning. • Intertextuality Works are chosen so as to provide students with an opportunity to extend their study and make fruitful comparisons. Their study focuses on intertextual relationships between literary texts with possibilities to explore various topics, thematic concerns, generic conventions, literary forms or literary traditions that have been introduced throughout the course. The focus is on the development of critical response grounded in an understanding of the complex relationships among literary texts. 7 Core Concepts • • • • • • •

Perspective Identity Culture Communication Transformation Representation Creativity

Assessment Standard Level External Assessment (3 hours)

70%

Paper 1: Guided literary analysis (1 hour 15 minutes) The paper consists of two passages from two different literary forms, each accompanied by a guiding question. Students choose one passage and write an analysis of it. (20 marks)

35%

Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes) The paper consists of four general questions. In response to one question, students write a comparative essay based on two works studied in the course. (30 marks)

35%

Internal Assessment This component consists of an individual oral that is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

30%

Individual oral (15 minutes) Supported by an extract from one work written originally in the language studied and one from a work studied in translation, students will offer a prepared response of 10 minutes to the following prompt: Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and form of two of the works that you have studied. This is followed by 5 minutes of questions by the teacher. (40 marks)

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Senior Studies Curriculum Guide 2021/22 Higher Level External Assessment (4 hours) Paper 1: Guided literary analysis (2 hours 15 minutes) The paper consists of two passages from two different literary forms, each accompanied by a question. Students write an analysis of each of the passages. (40 marks)

80%

Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes) The paper consists of four general questions. In response to one question, students write a comparative essay based on two works studied in the course. (30 marks)

25%

Higher level (HL) Essay Students submit an essay on one literary text or work studied during the course. (20 marks) The essay must be 1,200 - 1,500 words in length.

20%

Internal Assessment This component consists of an individual oral that is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

20% Â

 35%

Individual oral (15 minutes) Supported by an extract from one work written originally in the language studied and one from a work studied in translation, students will offer a prepared response of 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions but the teacher to the following prompt: Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and form of two of the works that you have studied. (40 marks)

Who this course is for Higher English (Literature) If you have an innate love of reading and/or are going to study English Literature at university - or Law or History - then consider choosing IB English Literature at Higher Level. Higher English is advisable for students who enjoy studying prose, poetry and plays and are excited by the opportunity to read literature independently and explore ideas in depth in class. If you do not enjoy reading then you will find this course very difficult. Standard English (Literature) If you wish to study IB English at Standard Level then you have the choice of a pure Literature course or the option of combining Literature with Language (for this option see English A: Language and Literature) Standard English Literature is similar to Higher in that you focus on novels, poetry and plays. This option is best suited to students who wish to specialise in Literature to Standard Level and have an innate enjoyment of reading.

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LANGUAGE A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE STANDARD LEVEL (SL) ENGLISH Aims The aims of all subjects in studies in language and literature are to enable students to: • engage with a range of texts, in a variety of media and forms, from different periods, styles, and cultures • develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting and performing • develop skills in interpretation, analysis and evaluation • develop sensitivity to the formal and aesthetic qualities of texts and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings • develop an understanding of relationships between texts and a variety of perspectives, cultural contexts, and local and global issues, and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings • develop an understanding of the relationships between studies in language and literature and other disciplines • communicate and collaborate in a confident and creative way • foster a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language and literature.

Higher Level English: Language A Language and Literature Requirements Students are required to study six literary works and a number of non-literary texts that is equivalent in teaching and learning time. Each Area of Exploration must involve the study of both literary and non-literary texts. Texts and works must be chosen from a variety of cultures and languages. • 2 literary works from the Prescribed Reading List (PRL) in English • 2 literary works from the PRL in a language other than English • 2 free choice literary works • 3 literary forms • 3 time periods • 3 countries or regions • 2 continents Standard Level English: Language A Language and Literature Requirements Students are required to study four literary works and a number of non-literary texts that is equivalent in teaching and learning time. Each Area of Exploration must involve the study of both literary and non-literary texts. Texts and works must be chosen from a variety of cultures and languages. • 1 literary work from the PRL in English • 1 literary work from the PRL in a language other than English • 2 free choice literary works • 2 literary forms • 2 time periods • 2 countries or regions • 2 continents

Course Outline Three Areas of Exploration: • Readers, Writers and Texts Works are chosen from a variety of literary forms. The study of the works could focus on the relationships between literary texts, readers and writers as well as the nature of literature and its study. This study includes the investigation of the response of readers and the ways in which literary texts generate meaning. The focus is on the development of personal and critical responses to the particulars of literary texts.

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Senior Studies Curriculum Guide 2021/22 • Time and Space Works are chosen to reflect a range of historical and/or cultural perspectives. Their study focuses on the contexts of literary texts and the variety of ways literary texts might both reflect and shape society at large. The focus is on the consideration of personal and cultural perspectives, the development of broader perspectives, and an awareness of the ways in which context is tied to meaning. • Intertextuality Works are chosen so as to provide students with an opportunity to extend their study and make fruitful comparisons. Their study focuses on intertextual relationships between literary texts with possibilities to explore various topics, thematic concerns, generic conventions, literary forms or literary traditions that have been introduced throughout the course. The focus is on the development of critical response grounded in an understanding of the complex relationships among literary texts. 7 Core Concepts • • • • • • •

Perspective Identity Culture Communication Transformation Representation Creativity

Assessment - Standard Level External assessment (3 hours) Paper 1: Guided textual analysis (1 hour 15 minutes) The paper consists of two non-literary passages, from two different text types, each accompanied by a guiding question. Students choose one passage and write an analysis of it with the help of one guiding question. (20 marks)

Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes) The paper consists of four general questions. In response to one question students write a comparative essay based on two literary works studied in the course. (30 marks) Internal Assessment This component consists of an individual oral which is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

70% 35%

35%

30%

Individual oral (15 minutes) Supported by two prepared extracts: one from a non-literary text and one from a literary work, students will offer a prepared response of 10 minutes to the following prompt: Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and form of two of the texts that you have studied. This is followed by 5 minutes of questions by the teacher. (40 marks)

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Assessment - Higher Level External assessment (4 hours) Paper 1: Guided textual analysis (2 hours 15 minutes) The paper consists of two non-literary passages, from two different text types, each accompanied by a guiding question. Students write an analysis of each of the passages. (40 marks

Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes) The paper consists of four general questions. In response to one question students write a comparative essay based on two literary works studied in the course. (30 marks)

80% 35%

25%

20% Higher level (HL) Essay Students submit an essay on one literary or non-literary text or work studied during the course. (20 marks) The essay must be 1,200 - 1,500 words in length.

Internal Assessment This component consists of an individual oral which is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

20%

Individual oral (15 minutes) Supported by two prepared extracts: one from a non-literary text and one from a literary work, students will offer a prepared response of 10 minutes to the following prompt: Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and form of two of the texts that you have studied. This is followed by 5 minutes of questions by the teacher. (40 marks)

Who this course is for Higher English (Language and Literature) If you wish to study English IB at Higher Level and would like to combine Language and Literature, rather than specialising in 100% Literature, then this is the best option for you. Half (50%) of this course involves the study of English Language. This can cover as wide a range as political speeches from 17th century England to an advertising campaign in 21st century USA. Half (50%) of this course involves the study of English Literature. This will cover novels, poetry and plays. This course is equally rigorous as the Language A: Literature course and is given equal status by universities; however, it does require less independent reading of fiction so if you are not a ‘natural reader’ then this may be the better option for you. If your passion is reading high quality fiction then a pure Literature course at Standard or Higher Level may better suit your needs (please see Language A: Literature).

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Standard English (Language and Literature) If you wish to study English IB at Standard Level and would like to combine Language and Literature, rather than specialising in 100% Literature, then this is the best option for you. Half (50%) of this course involves the study of English Language. This can cover as wide a range as political speeches from 17th century England to an advertising campaign in 21st century USA. Half (50%) of this course involves the study of English Literature. This will cover novels, poetry and plays. This course is equally rigorous as the Language A: Literature course and is given equal status by universities; however, it does require less independent reading of fiction so if you are not a ‘natural reader’ then this may be the better option for you. If your passion is reading high quality fiction then a pure Literature course at Standard or Higher Level may better suit your needs (please see Language A: Literature).

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LANGUAGE A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL THAI (HL) Aims The aims of all subjects in studies in language and literature are to enable students to: • engage with a range of texts, in a variety of media and forms, from different periods, styles, and cultures • develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting and performing • develop skills in interpretation, analysis and evaluation • develop sensitivity to the formal and aesthetic qualities of texts and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings • develop an understanding of relationships between texts and a variety of perspectives, cultural contexts, and local and global issues, and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings • develop an understanding of the relationships between studies in language and literature and other disciplines • communicate and collaborate in a confident and creative way • foster a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language and literature.

What students will learn in Language A: Language and Literature Thai? Students will learn about the complex and dynamic nature of language and explore both its practical and aesthetic dimensions. They will explore the crucial role language plays in communication, reflecting experience and shaping the world. Students will also learn about their own roles as producers of language and develop their productive skills. Throughout the course, students will explore the various ways in which language choices, text types, literary forms and contextual elements all effect meaning. Through close analysis of various text types and literary forms, students will consider their own interpretations, as well as the critical perspectives of others, to explore how such positions are shaped by culture belief systems and to negotiate meanings for texts. Students will engage in activities that involve them in the process of production and help shape their critical awareness of how texts and their associated visual and audio elements work together to influence the audience/ reader and how audience/readers open up the possibilities of texts. With its focus on a wide variety of communicative acts, the course is meant to develop sensitivity to the foundational nature, and pervasive influenced, of language in the world at large.

Course Structure In the Thai Department, the course is offered at Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) for students currently studying Thai and for whom Thai is native or near-native. Students wishing to take the course should aim for mastering their communication. SL requires the total of 150 teaching hours while HL requires 240. The time allocation for teaching is two double periods per week for SL students and three double periods per week for HL students. HL students will usually be taught together with SL students for two of the three double periods every week. HL students should enjoy exercising their language proficiency. Materials used in class will cover a range of topics, both literary and non-literary.

