Welcome to the Secondary weekly update!
In Monday’s morning Values session, students across all Grades explored a different NACIS Value or IBDP Learner Profile attribute. In Lower Secondary, these were linked with the themes of their current units of study. Grades 6-9 students explored what it means to be thinkers, collaborators, risk-takers and resilient. In Upper Secondary, students completed engaging activities that highlighted the importance of being inquirers. G7 continued the theme of being collaborative in lessons this week as they worked together to create dance performances as part of the unit on relationship.
Teaching and Learning
The Yearly Curriculum Overviews for Grades 6 to 9 are now available on Firefly. These outline the unit descriptions and assessment details for each subject.
On Wednesday, we held our weekly Professional Development session in which our online learning platform, Nord Anglia University, was explored. Our academic staff took some time away from their busy schedules to participate proactively, sharing good practice to further develop teaching and learning at NACIS. We are all lifelong learners, and our teachers are no different. These collaborative sessions allow time for teachers to reflect on and further develop their approaches in their everyday practice.
The second cycle of teacher observations for all Secondary teachers will begin next week. These observations are pivotal to upholding our high standards of teaching and learning at NACIS. They allow us to share constructive feedback and shine a light on good practice, allowing our teachers to develop further and provide your child with the best possible quality of education. It is also a pleasure to see how keenly our students engage in their lessons and their willingness to collaborate, learn and share.
More Able in English
On Monday, our students identified as More Able in English began their challenge programme for Semester 2. As part of the More Able in English programme students will work as part of a small cohort, made up of students from Grades 6-9, will be provided with the opportunity to study and learn beyond their normal curriculum.
The group will be led by our English Co-ordinator Miss Emily, who has a Bachelors degree in English and History from the Pembroke College, Oxford. Students will be supported to further develop their reading of different text types, including poetry and novels, thinking creatively, improve their listening skills and debating skills as part of a programme that is both challenging and rewarding. Students as well as weekly sessions will be provided with additional tasks to facilitate this development and should ensure that these are completed to the best of their ability so as to make the most of this opportunity.
This is the first of our programmes to support and challenge our more able students to launch. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements next week...
Academic Extra Curricula
Based on data collected from the academic performance of students in G7-G9, Secondary will, for selected students, be providing a programme of ECAs that focus on enabling a selection of students to clarify their understanding of key concepts and ideas and hone their academic skills across core subjects, leading to more rapid progress. We are excited to see our students benefit from the additional support. It is important to note that students taking part in Academic ECAs will still be able to take part in other ECAs on different nights.
Have a great weekend!
Heads of Secondary