Hindupat Public School, Raghogarh

Curriculum - HPS Middle Years Programme

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(Grade 6 - Grade 8)
Grade 6 will be introduced in the academic year 2011-2012

Introduction

We recognize that Middle School students are in the midst of a unique period of change, from childhood to adolescence, and that their education should be broad, challenging, and designed to help nurture each student and help them achieve their full potential.

We believe Excellence in Education includes:
We believe an Appropriate Environment:
We believe our program and environment will foster essential qualities in our students creating:

Creative Individuals
Collaborative Workers
Problem Solvers
Self-Directed Positive Learners
Adaptable Learners
Responsible World Citizens
Effective Communicators

Middle School Course Offerings

The Middle School Program of Studies at HPS has been elaborated in this course description document. We hope students and parents recognize the depth of our commitment in offering age appropriate and challenging experiences for students. We aim to offer experiences that emphasize participation and creativity while preparing students for their futures. Our exploratory programs throughout the grade levels are designed to encourage students to explore areas of interest, attempt new challenges, and broaden their experience and expertise. The focus on exploratory offerings in Grade 6 and 7 gives way to a full set of courses in Grade 8 for students to choose. We believe that assigning students to exploratory experiences in Grade 6 while expanding choices and responsibilities as students get older supports the culture of the middle school and our middle school philosophy. A curriculum emphasizing the process of learning with age-appropriate intellectual, physical, cultural and social experiences. A challenging curriculum delivered through research-based teaching practices which support various learning styles and activities that emphasize initiative, participation and collaboration, opportunities to exercise creativity, courage and compassion. Experiences designed to prepare students for our rapidly changing world supports an atmosphere that is physically and emotionally safe and free of prejudice and promotes interaction throughout our multi-cultural community which encourages partnership between home and school and also celebrates India's unique and diverse cultural and geographic features

Grade 6

Four Core Subjects

English
In all three grades of the middle school, reading, writing and oral communication are taught through a workshop model. The goal of the workshop model to develop competent, independent, thoughtful, and avid readers, writers, speakers and listeners. In reading workshop, students are immersed in reading through sustained reading of 'just right books' of their choice. They learn how to be active and critical readers and practice these skills in daily Sustained Silent Reading and required homework. Writing workshop involves an inquiry-based approach to the study of a variety of genres, with students delving deep into the features of a genre while progressing through a process of brainstorming, planning and collaborative revision and editing to produce their own writing pieces. Oral language is developed through informal group and class discussions and more formal presentations. The genres studied in grade 6 are personal narrative, personal essay, personal history and mystery.

Social Sciences
The Social Science begins with an introduction to geography with a study of mapping focusing on urbanization and boundaries and how they are created. The course continues with an integrated study of water, stressing the environmental problems related to its overuse and misuse, with particular emphasis placed on the practical problems faced by Jakarta. The students are then introduced to the skills of the historian. History is made relevant by supporting students in making connections with a relative or friend who has witnessed an event of historical significance and using them as a primary resource. The skills of locating research material, evaluating, interpreting and analyzing evidence are employed.

Environmental Science (EVS)
The core of the Middle School Science curriculum is the development of science skills and knowledge through inquiry-based learning and investigative experiences. The key strands of study are: Nature of Science, Chemistry, Earth and Beyond, and Biology. The Nature of Science strand focuses on the scientific skills of planning, information gathering, processing and interpreting, reporting, safety procedures, practical skills and ethical responsibility. The Grade 6 course teaches these scientific skills through studies of water chemistry, Astronomy, plate tectonics and Animal Structure and ecology systems. The Grade 6 course teaches these scientific skills through studies of the skeletal-muscular systems, water chemistry, ecology, plate tectonics.

Mathematics
All Middle School students will develop their ability to recognize and use patterns when solving mathematical problems. They will solidify their understanding of whole number, decimal and fraction operations, while continuing to explore relationships and concepts in the following areas: graphing, statistics, number theory, measurement, geometry ratio, and percent. The common thread running through the grade 6 mathematics program is that students will apply basic arithmetic skills to real world applications, as they prepare to move to a pre-algebra environment with higher-level problem solving.

