About Year 7&8
Year 7: Curriculum
Year 8: Curriculum
Junior Phase Team
In Year 7-8, students study most lessons in their House group. When you meet an Islander, as former Island School students are known, the first thing they will tell you is what House they were in. The House system is at the heart of everything we do. It dates from the very first days of Island School in 1967 and is the source of what alumnae of all generations affectionately remember as ‘the spirit’ of Island School. For new students it is the central point of reference for their school lives. It is the main friendship group throughout the school and the group in which many sporting, artistic and academic activities are undertaken. The House staff – Form Tutors and Senior Head of Houses – will be the first point of contact for parents and the people who get to know individual students best from welcoming them into Year 7 to writing their university references.
One of the academic subjects that is taught in House groups lies in the centre of our curriculum. Island Time draws on the experiences of primary school education with its emphasis on trans-disciplinary inquiry. It also draws on all the other subject areas as a central place where literacy, language, mathematics, technology, science, the humanities and the arts can meet. We picture Island Time as an island in the centre of our curriculum with bridges to all the other subjects giving them a joint, as well as individual meaning.
To see more detail on the aims and structure of this subject read The Island Time Manifesto here.
Circling round Island Time are the individual subjects, taught by subject specialists:
- Mathematics, Click here to see FAQs about Mathematics Learning at Island School
- Languages – Chinese, French, and Spanish – Curriculum choices for languages other than English
- The Sciences
- The Humanities
- The Arts – Music, Drama and Visual Arts
- The Technologies – Design, Textiles and Food Technology
- Physical Education
These subjects engage the students in subject specific skills as well as the generic ones used across all subjects. The understanding students gain will equip them to make choices in future years about where to concentrate, develop and specialise. This eventually leads to choices for university and life beyond.
At Island School we believe strongly in what we call the integrity of childhood. Childhood is not just preparation for adult life, it is important and must be enjoyed for its own sake. By encouraging a love for learning we hope that Island School students become more responsible, creative, analytical, engaged and happy. We strongly echo the ESF vision that learning should be joyful.
Updated May 2017
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Curriculum choices for languages other than English
- Our full Language Policy can be found here.
- In Year 8, students are invited to try French, Spanish or Japanese in addition to their first choice from Y7, for an additional 1 period per week. However, many students of Chinese choose to concentrate on just this language and therefore learn Chinese 3 periods per week. The faculty advises students and parents about the choice which will give them the best set of options as they move up through the years.
- There is no formal curriculum for mother tongue development. However, several students have opted to work with a tutor in their mother tongue (parent funded) when other students are learning an additional foreign language.
This page is updated – in October each year
Senior Head of House
& Year 7 Leader
Senior Head of House
& Year 8 Leader
Middle Years Programme Information
As an IB World School, Island School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education – that we believe is important for our students.
From August 2018 Year 7 students will follow the Middle Years Programme curriculum, covering the following subject areas:
- Language and Literature in a first language
- Language Acquisition in second or foreign languages
- Individuals and Societies (formerly Humanities)
- Physical and Health Education
- Design: Design Technology, Textiles, Food, Digital Literacy
- The Arts: Music, Drama and Visual Art
The MYP is a challenging and balanced framework that enables students to learn through inquiry. It enables them to make links between rigourous subject knowledge and the world around them:
- Identities and relationships
- Orientation in space and time
- Personal and cultural expression
- Scientific and technical innovation
- Globalization and sustainability
- Fairness and development
As well as subject-specific skills, there is an emphasis on the development of learning-skills which span the curriculum:
- Social Skills
The MYP is a holistic programme that encompasses action and service learning.
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.