The curriculum for Grades 6–8 (Middle School), covers a broad range of subjects. Some of the most distinctive features include:
The English program focuses on establishing skills in composition, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and oral response. Class readers with historical content are used to provide a valuable context in which to study and perfect these skills. Exposure to literature, in the class Anthology lessons, continues to develop critical analysis skills and an appreciation of the world’s literary genres.
Mathematics in Middle School is taught as an integrated discipline, allowing for fluidity across boundaries between different branches of math. Starting in Grade 7 students are taught algebra, set theory, and computer science. In Grade 8, the study of algebra and computer science is continued along with the study of geometry.
The mother-tongue language program follows the state curriculum of North Rhine-Westphalia (“Kerncurriculum NRW”) and integrates the study of classical German literature starting in Grade 7 and continuing through Grade 12.
Science as a general course is presently offered at ICIGSS in Grades 6–8. Students in these grades focus on the study of life, earth, physical sciences, and mathematical methods. In-class explorations are used to engage critical thinking and hands-on participation.
Curriculum in Grades 6–7 focus on map reading skills as well as a look at the impact of explorers and leaders throughout history. Grades 7–8 at ICIGSS focus on the study of history from ancient civilization to the 20th century. Students gain knowledge and understanding of these time periods through the texts used. Project work allows the students to further explore areas of special interest. Additionally, local German content in history, politics, and institutions is integrated into German lessons in Grades 7–8.
Beginning in Grade 6, students choose between French, Spanish or Japanese as their third language. As is the case with both English and German, third language classes focus on developing students’ skills in reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, oral response, and writing and cultural awareness.
Art, Music (vocal and instrumental), Computing, and Physical Education round out the academic program at ICIGSS. These courses are required in Grades 6– 8 (PE to grade 10) and expose the students to the liberal arts, giving them a broad base of subjects to choose from in Grades 10–12.
Sports, Music and Art are an important part of developing a child’s social and emotional skills. To see learn more about which each department offers, please see the Sports, Music and Art sections of the website.
Teaching robotics to young children is a very good introduction into Science and Technology. Not only do they learn to design and construct a robot, they also get a more complete idea what is required for an organism to act in the real world. Educational material has been developed to show children how to build and program small robots and a competition is organized where they can test their skills in games like Dance, Rescue and Soccer. Experiences with this approach with five Dutch and some international schools are described and suggestions are done for further work along these lines. In many European countries the number of students that select an education in Technology is steadily decreasing. Apparently many young people are very good at using gadgets, but not many of them are interested in how these devices are built. Something needs to be done to make our young people more enthusiastic about technology. Several initiatives exist all over the world to improve this situation and as part of the ComLab II project children in Dutch schools were stimulated to participate in the RoboCup Junior challenge. Course material has been created as part of the project and several schools have enrolled in the 2007 edition of the RoboCup Junior competitions in the Netherlands. Our Robotics curriculum introduction will be of great idea and part of our educational vision and mission to out rightly develop Nigerian students for a sustainable future technologically.
Course Description: Forensic Science is the application of science (chemistry, physics, and biology) to the criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. It includes the investigation of fingerprinting, fiber analysis, ballistics, arson, trace evidence analysis, poisons, drugs, blood spatters, and blood samples. Students are taught the proper collection, preservation, and laboratory analysis of various samples. All our students starts with an introductory to forensics teaching from Grade-6.
As Academic Coordinators, our role is very much focused on making sure that the education here is as enriching and as rewarding as possible. Grades 6–8 are an incredibly important time for our students as they are engaged in a very complex multi-layered experience and as young learners they have quite different needs from both Primary School and Upper School students. In other words we must take into account that the Middle School years are quite distinct from what precedes them and what comes after them.
Of course there are constants, but on a socio-emotional and cognitive level Middle Schoolers are confronting issues that mould them and will serve to begin to define their future place in society. For this reason it is so important that we get it right!
As current or potential members of the ICIGSS community you can rest assured that all the students in Grades 6–8 are being extremely well looked after. Here at ICIGSS we have a highly skilled team of professional educators who provide an excellent Middle School experience that responds to all the needs sketched out above. The formal curriculum is both challenging and rewarding and is accompanied by a carefully curated series of co-curricular activities to meet all physical, creative and intellectual needs.
Perhaps more than anything else, Middle School is a time to be enjoyed and this most certainly happens at ICIGSS and is evidenced by the constant excitement and enthusiasm shown by our students on a day-to-day basis.