Comparison Between SL and HL The model of language A: Language and Literature is the same at SL and HL but there are significant quantitative and qualitative differences between the levels. Works Read

Standard Level

Higher Level

Works in translation by authors on the Prescribed Reading List

Study of a minimum of one work

Study of a minimum of two works

Works originally written in the language studied, by authors on the Prescribed Reading List

Study of a minimum of one work

Study of a minimum of two works

Free choice works

Study of two works freely chosen

Study of two works freely chosen

Total works studied

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Senior Studies Curriculum Guide 2021/22 Internal Assessment Individual Oral External Assessment Paper 1: Guided textual analysis

Paper 2: Comparative Essay

HL essay

Standard Level

Higher Level

Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and the form of one of the works and of the texts that you have studied. Standard Level

Higher Level

A guided analysis of a previously unseen non-literary extract or text from a choice of two.

Two guided analyses of previously unseen non-literary extracts or texts.

A comparative essay referring to two works studied during the course in relation to the question chosen from a choice of four.

N/A

A 1200-1500 word essay exploring a line of inquiry in connection with a studied text or work.

The Learner Portfolio The learner portfolio is a central element of the Language A: Language and Literature course, and is mandatory for all students. It is an individual collection of student work done throughout the two years of the course. It is a space in which students can prepare for assessment. The learner portfolio is a place for student to: • explore and reflect upon literary and non-literary texts, and to establish connections amongst them and with the area of exploration and the central concepts in the subject • reflect on their responses to the works being studied in the corresponding area of exploration • establish connections between works and previous one have read, and between their perspectives and values as readers and those of their peers. It is expected that the work necessary to meet the requirements in all assessment components will have evolved and been drawn from the contents of the portfolio. To that effect, each student’s portfolio should include at the end the “Works Studied Form” detailing the works that have been selected as part of the course and how they have been made to interact with the assessment components.

Course Outline Three Areas of Exploration: • Readers, Writers and Texts Works are chosen from a variety of literary forms. The study of the works could focus on the relationships between literary texts, readers and writers as well as the nature of literature and its study. This study includes the investigation of the response of readers and the ways in which literary texts generate meaning. The focus is on the development of personal and critical responses to the particulars of literary texts. • Time and Space Works are chosen to reflect a range of historical and/or cultural perspectives. Their study focuses on the contexts of literary texts and the variety of ways literary texts might both reflect and shape society at large. The focus is on the consideration of personal and cultural perspectives, the development of broader perspectives, and an awareness of the ways in which context is tied to meaning. • Intertextuality Works are chosen so as to provide students with an opportunity to extend their study and make fruitful comparisons. Their study focuses on intertextual relationships between literary texts with possibilities to explore various topics, thematic concerns, generic conventions, literary forms or literary traditions that have been introduced throughout the course. The focus is on the development of critical response grounded in an understanding of the complex relationships among literary texts. Bangkok Patana School 31


• Conceptual Understanding Concepts are vital in studies in language and literature courses since they help to organise and guide the study of texts across the three areas of exploration. The concepts interact with the three areas of exploration in numerous ways and contribute a sense of continuity in the transition from one area to the next. They also facilitate the process of establishing connections between texts, making it easier for students to identify different ways in which the texts they study relate to one another. Although they are not explicitly assessed in any component, the concepts constitute an essential part of a student’s investigation and should therefore be included in the discussion of each of the texts studied. There are seven concepts; Perspective, Identity, Culture, Communication, Transformation, Representation and Creativity.

Assessment - Standard Level External assessment (3 hours) Paper 1: Guided textual analysis (1 hour 15 minutes) The paper consists of two non-literary passages, from two different text types, each accompanied by a question. Students choose one passage and write an analysis of it. (20 marks)

Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes) The paper consists of four general questions. In response to one question students write a comparative essay based on two works studied in the course. (30 marks)

Internal Assessment This component consists of an individual oral which is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

70% 35%

35%

30%

Individual oral (15 minutes) Supported by an extract from one non-literary text and one from a literary work, students will offer a prepared response of 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions by the teacher, to the following prompt: Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and form of two of the texts that you have studied. (40 marks)

Assessment - Higher Level External Assessment (4 hours)

80%

Paper 1: Guided literary analysis (2 hours 15 minutes) The paper consists of two passages from two different literary forms, each accompanied by a question. Students write an analysis of each of the passages. (40 marks)

 35%

Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes) The paper consists of four general questions. In response to one question, students write a comparative essay based on two works studied in the course. (30 marks)

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Higher level (HL) Essay Students submit an essay on one non-literary text or a collection of non-literary texts by one same author, or a literary text or work studied during the course. (20 marks) The essay must be 1,200 - 1,500 words in length.

Internal Assessment: Individual oral (15 minutes) This component consists of an individual oral that is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course. Individual oral (15 minutes) Supported by an extract from one work written originally in the language studied and one from a work studied in translation, students will offer a prepared response of 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions but the teacher to the following prompt: Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and form of two of the works that you have studied. (40 marks)

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SCHOOL-SUPPORTED SELF-TAUGHT LANGUAGE A: LITERATURE (STANDARD LEVEL ONLY) Language A: literature is a literature course that may be studied in as many as eighty languages. School Supported Self Taught Language A provides an opportunity for students to continue to develop oral and written skills in their mother tongue while studying in a different language of instruction. The course is built on the notion of conceptual learning in which students engage with central concepts of the discipline to become flexible, critical readers of all types of texts. In the language A: literature course students will learn about the various manifestations of literature as a powerful mode of writing across cultures and throughout history. They will explore and develop an understanding of factors that contribute to the production and reception of literature, such as the creativity of writers and readers; the nature of the interaction with the writers’ and readers’ respective contexts and with literary tradition; the ways in which language can give rise to meaning and/or effect and the performative and transformative potential of literary creation and response. With its focus on literature, the course is particularly concerned with developing sensitivity to aesthetic uses of language and empowering students to consider the ways in which literature represents and constructs the world and social and cultural identities.

Aims • • • • •

• • •

engage with a range of texts in a variety of media and forms from different periods, styles and cultures develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting and performing develop skills in interpretation, analysis and evaluation develop sensitivity to the formal and aesthetic qualities of texts and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings develop an understanding of relationships between texts and a variety of perspectives, cultural contexts and local and global issues and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings develop an understanding of the relationships between studies in language and literature and other disciplines communicate and collaborate in a confident and creative way foster a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language and literature

Standard Level Language A Requirements: • • • • • • • •

4 literary works from the Prescribed Reading List in the Language A studied 3 literary works from the PRL in a language other than the Language A studied (in translation) 2 free choice literary works A minimum of 2 works for each area of exploration 3 literary forms 3 time periods 3 countries or regions 2 continents

9 Works studied in total

Course Outline Three Areas of Exploration: • Readers, Writers and Texts Works are chosen from a variety of literary forms. The study of the works could focus on the relationships between literary texts, readers and writers as well as the nature of literature and its study. This study includes the investigation of the response of readers and the ways in which literary texts generate meaning. The focus is on the development of personal and critical responses to the particulars of literary texts.

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Senior Studies Curriculum Guide 2021/22 • Time and Space Works are chosen to reflect a range of historical and/or cultural perspectives. Their study focuses on the contexts of literary texts and the variety of ways literary texts might both reflect and shape society at large. The focus is on the consideration of personal and cultural perspectives, the development of broader perspectives, and an awareness of the ways in which context is tied to meaning. • Intertextuality Works are chosen so as to provide students with an opportunity to extend their study and make fruitful comparisons. Their study focuses on intertextual relationships between literary texts with possibilities to explore various topics, thematic concerns, generic conventions, literary forms or literary traditions that have been introduced throughout the course. The focus is on the development of critical response grounded in an understanding of the complex relationships among literary texts. 7 Core Concepts • • • • • • •

Perspective Identity Culture Communication Transformation Representation Creativity

Assessment External Assessment (3 hours)

70%

Paper 1: Guided literary analysis (1 hour 15 minutes) The paper consists of two passages from two different literary forms, each accompanied by a question. Students choose one passage and write an analysis of it. (20 marks)

35%

Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes) The paper consists of four general questions. In response to one question, students write a comparative essay based on two works studied in the course. (30 marks)

35%

Internal Assessment

30%

This component consists of an individual oral that is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course. Individual oral (15 minutes) Supported by an extract from one work written originally in the language studied and one from a work studied in translation, students will offer a prepared response of 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions but the teacher to the following prompt: Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and form of two of the works that you have studied. (40 marks) All assessment tasks for self-taught students are externally assessed.

Who this course is for Students choosing to study School Supported Self Taught Language A should be bilingual and have read widely in their Language A. This is a Group 1 course and is suitable for students experienced in using a language in an academic context. This is not a language acquisition course and students should be highly competent in the target language. Students may have studied their Language A independently and gained a qualification in the language A, for example IGCSE, DELF, MYP. This course will be beneficial for bilingual students who are considering studying at a university in the country of their Language A choice. Students who study Language A and either English A or English B will be eligible to gain the Bilingual IB Diploma. Bangkok Patana School 35


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LANGUAGE B STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) The IB DP language B course provides students with the opportunity to acquire or develop an additional language and to promote an understanding of other cultures through the study of language. Language B is designed for students who possess a degree of knowledge and experience in the target language. High performing standard level students should be able to follow university courses in other disciplines in the language B that is studied.

Aims The courses aim to: • Develop students’ intercultural understanding • Enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes • Encourage, through the study of texts and social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures • Develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge • Develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar • Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language • Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of an additional language.

