Senior Department

Senior Department Aims

In the Secondary Department the aim is to educate our pupils in line with the philosophy and basic methodology developed by Maria Montessori. Years 7 to 11 follow the British National Curriculum and the Spanish Ministry of Education requirements of Lengua and Ciencias Sociales. Individual subjects are taught by specialist teachers.

English is a vital way of communicating in school, in public life and internationally. Pupils at TEMS learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. They are also encouraged to experiment with a wide range of genres of writing. Using these skills, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations which will equip them for life, both in and out of school.

Mathematics consists of the four main topics of number, algebra, shape and space and data handling. Skills such as using logic and problem solving are inherently part of all mathematics.

The Science Department encourages pupils to develop enquiring minds and critical thinking, to acquire the skills and knowledge to make intelligent, informed decisions in our technological and rapidly changing world.

In History pupils learn about an array of topics from Medieval England to the fall of the Berlin Wall. They learn to gather information using different media and interpret source materials.

Geography bridges the social sciences (human geography) and the natural sciences (physical geography). Pupils study the earth landscape, people, places and environments.

In ICT pupils develop and consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding by carrying out activities such as creating control models, developing web sites and producing public information systems.

In Art pupils are given a solid basis in the principles of drawing and painting and then they move on to more creative aspects of painting, sculpture, pottery, collage and mixed media projects.

The main focus in the PE Department is to introduce pupils to a variety of sports in various learning environments, gaining the interest, knowledge, skills and motivation they need to engage in life-long physical activity.

Pupils study French as a modern foreign language through immersion with native French teachers.

Music is taken in Years 7 and 8. Pupils are taught musical theory and notation and are encouraged to apply this knowledge practically and critically, through appraisal of a variety of music.

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