The Middle School Curriculum has been designed specifically to create a seamless learning journey from Primary to upper Secondary.
It further develops the educational philosophy established in our Primary School, with a more specialised learning programme based on specialised subject disciplines. The curriculum is taught around ‘Big Ideas’ or concepts, designed to challenge learners to make connections, think independently and critically and apply knowledge to real life situations in a range of subjects. As learners progress through Years 7 to 9, they become self-motivated and enquiring learners, ready to take on the challenges of the IGCSE examination courses and subsequently, the IB Diploma.
In the core subjects - Maths, English, Science, and Humanities - the Middle School Curriculum is delivered in co-teaching groups to mirror the primary experience. Specialist subjects are taught in individual classes. Technology is a vital part of the curriculum and integrated into all facets of learning.
The Learning Process:
- Entry Point
- Knowledge Harvest
- Learning Activities
- Assessment of and for Learning
- Reflecting on Learning
- Exit Point
At NISM each unit of work follows a clear and systematic learning journey. Learners know the different ways in which they can learn and are explicitly taught how to make choices to ensure they can learn best and make progress. Initially this is introducing the unit to ensure learners know what they are learning and why and identifying what learners already know (knowledge harvest) so teacher’s can tailor the learning.
The learning activities are varied and allow the learners to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding and demonstrate their learning in different forms. Throughout the unit learners undertake a range of formative and summative assessments which inform teacher planning and learner progress, allowing learners to frequently reflect on what they are learning and set appropriate targets for development.
Overviews of each unit are available on the parent zone.