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Lower Secondary – years 7, 8, 9

In the lower secondary pupils study a wide range of subjects:

 

6 lessons English, including Drama/theatre perfomance

3 lessons Second Language (French, Spanish, Polish, Russian as options, but other languages can be arranged upon request)

2 lessons History – world history and some local history as well, with an emphasis upon techniques required to be a successful historian

2 lessons Geography – learning about how the world works physically as well as human geography

4 lessons Maths

2 lessons ICT

2 lessons Biology

2 lessons Chemistry

2 lessons Physics

2 lessons Art

2 lessons Music

4 lessons Physical Education (team/individual sports and swimming)

1 lesson PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education)

 

We also hold regular Assemblies, sharing the time with PSHE.

 

The principles behind our educational approach follow on from Primary – a mixture of direct instruction and inquiry based learning (lots of experiments in our custom designed and equipped Science Lab), learning about learning, memory work supported through special programming and learning thinking skills.

 

If a person doesn’t have material in their memory to work with, they have nothing to think about and by the same token, if we only focus on collecting facts, thinking skills aren’t being nurtured. We strike the balance by learning thinking skills and practising using them with the material we learn and store in our memories.

 

Polish children also need to be prepared for the public exams they sit at aged 15 and must comply with the law regarding the Polish National Curriculum. As in Primary, where necessary, we have a Polish teacher team teaching with the international teacher and ensuring that Polish requirements are met and this allows all pupils to enjoy a more personalised education.

 

This curriculum is essentially a hybrid model, being based upon the English National Curriculum with extra emphasis place upon the Sciences.

 

We also offer specialised scholastic after school activities such as instrumental music lessons (at additional cost), music theory club (no extra cost, preparing for ABRSM music theory exams) a creative writing club (no extra cost) and a Maths club, which prepares pupils for Olympiads and international competitions such as the Kangaroo Maths competition (also no extra cost).

 

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