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Middle YEARS SECTION

The Middle School Programme offered at D. G. Khetan International School provides an ideal preparation for students entering the middle years of schooling. At the conclusion of this programme, students not only have a sound foundation of essential knowledge, skills and attitudes, but also have the ability to reflect on their learning and develop new learning from them.

Curriculum

The D. G. Khetan International School Middle Years Curriculum has at its core, the traditional subjects: Mathematics, Arts, Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Physical Education, Technology; but great importance is given to the interconnectedness of learning that is essential for an individual to be effective in the modern world.

The curriculum is divided into two areas:

  • The Lower Secondary Programme (Grades VI, VII and VIII) and
  • The I.G.C.S.E. Programme (Grades IX and X)

The Lower Secondary Programme builds on the primary stage and develops children’s knowledge and skills in across the core curriculum areas. It is also a means to track student progress through the lower secondary phase, with an integrated package of teaching, learning and assessment materials.

The I.G.C.S.E. Programme (International General Certificate of Secondary Examination) has been designed for 14- 16 year olds. The Cambridge I.G.C.S.E. provides a broad study programme across a wide range of subject areas. Within the curriculum, there is a balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

It is an internationally based curriculum, allowing teaching to be placed in a localized context, making it relevant in different regions.

Teaching- Learning in the Classrooms

D. G. Khetan International School Middle Years Curriculum uses concepts called the “areas of interaction” as lenses through which to look at learning in each subject. Because these lenses can look across subject areas, they are used as themes for teacher and student to explore the connections in learning. Environment, health, social education, community and social service are the areas of interaction, based on which topics from real life are explored using a transdisciplinary approach.

To avoid rote memorisation, various methods like mind mapping, graphic organisers, experiential learning, enquiry method, research, are used in the classroom.

Thus the curriculum in this programme meets students’ academic needs and also helps students develop a personal value system to guide their own lives.

Assessments

The Middle School Programme respects the independence and integrity of each discipline as students prepare for further study in various subjects.

Assessments are on- going and the school uses many forms of assessment - observations, tests and examinations, student conferencing, anecdotal records and portfolios of students’ work; and a mix of other assessment methods, including coursework, practical exercises, oral and listening tests, projects and written examinations.

The school issues student report cards four times in a year, towards the end of each semester. Following the delivery of student report cards, the school conducts parent- teacher meetings where our teachers explain to parents how their children are progressing.

At the end of Lower Secondary, students appear for the Cambridge Checkpoint tests, a diagnostic test, which provide detailed feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses before they move into the I.G.C.S.E. stage.

Students study the curriculum of the I.G.C.S.E. within the Middle School Programme framework and methodology, and sit for the I.G.C.S.E. at the end of year 10.

Through the Middle School Programme, designed for students aged 11 to 16, teachers extend the academic teaching by helping students develop critical thinking, solve ‘real- life’ problems, develop knowledge of local and global issues, communicate ideas, engage in public debate and express creativity through action.