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Subjects and Curriculum


 

From grades 6 to 10 we use the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenge and develops the life skills of students from the ages of 11 to 16.

The MYP is designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to be successful in the Diploma Programme and to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.

The curriculum is organised through eight subject groups:

  • Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design.



The programme model highlights the important features and outcomes of an MYP education:

  • Developing conceptual understanding
  • Encouraging International Mindedness by teaching and learning through Global Contexts
  • Developing the skills for learning through Approaches to Learning (ATL)
  • Inquiry based learning leading to Action and Service in the community
  • MYP Projects to foster the development of independent, lifelong learners

 


Global Contexts

An MYP education provides opportunities that help students increase their understanding of language and culture, and become more globally engaged. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and to the world that they have experienced. Learning in global contexts enables learners to directly link concepts with their own lives and put knowledge into action. This contextual learning helps students and teachers answer the important question “Why are we learning this?”

Graphic MYP GLobal Contexts

MYP Global Contexts


Identities and relationships

Students will explore identity; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; what it means to be human.

Orientation in space and time

Students will explore personal histories; homes and journeys; turning points in humankind; discoveries; explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations, from personal, local and global perspectives.

Personal and cultural expression

Students will explore the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Scientific and technical innovation

Students will explore the natural world and its laws; the interaction between people and the natural world; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on communities and environments; the impact of environments on human activity; how humans adapt environments to their needs.

Globalization and sustainability

Students will explore the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the relationship between local and global processes; how local experiences mediate the global; the opportunities and tensions provided by world- interconnectedness; the impact of decision-making on humankind and the environment.

IB Learner Profile

The IB learner profile presents 10 attributes valued by GESS and shared by IB schools worldwide. We believe these attributes can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities. IB learners have the following attributes: knowledgeable, communicators, caring, risk-takers, balanced, principled, reflective, open-minded, inquirers and thinkers. At GESS we celebrate student success in relation to the IB Learner Profile attributes through certificates and achievement awards.

Further information about the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme can be found on the IB website.


Allocation across the subjects

Our Middle School students follow a 35 period week. The outlines below indicate time allocation across the subjects. Grade 10 students currently follow a 37 period week.


Grade 6 subject periods

English 5
German 4
Mathematics 5
Science 4
Third Language 4
Individuals & Societies 4
PE 2
The Arts 4
Design 2

Grade 7 subject periods

English 5
German 4
Mathematics 5
Science 4
Third Language 4
Individuals and Societies
 4
PE 2
The Arts 4
Design 2

Grade 8 subject periods

English 4 
German 4
Mathematics 5
Science 4
Third Language 4
Individuals & Societies
 4
PE 2
The Arts 4
Design 2

Grade 9 subject periods

English 4
German 4
Mathematics 5
Science 5
Third Language 4
Individuals & Societies
 4
PE 3
The Arts 3
Design 3

Grade 10 subject periods

English 5 
German 4
Mathematics 5
Science (Rotation of Biology, Chemistry & Physics)
 6
Third Language 4
Individuals & Societies
 4
PE 3
The Arts 3
Design 3



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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.

 

German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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