Year 5 - Year 8
Specialist Subject Teaching
Pupils now take more responsibility for their learning. Having already been introduced to specialist subject teaching in Lower School, the transition is smooth. At this point, the pupils have gained a strong sense of belonging to a supportive and close-knit family. Staff take great care in supporting the pupils as they discover where their strengths and interests lie; this culminating in deciding GCSE option subjects in Year 8.
Become their best selves
Pupils continue to develop core skills in literacy, numeracy and scientific investigation. National Curriculum elements are supplemented to give our pupils a solid educational foundation for life inside and outside of school. Our pupils are encouraged to strive for excellence and by providing an inspiring curriculum and carefully designed enrichment programme, we hope that our pupils become their best selves.
Middle School Curriculum
Pupils learn formal and creative writing skills as well as advanced comprehension techniques. They continue to foster a love for reading by studying literature and poetry in greater depth.
Pupils study more complex problem solving reasoning and mathematical methods.
We continue to foster a love for music as children learn more about musical styles, musical theory and the history of music.
There is now a stronger focus on developing team working skills and learning about the benefits of physical activity and how it affects our bodies.
Pupils are introduced to the concepts of human and physical geography. A heavy emphasis is placed on urban issues and the challenges posed by environmental change.
We now have an increased focus on specific topics and times in history, including events and cultures in ancient history, the middle ages and modern times.
Middle School focuses on the ability to read, write, speak and understand Spanish.
Technology is without doubt a significant part of our lives. Throughout their time at Tower College, we seek to equip our children with the necessary technological skills to ensure that they are at an advantage in an ever changing IT landscape.
Skills in computer usage and programming are introduced.
Chemistry, Physics and Biology – We study these individual subjects in more depth from both a theoretical and practical perspective.
Art is a fundamental part of the Middle School curriculum allowing the children to develop their creative skills through a wide range of activities. Themed projects based on the work of specific artists and styles form a large part of the art curriculum.
The Middle School RE curriculum is designed to encourage the children to develop both socially and morally. The children continue to develop an appreciation of religions with a particular focus on different perspectives.
Topics are designed around helping the children to become confident, well-rounded young people who have a sense of responsibility to themselves and others.
Homework is regularly given to reinforce learning but is never onerous! Our staff are very aware that children have spent a good deal of time learning in school and going home to do more can be counter-productive. Regular learning challenges are set to encourage creativity, research skills and independent learning.
Middle School Enrichment
Sports, Social & Creative Skills
- Football: Key footballs skills delivered by professional coaches
- Karate – Official grading in Goju Ryu Karate Do
- Judo: Martial art skills delivered by a professional Judo Sensei
- Rugby – our talented PE staff run sessions to teach rugby skills
- Dance Club – Children can express themselves through dance
- Book Club – Pupils gather in the library for literary discussion
- Creative Writing – Pupils can also take part in national writing competitions
- School Band – the band rehearse every week and perform regularly
- Art club – Budding artists can create their own unique masterpieces
- 1-1 Music Tuition – Learn to play an instrument (extra charge)
- Model UN: A challenging and fun public speaking and debating club, Model UN helps pupils to learn about a wide variety of important issues that affect our world. An excellent way to develop skills of public speaking, persuasion and diplomacy, as well as to socialising with pupils from different year groups
- School Council: This is the elected pupil representative body. Members meet regularly to discuss school matters from the pupils’ perspective and it really does an impact in the running of the school. All pupils he children can stand for a position on the school council in the elections held at the start of each academic year.