Course Outline Five prescribed themes are common to the syllabuses of language ab initio and language B; the themes provide relevant contexts for study at all levels of language acquisition in the Diploma Programme, and opportunities for students to communicate about matters of personal, local or national, and global interest. The five prescribed themes are: • identities • experiences • human ingenuity • social organisation • sharing the planet At Higher Level, in addition to the topics above, two works of literature are studied. Students are required to read two works of literature originally written in the target language.

Assessment Paper 1 (Writing)

One writing task of 250-400 words (450-600 words for HL) from a choice of three, each from a different theme.

1 hour 15 minutes (SL) 1 hour 30 minutes (HL)

25%

Paper 2 (Text Handling)

Reading comprehension, drawn from all five themes.

1 hour 30 minutes (SL 2 hours (HL)

50%

Oral

Individual oral

12-15 minutes

25%

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Course Structure Courses will be offered in French, Mandarin and Spanish, subject to demand and availability. English Language B is also available for students who study a non-English Language A course in Group 1 and this combination leads to the award of a ‘Bilingual Diploma’. The Higher Level course is only suitable for those students who have clearly recognisable skills in the language and who can already use and manipulate the language to a high standard. The Standard Level course is normally taken by students who have a good grade at (I)GCSE or its equivalent. The syllabi at Higher and Standard Level are similar in content although study in the former will be more intensive and proficiency levels achieved should thus be much higher. Materials used in class will cover a range of topics, both literary and non-literary. Higher Level students and Standard Level students will share a combined class for two double periods every week and Higher Level students will then have an additional double period taught separately.

Who this course is for Language B is an additional language-learning course designed for students with previous learning of that language, preferably at (I)GCSE level. This course is ideal for students who found success at (I)GCSE and are already able to read, write, speak and listen in the target language. Language B may be studied at either SL or HL. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. These language skills will be developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material. Such material will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts (in the case of HL), and should be related to the culture(s) concerned. Language B is not designed as a course for students who are home language speakers of that language, but for those who have learnt the language as an MFL.

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AB INITIO LANGUAGES STANDARD LEVEL (SL) The Language Ab Initio course is designed for students with little or no prior experience of the language they wish to study. Decisions on the appropriateness of the course fare taken by the school. The most important consideration being that the course should be a challenging educational experience for the student.

Aims The courses aim to: • furnish students with a solid grounding in the language, focusing on the key skills of reading, speaking, listening and writing; • provide students with the skills required for everyday communication; • provide the students with an insight into the culture of the countries where the target language is spoken.

Course Outline Five prescribed themes are common to the syllabuses of language ab initio and language B; the themes provide relevant contexts for study at all levels of language acquisition in the DP, and opportunities for students to communicate about matters of personal, local or national, and global interest. The five prescribed themes are: • identities • experiences • human ingenuity • social organisation • sharing the planet

Assessment Paper 1 (Writing) Paper 2 (Text Handling and Listening)

Oral

Two written tasks of 70–150 words each from a choice of three tasks, choosing a text type for each task from among those listed in the examination instructions. Listening comprehension (45 minutes) Reading comprehension (1 hour) Comprehension exercises on three audio passages and three written texts, drawn from all five themes. Individual Oral A conversation with the teacher, based on a visual stimulus and at least one additional course theme.

1 hour

25%

1 hour 45 minutes

50%

7 - 10 minutes

25%

Course Structure Courses can be offered in several languages. Students will be exposed to written and spoken language and will carry out tasks in listening, reading, speaking and writing. The tasks will be topic-based and practical in nature, the emphasis being on the ability to communicate effectively in the target language.

Who this course is for While this course is solely aimed at beginners, the achievement of a good grade will demand a considerable amount of hard work on the part of the student as the level expected at the end of Year 13 is well in advance of that required for (I)GCSE.

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INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT ECONOMICS GEOGRAPHY HISTORY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY Artwork by Madeline (Maddie) Dewsie, Class of 2021 40 Bangkok Patana School


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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The IB Business Management programme aims to: • give students an understanding of business principles, practices and skills; • develop knowledge and understanding of business terminology, concepts and principles; • develop competencies in problem-solving by identifying the problem, selecting and interpreting data, applying appropriate tools and recommending solutions by evaluating their quantitative and qualitative implications.

Course Outline The IB Business Management course integrates six underlying concepts (change, culture, ethics, globalisation, innovation and strategy) with the business management tools, techniques and theories used to make business decisions as well as integrating case studies and examples to allow students to relate their knowledge to the real world. Standard Level The Standard Level (SL) syllabus consists of five Core topics, plus a secondary research-based business commentary:

Business Organisation and Environment

Marketing

Human Resources

Operations Management Finance and Accounts

Higher Level The Higher Level (HL) syllabus consists of the same five Core topics but with additional content plus a primary researchbased project.

Assessment Standard Level Paper 1

Questions based on pre-seen case study

1 hour 15 minutes

30%

Paper 2

Structured questions (quantitative, qualitative and concept focused essay)

1hour 45 minutes

45%

Internal Assessment

Written commentary

N/A

25%

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Higher Level Paper 1

Questions based on pre-seen case study

2 hour 15 minutes

35%

Paper 2

Structured questions (quantitative, qualitative and concept focused essay)

2 hour 15 minutes

40%

Internal Assessment

Business Report

N/A

25%

Course Structure All students cover the five Core topics which have common content and success criteria. In addition to the Core, HL students are expected to complete extension areas of study in all five topics adding both depth and breadth to the course. Students can be taught in HL or SL groups or in mixed groups. Outside expertise is made use of whenever possible and students are expected to link their research projects to real business issues. Real-life application as well as integrating the six underlying concepts are now also a focus of one of the exam questions.

Who this course is for The demands of the Standard Level course are as rigorous as those of the Higher Level course; however, the content is reduced. Students doing this course need to have an interest in the business environment and do not need to have done Business Studies at IGCSE. There is not a large amount of mathematical content and so having a good ability in Mathematics is not essential but students should be aware there will be some basic numeracy questions.

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ECONOMICS STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The aims of the course are to: • provide students with a core knowledge of economics; • encourage students to think critically about economics; • promote an awareness and understanding of internationalism in economics; • encourage students’ development as independent learners; • enable students to distinguish between positive and normative economics; • enable students to recognise their own tendencies for bias.

Course Outline The IB Economics course integrates core underlying concepts (scarcity, choice, efficiency, equity, economic well-being, sustainability, change, interdependence and intervention.) Higher and Standard Level candidates all study the following topics, with various sections of the course specific to HL Economics. 1. Introduction to Economics 2. Microeconomics (includes some content specific to HL) 3. Macroeconomics (includes some content specific to HL) 4. The Global Economy (includes some content specific to HL)

Assessment Standard Level Paper 1

Extended response essay question

1 hour 15 minutes

30%

Paper 2

Data response questions

1 hour 45 minutes

40%

Internal Assessment

Portfolio of three commentaries

N/A

30%

Higher Level Paper 1

Extended response essay question

1 hour 15 minutes

20%

Paper 2

Data response questions

1 hour 45 minutes

30%

Paper 3

A policy paper

1 hour 45 minutes

30%

Internal Assessment

Portfolio of three commentaries

N/A

20%

Course Structure Economics may be run as a mixed group of Higher and Standard Level students.

Who this course is for Students should be interested in government policies and how they affect consumers and businesses within a country’s economy. The Higher Level course has a Mathematical component assessed in paper 2 and paper 3, but the ability demands are equivalent to that of IGCSE Mathematics.. The content of the Standard Level course is quite reduced and has a reduced mathematical component assessed in paper 2. Students of Economics may to go into politics, international relations, banking and the general business environment. Bangkok Patana School 43


GEOGRAPHY STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The aims of the geography course at SL and HL are to enable students to: • Develop an understanding of the dynamic interrelationships between people, places, spaces and the environment at different scales • Develop a critical awareness and consider complexity thinking in the context of the nexus of geographic issues, including: • acquiring an in-depth understanding of how geographic issues, or wicked problems, have been shaped by powerful human and physical processes • synthesising diverse geographic knowledge in order to form viewpoints about how these issues could be resolved • Understand and evaluate the need for planning and sustainable development through the management of resources at varying scales.

Course Outline All students (SL and HL) study the following: Part 1: Optional Themes Standard Level In addition to the Core, Standard Level (SL) students study two optional themes: 1. Freshwater – drainage basins 2. Ocean and coastal margins Higher Level In addition to the above Higher Level (HL) students study the Standard Level optional themes and: 3. Food and health Part 2: Geographic perspectives – global change Standard Level and Higher Level 1. Populations distribution – changing population 2. Global climate – vulnerability and resilience 3. Global resource consumption and security Higher Level 4. Power, places and networks 5. Human development and diversity 6. Global risks and reliance

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Assessment Standard Level Paper 1

Optional Themes

1 hour 30 minutes

35%

Paper 2

Geographic perspectives

1 hour 15 minutes

40%

Fieldwork

Internal assessment

20 hours

25%

Higher Level Paper 1

Optional themes

2 hours 15 minutes

35%

Paper 2

Geographic perspectives

1 hours 15 minutes

25%

Paper 3

Higher extension

1 hour

20%

Fieldwork

Internal assessment

20 hours

20%

Course Structure Geography is taught in mixed ability classes. Fieldwork takes place at Mae Kok Village resort in Chiang Mai province (changing river variables, which also includes work on a CAS project). Additional costs will be incurred for this mandatory section of the course.

Who this course is for Geography is such a diverse subject that studying the IB course will be applicable to students that have an interest in areas of Human, Physical, Economic and Development Geography, and enjoy exploring the various inter-relationships between the different components. Studying Geography can provide an individual with a holistic understanding of our planet and its systems. Those who study Geography are better prepared to understand topics impacting our planet such as climate change, global warming, desertification, El Nino, water resource issues, among others. With their understanding of political geography, those who study Geography are well-positioned to comprehend and explain global political issues that occur between countries, cultures, cities and their hinterlands, and between regions within countries. Ideally students will have studied Geography at IGCSE level in order to get a grounding for the IB course, but this is not essential to succeed and pre-course reading materials will be provided. Geography certainly suits all types of learners but particularly visual people who like to solve problems, research solutions and utilize technology. Studying Geography can help to prepare for a wide range of careers which include Economic and Social Development researchers and consultants, NGO case workers, Global Politics and International Relations, Urban Planning, GIS specialist, Cartographer, Climatologist, Volcanologist, Transport Management, Environmental Management, Emergency/Disaster Management, Demography, Journalism and Marketing to name but a few.

