Curriculum

Middle Years Programme Subjects

Languages
To be academically competitive in today's world, students need to have a linguistic advantage. In keeping with the spirit of the MYP, students have the opportunity to maximise their language potential. The IB distinguishes between a mother tongue language (A1) or a near-native language (A2) and a foreign language (B).

Thus English A1 students whose first language or are near fluent in English will study a variety of literature, authors and engage in extended and varied writing tasks designed to engage native English speakers. Additionally, they will also have an opportunity to take French, Spanish or Mandarin as a foreign language or Language B.

For some students, their first language is not English or may have studied some English in previous schools. In this instance, they will be given an informal assessment to determine their placement in Language B English (phases 1-6). These students will also attend a Language A in their mother tongue.

The study of English literature and language is integrated and organized within a framework of the key literary genres: prose fiction, prose non-fiction, poetry, drama and media. Students are given opportunities to communicate in a variety of styles and forms and oral skills are developed through formal/informal activities. Writing is strongly emphasized while grammar, spelling and punctuation are taught both formally and in context.

Humanities
From ancient societies and empires to globalization and trade, the study of humanities in the middle school encompasses cultural awareness, history, geography, economics, the environment and social responsibility. Students study old and new civilizations, analyzing differences and making relevant applications to modern life using higher-order thinking skills. Through the study of these subjects learners develop a respect and understanding which helps them to analyse many issues the world faces today while providing them with the knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding to become more effective decision makers .

Mathematics
Maths at ISL Surrey is an integral part of a student's learning experience. Our goal is to help students approach problems logically and systematically, applying skills to a variety of situations and building confidence within the field of mathematics. Students extend their previous learning to the study of algebraic equations and geometric problem solving. Ordering negative numbers, simplifying expressions, approximating and rounding are just a few of the mathematic challenges students will encounter.

Combined Technology
From building a model boat to designing clothing, this class encourages skills to be refined and creativity to come alive. Using wood, plastic, foam, clay, textiles and metals, students plan and design projects based on a particular topic or theme. Additionally, students may use computer-based components to plan, print and design their projects.

Sciences
Science at ISL Surrey is an interdisciplinary course modelled on the IB MYP. Students learn skills and content from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. Concepts from other subjects including Mathematics, Technology and Humanities are also integrated using an inquiry-based, hands on curriculum. Our aim is to encourage inquisitive learners who take ideas from their world and investigate the science behind them.

Visual Arts
In the visual arts class, students focus on the process of creativity as well the production of artwork. The goal is to develop each student's ability to express their own ideas, their identity, and their interpretations of the world. Studio art lessons are offered twice per week. Students study and apply the traditional concepts of abstraction, line, form, pattern shape, colour and texture using a variety of media. Student artwork is on regular display throughout the school.

Physical Education
Building on the physical education programme in the primary grades, middle years physical education classes help students acquire an understanding of life-long wellness in the context of sport, fitness, and health. Our curriculum is based on four areas of study; cardiovascular health, functional fitness, lifetime activities (cooperative games, team and individual sports), principles of resistance training and flexibility. Additionally, students will explore other physical education experiences, from canoeing and rock climbing, to fencing and street dance.