TSS focuses on developing learners into social innovators with critical thinking skills and the ability to create new things, such as products, processes, services or development approaches to address various social problems and make positive change in society.
The curriculum at TSS is organized into five integrated learning areas following the contents and curriculum management principles specified in Section 23 of the National Education Act of 1999, as well as new contents based on developments in other countries, as follows:
- Science and mathematics
- People and society
- Health and well-being
- Communication and languages
- Appreciation of arts
Further detail is available in the school’s curriculum documents.
Learning schedule at TSS
Learners on each year-level study all five learning areas. Integrated curriculum areas enable learners to develop their knowledge and skills in a holistic and balanced manner. Each grade has a different, age-appropriate emphasis:
Grade 7: Establishing a solid basis in experiential learning, communication and languages as a foundation for more advanced studies in later year-levels
Grade 8: Social development, understanding of society and interpersonal relationships;
Grade 9: Science and mathematics for developing systematic thinking skills
Each learning area integrates contents of several traditional subjects, with the exception of languages, which require a continued focus on language-specific skills development. In each learning area, appropriate learning processes are provided, enabling them to develop themselves in a holistic manner and fulfill their potential in each area.
Each week, TSS arranges a weekly reflection time where learners get to reflect on what they have learned in the past week, including any problems or obstacles they might have encountered, as well as how to prepare for the following week.
Thammasat Secondary School also arranges learning clubs from 2 pm to 3:30 pm on Mondays to Thursdays in various ﬁelds, enabling learners to focus on a speciﬁc areas of interest:
Social Innovation Club
This club is arranged every Monday. It develops learners’ design skills as well as their critical and systems thinking skills to enable them to solve various social problems through projects that they can choose based on their interests and abilities.
Specific Interest Clubs
Arts Club This Tuesday club sensitizes learners to appreciate beauty, develops their skills through continuous practice, helps them to discover their abilities, and encourages them to express themselves creatively, enhancing happiness and balance in their lives.
PA Club This Wednesday club promotes learners’ health and physical activity on a continuous basis. Sufficient physical activity helps to promote learners’ physical abilities and encourages them to try out different kinds of physical activities in the contexts of learning, housework, traveling, free time and recreation, or sports. Learners can design individualized physical activities to suit their abilities and needs.
Elective clubs These Thursday clubs are based on learners’ own interests and are aimed to enhance their knowledge and abilities based on their specific interests and talents.
Assessment and Report
TSS supports learners in reaching the goals set in the curriculum through diverse assessment approaches based on collaboration from all elements of the learning ecosystem.
Both formative and summative assessment is conducted. Formative assessment of learning focuses on monitoring learners throughout the learning process; their learning is evaluated throughout the semester with formative assessments in order to develop learners and adapt learning materials. At the end of the year, learners will have a final summative assessment, which compares their actual learning with the objectives set in the curriculum.
Learning Progress Report (3-Way Conference)
Learning progress is reported on weekends during assessment periods that occur twice each term (mid-term and end of term). This consists of a three-way meeting between the learner, their parents, and the class teacher, and it is arranged to keep everyone informed of the learner’s progress in the context of the learning objectives of each learning area, as well as to ensure collaboration for enabling learners to fulfill their potential. The TSS website informs parents of the timetable of when this will take place for each family.