Middle School (Secondary 1): Year 7-9

All MIS students in Years 7-9 participate in a broad and balanced programme of study. Particular emphasis is placed on English, Mathematics and Science through the Cambridge Secondary 1 curriculum, with Year 9 students sitting in-house Checkpoint tests in the three subject areas at the end of Year 9.

Year 7-9 students study the following subjects:

The English framework has five strands: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking. Learning outcomes in each strand for each successive stage are defined in terms of what learners should be able to do in English.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 mathematics curriculum has six content areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measure, Handling data and Problem solving. The first five content areas are all underpinned by Problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also a key part of the Number content. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 Science curriculum is presented in four content areas: Scientific enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analyzing data. The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated.

In the Geography component, students investigate a wide range of people, places and environments of different scales around the world; they learn about geographical patterns and processes and how political, economic, social and environmental factors affect contemporary geographical issues. In the History component, students learn about significant individuals and events both nationally and internationally, and evaluate and use sources of information, using their historical knowledge to analyze the past and explain how it can be represented and interpreted in different ways.

Students use ICT to communicate, handle information, model and control. They develop key ICT skills in a range of applications including: word processing, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets, email, Internet, presentations, video/animation and web authoring. Through Cambridge ICT Starters, students learn ICT practical skills; also they learn to consider wider issues such as adapting their work according to the audience and Internet safety.

The course enables the students to attain basic language skills for communication in the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skill modes, as specified in the National Standard for Foreign Language Learning; to increase students' awareness and understanding of Chinese culture. We will explore language for communication, attention to basic language skills, language and culture integration, and the dual character writing system.

Myanmar is a new subject introduced to the Secondary students this year. Although the number of students in Myanmar class is small, there are different levels in each class: the beginner (non-Myanmar) students, the intermediate students and the native speaker’s level. The prescribed textbooks from the Government schools are used in the class and extensive practice activities are added to their lessons. The course combines the best of traditional methods with most recent approaches to help students use Myanmar accurately and fluently.

Students have the opportunity to perform and compose music in different styles with increasing understanding of music devices, processes and contextual influences. They explore different musical genres, styles and traditions from different times and cultures. There will be an opportunity to perform choral pieces as well as playing an instrument in the school band.

Students explore a range of starting points for practical work, developing these on their own, and with others, in two and three dimensions on different scales. They will use a range of materials and processes to create their work, as well as investigating art and design from all around the world.

Students investigate the geography, history, language and traditions of Myanmar.

Students will become more expert and skilled in a variety of sporting activities. They develop an understanding of effective team and individual performance.