This is a 3-year grouping. These classes are subject based with one Specialist teacher instructing in the areas of English Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, P.E., Music, Computer, Arabic and Islamic Studies and French.

GRADE 6: CURRICULUM SUMMARY

English/Language Arts

Students in Sixth Grade will explore and develop skills involving differing points of view, personal opinions and recognize differences between fact and opinion. A varied selection of non-fiction will be read individually and in-class for understanding. Students will analyze, compare and reflect on the materials read throughout the year. Sixth Grade students will use writing to further develop skills in various stages of writing. Sentence structure will be reinforced as a tool to further enhance the writing process.

Math

The course focuses on the following mathematical topics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and mixed numbers, and geometry. Math has its own language, and the acquisition of vocabulary is crucial to a student’s understanding of the subject. Problem-solving strategies will be used to help students understand math and encourage them to evaluate how they use math outside of the school.

Science

Through a focus on the scientific method, and on learning and using science research skills, students expand their level of knowledge, interest, and involvement in science. The Grade 6 Science curriculum focuses on these topics: Cells, reproduction, and Heredity, Resources and Ecosystem, Changes to Earth Surface, Earth’s Rocks, Earth Weather Patterns, Atoms and Elements, Work and Simple Machines, Forces and Motion and Heat and Electricity.

Social Studies

Students in the Ancient Civilization course in Grade Six deepen their understanding of history by studying the universals of culture, archaeology, early humans and early Middle Eastern civilizations through the study and comparison of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. In this course, we will emphasize the problems, everyday lives, and accomplishments of peoples and how they helped to develop political, economic and social structures, and of how they established and spread ideas that eventually have transformed our world. The curriculum is organized around a set of essential questions. In each unit, the content studied provides students with opportunities to explore answers to some or all of these complex questions.

  • How do we know about the past?
  • What is a civilization?
  • Why do civilizations rise and fall?
  • How do the lives of ancient peoples affect us today?
  • How has human history been shaped by geography and environment?

GRADE 7: CURRICULUM SUMMARY

English/Language Arts

Students continue to build reading and writing skills, using literature to improve reading comprehension, expand vocabulary, understand and apply literary terms, and analyze texts. They will draw from a variety of genres as they do so: novels, novellas, short stories, plays, and non-fiction articles, among them. Students will practice writing skills, focusing on the writing process; in particular, the planning and organizing stages. They study grammar as it applies to their writing, and are encouraged to experiment with word choice, style, and register.

Math

Grade 7 course focuses on the following mathematical topics: estimation, geometry, probability, data analysis and pre-algebraic concepts. Pre-algebra concepts include the introduction of variables in expressions and equations, evaluation of equations and solving one-step equations. Students will understand real numbers, simplify algebraic expressions and solve algebraic equations, explore geometric properties and applications, and use probability and data-analysis to make predictions. Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.Students will acquire a specialized mathematics vocabulary and engage in thoughtful mathematical discourse in order to appreciate and understand the content. In Grade 7 Math, students are expected to solve a variety of problems using various problem-solving skills and strategies.

Science

This course continues to introduce Middle School students to fundamental concepts in Biology (cells, diversity of living organisms and Viruses and Bacteria) and Chemistry (the structure of the atom and of matter). Students improve upon the scientific skills acquired in Grade 6, through the planning, implementation and presentation of experiments each semester.

Social Studies

The course investigates the emergence and development of civilizations beginning with the Roman Empire and the foundation of the western world through study of the ancient and classical Greece and Rome. After determining the factors influencing the fall of the Holy Roman Empire, the class will study the Byzantine and Muslim Civilizations, Early Civilizations of the Americans, Civilizations of Asia, Mediterranean Europe, and The Countries of Southwest Asia.

GRADE 8: CURRICULUM SUMMARY

English/Language Arts

Students are challenged with more difficult reading assignments, using a variety of works to deepen their knowledge of literature, further develop their analytical skills, and expand their vocabulary. Students continue to refine their writing abilities, focusing on the writing, editing and publishing stages of the writing process. Grammar is taught in as much as it informs students’ writing.

Math

Algebra 1 is a one-year course, designed for students in Grade 8 who have successfully completed Grade 7 Pre-Algebra. Algebra 1 is the base from which, students will build the necessary skills for later courses in mathematics. The course begins with a review and extension of students’ arithmetic skills. Connections are then made between these basic skills and algebraic concepts. The main focus of this course is to provide students with a strong foundation of basic algebra, that they will then use in further mathematics courses in high school. Connections will also be made to other subject areas, through practical applications whenever possible. Students will be urged to attach meaning to the abstract concepts of algebra. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to use appropriate mathematical terminology and form, to apply their skills to problem-solving and to communicate clearly and effectively. Another goal of the course is to continue to develop the students’ confidence in mathematics.

Science

The course is a fully integrated continuation of the Grade 7 Science course. It provides the student with an introduction to the multidisciplinary field of science. The course emphasizes on a more complex understanding of physical, chemical, and biological principles. Students study the cellular organization and classification of organisms, and the concept of change as a result of the transition of genetic information. They also learn about Chemical interactions. This course has a strong practical component with laboratory experiments and field activities.

Social Studies,

The topics covered will include: Civilizations of Asia, Europe in the Middle Ages, Changes in the Western World, Modern Times, The British Isles and Nordic Nations, Central Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe.

Middle School Music Course:

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will be given the opportunity to actively enhance their musical skills in choir. A variety of choral literature will give them the unique opportunity to experience and analyze different styles of music. Rehearsal skills will also be developed. They will continue to study more principles of instrumental music which will expand their knowledge of performance and practice.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE:

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade Physical Education course is designed to teach students about their physical selves and create enthusiasm for physical activity, as well as develop their physical skills. This will be done in such a manner that each student can understand and appreciate the importance of attaining and maintaining a healthy, physically fit body. We accomplish this goal by providing our students with a balanced program that builds a strong foundation in physical fitness, intermediate sport performance skills, lead-up games, and sports at an intermediate level of understanding.

This course covers a wide range of topics including Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Handball and Physical Fitness testing.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ART COURSE:

The Middle School Art course for the English Girls is designed for all students in 6, 7 and 8 grades. It incorporates techniques of working from both observation and imagination, alongside which, students develop skills of critically analyzing both their own and others work. Each student has a sketchbook, which they work in, both in class and at home. It develops in each student an interest in and the ability for creative expression in visual terms, using skills and techniques or artistic expression appropriate to the student’s interests and abilities; to develop aesthetic understandings and appreciations; to discover and develop talents of students in the field of art.The Middle School Art course for the English Boys is designed to develop in each student an insight and understanding of technical drawing and its place in our society; to discover and develop talents of students in the technical drawing fields; to develop practical problem-solving skills related to the materials and processes of industry; and to develop in each student skill in the safe use of tools and equipment.

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COURSE:

Computer Studies introduces students to the breadth and beauty of computing. The variety of activities and topics provides students with diverse opportunities to develop an appreciation of computer studies. In this class, students experience the joy and power that comes from controlling the computer. Students learn how to use their newly acquired computer skills to process information and commands. Computer Studies builds the basic logical problem-solving skills and framework required for understanding an increasingly complex and technological world. Students are given opportunities to engage in computer studies problems in a creative and supportive environment. Through hands-on experiences, projects, and a variety of learning methods, students learn to work through problems and create innovative solutions.

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