Acorn House KS3 learning course provides a framework of academic and life skills for students aged 11-14. It offers an educational model that embraces both UK and Italian traditional school subjects with a constructivist approach. The dual curriculum offer we have established in primary is deepen and broaden during KS3. Our students are motivated and committed learners, interested to get involved in an intense working frame, where six of the learning areas are fully developed in each curriculum and in both languages. Our Middle School curriculum is thought provoking and challenging. It enables your child to become a confident learner, able to follow entirely the English and Italian requirements, and seeks to actively promote the individual development of all students, enabling each pupil to reach his/her full potential in a well structured, inspiring and controlled learning environment.

AHI MIDDLE SCHOOL FORMATIVE OFFER

Subjects British curriculum

Hours per Week

Subjects Italian curriculum

Hours per week

Total weekly teaching hrs.

English literacy and language

8

Italiano

6

13

Matematica

6

6

History

English/European

2

Storia

Italiana/Europea

1

3

Geography

1

Geografia

1

2

Science

2

Scienze

1

3

Music

1

1

Art

1

Storia dell'Arte

30'

1:30

Technical Drawing

1

Tecnologia

30'

1:30

Gym

1

1

TOTAL

17

TOTAL

16

33

Additional European language (Spanish)

2

 2
Weekly learning time

35

Middle School Timings: Monday-Friday from 8:15-16:15

At Acorn House we are aware that students during their time in KS3 are entering in year 7 during their puberty and will complete the middle school cycle in year 9 at the beginning of their adolescence. They will face not only the academic challenges moving from primary towards college time, learning how to learn, but will also get through a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development. This is a time of changes, physical and emotional questioning, charachterised by instability and sensitivity where students have to learn to cope with different pressures. At Acorn House we aim to guide our students not only towards academic success, but also support their ability to reflect on their actions and to be open to others. A tutoring figure amongst the teaching team scaffold students and allow space for personal growth. We pride to offer to your children a challenging and nurturing educational programme that provides them with discipline, skills, and challenging learning goals, but also with flexibility, empathy and creativity. We also aim to support students developing a value system by which to guide their own lives, as thoughtful, respectful, active members of their class and the world around them.

“The learning itinerary from 3 to 14 years old, even if it embraces three different departments of learning, each one characterized by a specific educational and professional identity, is progressive and continuous...” (Indicazioni Nazionali per la scuola del primo ciclo 2012 p.18). The decision to respond to our parents’ request and extend the work done in these 17 years at Acorn House, offering students the KS3 education in both curricula, is in line with the recent Italian National Educational Guidelines. Directing the AHI (Acorn House International) towards a comprehensive educational offer will allow the programming of a unique, vertical dual curriculum and facilitate the link with national and international second educational cycle.

Learning Objectives

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