Middle School (Year 6-8)

Introduction


The Middle School offers a rich, challenging and stimulating programme, designed to generate an enthusiasm that builds a learning lifestyle. Learners at this age require intellectual challenges and opportunities to be responsible and accountable for their own learning. The Academy inspires and empowers internationally minded life-long learners by acknowledging their common humanity, as they become leaders in the global society. Learners have the opportunities to explore with their peers, experience the world, and imagine their future.

Cambridge Secondary 1

Cambridge Secondary 1 provides a seamless progression from Cambridge Primary to develop learners’ skills and confidence in English, Mathematics and Science. It offers a framework for educational success with a comprehensive and reputed assessment structure.

Monitoring Student Progress

Cambridge Progression Tests provide detailed feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses in the core skills of English, Mathematics and Science at the end of each year level. This feedback is used to further support the student in their learning development, which leads to the Cambridge Checkpoint examination at the end of Year 8.

Comprehensive

Cambridge Secondary 1 identifies a comprehensive set of learning objectives for English, Mathematics and Science, which focus on what learners should be able to do at the end of each year level. This provides learners with excellent preparation for life at Senior School which includes Cambridge IGCSE time.

Assessment For Learning

Beacon Academy believes that assessment and evaluation should promote quality learning. Teachers maintain high expectations of students and use multiple assessment approaches that respond to the diversity of learners.

Formative assessment allows the learner to negotiate different learning opportunities with teachers. It is also a method that teachers use to continually assess students through observations, checklists, planning and drafting and a continual feedback process.

Summative assessment is a more formalised assessment process. This involves teachers identifying learning goals and developing assessment items based on defined criteria for the end of a learning cycle. Formative assessment includes, but is not limited to; media projects, research assignments, written tasks, presentations, low-stake testing and formal examinations.

 

Individual Research Project

In Middle School, learners undertake one Individual Research Project every year. The IRP is an essential piece of work that is the product of the student’s own imagination, creativity and innovation. Each project must reflect a personal understanding of a chosen subject area and can take many forms. The IRP is completed under the supervision of a teacher in the school and involves planning, research, analysis and reflection.

 

Secondary 1 Checkpoint

Cambridge Checkpoint tests are for use at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1. They provide Beacon Academy with an external international benchmark for student performance. Cambridge Checkpoint enables feedback to be provided on a learner’s strengths and weaknesses in key curriculum areas. Feedback of this kind is an invaluable source of information. Learners receive a Statement of Achievement which gives an indication of their academic progress during this education stage.

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