Modern Languages

Proposed Foreign Language Programme in French & Spanish
These full-year courses will be introductory language studies which would place emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of a year, students will be expected to understand simple questions and directions given orally, writing, and then respond in the target language. Basic grammatical structures will be acquired. The courses will utilize textbooks, audiovisual material and CDs, videos, DVDs, and the Internet for authentic material, and student workbooks to help students develop their knowledge of the language, life culture, and civilization of the countries and regions where the target language is spoken.

Technology

Introduction to Design Technology
Students will participate in problem solving and structural design exercise to teach technical drawing skills, the industrial design process, and their real-world connections. These skills are built-upon in the Design Technology course. The design technology offering would teach students thinking and problem-solving strategies, encourage students to take an active interest in technological innovations and our technological past, explore applications in the present worlds of work and leisure, and would lead students to speculate about the exciting potential and fascinating possibilities of our technological future.

Introduction to Robotics
In this class, students will have an opportunity to integrate computer technology with simple robotic devices. Each project would develop the students' understanding of machines; scientific principles and computer programming. Projects will be designed to give the students the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge in a situation that is both realistic and challenging.

Visual and Performing Arts

Beginning Band
This would offer students the opportunity to begin playing a musical instrument. No previous experience is necessary. Students will develop in the areas of theory, instrumental technique and the performing of various styles of music. Following an orientation to all of the available instruments, students will make their selections and then be assigned an instrument at the discretion of the music teacher. Attendance is required for all rehearsals and performances. Instruments may then be rented from the school, although students may purchase their own.

Intermediate Band
This would offer students the opportunity to further advance their skills on a musical instrument. One previous year of experience is recommended. Students will continue to develop in the areas of theory, instrumental techniques and the performing of various styles of music. Attendance is required for all rehearsals and performances. Instruments may be rented from the school, although students are encouraged to purchase their own.

Vocal Music
The goal of this course is to give students an opportunity to explore the use of their voice. Students will sing, move and listen to a variety of music and vocal styles in a fun, creative and safe environment. They will study singing, speaking, music theory and moving, culminating in a class ensemble performance.

Music
This course will explore music using a variety of different mediums. Music is all around and students will be given the opportunity to explore sound with drums, body percussion, guitars, voice and other 'found sounds'. In the creation of music we will be reviewing and learning the basics of how music is notated and composed. This course will be a fun and energetic class for musicians and non musicians alike.

Discovering Creative Movement
Movement in grade 6 will introduce students to creative dancing. They will be working on coordination, body awareness, teamwork and the dimensions of space and time in dance. The students will learn to choreograph a routine, inspiring themselves from everyday movement.

Body Percussion
Percussion instruments produce their sound when a player hits, scrapes, rubs or shakes them to produce vibrations. These techniques can also be applied to the human body. The body also presents several unique possibilities of sounds and movement. In this class, students will create choreographies using their own bodies and even everyday "instruments".

Drama
The course would focus on ensemble work, with an emphasis on collaborative skills, drama games and exercises. The work would be designed to increase students' ability to focus their concentration and expand their creativity in a safe, comfortable and enjoyable learning environment. Students learn the basic elements of stage terminology and performance concepts.

Masquerade
This class is a practical exploration of the magical and mystical world of masks. Students will learn about the ritualistic, dramatic, and theatrical use of masks throughout the ages while experimenting with the various acting skills necessary to perform in mask.

Art and Culture
World art and culture focuses upon a variety of aspects of cultures and its influences in the field of art. Students will have a chance to see art works by contemporary artists and samples of tribal art. They will create their own art works while understanding the elements of art and being inspired by arts from various cultures. They will demonstrate an understanding of the influences in the process of art creation and its role in society.

Visual Art
In the introduction to Visual Art, students will work in a variety of media, exploring both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms. While an emphasis will be placed on developing fundamental drawing skills, the main focus of this class is to encourage artistic exploration and expression that will be required in later art classes.

Design Art
Design Art provides students with opportunities to experiment with basic design elements and principles through various techniques and art media. Students will build on drawing and rendering skills, using these to communicate ideas and information. Three dimensional works and the use of computer graphics will also be explored.

Physical Education and Health

Physical Education
The Middle School physical education program will offer a wide selection of activities which serve to promote the following: team work and cooperation; motor skill development; physical fitness; knowledge of rules and strategies of game play; and an appreciation of the importance of exercise for a healthy lifestyle. A strong emphasis is placed on participation, as activity exposure and motor skills vary greatly in our student body. Students are exposed to a variety of sporting games and other physical education components, including: aquatics; track and field; gymnastics; racquet sports; field sports; court sports and recreational games.