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HISTORY STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The course aims to: • develop an understanding of, and continuing interest in, the past; • encourage students to engage with multiple perspectives and to appreciate the complex nature of historical concepts, issues, events and developments; • promote international-mindedness through the study of history from more than one region of the world; • develop an understanding of history as a discipline and to develop historical consciousness including a sense of chronology and context, and an understanding of different historical perspectives; • develop key historical skill, including engaging effectively with sources; • increase students’ understanding of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past.

Course Outline The 20th Century Standard Level • The Move to Global War-Japanese Expansionism 1931-41 and German/Italian Expansion 1933-40 • Authoritarian States: Hitler’s Germany, Ho Chi Minh’s Vietnam, • Causes and effects of 20th century wars: First and Second World Wars, Russian Civil War, Vietnam War. • The Cold War (Early Period-1945-50)

Higher Level (in addition to SL content) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

China and Korea (1910–1950) Rise of national identity in China Nationalist rule of China Rise of communism in China Impact of Japanese invasion of China Impact of Japanese rule of Korea Taiwan and Republic of China (ROC) The People’s Republic of China (1949–2005) Consolidation of the communist state (1949–1961) under Mao Zedong Transition to socialism Social developments; women’s rights; health; education Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Foreign policy and foreign affairs 1949–1976 Power struggle following the death of Mao Zedong China under Deng Xiaoping (1976–1997) Cold War conflicts in Asia Korea: Korean War (1950–1953) Vietnam Cambodia Afghanistan

In addition, all students will complete an Historical Investigation which is a research assignment of 2,200 words on a topic chosen by the student.

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Assessment Standard Level

Paper 1

Analysing sources on ‘The Move to Global War’Japanese Expansionism 1931-41 and German/Italian Expansion 1933-40

Paper 2

Two essays on 20th century wars and single-party states, early Cold War

Historical Investigation

1 hour

30%

1 hour 30 minutes

45%

Internal Assessment on a topic of the student’s choice

N/A

25%

Paper 1

Analysing sources on ‘The Move to Global War’-Japanese Expansionism 1931-41 and German/Italian Expansion 1933-40

1 hour

20%

Paper 2

Two essays on 20th century wars and single-party states, early Cold War

1 hour 30 minutes

25%

Paper 3

Three essays on the topics Japan, China, Korea

2 hours 30 minutes

35%

Approximately 20 hours (mostly homework)

20%

Higher Level

Historical Investigation

Internal Assessment on a topic of the student’s choice

Course Structure Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) students are taught together for Papers 1 and 2. All students cover The World Wars, Move to Global War, Early Cold War and leaders of Authoritarian states. In addition, HL students look at China, Korea and Cold War conflicts in Asia. HL and SL students will be taught together for two double lessons while the HL topics will be taught to HL students for one double lesson per week.

Who this course is for Higher and Standard Level History is for students who have an interest in history and why the world is the way it is today. Students will be involved in discussion, debates and role plays so active participation is expected. History prepares students well for university life as it is a subject with a strong emphasis on argument and analysis. These are crucial for so many university courses but also for jobs and careers beyond university. It helps to have studied it for IGCSE, but it is not necessary.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY (ITGS) STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The course aims to: • enable the student to evaluate social and ethical considerations arising from the widespread use of IT by individuals, families, communities, organisations and societies at the local and global level; • develop the student’s understanding of the capabilities of current and emerging IT systems and to evaluate their impact on a range of stakeholders; • enable students to apply their knowledge of existing IT systems to various scenarios and to make informed judgments about the effects of IT developments on them; • encourage students to use their knowledge of IT systems and practical IT skills to justify IT solutions for a specified client or end-user.

Course Outline Social and Ethical Significance

Reliability and integrity, security, privacy and anonymity, intellectual property, authenticity, the digital divide and equality of access, surveillance, globalisation and cultural diversity, policies, standards and protocols, people and machines, digital citizenship.

Application to Specified Scenarios

Business and employment, education and training, environment, health, home and leisure, politics and government.

IT Systems

Hardware, software, networks, internet, personal and public communications, multimedia/digital media, databases, spreadsheets, modelling and simulations, introduction to project management. HL extension: IT systems in organisations, robotics, artificial intelligence and expert systems, information systems specific to the annually issued case study.

Assessment Standard Level Component 1

Answer two of four structured questions

1 hour 30 minutes

40%

Component 2

Written response to one unseen article

1 hour 15 minutes

30%

Component 3

Internal Assessment

30 hours

30%

Higher Level Component 1

Answer three of seven structured questions

2 hours 15 minutes

35%

Component 2

Written response to one unseen article

1 hour 15 minutes

20%

Component 3

Four questions based on a pre-seen case study

1 hour 15 minutes

25%

Component 4

Internal Assessment

30 hours

20%

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Internal Assessment: Standard Level and Higher Level The development of an original IT product for a specified client. Students must produce: • a cover page using prescribed format; • an original IT product; • documentation supporting the product (word limit 2,000 words); • Screencast.

Course Structure An integrated approach is used when teaching ITGS. Social and ethical significance, application to specified scenarios and IT Systems are all interconnected. The parts of the syllabus are woven together so that, by the end of the course, students are able to appreciate the links between all the parts of the syllabus. During the first year students undertake an intensive programme of learning and refreshing their ICT application skills in order to prepare them for their Internal Assessment (project). The project is completed in the first year. In the second year we focus on structuring answers to exam questions and answering questions based on technology news articles. The HL students also examine the case study.

Who this course is for There is no specific degree subject linked to ITGS that a student may continue to study at university. However, ITGS would be useful for any ICT, humanities or society/social based further study. An ITGS student needs to be very interested in all fields of technology and be willing to read and present technology related news articles that have associated social or ethical issues. ITGS students need a good eye for detail when it comes to completing coursework since there are many processes and criteria that need to be carefully followed. A good level of English language ability is required in order to undertake the background reading and to structure exam paper answers.

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EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCES BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY COMPUTER SCIENCE DESIGN TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND SOCIETIES PHYSICS Sculpture by Siddhi Jain, Class of 2020 50 Bangkok Patana School


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BIOLOGY STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of life processes. In doing so students will: • Appreciate scientific study and creativity within a global context through stimulating and challenging opportunities; • Acquire a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology; • Apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology; • Develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific information; • Develop a critical awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities; • Develop experimental and investigative scientific skills including the use of current technologies; • Develop and apply 21st century communication skills in the study of science; • Become critically aware, as global citizens, of the ethical implications of using science and technology; • Develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of science and technology; • Develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge.

Course Outline The syllabus for the Diploma Programme Biology course is divided into three parts: the Core, the Additional Higher Level (AHL) material and the Options. A syllabus overview is provided below: Core

AHL

1. Cell biology 2. Molecular biology 3. Genetics 4. Ecology 5. Evolution and biodiversity 6. Human physiology

7. Cell biology 8. Molecular biology 9. Genetics 10. Ecology 11. Evolution and biodiversity 12. Human physiology

Options SL Students are required to study one option

Options HL Students are required to study one option

A. Neurobiology and behaviour B. Biotechnology and bioinformatics C. Ecology and conservation D. Human physiology

A. Neurobiology and behaviour B. Biotechnology and bioinformatics C. Ecology and conservation D. Human physiology

Assessment Standard Level Paper 1

30 multiple-choice questions

45 minutes

20%

Paper 2

Data-based question, short answer response and extended response question

1 hour 15 minutes

40%

Paper 3

Data-based question, short answer response and extended response question

1 hour

20%

Individual Investigation (6-12 pages)

10 hours

20%

Internal Assessment

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Higher Level Paper 1

40 multiple-choice questions

1 hour

20%

Paper 2

Data-based question, short answer response and extended response question

2 hours 15 minutes

36%

Paper 3

Data-based question, short answer response and extended response question

1 hour 15 minutes

24%

Individual Investigation (6-12 pages)

10 hours

20%

Internal Assessment

Course Structure The teaching of Biology as an experimental science requires that all students participate in a field trip in January of Year 12. The trip take place in Khao Yai national park where we stay in a resort just outside the entrance to the park. The trip lasts three days and three nights and takes place during which students are taught a variety of field/Ecology techniques. There may also be an opportunity during the trip for students to carry out a personal investigation of an aspect of forest ecology. Parents will be informed of the final arrangement for fieldtrip during Term 1 of Year 12. All students are required to complete the practical scheme of work, 60 hours for HL and 40 hours for SL students. All students must complete the Group 4, collaborative Science project which takes place during the Year 12 Residential.

Who this course is for Higher Level Biology Grade 6,6,6 or above at IGCSE across all three Sciences and usually with a strength in Biology. Or Grade 7,6 or above at IGCSE Double Award Science. Or by consultation and agreement with Head of Subject and IB Coordinator. Standard Level Biology Grade 5,5,5 or above at IGCSE across all three Sciences and usually with a strength in Biology. Or Grade 5,5 or above at IGCSE Double Award Science. Or by consultation and agreement with Head of Subject and IB Coordinator.

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CHEMISTRY STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims To study Chemistry is to study the composition and properties of substances and the nature of the reactions by which they can be produced or converted into other substances. The IB Chemistry course aims to help students understand: • the world around them; • how to make better materials; • how to get the energy we need; • how to protect the environment.

