Royal British International School Middle Years Subject Guide
Middle Years – Language Arts
We have plans, so many plans, for English at Royal British International School. We love above all to inpire you to read, and to love using our vast and dazzlingly varied language in as many ways as possible.
Students at Royal British International School will:
Write clear, fluent and stylish English in appropriate ways for the wide varieties of situations they might find required of them.
Understand and appreciate the techniques and aims of the writers whose works they study.
Develop a critical judgement over literary works, being able to tell good from bad, and to comment articulately and with insight on their own tastes.
Be able to support by clear and thorough argument their own opinions and ideas.
Be able to articulate opinions, give accounts, co-operate in discussions and operate effectively in all situations where they are required to speak and listen.
Be able to express themselves, both in writing and in speech, in creative ways that permit them to expand their imaginations
Middle Years – Mother Tongue and Chinese
Mother Tongue (Mandarin) is taught throughout the school, to an enthusiastic response as reflected in healthy numbers continuing with the subject as an option to IGCSE level. In common with other languages offered at Royal British International School, it is taught mainly through the target language so that students become familiar with the sounds of their Mother Tongue and with using it early on.
Teaching of the four language skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing – takes account of the different ways in which students learn. Subject specialists are committed to sharing their own enthusiasm for and enjoyment of the subject with students.
Middle Years – Mathematics
Mathematics at Royal British International School equips students to participate in the rapidly changing world of the 21st Century. We trust that they will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge to use in everyday life and to help in their prospects for further education and training. We hope to promote interest, enjoyment and enthusiasm for Mathematics. We try to give every student a firm foundation in this subject, so that they have the confidence to tackle problems and find solutions. Mathematics is a universal language and it develops the mind in ways no other subject can!
At Royal British International School we follow a broad based KS3 Curriculum to enable our students to cope with the demands of any IGCSE/GCSE mathematics course. Our Year 9 students always sit the Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations, so we are able to give them transferable levels to any other curriculum.
Middle Years – Science and Technology
In today’s highly technological world a sound understanding of science is an essential part of any good education. At Royal British International School we aim to provide a science curriculum that is stimulating, informative and fun. All students study science from Years 7 to 11. In year 7 to 9 students follow the Cambridge Secondary curriculum from Cambridge International Exams. In Years 10 and 11, the majority of our students follow the OCR 21st Century courses in either combined science or all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). The science department firmly believe that all students are capable of a high standard of accomplishment and that these courses reflect our unique international culture and high expectations.
Science is more than just knowing facts and figure it’s all about communication, problem solving and the key skills of working with others and dealing with information. As part of developing these core key skills all our programs of study include the skills of scientific enquiry. This uses scientific enquiry as a means to help all students improve their thinking and problem solving skills.
Middle Years – Geography
Geography at Royal British International School is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.
Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment.
Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions – recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie much of the newer developments in human geography.
Middle Years – History
The History department actively strives to provide all students with an enjoyable experience of learning History which is relevant, stimulating, challenging as well as accessible to all. In developing an awareness of the different ways of learning and the representation of past events, a variety of teaching strategies have been implemented across the department. The emphasis of this subject is both the historical knowledge and the skills required for accurate research.
It is envisaged that each learner will increase their ability to utilise and organize information effectively in order to weigh up conflicting factors which will assist them in making informed decisions. Students learn about the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of their studies. Finally the learners gain an understanding of the past in relation to themselves and the wider world in which they live.
Middle Years – The Arts
The study of Art and Design at Royal British International School aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability.
Pupils gain confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills in two and three dimensional form and composition, and are able to identify and solve problems in visual and tactile forms. Pupils also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions.
Art and Design also aims to develop a greater awareness of the role played by the visual arts in society and history, broadening cultural horizons and individual experiences.
Secondary Years – Literature
Readings in poetry, fiction, and drama of the Post-World War II period. This course examines Russian literature and cultural history from 1945 to the present. The work of major writers will be studied to gain insights into the life of our times.
This course will explore the modern age primarily through literature and, on occasion, representations of the plastic arts. Critical thinking will be employed to facilitate this investigation. Direct connections will be made between the literary works studied and the human situation in the modern era.
Readings in science fiction and fantasy including myth and legend and classic literature in the 19th and 20th centuries. The social implications of technology in the 20th century science fiction literature will be explored.
Secondary Years – Physical Education
The purpose of this course at Royal British International School is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and values they need to become healthy and physically active for a lifetime. This course addresses both the
health and skill related components of fitness which are critical for students’ success. Activities in this course may include, but are not limited to the following: Health-related fitness components, fitness/wellness concepts, nutrition, goal setting, soccer, basketball, table-tennis and Fitness Access.