What is the Middle School curriculum?
Richland Academy is an inquiry-based learning school with a strong academic program. In Grades 7 to 8 teachers implement the Ontario provincial curriculum, enhanced by an inquiry-based learning classroom approach, and the elements of International Baccalaureate (IB-MYP) Curriculum Framework. Subjects include English, French, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Visual Art, Performing Arts, and Health and Physical Education.
As part of our Middle School programming, all students participate in Exam Preparation sessions. These sessions help students to become proficient test takers because this is a skill that they will need when they enter secondary school.
Our Middle School students also participate in unique leadership opportunities tied to social justice initiatives in our local community and in a global context.
Students in Grades 7 and 8 work within the six global themes of the International Baccalaureate (IB-MYP) framework. These six themes are:
• Who we are: an inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
• How We Express Ourselves: an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
• How the World Works: an inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
• Sharing the Planet: an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
• How we Organize Ourselves: an inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
• Where we are in Place and Time: an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
The IB framework develops the intellectual, personal, social, and emotional skills children need to thrive in a rapidly globalizing and changing world.