Course Outline The syllabus for IB Chemistry is divided into three parts: • Core • Additional Higher Level (AHL) • Options There are 11 topics studied in the Core theory syllabus and, at Higher Level, these are extended in the AHL material. The 11 topics are: SL and AHL Topics

Options (one option is studied at both SL and AHL)

Quantitative chemistry Atomic structure Periodicity Bonding Energetics Kinetics Equilibrium Acids and bases Oxidation and reduction Organic Chemistry Measurement and data processing

Materials Energy Medicinal Chemistry Biochemistry

Assessment External assessment consists of three written papers at both Standard and Higher Level as well as Internal Assessment (IA) of practical skills. Details are summarised below: Standard Level Paper 1

30 multiple-choice questions on the Core material

Paper 2

Tests core and AHL material. Short answer and extended answer questions.

Paper 3

Tests core material and the SL option topic. Section A has one data based question and several short answer questions on experimental work. Section B has short answer and extended response questions on the selected option topic.

Internal Assessment

See next page

45 minutes

20%

1 hour 15 minutes

40%

1 hour

20%

Approximately 10 hours

20%

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Higher Level Paper 1

40 multiple-choice questions (approximately 20 Core and 20 AHL questions).

Paper 2

1 hour

20%

Tests core and AHL material. Short answer and extended answer questions.

2 hours 15 minutes

36%

Paper 3

Tests core material, AHL material and the option topic. Section A has one data based question and several short answer questions on experimental work. Section B has short answer and extended response questions on the selected option topic.

1 hour 15 minutes

24%

Internal Assessment

See below

Approximately 10 hours

20%

Course Structure Assessment has two components; internal assessment and external assessment. Topics are covered with each one starting with Core and then progressing onto AHL material. The Options are generally covered in Year 13. Internal Assessment involves one extended laboratory investigation designed by the student. Students should expect to carry out both short and long term investigations in addition to the Group 4 project. Students of Higher Level Chemistry may continue to study pure chemistry or chemical engineering or else a discipline in the biological field where a good background in chemistry is deemed essential such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, microbiology etc. In many cases Higher Level Chemistry may be an entry requirement for these courses. A competent but not necessarily excellent level of Mathematics is required, usually illustrated by a good grade at IGCSE. Students of Standard Level Chemistry typically have a broader range of subjects in mind for Further Education and take the subject for the sake of interest and enquiry or as an extra science course to supplement their study of Physics and Mathematics in their ambition for an engineering course. The demands of the Standard Level course are as rigorous as those of the Higher Level course however the content is reduced.

Who this course is for To ensure success in Chemistry at IB the following are expected: Higher Level Chemistry Grade 6,6,6 or above at IGCSE across all three Sciences and usually with a strength in Chemistry. Or Grade 7,6 or above at IGCSE Double Award Science. Or by consultation and agreement with Head of Subject and IB Coordinator. Standard Level Chemistry Grade 5,5,5 or above at IGCSE across all three Sciences and usually with a strength in Chemistry. Or Grade 5,5 or above at IGCSE Double Award Science. Or by consultation and agreement with Head of Subject and IB Coordinator. Typically this will be supported by high grades for both IGCSE English and Mathematics.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The course aims to: • provide opportunities for study and creativity within a global context that will stimulate and challenge students developing the skills necessary for independent and lifelong learning; • provide a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize computer science; • enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise computer science; • demonstrate initiative in applying thinking skills critically to identify and resolve complex problems; • engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication in resolving complex problems; • develop logical and critical thinking as well as experimental, investigative and problem-solving skills; • develop and apply the students’ information and communication technology skills in the study of computer science to communicate information confidently and effectively; • raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology; • develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with continued developments in IT systems and computer science; • encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.

Course Outline Common Core (HL and SL students)

Additional HL Material (HL students only)

Option (HL and SL students)

Topic 1: System fundamentals

Topic 5: Abstract data structures

Topic 2: Computer organisation

Topic 6: Resource management

The class will follow one of the options listed:

Topic 3: Networks

Topic 7: Control

Topic 4: Computational thinking, problem-solving and programming

Option A: Databases Option B: Modelling and simulation

Case study (issued annually)

Option C: Web science Option D: programming (OOP)

Object-oriented

Internal Assessment (HL and SL students) Group 4 Project

Assessment Standard Level Paper 1

Several compulsory short-answer questions and three compulsory structured questions

1 hour 30 minutes

45%

Paper 2

Students answer all questions linked to the option studied

1 hour

25%

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Higher Level Component 1

Several compulsory short-answer questions and five compulsory structured questions

2 hours 10 minutes

40%

Component 2

Compulsory common questions linked to option studied

1 hour 20 minutes

20%

Component 3

Four compulsory questions based on a pre-seen case study

1 hour

20%

Component 4

Internal Assessment

30 hours

20%

Course Structure In the first year, the Core topics 2, 4 and an Option unit are taught and for HL the additional topics 5 and 6. The internal assessment is begun in Term 3 of the first year for both SL and HL students. In addition, the HL students are introduced to the case study. In the second year, the internal assessment is completed, the remaining topics are covered and HL students undertake more work related to the case study. Time has been allocated during Term 2 for thorough review and revision. Students will undertake practical programming exercises using the Java programming language. Topic 4 is considered and examined throughout the course duration. Option D, Object-oriented programming (OOP), is usually the Option selected for this course. Students undertake a programming project and study more OOP to answer questions in this category.

Who this course is for Students of Computing usually continue to study Computer Engineering or Computer Science at University. A good grade A or A*, for IGCSE Computer Science is the norm for students who select this subject. However, any student who can demonstrate a love for programming, from having undertaken their own personal and independent programming study and experimentation, would be considered. Students who have not undertaken IGCSE Computer Science may need to sit an assessment to prove that they have a basic understanding of programming fundamentals. You must have undertaken some form of programming prior to this course. Students who take this course are passionate about computers, how they work, how to build them and how to program them at an advanced level.

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DESIGN TECHNOLOGY STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The course aims to develop in students: • a sense of curiosity as they acquire the skills necessary for independent and lifelong learning and action through inquiry into the technological world around them; • an ability to explore concepts, ideas and issues with personal, local and global significance to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of design and technology; • initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to identify and resolve complex social and technological problems through reasoned ethical decision-making; • an ability to understand and express ideas confidently and creatively using a variety of communication techniques through collaboration with others; • a propensity to act with integrity and honesty, and take responsibility for their own actions in designing technological solutions to problems; • an understanding and appreciation of cultures in terms of global technological development, seeking and evaluating a range of perspectives; • a willingness to approach unfamiliar situations in an informed manner and explore new roles, ideas and strategies so they can articulate and defend their proposals with confidence; • an understanding of the contribution of design and technology to the promotion of intellectual, physical and emotional balance and the achievement of personal and social well-being; • empathy, compassion and respect for the needs and feelings of others in order to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment; • skills that enable them to reflect on the impacts of design and technology on society and the environment in order to develop their own learning and enhanced solutions to technological problems.

Course Outline Core Topics (Both SL and HL students complete the Core Topics)

Additional Higher Level Topics

1. Human factors

7. User-centred design

2. Resource management and sustainable production

8. Sustainability

3. Modelling

9. Innovation and Markets

4. Raw materials to final product

10. Commercial Production

5. Innovation and Design 6. Classic Design

Assessment Standard Level Paper 1

Multiple choice examination on Core Topics

30%

1 hour

Paper 2

Section A: Database questions and short answer on Core Topics Section B: extended response on Core Topics

30%

1 hour 30 minutes

Internal Assessment

A student-centred design project that encompasses the IB Design Cycle.

40%

40 hours

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Higher Level Paper 1

Multiple choice examination Core and AHL Topics

20%

1 hour

Paper 2

Section A: Database questions and short answer on Core Topics, Section B: extended response on Core Topics

20%

1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 3

Structured long and short response based on AHL material

20%

1 hour 30 minutes

Internal Assessment

A student-centred design project that encompasses the IB Design Cycle.

40%

60 hours

Course Structure Both the IB Higher and Standard Level Design Technology courses follow on from, and further develop, the IGCSE Design and Technology syllabus. They include some student-centred practical/design project work as well as an increased amount of theoretical study. Higher and Standard Level students are taught the common core together in mixed ability groups. Throughout the course, the students will have the opportunity to experience the full range of production and engineering processes the Design Technology Faculty has to offer.

Who this course is for? Design Technology is a unique course in Group 4 as a departure from a traditional science course, especially for students who are unsure about studying an experimental science. The course focuses on materials, processes, and roles of designs and designers. Students are encouraged to actively explore concepts, ideas and issues. Apply thinking skills creatively and critically and develop an understanding of how designers work and communicate. By embracing global technological development students develop an awareness of the role of design and technology in society. This includes an understanding of how designers must consider material, political, social, and economic factors which affect peoples’ priorities when designing a product. Students will be taught how to evaluate existing products and analyse situations so that they can suggest appropriate improvements. Additionally, Design Technology maintains a strong emphasis on giving students the experience of designers and as such a central part of the course is the design project where they will use the design cycle to produce an object of their own design. Design and Technology is a demanding course at both Standard and Higher Level. There is a large theoretical study content to the course and students must be prepared to read at home and sit topic tests in class. Students interested in a DT IB option will be given the opportunity of a “Taster Lesson” and discussion with teachers in Year11 to ensure full understanding of the course content. To guarantee a place on the course and smooth transition it is essential students show interest at this stage. We highly recommend that students have studied Design and Technology at IGCSE level and achieved a good pass. This is to acquire the necessary design, problem solving and CAD skills in preparation for the rigor of the IB course. After consultation with subject teachers about suitability and endorsement by the head of faculty non IGCSE DT students may be accepted on the course. This is conditional on successful completion of orientation based work after their IGCSE exams to demonstrate competence in design thinking and CAD modelling. Over the summer vacation prospective students will also need to complete a set of transition work to ready them for the course. Design Technology certainly suits all types of learners but particularly creative people who like to solve problems and those who have an active interest in design. The world of Design, Engineering and Industry is vast. There are a multitude of college courses as there are careers. Below are just a few options available: • • • • •

Product design Industrial design Interior design Web design Graphic design

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Transport design Engineering Architecture Furniture design


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ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND SOCIETIES STANDARD LEVEL (SL) A Trans-disciplinary Subject: Trans-disciplinary subjects are located in more than one Option group and satisfy the requirements of both Groups 3 (Humanities) and 4 (Experimental Sciences).

