Welcome to the Middle School Section of Bangalore International School!
Middle School is a critically defining point in the educational career of a student. It serves as a bridge between Elementary School and High School, and has a long-term impact on a student’s readiness for future academic challenges. At Middle School, students begin to take more responsibility for their learning and the teacher assumes the role of a facilitator.
Curriculum design, teaching strategies and assessments are aligned with the standards of the core programme developed by our experienced staff members. We also follow the Cambridge Checkpoint syllabus for English, Math and Science, which culminates in Checkpoint examinations in Grades 5 and 8.
At BIS, we recognize the fact that the Middle School years are a time for experimenting with multiple approaches to learning and teaching, thus, imparting learning through class room instruction, audio-visual aids, hands-on activities, field trips and excursions, physical education and performing and visual arts. Students have ample opportunities to explore, fine-tune and exhibit their talents. We acknowledge that all subject areas are connected and therefore, we lay special emphasis on integration across subjects to make learning more meaningful and relevant.
Students are presented with leadership roles at school events, Round Square meetings and Sports and Cultural competitions, where they imbibe the qualities of sportsmanship, team-spirit, perseverance and resilience.
Since the Middle School years, being a period of transition, can be an emotionally challenging phase for children, we provide an environment which fosters easy and open communication between staff and students. It also encourages creative ways of dealing with conflict. In preparing students for high school, we try to instill a sense of independence and personal responsibility. To that end, we also run the PSHE(Personal,Social,Health and Economic Education) programme which is designed and delivered to cater specifically to the needs and requirements of the MS years.
Our primary objective is to create a challenging, yet supportive learning environment where teachers strive to take into account every child’s learning needs, strengths and areas for improvement through differentiated instruction and assessment.
The Middle School at BIS consists of Grades 5 to 8. Though based, to an extent, on the Cambridge International Secondary Programme as well as the IB MYP programme, the MS curriculum has been developed by BIS staff. The intention was to create a flexible curriculum framework that allowed us to explore myriad ways of inculcating skills and understanding during the course of our students’ creative learning journey.
The subjects taught in the Middle School can be divided into 10 subject groups: First Language (English Language, English Literature), World Languages (English, French, Spanish, Hindi, German,Kannada), Mathematics, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), Social Science (History, Geography), ICT, Home Economics/Nutrition, Visual Arts (2D & 3D), Performing Arts (Music, Dance & Theatre) and Physical Education.
The content in every subject area has been carefully curated by the staff to ensure that our students are comfortable in any cultural setting while being comfortable with their own cultural roots as well. The best international resources are used to deliver the curriculum and the teachers make every attempt to go above and beyond prescribed textbooks. Assessment consists of a comprehensive range of strategies that cater to the different learning styles of our students. Continuous assessments culminate every term with school examinations.
In Grades 5 and 8, students also take the Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations in English, Mathematics and Science which is an additional certificate as well as a diagnostic tool that evaluates the candidate’s performance in each sub-strand per subject in the curriculum. They also take the Cambridge Starter Awards for ICT. An attempt is also made to align the school assessment for Science subjects with that of Checkpoint & IGCSE by holding a practical component.
The curriculum is designed and delivered to ensure that our students move on from the Middle School to High School years as knowledgeable, inquiring, reflective, principled and independent thinkers.