MIDDLE YEARS

The Middle School students at Birla Open Minds International School, Indore have a safe place to enhance their sense of curiosity about the subjects they are learning in class and about the world in general. Birla Open Minds International School, Indore offers a flexible and stimulating curriculum, supported with excellent resources and training. Interdisciplinary approach continues to take place wherever applicable. The approach continues to be student- centric where the onus of learning shifts from the teacher to the student. The methodology is constructive and provides wide range of innovative methods.

Some of the core middle school academic subjects such as English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Physical Education include project-based learning to provide real-world experiences to our students, in order for them to use their critical thinking skills and gain new learning in the process. Extra curriculars such as Drama, Music and Art are a way of allowing our students to develop other interests and hobbies.

Our objective in the Middle School is to develop the skills and characteristics necessary for success in high school and beyond.

THE HALLMARKS OF THE BOMIS MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM ARE

MIDDLE SCHOOL SUBJECT OFFERING

Middle Years Curriculum- We believe in evaluating our BOMISites effectively. “Assessment of learning, assessment for learning and assessment as learning are essential to literacy education.”

The wide range of scholastic and co-scholastic opportunities offered helps instill in children confidence and discipline.
The focus on developing communication skills helps them appreciate the value of education, as it reflects in their ability to express themselves, in addition to developing pragmatic skills. Field trips, excursions, activities, projects and presentations provide experiential learning opportunities. Dance, Fine Arts, Western and Indian Music, Yoga, speech and Drama promote holistic development.
Besides communicating through language about how we perceive our world, we also communicate through actions and images to express our creative ideas.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) helps students address their age specific interests and concerns, builds awareness, and promotes compassion and ethical conduct.

Children construct stories through a series of pictures or assemble toys by following guided instructions and illustrations. These actions and images gradually accumulate in our thought process as language and thereby act as a storehouse of past experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in inter-house cultural and sports events. Active learning techniques like free play, dramatisation, puppetry, Singing, dancing and cooking enhance their interest in learningv The Primary and the Middle School approach of using experimental and student centric methodologies continue in the High School years.

ASSESMENTS

As we believe in assessing children on a regular basis using a variety of tools and techniques, we have Ongoing Assessments and Term End Assessments.

Ongoing assessment occurs regularly throughout the instructional process. Periodic tests include a range of tools like rubrics, checklists, projects, tasks, written tests, etc.

Term End Assessment is a test, usually given at the end of each term. These are part of paper-pencil tests: however, they include questions which need comprehension, analysis and critical thinking.

As we look at the holistic development of the child, we also ensure that no child is left behind. Research done in the learning process, learning styles and multiple intelligences are taken into consideration at every stage of designing. In this way, we hope to fulfill our ultimate goal of teaching in a way that all students will learn.

Goals of the Middle School Curriculum

  • Become lifelong learners – develop academic mindsets
  • Engage in productive behaviors such as setting and meeting goals
  • Work collaboratively
  • Identify problems and create solutions
  • Respect differences among peers
  • Discover independence in thinking and action
  • Increased metacognition
  • Nurture sensitivity towards environment, economy and society
  • Life skills development
  • Development of hobbies
  • Acquire the ability to utilize technology and information for betterment of mankind

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