Middle SchoolFrom 12 to 15 years old
Our international middle school programme is exciting and hands-on. It is based on a challenging, internationally minded and concept-focused curriculum, which helps develop engaged and active learners.
It provides a clear structure to develop knowledge, skills and understanding whilst making subject learning more connected. All middle school children take part in the bilingual programme. Most subjects are taught in English, however history, geography, music and sports classes are taught in both English and French, focusing on both English and French history.
French language classes are conducted at the level of the Éducation Nationale. Children not fluent in French or English are offered supplementary language support..
IMYC / UK National Curriculum / Brevet des Collèges
All middle school children take part in the bilingual programme. Most subjects are taught in English, however history, geography, music and sports classes are taught in French. French language classes are conducted at the level of the Éducation Nationale.
Children not fluent in French or English are offered supplementary language support.
We ensure children are prepared for the Cambridge English qualifications and exams.
Our middle school programme follows three curricula:
- The UK National Curriculum for maths and literacy (Key Stage 3).
- The French National Curriculum for the bilingual syllabus.
- The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) for all other core subjects.
UK National Curriculum / Brevet des collèges
The UK National Curriculum is used in schools across England as well as in many international schools around the world. Its aim is for all children to gain a good grounding in reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy. It also places great emphasis on children’s personal development.
The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)
At FISP we have selected a middle school curriculum that provides clear learning goals and helps develop subject knowledge, personal skills, and international mindedness. The curriculum was designed according to the latest neuroscientific research.
The IMYC uses a concept based curriculum design, building units around ‘big ideas’ that help students interlink all their learning. The IMYC also uses a specific process of learning (based on the way the brain learns) consistently across all subjects. This helps students with planning and organising, both regulated by the maturing pre-frontal cortex of children of this age.
The IMYC is our International Middle Years Curriculum for children aged 11 - 14 years old. It is used by over 1000 teachers in 103 schools across 50 countries worldwide including Sweden, Sudan, Latvia, Malta, Laos, Indonesia, and Turkey.
It is a challenging, internationally minded and concept-focused curriculum, which helps develop engaged and active learners. With specific subject and personal learning goals, it provides a clear structure to develop knowledge, skills and understanding whilst making subject learning more connected.
We have chosen the IMYC for the following reasons :
- It responds to the specific development needs of 11-14 year olds, providing structures and systems that support the needs of the adolescent brain
- It draws on current media platforms, involving active skills-based learning, and promoting self-reflection and the opportunity for students to make sense of their learning
- This relevant and engaging curriculum centres around a challenging Big Idea for life and a blend of individual and shared learning experiences
- The IMYC allows for single subject teaching and learning whilst facilitating collaboration around a Big Idea, linking all subject learning to a conceptual theme
- Offering a student-led learning structure, the IMYC helps 11-14 year olds develop a sense of their place in the world and that of others
- The IMYC prepares students for the next stage of their learning and for future work opportunities
For more information and details on the IMYC: LINK
In Middle School the students are taught the following in literacy:
- Develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently
- Understand increasingly challenging text
- Read critically
- Write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information.
- Plan, draft, edit and proof-read their work
- Speak confidently and effectively
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In Middle School the students are taught the following in mathematics:
- Ratio, proportions and rates of change
- Geometry and Measures
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