With a good grounding in their Junior years, our boys make the transition to the Middle School at Year 4, well settled into school routines and ready for more new learning challenges and opportunities. At this age, they are beginning to take on extra co-curricular activities and to develop a real confidence in their abilities. There are three classes of each year level.
Our programmes continue to encourage the distinctive learning style of boys. A great deal of the teaching is thematic across the year group with subjects often integrated with inquiry learning. The inquiry process gives ownership of learning to the students themselves, developing their research and critical thinking skills.
English, mathematics and inquiry topics, which have a social studies and science focus, are all taught by the homeroom teachers. Additional teachers are employed for the teaching of mathematics, to support the teachers in the classroom and to extend the more able mathematicians. In English, the classes are ability grouped by the teacher to allow differentiation for individual needs. Music, French, Christian education, art, technology and physical education are taught by specialist teachers at all Middle School levels..
Extension programmes are available for selected boys at each year level in mathematics and written language and a mentoring programme encourages more able students to undertake an in depth study with guidance from a mentor .
Students who may need extra assistance are also catered for with a personalised programme and are supported by the Learning Support Department.