Aims The course aims that the students: • acquire the knowledge and understandings of environmental systems at a variety of scales • apply the knowledge, methodologies and skills to analyse environmental systems and issues at a variety of scales • appreciate the dynamic interconnectedness between environmental systems and societies • value the combination of personal, local and global perspectives in making informed decisions and taking responsible actions on environmental issues • be critically aware that resources are finite, and that these could be inequitably distributed and exploited, and that management of these inequities is the key to sustainability • develop awareness of the diversity of environmental value systems • develop critical awareness that environmental problems are caused and solved by decisions made by individuals and societies that are based on different areas of knowledge • engage with the controversies that surround a variety of environmental issues • create innovative solutions to environmental issues by engaging actively in local and global contexts.

Course Outline Students are required to spend 120 hours studying the material specified in the course and a further 30 hours on practical/ investigative work. Topic 1: Foundations of environmental systems and societies Topic 2: Ecosystems and ecology Topic 3: Biodiversity and conservation Topic 4: Water and aquatic food production systems and societies Topic 5: Soil systems and terrestrial food production systems and societies Topic 6: Atmospheric systems and societies Topic 7: Climate change and energy production Topic 8: Human systems and resource use There are two required field trips during the course. The first one will be to a Rainforest Ecosystem in Kaeng Krachan during year 12 during Term 2. The aim of this field trip is to gain first-hand experience in studying Topics 2 and 3, and to provide students with the opportunity to gather data for their internal assessment projects. The second field trip will take place in Term 1 of Year 13, and will be a single day trip out in to the Gulf of Thailand where we hope to view and study baleen whale behaviour and ecology first hand. Please note, there will be a fee associated with both trips.

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Assessment External The external assessment consists of two written papers and is worth 75% of the final assessment. Paper 1

Case Study - Resource book and structured questions

1 hour

25%

Paper 2

Section A (25 marks) is made up of short-answer and data-based questions Section B (40 marks) requires students to answer two structured essay questions from a choice of four. Each question is worth 20 marks

2 hours

50%

Internal Assessment

See below

10 hours

25%

Internal Internal assessment accounts for 25% of the final assessment. It enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations. The task involves the completion of an individual investigation of an ESS research question that has been designed and implemented by the student. The investigation is submitted as a written report that is between 1500 to 2250 words. The task and report will consist of: • identifying an ESS issue and focusing on one of its specific aspects; • developing methodologies to generate data that are analysed to produce knowledge and understanding of this focused aspect; • applying the outcomes of the focused investigation to provide understanding or solutions in the broader ESS context. This report is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IBO. The performance in IA is judged against six assessment criteria – Identifying the Context; Planning; Results, Analysis and Conclusion; Discussion and evaluation; Applications and Communication.

Course Structure Through studying Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS), students will be provided with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies, one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face. The teaching approach is such that students are allowed to evaluate the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of issues. Awareness of local and global environmental concerns and an understanding of the scientific method would be good preparation for this course.

Who this course is for To ensure success in Environmental Systems and Societies at IB the following are expected: Grade C and above for IGCSE Geography OR Grade 5 or above at IGCSE Biology or grade 5,5 or above at IGCSE Double Award Science (or by consultation and agreement with Head of Subject and IB Coordinator) Awareness and an interest in local and global environmental concerns would also be good preparation for this course.

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PHYSICS STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The course encourages students to: • explain the behaviour of the Universe, from the smallest quark to the largest galactic structures; • study the theories and methodology that have been successful in creating our present understanding of the physical universe; • appreciate the importance of experimentation in this acquisition of knowledge and to be competent in its application; • understand how our knowledge of Physics is applied to develop technology.

Course Outline Both the Higher and Standard Level courses consist of a subject-specific core (SSC) with additional option topics. The Higher Level course has additional material (AHL). Practical work occupies about 25% of the course study time. Subject Specific Core (SSC) Standard level study these only

Additional Higher Level (AHL) Higher level study these in addition to the standard level material

Measurement and uncertainties Mechanics Thermal concepts Waves Electricity and magnetism Circular motion and gravitation Atomic, nuclear and particle physics Energy production

Wave phenomena Fields (gravitational and electric) Electromagnetic induction Quantum and nuclear physics

Options (one of these )

Options (one of these)

Relativity Engineering physics Imaging Astrophysics

Relativity Engineering physics Imaging Astrophysics

The practical aspect of the course consists of an introduction to experimental techniques and error analysis, followed by a series of experiments of varying complexity designed to prepare the students for a ten-hour Internal Assessment. Including this assessment students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of practical work for Standard Level and 60 hours for Higher Level.

Assessment Standard Level Component 1

Multiple choice questions

Component 2

Short answer and extended-response questions on core material

Component 3

One data-based question and short-answer questions on experimental work plus short-answer and extended-response questions from the option chosen

Internal Assessment

An individual piece of work based on data collected or measurements generated 

45 minutes

20%

1 hour 15 minutes

40%

1 hour

20%

10 hours

20%

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Higher Level Component 1

Multiple Choice

Component 2

1 hour

20%

Short answer and extended-response questions on the core and AHL material

2 hours 15 minutes

36%

Component 3

One data based question and short-answer questions on experimental work plus short-answer and extended-response questions from the option chosen

1 hour 15 minutes

24%

Internal Assessment

An individual piece of work based on data collected or measurements generated    

10 hours

20%

Course Structure Students will progress through the above content in a manner that brings concepts together and allows them to access ideas in a structured way in preparation for the three written papers. They will be internally assessed on their practical work through a ten hour investigation where they will design, carry out and evaluate a practical task. Throughout the course they will be exposed to examples of the Nature of Science pertaining to Physics along with the International Mindedness of Physics and links with Theory of Knowledge. There will also be a ten-hour Group 4 Project in which students from other Group 4 subjects work together. The IB Learner Profile will be central to their development throughout. During Year 12 there is a mandatory field trip to Dreamworld to investigate forces and motion; students will be required to pay for their entry.

Who this course is for Students of Higher Level Physics may continue to study Engineering or Physical Science at University (and in many cases Higher Level Physics is an entry requirement for these courses). A good level of Mathematics is required, usually illustrated by a high grade at IGCSE. Students of Standard Level Physics typically have a broader range subjects in mind for Further Education and take the subject for the sake of interest and enquiry. The demands of the Standard Level course are as rigorous as those of the Higher Level course, however the content is reduced. To ensure success in Physics at IB the following are expected: Higher Level Physics Grade 6,6,6 or above at IGCSE across all three Sciences and usually with a strength in Physics. Or Grade 7,6 or above at IGCSE Double Award Science. Or by consultation and agreement with Head of Subject and IB Coordinator. Standard Level Physics Grade 5,5,5 or above at IGCSE across all three Sciences and usually with a strength in Physics. Or Grade 5,5 or above at IGCSE Double Award Science. Or by consultation and agreement with Head of Subject and IB Coordinator. Typically this will be supported by high grades for both IGCSE English and Mathematics.

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MATHEMATICS MATHEMATICS STANDARD LEVEL MATHEMATICS HIGHER LEVEL Sculpture by Ying Chu Ku, Class of 2021 Bangkok Patana School 63


MATHEMATICS - ANALYSIS & APPROACHES STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) This course studies key concepts of mathematics with an emphasis on Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus.

Aims Students are encouraged to: • Develop logical, critical and creative thinking; • Develop an understanding of the principles and nature of the subject; • Develop patience and persistence in problem solving; • Transfer skills to alternative situations and to future developments; • Communicate clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts.

Course Outline The following topics will be covered in both courses: • Number and Algebra (HL: 39hrs, SL:19hrs) • Functions and Equations (HL: 32hrs, SL:21hrs) • Circular functions and Trigonometry (HL: 51hrs, SL:25hrs) • Statistics & Probability (HL: 33hrs, SL:27hrs) • Calculus (HL: 55hrs, SL:28hrs) The IB DP Mathematics: analysis and approaches course recognizes the need for analytical expertise in a world where innovation is increasingly dependent on a deep understanding of mathematics. The focus is on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way, achieved by a carefully balanced approach. Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve abstract problems as well as those set in a variety of meaningful contexts. Mathematics: analysis and approaches has a strong emphasis on the ability to construct, communicate and justify correct mathematical arguments. Students should expect to develop insight into mathematical form and structure, and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between concepts in different topic areas. Students are also encouraged to develop the skills needed to continue their mathematical growth in other learning environments. The internally assessed exploration allows students to develop independence in mathematical learning. Throughout the course students are encouraged to take a considered approach to various mathematical activities and to explore different mathematical ideas. The aims of all DP mathematics courses are to enable students to: • develop a curiosity and enjoyment of mathematics, and appreciate its elegance and power • develop an understanding of the concepts, principles and nature of mathematics • communicate mathematics clearly, concisely and confidently in a variety of contexts • develop logical and creative thinking, and patience and persistence in problem solving to instil confidence in using mathematics • employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization • take action to apply and transfer skills to alternative situations, to other areas of knowledge and to future developments in their local and global communities • appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics influence each other • appreciate the moral, social and ethical questions arising from the work of mathematicians and the applications of mathematics • appreciate the universality of mathematics and its multicultural, international and historical perspectives • appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other disciplines, and as a particular “area of knowledge” in the TOK course • develop the ability to reflect critically upon their own work and the work of others • independently and collaboratively extend their understanding of mathematics.

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Assessment Standard Level

Paper 1

No technology allowed. (80 marks) Section A Compulsory short-response questions based on the syllabus. Section B Compulsory extended-response questions based on the syllabus.

