Curriculum Area

ART & DESIGN

Students follow a programme of study that encourages them to explore and develop ideas, investigate and make art, craft & design, evaluate and develop their work, and gain an overall knowledge and understanding of the area. They are taught to record their responses made from direct observation, and to explore two and three-dimensional media by working in a variety of styles. The students also develop an understanding of the work of a variety of artists and should be able to apply this knowledge to their own work. The students investigate the elements of colour, shape, line, tone and texture.

SCIENCE

Students follow a course that provides a thorough, practically based coverage of the Science curriculum. Students will have opportunities to perform practical activities, individual research and use appropriate ICT skills. The course consists of the following topics:

• Biology : Characteristics of living organisms and the variety of the variety of life, photosynthesis, respiration, systems in humans: digestive, transport and reproductive, reproduction in plants, cells in action, the environment.
• Chemistry : The basics of chemistry, acids and alkalis, oxides of metals and non-metals, food chains, physical and chemical changes, particles and properties, reactions and energy, oils and polymers.
• Physics : First steps in physics, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, space, energy and forces, waves, heat.

ENGLISH

Students will follow a structured course in English that will enable them to study increasingly challenging topics. There are three main areas:

– Writing : Students will write about the texts they have read: accounts of personal experiences, imaginative stories, and poetry or play scripts. They will be taught the importance of accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.

– Reading : Students will read books of their own choice, set class novels, poetry, play scripts, non-fiction, each other’s work, and media texts. They will learn to ask questions of the text and go beyond the literal meaning.

– Speaking & Listening : Students will learn to have confidence when speaking in various situations, to the whole class, in smaller groups, in pairs. They will also talk about their reading and writing.

INDONESIAN

In Indonesian, students follow a structured course which enables them to study and converse on many topics. Students are assessed each semester in writing, reading, speaking and listening.

When writing, students convey thoughts and opinions and express feelings. They write imaginative stories as well as simple directed writing task including guides or directions, and scripts. The reading component enables pupils to read short texts, books of their own choice, media text, public notices, scripts, brochures and instructions. Students learn to ask questions about the text and comprehend a range of literature. Students also develop the confidence to speak in various situations; they cooperate in pairs and groups when doing role plays and presentations which are followed up with specific questions.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)

ICT prepares students to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Students learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. Increased capability in the use of ICT promotes initiative and independent learning.

Students will have a better understanding of how ICT can help their work in other subjects and develop their ability to judge when and how to use ICT and where it has limitations. They think about the quality and reliability of information, and access and combine increasing amounts of information, and carry out a range of increasingly complex tasks.

MANDARIN

Students follow a structured course in Mandarin that enables them to study various topics. There are four main areas including listening, speaking, reading and writing. When reading students learn to demonstrate specific detail of short, formal public announcements, informal announcements, short conversations, and interviews. When speaking students gain confidence speaking in various situations by creating role plays and performing to the whole class. Reading enables pupils to learn specific information from texts such as short stories, letters, and instructions. They also learn to ask questions from the texts they read allowing them to go beyond the literal meaning. To highlight the importance of accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar students also write about the literature they have read and relate it to personal experiences writing imaginative stories and play scripts.

MATHEMATICS

The aim of the Mathematics course is to enable students to develop lively, enquiring minds, to engender an appreciation of Mathematics and to allow them to think logically and rationally. The Mathematics curriculum is divided into four attainment targets:

– Using/Applying Mathematics: This comprises aspects of the other attainment targets and is often tested with mathematical investigations.

– Algebra & Number: All forms, estimation, approximation symbolic and graphical representation of patterns and relationships, and usage in personal life.

– Shape and Space: Properties of shapes in two and three dimensions, transformational geometry, measurement.

– Handling Data: Collection, processing and interpretation, and estimation of possibilities.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE)

All students take Physical Education. The course content of the main areas of involvement is as follows:

Games : Students are taught a wide variety of competitive team and individual games, covering the following types: invasion (e.g., football), striking/fielding (e.g., softball), and net/wall (e.g., badminton). They learn to extend their skills, techniques, tactics and strategies and learn the rules, laws and scoring systems applicable to a variety of games

Swimming: If students cannot swim, they will be taught the basic techniques. Other students are taught increasingly complex skills in all four strokes, starts and turns in competitive situations. They also apply these and other techniques in water polo.

BUSINESS STUDIES

Business Studies develops learners’ understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change. Learners find out how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence. Learners not only study business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Geography: Through a variety of topics, students learn to access information from an atlas, aerial photos and graphs. They have opportunities to collect and record weather data, research environmental problems and suggest solutions in the form of projects. The use of IT is encouraged throughout the course. Examples are drawn from the UK, Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

History: Students are offered a stimulating and varied history course which includes topics such as: the Middle Ages, the Egyptians, Greek and Roman history, British history, the Civil War in the United States, modernised Japan, Indonesian history, and World War I & II. The course is lively and aims to stimulate the students into exploring issues and events which have helped to formulate the modern world.

ECONOMICS

Learners study how to explain and analyse economic issues and arguments, evaluate economic information, and organise, present and communicate ideas and judgements clearly. The syllabus covers a range of basic economic ideas, including an introduction to the price system and government intervention, international trade and exchange rates, the measurement of employment and inflation, and the causes and consequences of inflation. Learners also study the price system, the theory of the firm, market failure, macroeconomic theory and policy, and economic growth and development.

PHYSICS

Physics builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE with a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. The fundamental principles in AS and A level physics are applied in a vast range of context, from the building of bridges to the design of integrated circuits. While the practical skills assist on their understanding of the fundamental concepts and enhances analytical thinking. Both will help the student to take forward into their future careers confidently.