Our Middle School builds self-esteem and lays the groundwork for high school. At PISES, your children can look back at middle school as one of the best times of their lives. They can work on the things they love, in the way they love to work. All middle school courses include a comprehensive syllabus with suggestions for engaging projects and assignments.
This is the time in a young person’s life when inspiration and motivation are keys to success. Our textbook-based, project-based and web-based, courses can be combined as needed to create an optimal learning experience, encompassing the enjoyment that is necessary for true comprehension.
This stage covers grades 5 and is made up of the same core and foundation subjects found in grade 3 and4 Much of the work in this year groups is ‘cross curricular’, which means that one theme is covered by several subjects.
Topics are structured to allow children the freedom to explore new subjects in a stimulating way, encouraging a natural enthusiasm for more independent learning. In grade 5 the reading and spelling homework, experienced the previous year, is supplemented with written work, which increases and projects are introduced to reinforce concepts.
Our teaching program is based on the best of the international curriculum with due amendments made in recognition of our international setting. All lessons, with the exception of Urdu Language, are taught in English. Children are encouraged to speak English at all opportunities throughout the school day. In preparing our students for the future we wish to nurture, inspire and challenge children to become:
- Successful learners – who, while enjoying learning, make progress and achieve
- Confident individuals – who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives,
- Positive citizens – who are able to contribute to a better society,
- Independent and reflective learners
- Team players
- Effective communicators
- Creative thinkers
KEY STAGE 3 (PRE-IGCSE) : GRADE 6 & 7
Our pre IGCSE programme offers students the option to accelerate and prepare for the rigour of high school. Students take Core subjects of IGCSE .They receive academic and career guidance from teachers to ensure they are on track to achieve their post-secondary goals.
SCIENCES (PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY)
Science is an experimental based subject that combines academic study with the acquisition of Practical and investigation skills. It is an extremely important subject as scientific principles underpin the technology upon which our society is based, the biological systems on which all living things depend and the staggeringly complex and elegant universe in which we live. In Pre-IGCSE students will develop an inquiring mind, that asks questions which are able to be explored and statements that can be tested; the necessary skills needed to plan and carry out investigations- predicting, hypothesizing, classifying, observing, sorting, measuring, fair testing, recording and drawing conclusions an awareness of safety procedures within scientific investigations an understanding of the scientific concepts central to our modern technological society wherein students will be regularly assessed through;
- End of unit tests
- Assessed practical work
- Term assessments
- Marking of class work and homework.
In addition to these internal assessments, there will be an examination at the end of grade 6 and 7 on all Pre IGCSE Subjects.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
IMPORTANCE OF ICT EDUCATION
“The world is changing fast: many of the most popular jobs today did not exist 20 years ago. While we can be sure that the amount of change children and young people will face as they grow up will be great, the precise nature of that change is more difficult to predict. We must make sure that young people leave education prepared to cope with uncertainty, risk and change. So, as well as teaching, the traditional knowledge and skills that have always been important in schooling, including literacy and numeracy, it is more important than ever that our education system equips young people with a broader set of personal, learning and thinking skills. Including resilience, confidence, and the abilities to think analytically and creatively; to learn and research; to be active citizens and agents of change; to work with others and in teams; and to manage themselves.”
AIMS OF ICT DEPARTMENT
- To equip all learners with the experiences and skills of ICT that they will use in a rapidly changing technological world.
- Develop an environment within the classroom, where all individuals enjoy a sense of personal dignity and status and feel confident of their own equal worth and value.
- Provide a broad and balanced ICT curriculum, providing experience within and beyond the limits listed in the National Curriculum requirements; and which offers excellence and rigour, and stimulates a sense of curiosity and excitement about their world.
- Enable pupils to discover their full potential whilst taking responsibility for their own learning
- Encourage students to work both collaboratively (in pairs or as part of larger groups) and independently as required, and to show respect for the ideas, different capabilities and different backgrounds of all the members of a class or group.
- Create an active partnership between home and school, seeking to develop and to make use of the talents of members of the school and of the wider community, whilst keeping parents fully informed and involved in their children’s education.
- Develop in the students an understanding of the social; economic and ethical issues arising from ICT use.
- Encourage students to review/ evaluate their own work and progress
- Create in every student, a confidence in their ICT skills and an awareness of how to use it in the most effective way.
- Give every student the opportunity to develop their ICT capability to an extent where they can use it effectively to enhance their progress at work, college or university.
- Develop strong cross-curricular links with the other departments within the school, encouraging both students and staff to use ICT approaches where appropriate; provide ICT support for non-ICT staff as required.
- Inculcate in the children a growing awareness of how ICT is used in the world around them and of the benefits that it provides.
In History and geography, students acquire and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in five main areas:
- Chronological understanding
- Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
- Historical interpretation
- Historical inquiry
- Organisation and communication
In pre IGCSE the aim is to give students a firm foundation upon which to build in subsequent years. Throughout grade 6 and 7 the curriculum is designed to promote:
- Source analysis techniques
- Independent learning
- Collaborative learning
- Hypothesis testing
- Good practice when undertaking research
- Use of ICT
Particularly in grades 6 and 7 the themes that students study allow a greater understanding of continuity and change across time. This is a vital element in both the IGCSE and A levels curriculum. In addition to this, they are required to give deeper thought to the dual ideas of cause and consequence.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The school organizes a large range of activities during school. These activities are run on premises by staff and offer something for all tastes. The exact program of extracurricular activities varies from term to term depending on numbers. However the following extracurricular activities are enjoyed by our students:
- English speeches
- Urdu speeches
- Art competition
- Quran recitation competition
- Field trips
- Sports day
- Spelling bee contest
- Clubs & Societies
The wings organize these activities so that each student can get a chance to participate in one event or the other and show his/her sporting abilities and sportsman-spirit.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
Home and school—everyone shares the goal of helping children learn and feel successful. Research has proven that when parents and teachers work together, everyone benefits: Students tend to earn higher grades, perform better on tests, attend school more regularly, have better behaviour, and show more positive attitudes toward themselves and toward school. School programmes that include strong parent involvement are more effective.
PISES establishes an effective home-school partnership for both teachers and parents to create a trusting, equitable relationship. Parents can talk frequently with school personnel about their child’s grades or misbehavior. PISES provides an opportunity to develop a cooperative partnership with teachers. Parents are always welcome to make an appointment to see a Teacher, Coordinator and the Principal. Two formal parent teacher meetings are held in a year to facilitate communication.
COMMENDATIONS & REWARDS
Children can earn points for good work and behavior and these are recorded on charts displayed in classrooms. When children gain 10 points they receive a commendation. Certificates and prizes are awarded when children reach the milestones of 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 commendations.
Star of the Week
A ‘Star of the Week’ will be chosen by each Class Teacher for specific academic or social achievement warranting special mention.
Assessment in all pre IGCSE will be in the form of both Formative and Summative assessment. Students will be assessed both in their written work, by examinations, by presentations and also through class discussion.