1 hour 30 minutes

40%

1 hour 30 minutes

40%

N/A

20%

Paper 1

No technology allowed. (110 marks) Section A Compulsory short-response questions based on the syllabus. Section B Compulsory extended-response questions based on the syllabus.

2 hours

30%

Paper 2

Technology required. (110 marks) Section A Compulsory short-response questions based on the syllabus. Section B Compulsory extended-response questions based on the syllabus

2hours

30%

Paper 3

Technology required. (55 marks) Two compulsory extended response problem-solving questions.

1 hour

20%

Internal Assessment

Exploration – Students explore a mathematical theme, which is an area of personal interest. The level of mathematics has to be commensurate with the level of course being followed.

N/A

20%

Paper 2

Internal Assessment

Technology required. (80 marks) Section A Compulsory short-response questions based on the syllabus. Section B Compulsory extended-response questions based on the syllabus Exploration – Students explore a mathematical theme, which is an area of personal interest. The level of mathematics has to be commensurate with the level of course being followed.

Higher Level

Who this course is for HL: Students who enjoy Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus, and are expecting an A* at IGCSE (or already have one). They may be considering university study in Mathematics, Physics or Engineering. SL: Students who enjoy Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus and are expecting to achieve at least an A at IGCSE. They may be considering university study in Physics or Engineering.

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MATHEMATICS APPLICATIONS & INTERPRETATIONS STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) This course studies key concepts of Mathematics with an emphasis on Statistics, Modelling and use of technology.

Aims Students are encouraged to: • Develop logical, critical and creative thinking; • Develop an understanding of the principles and nature of the subject; • Develop patience and persistence in problem solving; • Transfer skills to alternative situations and to future developments; • Communicate clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts.

Course Outline The following topics will be covered in both courses, with emphasis as indicated above: • Number and Algebra (HL: 29hrs, SL:16hrs) • Functions and Equations (HL: 42hrs, SL:31hrs) • Circular functions and Trigonometry (HL: 46hrs, SL:18hrs) • Statistics & Probability (HL: 52hrs, SL:36hrs) • Calculus (HL: 41hrs, SL: 19hrs) The IB DP Mathematics: applications and interpretation course recognizes the increasing role that mathematics and technology play in a diverse range of fields in a data-rich world. As such, it emphasizes the meaning of mathematics in context by focusing on topics that are often used as applications or in mathematical modelling. To give this understanding a firm base, this course includes topics that are traditionally part of a pre-university mathematics course such as calculus and statistics. Students are encouraged to solve real-world problems, construct and communicate this mathematically and interpret the conclusions or generalizations. Students should expect to develop strong technology skills, and will be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between the theoretical and the practical concepts in mathematics. All external assessments involve the use of technology. Students are also encouraged to develop the skills needed to continue their mathematical growth in other learning environments. The internally assessed exploration allows students to develop independence in mathematical learning. Throughout the course students are encouraged to take a considered approach to various mathematical activities and to explore different mathematical ideas. The aims of all DP mathematics courses are to enable students to: • develop a curiosity and enjoyment of mathematics, and appreciate its elegance and power • develop an understanding of the concepts, principles and nature of mathematics • communicate mathematics clearly, concisely and confidently in a variety of contexts • develop logical and creative thinking, and patience and persistence in problem solving to instil confidence in using mathematics • employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization • take action to apply and transfer skills to alternative situations, to other areas of knowledge and to future developments in their local and global communities • appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics influence each other • appreciate the moral, social and ethical questions arising from the work of mathematicians and the applications of mathematics • appreciate the universality of mathematics and its multicultural, international and historical perspectives • appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other disciplines, and as a particular “area of knowledge” in the TOK course • develop the ability to reflect critically upon their own work and the work of others • independently and collaboratively extend their understanding of mathematics.

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Assessment Standard Level Paper 1

Technology required. (80 marks) Compulsory short-response questions based on the syllabus.

1 hour 30 minutes

40%

Paper 2

Technology required. (80 marks) Compulsory extended-response questions based on the syllabus.

1hour 30 minutes

40%

Internal Assessment

Exploration – Students explore a mathematical theme, which is an area of personal interest. The level of mathematics has to be commensurate with the level of course being followed.

N/A

20%

2 hours

30%

Higher Level

Paper 1

Technology required. (110 marks) Compulsory short-response questions based on the syllabus.

Paper 2

Technology required. (110 marks) Compulsory extended-response questions based on the syllabus.

2 hours

30%

Paper 3

Technology required. (55 marks) Two compulsory extended response problem-solving questions.

1 hour

20%

Internal Assessment

Exploration – Students explore a mathematical theme, which is an area of personal interest. The level of mathematics has to be commensurate with the level of course being followed.

N/A

20%

Who this course is for HL: Students who are expecting an A* at IGCSE (or already have one) and enjoy applying Mathematics. They may be considering university study in Biology, Psychology, or Computer Science. SL: Students who enjoy applying Mathematics. They may be considering university study in subjects that don’t use mathematics such as Business, Design, Languages or Humanities.

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THE ARTS

MUSIC THEATRE VISUAL ARTS

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MUSIC STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The aims of the course at both Standard and Higher Levels are to: • explore a range of musical contexts and make links to, and between, different musical practices, conventions and forms of expression • acquire, develop and experiment with musical competencies through a range of musical practices, conventions and forms of expression, both individually and in collaboration with others • evaluate and develop critical perspectives on their own music and the work of others.

Course Outline

Exploring Music in Context

Students select samples of their work for a portfolio submission (maximum 2,400 words). Student submit: • written work demonstrating engagement with, and understanding of, diverse musical material • practical exercises: 1. creating: one creating exercise (score maximum 32 bars and/or audio 1 minute as appropriate to style) 2. performing: one performed adaptation of music from a local or global context for the student’s own instrument (maximum 2 minutes) • supporting audio material (not assessed).

External

30%

Experimenting with Music

Students submit an experimentation report with evidence of their musical processes in creating and performing in two areas of inquiry in a local and/or global context. The report provides a rationale and commentary for each process. Students submit: • a written experimentation report that supports the experimentation (maximum 1,500 words) • practical musical evidence of the experimentation process three related excerpts of creating (total maximum 5 minutes) three related excerpts of performing (total maximum 5 minutes)

Internal

30%

Presenting Music

Students submit a collection of works demonstrating engagement with diverse musical material from four areas of inquiry. The submission contains: • Presenting as a researcher programme notes (maximum 600 words) • Presenting as a creator composition and/or improvisation (maximum 6 minutes) • Presenting as a performer solo and/or ensemble (maximum 12 minutes) excerpts, where applicable (maximum 2 minutes)

External

40%

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Higher Level Students at Higher Level complete the same components as SL with an additional component. Students select samples of their work for a portfolio submission (maximum 2,400 words). Student submit: • written work demonstrating engagement with, and understanding of, diverse musical material • practical exercises: creating: one creating exercise (score maximum 32 bars and/or audio 1 minute as appropriate to style) performing: one performed adaptation of music from a local or global context for the student’s own instrument (maximum 2 minutes) • supporting audio material (not assessed).

External

20%

Students submit an experimentation report with evidence of their musical processes in creating and performing in two areas of inquiry in a local and/or global context. The report provides a rationale and commentary for each process. Students submit: • a written experimentation report that supports the experimentation (maximum 1,500 words) • practical musical evidence of the experimentation process three related excerpts of creating (total maximum 5 minutes) three related excerpts of performing (total maximum 5 minutes)

Internal

20%

External

30%

Presenting Music

Students submit a collection of works demonstrating engagement with diverse musical material from four areas of inquiry. The submission contains: • Presenting as a researcher programme notes (maximum 600 words) • Presenting as a creator composition and/or improvisation (maximum 6 minutes) • Presenting as a performer solo and/or ensemble (maximum 12 minutes) excerpts, where applicable (maximum 2 minutes)

Internal

30%

The Contemporary Music Maker

Students submit a continuous multimedia presentation documenting their real-life project. Students submit multimedia presentation (maximum 15 minutes), evidencing: • the project proposal • the process and evaluation • the realized project, or curated selections of it.

Exploring Music in Context

Experimenting with Music

Course Structure This course introduces students to a wide range of music from familiar and unfamiliar contexts that expands their horizons and provides new and exciting musical stimuli for their own work. To achieve this, the course uses a framework of areas of inquiry and contexts. Students broaden their knowledge by engaging with diverse musical material from personal, local and global contexts. They develop their musical identities by considering music and its functions in four areas of inquiry.

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All students will be experience the musical processes of: Exploring Music in context Experimenting with music Presenting music For each process, the student will take on the roles of researcher, creator and performer. The four areas of inquiry are : 1.

Music for sociocultural and political expression

2.

Music for listening and performance

3.

Music for dramatic impact, movement and entertainment

4.

Music technology in the electronic and digital age

We also strongly recommend that all IB music students participate in the Music ECA programme.

Who this course is for Standard Level This is for the student who has a genuine interest in music and has an open mind to various styles of music across time and place. Through an inquiry based approach, they will develop a portfolio of work over the two year course. Samples of work will then be sent for assessment. There is no formal examination for this course. Higher Level This is for the student who has a genuine interest in music and has an open mind to various styles of music across time and place. Through an inquiry based approach, they will develop a portfolio of work over the two year course. They will also complete an independent project that allows them to collaborate with other disciplines. Samples of work will be sent for assessment. There is no formal examination for this course. If IB Diploma Music is a subject you are considering, please discuss this with a member of the Music department.

