The Middle School is for students from Grade 5 to 9. This section is preparing students to be positive leaders and global citizens to face the challenges of the future. The Middle School is also educating students in IB philosophy to develop research skills, to have the knowledge, and to pay attention so that they can help create a better and more peaceful world, and have a better and more open intercultural understanding.
In the Middle School, learning focuses on the student. We strive to make learning meaningful, to connect the learning that takes place in the classroom with the real world so that students enjoy and see the relevance of what they are studying. It is crucial that our students achieve their highest level of performance and have a safe learning environment. Therefore, the well-being of the students is of the utmost importance to all of our teachers.
We understand that the well-being of our students requires different strategies that support their social, emotional, and academic learning. With this in mind, we seek to promote and strengthen the attributes of the IB profile every day through our homeroom programme. We encourage them to strive for excellence and inspire others through positive leadership, becoming prefects and thus, giving good examples of both the IB profile and The English Way.
Last but not least, we work together with Pre-School and Primary sections to celebrate the achievements of our students, as well as to recognise their talents and the IB profile of our community through our Dignity and Mutual Respect Programme. This programme has an impact on their daily lives both inside and outside our school, and as we become better human beings and citizens of the world, we share with the world a vision of peace, understanding, and international mindset.
Interim Head of Middle School
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
The Middle School implements the Middle Years Programme (MYP) that provides a framework of academic challenges and life skills for students aged 11 to 16. The MYP encourages students to be creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. The programme also makes an emphasises on intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. Naturally, the MYP follows the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and is designed to be excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
The MYP is inspired by the IB mission: holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and communication. At The English School, we share the same belief, hence students from Grade 5 to 9 are exposed and immersed in a curriculum ensuring that knowledge is not seen separately, but as a whole, where each part is meaningful.
Additionally, the MYP is flexible enough to adapt to most of the requirements of the national or local curriculum. The methodology of the MYP highlights important and shared characteristics of an IB education, developing the IB learner profile attributes, the approaches to teaching, and the approaches to learning. It also involves age-appropriate culminating experiences, an organised and aligned structure of subject groups or disciplines, and the development of an international mindset as a primary goal and as a context for learning.
MYP and the Personal Project
In the final year of the MYP (Grade 9), each student completes a Personal Project that is a significant work and the product of the student’s own initiative and creativity, under the supervision of a teacher. Students are expected to fully develop their project that must reflect a personal understanding of a global context and that can be carried out in different ways. The Personal Project involves planning, research, and a high degree of personal reflection.
The objectives of the MYP projects are focused on encouraging the student to:
• Participate in sustained and self-directed research within a global context.
• Generate new creative ideas and develop a deeper understanding through in-depth research.
• Demonstrate the skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to complete a project over an extended period of time.
• Communicate effectively in a variety of situations.
• Demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of learning.
• Appreciate the learning process and take pride in its achievements. (MYP Project Guide - Grade 9).
The Middle Years Programme consists of eight subject groups:
• Language Acquisition
• Language and Literature.
• Individuals and Societies.
• Physical and Health Education.
Service as Action in the MYP
IB students strive to be caring members who demonstrate a personal commitment to service and to act by making a positive difference in the lives of others and to the environment. Action (learning by doing and experiencing) is a key component of constructive education models, including the type of teaching and learning common to all IB programmes. Service requires students to be able to build authentic connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they encounter in the community. When connected with classroom learning, the service experience offers opportunities to apply concepts of both skills and knowledge as students explore the community in its complexity, acquire personal knowledge, develop new and existing skills, and grow in trust and responsibility.
MYP learning outcomes for Service:
• To be more aware of their strengths and areas of growth (challenge).
• To undertake challenges that develop new skills (new skills).
• To discuss, evaluate, and plan activities initiated by the students (initiative).
• To persevere in action (perseverance).
• To work in collaboration with others (collaboration).
• To acquire knowledge and understanding of culture, intercultural understanding, and international mindset (consciousness and global value).
• To consider the ethical implications of their actions (ethics).