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Grade 7 Curriculum

English Language & Literature

In Grade 7 English, students explore literature and language through four units: World Literature, Short Stories, Global Issues (Language and Advertising) and The Voice in Society (Poetry and Drama). Students focus on written and oral language skills throughout the year. Throughout each unit students are exposed to a variety of text types and genres. Assessment takes a variety of forms including essays, presentations, creative tasks and reflections.

German Language & Literature

In German Language & Literature (i.e. Mother Tongue German), students read age–appropriate texts on topics of interest. They are introduced to reading literature and poetry. They are encouraged to think about the environment, society and school. They cover a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures, which they are able to use with ease, flair and creativity when speaking and writing.

German Language Acquisition

Students are grouped according to their proficiency levels, which are structured in Phases. We offer from Phase 1 (beginners) through to Phase 5 (highly proficient). In all Phases, we cover productive language skills (speaking and writing) and receptive language skills (visual interpretation and reading comprehension). The language is taught through topics, which become more demanding as the student's language skills develop.

Personal Development Programme

The Grade 7 Personal Development Programme is based on the three fundamental concepts of the IB Middle Years Programme: Communication, Holistic Learning and Intercultural Awareness. Students develop study and collaboration skills; learn about relationships, conflict resolution and digital citizenship; participate in Service Learning and Community Engagement through service projects at ICS and in the wider community; consider how their subjects are inter-related through the MYP Areas of Interaction; reflect on their own culture; and develop understanding of cultures in Grade 7, ICS, Switzerland and the wider world. Learning in weekly tutorial sessions is supported by participation in Activity Days and Field Trips.

Spanish Language Acquisiton

The course (Phase 2) is built on the previous year’s knowledge, using more difficult texts and enabling the students to extend their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar and sentence structure. The students will continue developing their oral skills by discussing relevant topics.

French Language Acquisition

The Standard course will build on the previous year’s knowledge, using more difficult texts and enabling the students to extend their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar and sentence structure. The students will continue developing their oral skills by discussing relevant topics. (Phase 2)

Mathematics

The Grade 7 Curriculum builds upon the concepts introduced in Grade 6. Topics for this year focus on Probability and Sets; Expressions and Algebra; Geometric Facts and Proofs; and Using and Interpreting Graphs.While students continue to explore the abstract nature of Mathematics by increasing their mastery of core skills, they will also explore the investigative nature of mathematics and apply these new-found skills to real-life situations.

Sciences

The Grade 7 science programme focuses on systems. The first unit is on Ecology and focuses on ecosystems, how they are structured and how the biotic and abiotic factors interact with each other. The Digestive System Unit examines the functions of the organs that make up the system and the different types of digestion. The Circulatory and Respiratory System Unit examines the structures and functions of both systems and how they interact together. The Forces Unit examines basic forces and motion, including levers and how these apply to the human body as well as other phenomena.

Individuals & Societies (Humanities)

Grade 7 Humanities focuses on four key concepts: Time, Place, and Space, Change, Systems, and Global Interactions.

  • Time, Place, and Space: The 'Resources and Consumption' unit focuses on four key areas including resources, development, consumption, and sustainability.
  • Global Interactions: The unit on the United Nations studies the purpose of the UN and culminates in students taking part in their own Model United Nations.
  • Systems: The 'Ancient China' unit explores the history of Ancient China, guided by the question of what truly constitutes a civilization.
  • Change: The 'Renaissance' unit discovers the Renaissance, the birth of humanism, and the rebirth of enquiry. It culminates in a Renaissance Feast which allows students to explore and create their own Renaissance food and costumes.

Design

In Design, Grade 7 students experience two projects by using the Design Cycle as a project management tool: Students compare various applications to present their work and evaluate the software critically. The aim of the unit is to promote presentation skills by using a range of software and a variety of mechanisms. Food Around The World - students make a video of themselves cooking their dish, through this they develop basic understanding of cultural food and how to work in a kitchen, whilst learning about the technical skills required in video editing.

Performing Arts

Students explore the concepts of Aesthetics, Change, Communication and Identity through the Performing Arts disciplines of Dance, Drama, Theatrical Design, and Music. They develop and use knowledge to inform artistic decisions; develop and apply practical skills and creativity; and learn to respond to their own and others' artwork. Each unit of work culminates in a final performance or presentation.

Physical Education

The Grade 7 PE course focuses on Commonalities in Sport. The students take part in a 'Commonalities in Sport' unit that introduces them to skills and concepts that can be found throughout a variety of sports. The other units covered are: Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Volleyball, and Badminton. The fitness unit builds on the Four 'S's of Fitness that they were introduced to in Grade 6.

The Grade 7s also take part in a Renaissance Games unit which is linked to the Renaissance unit in Humanities. In this unit they learn about and take part in games of this time period.

Visual Arts

In 2D Visual Arts, students work on the theme of ‘The Urban Landscape’. During the project the students develop their ideas in a range of media. 3D Visual Arts engages in making a slab-built clay pot inspired by Renaissance architecture and begins by the students researching Renaissance architecture for repeatable motifs, columns and window designs. Students experiment with the clay to develop modelling skills.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The EAL course is focused on the English language skills required to be successful in an English-speaking school. The curriculum is designed to develop students’ vocabulary, understanding of concepts and use of language. Students will learn to write well-structured paragraphs, essays and reports needed for mainstream subjects in Grade 7.

Learning Support

The Learning Support Programme focuses on the specific skills which will allow students to be successful in their academic performance. Learning Support is provided in all areas of the curriculum, which is tailored to the students’ needs in order to help maximise their learning opportunities in lessons, tests, and assignments.This is to ensure that all learners can achieve their full potential in every class.

Grade 7 Curriculum Guide

You can download the Grade 7 Curriculum Guide here, or read it online below.

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