Developing a deeper understanding
In the Secondary School, students are taught by subject specialists for each individual subject, and in subject specialist venues. Throughout the day, students will move from lesson to lesson and teacher to teacher. Science lessons are taught in our high tech Science laboratories to enable students to carry out practical experiments to enrich their learning experiences. Each subject area has a classroom in which the learning environment supports the subject content through subject specific resources and vibrant learning displays.
Each grade meets after lunch for Tutor Group time, during which students follow a programme of activities led by their Form Tutors. This time is dedicated to pastoral care and enables Form Tutors to check-in on the well-being of the students daily.
Sample Day Curriculum
Josh’s morning begins with Mindfulness. As some of his friends take part in Tefilah in the seminar room, he lays on the carpeted floor of the Music room practicing breathing techniques and listening to the soothing voice. He likes beginning the day with this sense of calm.
The first lesson of the day is English. Josh enjoys it because the class are studying Shakespeare. They watched a live play at the theatre last term. Today they are doing drama activities to learn about iambic pentameter and bring the words and rhythm to life, off the page and into performance.
Josh’s second class of the day is Robotics. He is learning to build Robots and code them into doing ever more complex moves. Today he is trying to code the Robot to do a dance – it’s difficult but he loves the challenge
By break, Josh is hungry for his snack. He talks to his friends about the swim meet taking place after school as they share their food.
Yes! Double IMYC. Today the class are taking a field trip to the local shopping centre as part of their unit on ‘Balance’. Today’s lesson focuses on Geography and the students are taking a survey of the local area, focusing on the balance of services available in the local community. Josh enjoys IMYC because it opens his eyes up to the world outside his own community.
After the field trip, Josh is hungry and goes to the canteen for lunch with his friends. They are excited to see what’s on offer today. Seated around the table, they laugh and chat, making sure that they visit the salad bar to collect some fresh fruit for dessert. After they’ve finished eating, they go down to the Basketball court for a game of indoor soccer.
In form time, Josh’s form is working on a charity initiative to raise money for the school’s chosen charities. He leads this as he is the vice-chairman of the SMMIS charity committee
Afternoon lessons commence with Mathematics, Josh’s favourite subject. The class are doing Algebra and work in groups to solve problems, helping and supporting each other as they go.
The last lesson of the day is Art. Josh is researching Picasso and planning his own painting inspired by Cubism, on the IMYC theme of Balance. This will be displayed at the Exit point event when his parents will be invited to a showcase of his work.
The school bell plays its tune and Josh rushes to his locker to get his swimming kit to take part in the swim meet with a visiting school. The rooftop pool looks inviting as he greets his swimming coach with a wide smile.
I feel happy in this school, the teachers are kind and my friends are very nice. I have friends from many countries in my class- Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Israelis and Koreans, and we all play and talk together and share some things about our homes and countries and culture.
8, Grade 3
I love the activities we do in class. I like how we learn by exploring and not reading from the textbook all the time. It is less lecture, more active learning now and I love school.
12, Grade 6
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