In alignment with our school’s ongoing commitment to innovation and to continuously seek and identify new and exciting avenues to engage our students as learners and establish connections with the world at large, ICS will collaborate with IFOM, the biomedical research laboratory of the European Institute of Oncology for the development and implementation of the Middle School science programme. In this way our students, working with professional medical researchers, will have the opportunity to develop a mindset associated with being scientists and thinking like a scientist and not simply learning about science. In addition, the school is developing a course in entrepreneurship for Middle School students to provide them with an additional opportunity to develop and apply risk-taking, critical thinking and problem solving skills and to link their classroom learning to a wider context.
The Middle School programme consists of eight subject groups:
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUBJECTS
- Language and literature
- Language acquisition
- Individuals and society
- Visual and performing arts
- Physical and health education
- Italian language and literature
- English language and literature, Spanish language
- History and geography, social studies
- Integrated biology, chemistry, physics
- In English and Italian
- Visual art, drama, music
- Physical education
- Product design and digital design
At least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit involving two subject area groups is required each year. Interdisciplinary units are planned collaboratively by teachers and help students to develop a new awareness of the meaningful connections that exist among the disciplines. A Community Project is required at the end of MYP3 or a Personal Project at the end of MYP5.
These projects are designed to be culminating activities in which students consolidate and demonstrate their learning throughout the years of the programme. It is an independent learning experience which allows students to apply the skills of self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration and to connect classroom learning engagements with personal experience and to develop their own interests for lifelong learning.