Health
The Grade 6 health course is a requirement for all students. This required semester course would provide Grade 6 students current and accurate information about health issues. The aim is to promote the development of skills needed to make effective, healthy and safe choices in one's life. A number of health and human development issues will be taught, including: Personal Identity, Nutrition, Legal and Illegal Drugs and Human Development.

Other

EAP
The semester-long English for Academic Purposes course is designed to develop students' proficiency and confidence in the academic language - specifically non-fiction reading and writing skills and strategies - needed for content areas such as science, English language arts, social studies and maths.

Grade 7 & 8

Four Core Subjects

English
In all three grades of the middle school, reading, writing and oral communication are taught through a workshop model. The genres studied in the middle school after grade 6 are memoir, commentary, short story, feature article and poetry.

World Studies
World studies in the middle school will explore culture and civilization. Students examine what defines culture as well as how and why change occurs within a civilization. Through the study of ancient cultures, students will develop empathy and understanding for cultures both past and present. This experience will also highlight that our current level of cultural development is the culmination of thousands of years of human endeavour. Our first units of study highlight the historical contributions of Egypt, Greece & Rome. Skills in research, note-taking, expository writing, and presentation are emphasized throughout the year.

Science (EVS)
The core of the Middle School Science curriculum is the development of science skills and knowledge through enquiry-based learning and investigative experiences. The key strands of study are: Biology, Earth and Beyond, Physics, Chemistry and the Nature of Science. The Nature of Science strand focuses on the scientific skills of planning, information gathering, processing and interpreting, reporting, safety procedures, practical skills, and ethical responsibility. In the middle school Science is a skill development course that introduces scientific language, following procedures, the safe use of equipment, report writing skills and explaining the links that exist between scientific concepts in the real world. These skills are addressed in units that cover cells, genetics, matter, mixtures, and forces. Group work skills and personal organization are also emphasized here.

Pre-Algebra & Geometry
This course is designed to prepare students for an integrated algebra and geometry course. Students continue to work toward mastery in mathematical concepts and relationships learned in previous years, as they are introduced to pre-algebra concepts. Pre-algebra eases the transition from arithmetic to algebra; as such it forms the bridge from the concrete to the abstract. Students will also begin to see the power of algebra in problem solving incorporating topics such as equations, integers, proportional reasoning, probability, and geometry.

Modern Languages

Proposed Foreign Language Programme in French & Spanish
These full-year courses will be introductory language studies which would place emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the year, students will be expected to understand simple questions and directions given orally, writing, and then respond in the target language. Basic grammatical structures will be acquired. The courses will utilize textbooks, audiovisual material and CDs, videos, DVDs, and the Internet for authentic material, and student workbooks to help students develop their knowledge of the language, life culture, and civilization of the countries and regions where the target language is spoken.

Technology

Technology & Robotics
This course develops thinking and problem-solving strategies, encourages students to take an active interest in technological innovations and our technological past, explores an array of technological applications in the present worlds of work and leisure, and leads students to speculate about the exciting potential and fascinating possibilities of their technological futures. The course provides experiences with machinery that powers our modern world (wheels, axles, worm gears, gear trains, power ratios, motors, etc.). It introduces simple principles and the basic laws of physics. Students will investigate, and apply previously learned knowledge and skills, while designing (3D and orthographic drawing) and testing functional contraptions.

Living in a Digital World
Student will explore several modules during this course. Digital Citizenship, Web Tools, Mobile Devices, and Online Games as areas for learning. Students will develop their digital skills, build an appropriate digital presence, focus on responsibilities, collaboration, connections, and essentially work towards becoming an educated, digitally literate individual. Successful navigation in the digital world is absolutely essential for success in life.

Design Technology
Our future depends on people who can make a positive contribution to improving the quality of life. It requires people who can think, make decisions, make things, make judgments and care for the world in which we live. The design technology classes are planned to help students get a better understanding by doing. By experiencing all that is involved in designing and making, both knowledge and understanding will develop together. Students will be involved in the design, manufacture and evaluation of several projects using a variety of resistant materials.

