Middle School Curriculum
The Middle School curriculum is developed to meet the national curriculum requirements and establish a Biblical foundation for learning.
In the Middle School, year level teachers spend a varying amount of time with their form classes, gradually decreasing the hours as they move through the school. This allows pupils to establish a good working and learning environment with their form teachers and the pupils in their form class. This also encourages strong pastoral relationships within the school. As they grow and mature, they become more independent and therefore spend less time with their form teachers.
In Years 7-9 Middle School form teachers focus much of the learning around a theme unit based on a Biblical foundation. Each of these has a cluster of key understandings as expected learning outcomes. Various subjects are linked together to enhance pupil understanding and involvement. Some learning still stands alone outside the theme unit. Each of the year level teacher teams plan together the best way to integrate and engage the pupils in their classes with activities, projects, wall displays, guest speakers or field trips.
Extending Education with Rich Tasks
In the Middle School we recognise the many opportunities exist to extend pupil’s learning outside the classroom. This reinforces or applies learning from the class. Sometimes this involves field trips or field-work, sometimes professionals are invited to come into the classrooms to share their expertise.
These events are an integral part of our programme to meeting the learning outcomes for each unit. Pupils need to connect their gaining of knowledge with practical skills and know how to respond and contribute to improving society.
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