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THEATRE STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Studying Theatre as a subject and doing ECA Drama performances, was the best preparation I could have had for doing my MBA in Business. The skills doing drama gave me, meant I was able to give the most engaging presentations, be creative and able to improvise under pressured Q&A sessions, lead a team, and have the confidence required to sell products and have people believe in what I was pitching. Adam Braun, grad 2014

Aims The Arts aims of the course are to enable students to: • explore the diversity of the arts across time, cultures and contexts; • develop as imaginative and skilled creators and collaborators; • Express ideas creatively and with competence in forms appropriate to the artistic discipline; • critically reflect on the process of creating and experiencing the arts; • develop as informed, perceptive and analytical practitioners; • enjoy lifelong engagement with the Arts In addition, the aims of the Theatre course at SL and HL are to enable students to: • inquire into Theatre and its contexts; • develop and practically apply theatre performance and production skills and elements, led by intentions; • create, present and evaluate theatre work both independently and collaboratively • acquire the perspectives and intentions of an internationally-minded theatre-maker. For Higher Level only: • understand and appreciate the relationship between theory and performance.

Course Outline The Inquiry Cycle The theatre course is intended to be taught through dynamic cycles of Inquiry, Action and Reflection.

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Overview of the course Through the perspectives of creator, designer, director and performer, theatre students investigate: • Staging play texts • Exploring World Theatre Traditions • Collaboratively creating original theatre • Performing theatre theory (HL only) These activities link with the Core syllabus areas as follows: Process

Presenting Theatre

Inquiring

Developing

Presenting

Evaluating

• • • •

Carrying out academic and practical research; Contextualising work, auditing interests or investigating areas for development; Formulating theatre-maker intentions; Proposing action for further development of exploration.

• Developing and refining work for a specific purpose, led by clearly defined intentions; • Exploring ideas and concepts through practical experimentation with performance and production elements; • Making discoveries and generating new work.

• Demonstrating achievement to date; • Performing to an audience; • Presenting ideas, understandings and skills that have been developed over time. • • • • • •

Considering progress made and identifying opportunities for further development; Critiquing work that has been shared; Evaluating the extent to whichh intentions have been fulfilled; Gathering feedback from others; Making links between different areas of the theatre course; Reflecting on successes and challenges encountered during the process.

Assessment Task Outline – SL and HL Students are assessed on the following range of tasks: Assessment Tasks Production Proposal Students choose a published play text and formulate a vision for the design and theoretical staging of the text for an audience. These ideas are presented in the form of a proposal (12 pages written and images plus sources used).

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External/Internal

Internal

Standard Level %

Higher Level %

30%

20%


Senior Studies Curriculum Guide 2021/22 Research Presentation Students deliver and video record an individual research presentation (15 mins max) in which they provide evidence of their academic and practical exploration and learning of a world theatre tradition they have not previously studied. Each student submits: • A video recording (15 mins) • A list of all sources and resources used. Collaborative Project Students collaboratively create and perform an original piece of theatre (lasting 7 - 10 minutes) created from a starting point of their choice. The piece Is presented to an audience as a fully-realised production. Each student submits: • A projected report (max 10 pages or written text and Images) • A video recording of the final piece (10 minutes max) Solo Theatre Piece (HL ONLY) Students at HL research a theatre theorist they have not previously studied, identify an aspect(s) of theory and create and present a solo theatre piece (4-7 min) that demonstrates the practical application of this theory to the theatre piece for an audience. Each student submits: • A report (2,500 words) plus sources • A video recording of the whole solo theatre piece (4-7 mins)

External

30%

20%

External

40%

25%

External

35%

Who this course is for The Theatre course at both Higher Level and Standard Level requires no previous experience in drama or theatre. Students of IB Theatre are open-minded, creative, collaborative and curious. The course is for anyone interested in theatre as a whole and students will develop key skills such as leadership, collaboration, presentation and independent research. Whilst some students graduate to some of the best acting schools, and others go on to study liberal arts or theatre orientated courses at University, the majority of our students pursue subjects such as Law, Business and Marketing, or in fact any subject where team work, project development and presentation skills are a key component.

Why is Theatre a Good Choice for the Future? I will let the words of Jack Ma, the co-founder and executive chair of the Alibaba Group, explain why: In the future it’s not about the competition of knowledge, it’s the competition of creativity. It’s the competition of imagination. If you think like a machine a problem will come. In the past 200 years we make people like a machine. The focus has been on knowledge driven and manufacturing driven knowledge but now machines can do this better than us. In the next 30 years, the machine will look like people. So the future is not knowledge driven- its wisdom driven, its experience driven, its creativity driven. New technology is going to change everything and we need more students doing Creative Arts subjects.

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VISUAL ARTS STANDARD LEVEL (SL) AND HIGHER LEVEL (HL) Aims The course aims to enable students to: • enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts; • become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts; • understand the dynamic and charging nature of the arts; • explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures; • express ideas with confidence and competence; • develop perceptual and analytical skills. In addition, the aims of the Visual Arts course at Standard and Higher Level are to enable students to: • make artwork that is influenced by personal and cultural contexts; • become informed and critical observes and makers of visual cultural and media; • develop skills, techniques and processes in order to communicate concepts and ideas.

Course Outline The Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art makers. The Visual Arts Core syllabus at SL and HL consists of three equal, interrelated areas: visual arts in context, visual arts methods and communicating visual arts. These Core areas interlink and are fully covered by completing set theme based project work. Students are required to understand the relationship between these areas and how each area informs and impacts on their visual work.

Assessment Standard Level Component 1

Comparative Study

10-15 screens submitted

20%

Component 2

Process Portfolio

9-18 screens submitted

40%

Component 3

Exhibition

4-7 artworks submitted

40%

Component 1

Comparative Study

13-20 screens submitted

20%

Component 2

Process Portfolio

13-25 screens submitted

40%

Component 3

Exhibition

8-11 artworks submitted

40%

Higher Level (240 hours)

The difference in expectations at Higher Level and Standard Level is provided above in the required work submission section. All work is moderated by an external assessor. The process portfolio is assessed by the teacher. Assessment consists of an evaluation of the body of work as a whole in the form of an exhibition.

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Course Structure Comparative Study  Students are required to analyse and compare artworks, objects or artifacts by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation should explore artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts. Throughout the course, students will have investigated a range of artists, styles, images and objects from a range of cultural contexts, through an integrated approach to exploring the three syllabus areas: visual arts in context, visual arts methods and communicating visual arts. Students select artworks, objects and artifacts for comparison from differing cultural contexts that may have been produced across any of the art-making forms and that hold individual resonance for the student and have relevance to their own art-making practice. Process Portfolio Students at SL and HL submit carefully selected materials which demonstrate their experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course. The work, which may be extracted from their visual arts journal and other sketch books, notebooks, folios and so on, should have led to the creation of both resolved and unresolved works. The selected process portfolio work should show evidence of their technical accomplishments during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices appropriate to visual communication. Exhibition Students at SL and HL submit for assessment a selection of resolved artworks for their exhibition. The selected pieces should show evidence of their technical accomplishment during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices to realise their intentions. Students also evidence the decision-making process which underpins the selection of this connected and cohesive body of work for an audience in the form of a curatorial rationale.  

Who this course is for If you have studied GCSE Fine Art or GCSE Graphic Communication or have a competency regarding drawing, painting, sculpting and a keenness to further develop your practical skills and expand your ability to express yourself this course could be for you. Students of Higher Level Visual Arts often go on to study in related fields such as Architecture, Fine Art, Arts Administration, Photography, Graphic Design, Events Planning and Product design, where a portfolio is often requested as part of the application process. GCSE art is not a pre-requisite to IB studies but it is a helpful background to further studies.

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ADDITIONAL SUBJECT FURTHER MATHEMATICS Artwork by Eliza Byrne, Class of 2021 78 Bangkok Patana School


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FURTHER MATHEMATICS (A LEVEL) Aims The aims are to enable students to: • further develop their mathematical knowledge and skills in a way which encourages confidence and provides satisfaction and enjoyment; • develop a greater understanding of mathematical principles and a further appreciation of mathematics as a logical and coherent subject; • acquire a greater range of mathematical skills, particularly those which will enable them to use applications of mathematics in the context of everyday situations and of other subjects they may be studying; • further develop the ability to analyse problems logically; • recognise when and how a situation may be represented mathematically, identify and interpret relevant factors and select an appropriate mathematical method to solve the problem; • use mathematics fluently as a means of communication with emphasis on the use of clear expression; • acquire the mathematical background necessary for further study in mathematics or related subjects.

Course Outline Topics covered are: Further Pure Mathematics 1 • 1.1 Roots of polynomial equations • 1.2 Rational functions and graphs • 1.3 Summation of series • 1.4 Matrices • 1.5 Polar coordinates • 1.6 Vectors • 1.7 Proof by induction Further Pure Mathematics 2

• 2.1 Hyperbolic functions • 2.2 Matrices • 2.3 Differentiation • 2.4 Integration • 2.5 Complex numbers • 2.6 Differential equations Further Mechanics • 3.1 Motion of a projectile • 3.2 Equilibrium of a rigid body • 3.3 Circular motion • 3.4 Hooke’s law

• 3.5 Linear motion under a variable force • 3.6 Momentum Further Probability & Statistics • 4.1 Continuous random variables • 4.2 Inference using normal and t-distributions • 4.3 Chi-squared tests • 4.4 Non-parametric tests • 4.5 Probability generating functions

Assessment Paper 1

6 to 8 structured questions based on the Further Pure Mathematics 1 subject content

2 hours

30%

Paper 2

7 to 9 structured questions based on the Further Pure Mathematics 2 subject content

2 hours

30%

Paper 3

5 to 7 structured questions based on the Further Mechanics subject content

1 hour 30 minutes

20%

Paper 4

5 to 7 structured questions based on the Further Probability and Statistics subject content

1 hour 30 minutes

20%

Who this course is for We recommend this course predominantly for those who enjoy Mathematics and are likely to study a related course such as Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, or Physics at University (in some cases Further Mathematics is an entry requirement for these courses).

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Senior Studies Curriculum Guide  

An overview of the 2020/21 Senior Studies curriculum at Bangkok Patana School.

Senior Studies Curriculum Guide  

An overview of the 2020/21 Senior Studies curriculum at Bangkok Patana School.