Visual and Performing Arts

Beginning Band
This would offer students the opportunity to begin playing a musical instrument. No previous experience is necessary. Students will develop in the areas of theory, instrumental technique and the performing of various styles of music. Following an orientation to all of the available instruments, students will make their selections and then be assigned an instrument at the discretion of the director. Attendance is required for all rehearsals and performances. Instruments may then be rented from HPS, although students may purchase their own.

Intermediate Band
This would offer students the opportunity to further advance their skills on a musical instrument. One previous year of experience is recommended. Students will continue to develop in the areas of theory, instrumental techniques and the performing of various styles of music. Attendance is required for all rehearsals and performances. Instruments may be rented from JIS, although students are encouraged to purchase their own.

Vocal Music
The goal of this course is to give students an opportunity to explore the use of their voice. Students will sing, move and listen to a variety of music and vocal styles in a fun, creative and safe environment. They will study singing, speaking, music theory and moving, culminating in a class ensemble performance.

Music
This course will explore music using a variety of diferent mediums. Music is all around and students will be given the opportunity to explore sound with drums, body percussion, guitars, voice and other 'found sounds'. In the creation of music we will be reviewing and learning the basics of how music is notated and composed. This course will be a fun and energetic class for musicians and non musicians alike.

Discovering Creative Movement
The movement will introduce students to creative dancing. They will be working on coordination, body awareness, teamwork and the dimensions of space and time in dance. The students will learn to choreograph a routine, inspiring themselves from everyday movement.

Body Percussion
Percussion instruments produce their sound when a player hits, scrapes, rubs or shakes them to produce vibrations. These techniques can also be applied to the human body. The body also presents several unique possibilities of sounds and movement. In this class, students will create choreographies using their own bodies and even everyday 'instruments'.

Drama
The course would focus on ensemble work, with an emphasis on collaborative skills, drama games and exercises. The work would be designed to increase students' ability to focus their concentration and expand their creativity in a safe, comfortable and enjoyable learning environment. Students learn the basic elements of stage terminology and performance concepts.

Masquerade
This class is a practical exploration of the magical and mystical world of masks. Students will learn about the ritualistic, dramatic, and theatrical use of masks throughout the ages while experimenting with the various acting skills necessary to perform in mask.

Art and Culture
World art and culture focuses upon a variety of aspects of cultures and its influences in the field of art. Students will have a chance to see art works by contemporary artists and samples of tribal art. They will create their own art works while understanding the elements of art and being inspired by arts from various cultures. They will demonstrate an understanding of the influences in the process of art creation and its role in society.

Visual Art
In the introduction to Visual Art course, students will work in a variety of media, exploring both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms. While an emphasis will be placed on developing fundamental drawing skills, the main focus of this class is to encourage artistic exploration and expression that will be required in later art classes.

Design Art
Design Art provides students with opportunities to experiment with basic design elements and principles through various techniques and art media. Students will build on drawing and rendering skills, using these to communicate ideas and information. Three dimensional works and the use of computer graphics will also be explored.

Physical Education and Health

Physical Education
The Middle School physical education program will offer a wide selection of activities which serve to promote the following: team work and cooperation; motor skill development; physical fitness; knowledge of rules and strategies of game play; and an appreciation of the importance of exercise for a healthy lifestyle. A strong emphasis is placed on participation, as activity exposure and motor skills vary greatly in our student body. Students are exposed to a variety of sporting games and other physical education components, including: aquatics; track and field; gymnastics; racquet sports; field sports; court sports and recreational games.

Health
This is a requirement for all students in the middle school. This required semester course would provide students current and accurate information about health issues. The aim is to promote the development of skills needed to make effective, healthy and safe choices in one's life. A number of health and human development issues will be taught, including: Personal Identity, Nutrition, Legal and Illegal Drugs and Human Development.

Other

EAP
The semester-long English for Academic Purposes course is designed to develop students' proficiency and confidence in the academic language - specifically non-fiction reading and writing skills and strategies - needed for content areas such as science, English language arts, social studies and maths.

Navigating Middle School
The class focuses on building skills in the areas of communication, organization, and presentation. In addition, much time is spent on exploring the students values and belief systems; acknowledging their differences; respecting those differences, setting personal goals for the immediate and long term future, and reflecting on various issues that affect young adolescents.