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Preparatory One

English

    The set of books are : 
  • Pioneer ( student’s book, workbook) 
  • Poetry. 
  • Novel  
  • Drama  
     Thematic units for Preparatory one :


  •  People (character & appearance ,personal Qualities) .
  •  Antonyms ,adjectives with prepositions.
  •  Synonyms and idioms related to the theme of the unit.s Jobs &places.
  •  Life styles.
  • The city & country :city life / country life.
  • Job qualities. 
  • Celebrations ,festivals and events. traditional celebrations and customs ,festive activities ,feelings ,greetings cards.
  • Places to eat. recipes and cooking methods ,tastes ,cutlery ,crockery and appliances 
  • Quantities and menus.
  • Types of sports ,sport injuries ,places and equipment. writing skills . 
  • Description of a hero /villain. 
  •  A letter of application.
  •  A story ,narrating experiences ,expressing feelings ,checking in , complaining ,apologizing ,disapproval expressing opinions ,sympathizing

HUMANITIES

Humanities (Social Studies and Language Arts) is taught in all Middle School Preparatory. It integrates Social Studies and Language Arts by combining the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills of Language Arts with the content and skills of Social Studies. Literature can enrich the study of History, and historical background enriches a story. When writing assignments are chosen from what is being learned in Social Studies, it gives a purpose to the writing. This kind of interdisciplinary approach removes the strict and artificial boundaries between subjects and increases holistic learning. 

    Aims of Humanities: 
  • Develop oral skills through presentations, class discussion, debates, drama and story telling 
  •  Use and master various applications and technology
  • Develop independent study and research skills; both print and electronic 
  • Increase and practice use of accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation 
  •  Broaden vocabulary
  •  Write independently in a variety of styles for a variety of purposes
  • Improve reading skills through shared class and independent reading 
  • Understand concepts and practice skills in social studies 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Present arguments and support them with evidence 

For the academic school year, a theater option will be available to Preparatory 1 and 2 students with this option being available to Primary 6 students the following year. This course will include the foundations of dramatic performance through a focus on acting theory, technique, character analysis and improvisation. By playing various games involving muscular, sensory, memory, imagination and emotion exercises students will develop their observation, concentration and imagination skills and improve their stage presence. The class will include lessons on public speaking skills as students learn how to improve their diction and voice projection, how to emphasize certain words or segments and control the pace of their speech in order to make a particular point, and use their facial expressions and body language to enhance their presentation. They will perform poems/ monologues/ speeches and/or non-theatrical material. Students will learn theatrical vocabulary and how to block a scene.  

SCIENCE

Each course is built around comprehensive teaching, practice, and assessment of science concepts and skills, with an emphasis on process skills necessary for scientific inquiry emphasizing hands-on activities. Investigative experiments allow students to learn and follow the steps of scientific inquiry, while using standard scientific equipment and proper techniques. The courses promote development of problem solving skills and encourage students to become critical thinkers. In First prep students cover Cell Biology, Genetics, & Human systems. 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

We offer French and German as a foreign language. The Middle School FL program meets on alternate days throughout the entire school year. Over the three middle school years, the curriculum includes the same basic grammatical concepts, cultural information and language study as the first year high school program. The class finishes the material in two to four units (of multiple chapters each) each of the three years. A student who successfully completes all three parts of the middle school program could move to the second year level in High School. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In the physical education classes physical fitness is a key component that is showcased in a fun filled atmosphere. Interpersonal skills such as demonstrating respect, offering positive feedback, demonstrating responsible behaviour in terms of physical and emotional safety, as well as maintaining good personal hygiene are essential for success in the course. The importance of valuing physical activity for its contribution to a healthy lifestyle is emphasized.
The 4 areas of emphasis are: Knowledge and Understanding, Performance and Application, Social Skills, and Personal Engagement. Content includes individual/activities, lifetime sports and cooperative games, each integrated with physical fitness, as well as health classes covering peer pressure, responsibility and the reproductive system.
 

FINE ARTS PROGRAM

For the Academic school year, students in First prep will take a choice of two of either music, art, or drama.
 

Music

The Middle School Music program is designed to be practical in nature with the emphasis being on playing a band instrument or to develop vocal quality. In the band program, each student receives an instrument at the beginning of the year and is given instruction during their band class. Instrument choices range from flute, trumpet, French horn, and percussion.
In the choir program students learn the theory and practical skills involved in being a member of choir.
Students are required to do daily practice at home. Instruction is given in tone, rudiments of theory, articulation, and music appreciation. Students perform as much as possible in class and outside of class both solo and in ensemble situations. Performance both inside and outside the classroom will be integrated into the yearly course work and are a part of the student’s Preparatory.
 

Art

The art courses broaden student’s definition of art and strengthen their observational skills. The courses also aim to introduce research to learn about art history, including contemporary art and how it affects us today. We make students aware of processes and the strong influence that art has. Students will partake in a variety of projects.
Preparatory 7 studies may include: composition, ceramic tile painting, still life showing transparency drawings and painting flowers.
 

Maths


1st Prep math is the study of general mathematical concepts, covering several strands including Numbers and Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Patterns, Functions and Algebra. While learning to acquire these skills the students will be actively engaged, and will use concrete materials and appropriate technologies in class. Additionally, students will also be required to identify and apply real-world applications to the mathematical, scientific and logic principles they are learning.
Problem solving skills will be emphasized as students are encouraged to develop novel approaches to multi-step problems. Flexible and adaptive strategies are introduced to facilitate the development of confident, curious, and thoughtful problem solvers. Writing and speaking about math is a key feature of our approach to mathematics; the ability to explain one’s process and thinking is fundamental to success.

To this end, the acquisition of vocabulary specific to mathematics will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to correctly use the concepts, skills, symbols, and vocabulary identified in each unit of study
 

    The students will learn: 
  •  Repeated multiplication
  •  Non negative integer powers
  •  Negative integer powers
  • Order of operations 
  • Scientific notation 
  • The square root of a rational number  
  • Solving equation  
  • Inequalities  
  • Samples  
  • Probability
    Geometry and measurement  
  • Deductive proof 
  • The polygon  
  • The triangle  
  • Pythagoras theorem 
  • Geometric transformations  
  •  Reflection
  •  Translation
  • Rotation