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Grade 10 Curriculum

In Grade 10, students study Language & Literature (usually English), Language Acquisition (usually German), Mathematics, Sciences, Individuals & Societies (Humanities), Design, one or two Arts subjects (depending on whether they are also studying a third language) and Physical Education.

Several subjects are available to them as options. Students must also complete a research-based Personal Project.

The pastoral programme in Grade 10 is designed to help students make the transition from Middle School into being successful IB Diploma students. It includes the Personal Project, Service Learning and the Personal Development Programme. University & Career Counselling also helps support students in this transition.

English Language & Literature

Students in Grade 10 English explore literature and language through four units: a multimedia study of war that includes films and books, editorial analysis, poetry and a comparative novel study. Students focus on written and oral language skills throughout the year. 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 read novels, short stories and poetry. They are encouraged to think and discuss their ideas in classroom and in writing. 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 focus of the Grade 10 Personal Development Programme is the transition from the Middle Years to the Diploma Programme. Students are asked to consider how they can develop the skills and abilities to become a successful IB Diploma student. Themes in the Programme include goal setting, managing deadlines and their academic approach. The Programme also covers health issues, Service Learning & Community Engagement and Careers.

Mathematics

In Grade 10 greater focus is placed on the application of their mathematical knowledge to real-life situations. There is a greater focus on investigative skills and the use of technology to aid with these investigations. Students will be exposed to many different mathematical softwares and will be encouraged to identify and use the most appropriate one for a given situation. The students will explore Functions and Relations; Circle and Triangle Theorems; Probability Distributions and Statistical Tests.

Sciences

In Grade 10 Science students are introduced to Physics, Chemistry and Biology as individual disciplines. The focus is on preparing to study single sciences at IB Diploma Programme level, and for students to gain an idea of the content of the individual disciplines. We continue with experimentation through investigations. Students explore environmental issues of our time and investigate how science can help resolve them. Assessment includes lab reports, short essays, unit tests and an end-of-year exam.

Individuals & Societies (Humanities)

The Grade 10 Humanities course provides a bridge to the Humanities courses students will study in Grade 11 as part of the Diploma Programme. Grade 10 students will study economics, geography, history and global issues as both discrete and inter-related fields of study.

Outdoor Education, Leadership & Physical Health

All Grade 10 students participate in an Outdoor Education and Leadership course as well as conventional sports such as Softball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Unihockey, Gymnastics, Basketball and Step Aerobics. Students are responsible for leading the class in a warm-up and drills related to the chosen sport. All students must take part in the fitness unit in which they discuss the concepts behind building a proper fitness programme. Students will also design a fitness programme that meets their own needs and put it into practice during PE classes.

OPTION - French 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.

OPTION - Spanish Language Acquisition

The course (Phase 3/4) builds on previous knowledge, applying more sophisticated texts and enabling the students to apply new vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. The students will further develop their communicative skills by covering relevant and meaningful topics.

OPTION - Design

In the Grade 10 Design, we undertake two projects covering distinct themes, with different outcomes, but following a common design process. The aim of the first project involves using the theme of colour and light and collaboration with the school library as a client to design and make a product for that environment. The product could be anything from a functional object to a decorative piece. The aim of the second project is to explore inclusive design and the variety of needs which different groups of people may have for similar products or services, and to design and make a product which includes the needs of all potential users of all ability.

OPTION - Visual Arts

The 10th Grade curriculum further prepares students for entry into the IB Diploma Visual Arts Programme. 2D Visual Art will initially study the self-portrait. To accompany learning through drawing themselves in different media, students will research the different aspects of self-portraiture by looking at the work of Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and others. 3D Visual Art begins with work with soapstone to create a piece inspired by the shapes created as rock is eroded away by water and wind. Students investigate the surface of the things around us, using photography then through drawing; the captured images are used to inform art made using various printing techniques.

OPTION - Drama

Students explore the key concepts of Aesthetics, Change, Communication and Identity through three units of work: Greek Theatre, Epic Theatre, Production, and Method Acting. They develop and apply practical performance and composition skills, explore their creativity and learn to respond to their own and others' artwork. Students work as individuals and small groups to explore drama using voice, physicalisation, research, design, and technology. The year culminates in a celebration of the students' Music work in a Visual and Performing Arts Showcase.

OPTION - Music

Students explore the key concepts of Aesthetics, Change, Communication and Identity through four units of work: Music Technology, Popular Music, Vocal Music and Solo Performance. They develop and apply practical performance and composition skills; explore their creativity; and learn to respond to their own and others' artwork. Students work as individuals and small groups to explore music using voice, instruments, music notations, and technology. The year culminates in a celebration of the students' Music work in a Visual and Performing Arts Showcase.

OPTION - Journalism

This course is divided into three main categories: photography, design and copy writing. Students are introduced to, and taught how to use, the programmes in the Adobe Suite package: photo editing software Photoshop and publications layout software InDesign. They are also taught the skills of good copy writing for newspapers. They are assessed on their photography, design and copy writing skills.

OPTION - Media Studies

The main objectives in Media Studies are:

  • to develop understanding and knowledge of the media,
  • to have a practical 'hands-on' experience of managing media projects
  • and to experience partnering with experts in areas of media.

The topics covered are:

  1. The Creative Process
  2. Advertising & Marketing
  3. Social Media.
  4. Radio
  5. Film & TV (fact & fiction)
  6. Film Studies

OPTION - Biomedical Physical Science

This course is a challenging introduction to the physical concepts needed to understand the functioning and malfunctioning of the human body. The students will be involved in applying this understanding and knowledge to a wide range of learning tasks such as empirical and literature research and will learn the skills of disciplined inquiry.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is for EAL (English as an Additional Language) students who need to develop their higher academic English language skills and/or study skills. The aims of this course are to extend and develop reading, writing and presentation skills necessary for success at the IB Diploma level. The topics are linked to MYP subject specific curricula.

Learning Support

The Learning Support Programme focuses on the specific skills that 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.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPTION - Business @ School

As part of the ICS extra-curricular programme, Grade 10 and 11 students are given the option of taking part in Business@School, a programme run by the Boston Consultancy Group (BCG). The aim is to teach basic business and enterprise concepts and skills

In teams, students get involved with the business world. They research and evaluate small and large businesses. In the final phase of the programme, they have to come up with a concept for a product or service and write and present a business plan. The winning team goes on to participate in the regional final of Business@School, and if they win this stage they have the chance to take part in the European final.

Grade 10 Curriculum Guide

You can download the Grade 10 Curriculum Guide here, or read it online below.


Choosing courses for Grade 10

As well as their core curriculum subjects, in Grade 10 several subjects are available to students as options. Please see this presentation about all the options for Middle Years students, including the options courses they can choose to study in Grade 10.

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