Middleton Curriculum Overview
The Middleton programmes aim to develop 21st-century skills and develop successful and happy individuals who are compassionate, responsible and active global citizens. The Middleton motto “Learn, Innovate and Serve” underpins the school ethos of actively engaging students to build on their knowledge, skills and understanding, along with developing the right dispositions in order to develop new ideas that help serve self, the community and the world at large. By providing the following 4 programmes for students aged 4 to 18, the school offers a powerful learning pathway and enables portability and continuity of educational programmes for expatriate children moving between countries and across different age levels. All programmes are delivered by experienced and highly qualified teachers.
The Middleton Early Years programmes will offer the unique blend of Reggio-inspired Inquire-Think-Learn (ITL) programmes of EtonHouse along with a formalised skills-based approach for primary school readiness. The ITL programmes allow children to inquire into the subjects of literacy, maths, science, social studies, arts and personal, physical and social education. The inquiry-based approach has been successfully delivered in more than 100 EtonHouse pre-schools around the world and continually evolves based on reflections and research of the best practices in early years education. The ITL programme is supported by the pedagogues from the EtonHouse Education Centre.
The Middleton Primary curriculum is academically rigorous and inspired by the high standards of the Singapore Ministry of Education for Mathematics, and the Key Stages UK Curriculum for English, Science and Humanities. The programme is delivered using the units of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), used by over 1,800 international and national schools in more than 90 countries. The IPC is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for each subject meant to build international-mindedness. The inquiry-based teaching methodologies at MIS ensure that students are fully engaged and enjoy their learning.
The Middle School curriculum for grades 6 to 8 is designed as a gateway to link the in-depth knowledge, skills and understanding picked up in the Middleton Primary Years to the Cambridge IGCSE programme undertaken in grades 9 and 10.
Middleton uses the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) that responds to the specific development needs of 11 to 14-year-old adolescents. It draws on current media platforms, involving active skills-based learning, and promoting self-reflection that lets students make sense of their learning. This curriculum works with a central theme called a Big Idea that links subjects together, and with individual and shared learning experiences. Assessment is done through the IMYC Assessment for Learning (AfL) Programme.
The curriculum for grades 9 and 10* will be based on the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum that encourages student-centred and enquiry-based approaches to learning. Cambridge IGCSE is a world-renowned international qualification for 14 to 16-year-olds. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.
Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in subject content, applying knowledge and understanding to unfamiliar situations, intellectual enquiry, flexibility and responsiveness to change, working and communicating in English, influencing outcomes and cultural awareness. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and it also gives students an excellent preparation for higher-level courses.
*Grade 9 will be launched in January 2021. Grades 10 and above will be launched progressively from 2022, subject to CPE approval.
Middleton International School will offer a rigorous high school programme which is the Cambridge International A Level qualifications that prepare learners for university study and is recognised as a rigorous pathway that prepares students for a globalised world.
Cambridge International A Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills and promotes:
- In-depth subject content
- Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations promoting independent thinking
- Handling and evaluating different types of information source
- Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
- Making judgments, recommendations and decisions
- Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly
- Working and communicating in English
Project-based learning will be one of the key features of the Middleton High School Programme. Students will be encouraged to use the space to pursue their passions. This may be through the use of facilities like the science laboratories, Design and Technology studio, the Lifeskills classroom, the library or the sports courts.
Students will be expected to take up at least one community service project to learn social responsibility. This will develop compassion in students and empower them to use their knowledge and skills to make the world a better place.
*Grade 11 and 12 will be launching from 2023, subject to CPE approval
The school currently offers Chinese, French, Hindi and English as Additional Language as optional programmes. Other optional programmes will be offered based on demand from the school community.