History is a story - it is our story. It tells us of our origins as people with
different cultures and traditions. It tells us of change through time. History provides our students with
a sense of perspective so they will know where they stand on the map of time.
Patana students study people in different cultures and societies in a wide
context: political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural.
In the key stage 1 children begin to build up an awareness of historical
concepts through themes related to their personal experiences such as "me",
"my house" and "families". Emphasis in Primary is on the development of research skills:
children develop their ability to describe and question historical situations
and are encouraged to interpret evidence and form judgments about its reliability
In the Secondary
School History includes
study units of British, European and American history, with particular emphasis
on aspects of Asian history; for example, studies of the Khmer civilisation,
Mughal India, Imperialism in South East Asia, the Vietnam War and modern Chinese
and Japanese history.
The course of study for the IGCSE examination
provides continuity with the IB history syllabus with the focus on 20th Century
Students at Patana have many opportunities for
first hand historical research through the programme
of day and residential visits which
include the Ancient City and Kanchanaburi.
For students in Years 9 to 13 study trips to
Shanghai are a significant
part of the programme.