Thinking differently is the first step towards achieving extraordinary things. Consider James Maxwell, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, or more recently, Cher, Steve Jobs or Steven Spielberg. Each of these people perceived or perceives the world differently.
Each went on to change the world.
At Maxwell School we believe your child is also capable of accomplishing extraordinary things; every aspect of our teaching is geared toward turning that belief into reality. Our curriculum is multi-sensory, experiential and progressively rigorous. At Maxwell School, students learn traditional academics, but they approach them frequently following an unconventional path. Our path stresses creativity, originality, innovation, and intellectual risk-taking, making Maxwell School students better prepared for the 21st-century world they will inherit. Our students are encouraged to perceive the world around in many different ways.
Our students achieve academic excellence and a strong set of values that together foster their self-confidence allowing them to reach their full potential.
Middle Years curriculum – Years 7, 8, 9
At Maxwell School, we strike a unique balance in education by taking a global approach to learning, while always maintaining focus and attention on the development of the individual student.
The Middle Years (KS3) program provides students with a rigorous educational experience that prepares students for success in their exam years and beyond. Through the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) we provide 21st Century skill-building in creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), arts integration, Google Drive and Classroom, and coding.
The IMYC offers project-based learning that allows students to experience high engagement through interactive, hands-on projects that connect them to real-world issues. Teachers utilize technology to connect with schools from around the world, providing students with authentic international experiences. Small class sizes and a commitment to student resources ensure individual learning styles are always met.
Our middle school program features STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math) integrated into IMYC units, allowing students to engage deeply with their coursework through multiple modalities. Students are exposed to hands-on, interactive projects through which they become “makers.” STEAM education helps students become critical and creative thinkers, offering diverse learning opportunities for all types of learners–a perfect match for the international, inclusive, and arts-integrated program at Maxwell School.
The International Middle Years Curriculum (Years 7 through 9)
The IMYC was crafted in 2011 to mirror the core values of the IPC to engage children of all abilities to be creative thinkers and problem-solvers in a globalized world. The IMYC continues the educational journey of IPC learners with higher order thinking skills by taking into account the unique developmental needs of students aged 11to14, with clear intentions to address adolescent brain development, pubescent physical changes, and their ability to engage with content at a deeper level.
IMYC leads students to explore their self-identity and their interpersonal relations. Each unit of the IMYC provides opportunities for students to work with and learn from peers, to lead their own learning and take risks, to tackle a wide range of self-directed investigation, to experience security and familiarity through a consistent learning process, to reflect upon their learning, and to connect their learning to the world around them.
All three of these programs focus on teaching children three different types of learning: knowledge, skills, and understandings.
This is information that we know is true and the way we answer a knowledge question will be either right or wrong.
Finding out how to do things. Skills are practical and can be described as “being able” to do something. Skills take time to develop and as we learn; we learn skills in small, progressive steps.
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Facts they will need to know. Developing a sense of the meaning behind why we know and do things. Understanding involves a combination of accumulated knowledge, practiced skills, and reflection over time.
IMYC Subject Goals
The Subject Goals cover knowledge, skills and understanding. There are subject Learning Goals for the following: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.
Some examples of Subject Goals are:
Language Arts Learning Goals
Know the basic structure elements of word structure -br- Be able to recognize and use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
History Learning Goals
Know about the main events, dates and characteristics of the past societies they have studied -br- Be able to gather information from simple sources -br- Understand that the past can be considered in terms of different time periods
Music Learning Goals
Know how a number of musicians – including some from their home country and the host country – combine musical elements within a structure -br- Be able to compose musical pieces combining musical elements within a structure -br- Understand that musicians use music to express emotions and experiences
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