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Middle School Programme

IMYC | UK National Curriculum | Brevet des Colleges

Our middle school programme is exciting and hands-on. It is based on a challenging, internationally minded and concept-focused curriculum, which helps develop engaged and active learners. It provides a clear structure to develop knowledge, skills and understanding whilst making subject learning more connected.

All middle school children take part in the bilingual programme. Most subjects are taught in English, however history, geography, music and sports classes are taught in French. French language classes are conducted at the level of the Éducation Nationale.

Children not fluent in French or English are offered supplementary language support.

Forest International School Curricula followed

Details of the Middle School Programme

We ensure children are prepared for the Cambridge English qualifications and exams.
Our middle school programme follows three curricula:

  • The UK National Curriculum for maths and literacy (Key Stage 3).
  • The French National Curriculum for the bilingual syllabus.
  • The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) for all other core subjects.

Middle School: UK National Curriculum

The UK National Curriculum is used in schools across England as well as in many international schools around the world. Its aim is for all children to gain a good grounding in reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy. It also places great emphasis on children’s personal development. 

Literacy

In Middle School the students are taught the following in literacy:

Mathematics

In Middle School the students are taught the following in mathematics: 

  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportions and rates of change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

For additional information and details: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239058/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics.pdf


The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)

At FISP we have selected a middle school curriculum that provides clear learning goals and helps develop subject knowledge, personal skills, and international mindedness. The curriculum was designed according to the latest neuroscientific research.

The IMYC uses a concept based curriculum design, building units around ‘big ideas’ that help students interlink all their learning. The IMYC also uses a specific process of learning (based on the way the brain learns) consistently across all subjects. This helps students with planning and organising, both regulated by the maturing pre-frontal cortex of children of this age.

The IMYC is our International Middle Years Curriculum for children aged 11 - 14 years old. It is used by over 1000 teachers in 103 schools across 50 countries worldwide including Sweden, Sudan, Latvia, Malta, Laos, Indonesia, and Turkey.

It is a challenging, internationally minded and concept-focused curriculum, which helps develop engaged and active learners. With specific subject and personal learning goals, it provides a clear structure to develop knowledge, skills and understanding whilst making subject learning more connected.

We have chosen the IMYC for the following reasons :

  • It responds to the specific development needs of 11-14 year olds, providing structures and systems that support the needs of the adolescent brain
  • It draws on current media platforms, involving active skills-based learning, and promoting self-reflection and the opportunity for students to make sense of their learning
  • This relevant and engaging curriculum centres around a challenging Big Idea for life and a blend of individual and shared learning experiences
  • The IMYC allows for single subject teaching and learning whilst facilitating collaboration around a Big Idea, linking all subject learning to a conceptual theme
  • Offering a student-led learning structure, the IMYC helps 11-14 year olds develop a sense of their place in the world and that of others
  • The IMYC prepares students for the next stage of their learning and for future work opportunities
For more information and details on the IMYC: https://fieldworkeducation.com/curriculums/middle-years


Assessment and Evaluation

Cambridge English Assessment at Forest International School Paris for the Middle School section

The children are formally assessed at the end of each half term. Assessment is done through the IMYC Assessment for Learning (AfL) Programme, which tracks students’ skills learning through beginning, developing and mastering for every age group.

In order to guarantee the pupil’s readiness and command of the English language, we prepare them for the Cambridge English qualifications and exams.

For more details: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org

Languages in the Middle School

Francais comme langue etrangere at Forest International School Paris

Languages are one of our key strengths at Forest International School Paris, and our language programmes are designed to help all students achieve their full potential in their languages of choice. 

The syllabus is taught in both English and French, following the learning objectives of the English National Curriculum as well as the "Éducation Nationale” for the French syllabus.

Pupils whose native language is not English are given the support needed so they can fully participate in the school programme.

About Languages at Forest International School Paris

In Middle School the students are offered the following:

  • Native specialist teachers in small mixed ability groups.
  • French language classes are taught for 50/ 60 minutes each day
  • A total of 10 hours of classes in French per week middle school programme
  • English, French, Spanish and Mandarin as a second language
  • Cambridge Assessments offered to all middle school children
  • Preparation for the “Brevet des Collèges”

The Standard Classification of Education

For grade equivalences from school systems across the world, please take a look at the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). The link will open a PDF file.

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