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    Situated in the heart of a thriving expat community, our school is home to families from all over the world

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    Delivering oustanding results at every level in our school

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    We believe passionately in learning, and our modern approach to education continues to help our students shine

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    Inspiring academic success & developing social, intellectual and confident children

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Middle School Curriculum: Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)

Key Stage 3 is the important bridge between leaving primary school in year 6 and starting exam classes in year 10. At The British International School Shanghai, Puxi, we help students make the choices that will set them on the path to future success.

At Key Stage 3, students begin to form opinions on future courses of study and choose their favourite courses by the end of year 9, ready to study for IGCSE exams. The choices they make in these important years could affect exam and university options in the future, so our professional staff and teachers are always on hand to help students make the decisions that are right for them.

Learn at our Shanghai Middle school

Key stage 3 pupils get used to no longer being taught in form groups. We teach all of our subjects in groups where students will be in a set with other people who have a similar level of ability. We find that this kind of grouping works well for most students as it challenges them to an appropriate degree. We regularly keep an eye on whether or not students are in the right set and will move them if necessary.

Students get to grips with a wide range of subjects during their middle school years, all taught by specialist teachers who are real enthusiasts for their own subject. As pupils progress through years 7 to 9, they begin to form an idea of their own strengths and interests.

As an international school, we realise that languages are important, and our programme is designed so that students will have time to study two, which students are able to choose themselves. The choices we offer are Mandarin, French, German and Spanish, although students can only select Spanish when they get to year 9. If students aren’t native or fluent English speakers and they find working in English difficult, they can also choose EAL instead of one of their language options.

All the subjects students will study are described in our curriculum guide, but, as always, ask us if you’d like to know more about any of them.

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