The BES Middle School program for students in Grades 6 to 8 is designed to nurture pre-adolescent growth and development. Middle School students learn to make connections across disciplines and cultures by sharing and discussing their differing voices and perspectives.
BES’s integrated curriculum enables students to discover connections among different disciplines and their relationship to real life experiences.
Group work requires students to view their peers as resources for learning as well as friends. By problem-solving in teams, students learn to look beyond themselves and acquire self-confidence in their abilities to contribute their unique gifts and talents to the group.
THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE
The school day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Wednesdays, classes end at 1:20 pm. However, Middle School students have the opportunity to stay at school after lunch ('pomeriggi opzionali') and participate in guided study groups under the teachers' supervision and following the cooperative learning approach. A number of classes are held in co-teaching,
BES Middle School students follow the core requirements of the Italian Ministry of Education including Italian language and literature, history, geography, science and mathematics.
The percentage of Italian instruction increases to approximately 60% in the BES Middle School so as to guarantee the rigorous preparation required for admission to the most prestigious Italian secondary schools in Milan.
Instruction in English is for a total of nine hours per week, allowing our students to consolidate and build on the skills and abilities acquired in our Primary School and making it possible to BES graduates to enroll in English-medium secondary schools in Milan or abroad. In addition to the core curriculum subjects, Middle School students broaden their competencies and abilities through classes in art, technical drawing, music, and physical education. French is introduced as a third language from Year 6.
This array of courses give BES Middle School students the opportunity to learn more about their individual strengths and interests while acquiring a firm grounding in the fundamentals of thinking and learning with an emphasis on personal intellectual, emotional and social growth and development. While fostering life-long learning, teachers in Grades 6 through 8 guide students in their understanding of subject area content, the integration of learning, the use of technology and the completion of comprehensive research projects which require them to organize, analyze, synthesize, and articulate complex arguments into a cohesive and coherent whole.
The school’s program of studies is a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, which challenges students to progress in their intellectual competence and to grow into confident, caring and productive adolescents.
INCLUSION AND DIFFERENTIATION
VISUAL ARTS AND TECHNICAL DRAWING
The Art and Technical Design Department was created with the aim to integrate artistic andtechnical design topics through theoretical investigations and practical experiences.
Our approach is based on constructivist learning theory, suggesting that learners construct new knowledge on previous experiences, on the PYP methodology based on unit of inquiries, and on the Bruno Munari Method®, which enhances creativity and imagination through observation and hands-on experiences.
The Art and Technical Design classes provide our students with opportunities to explore a wide range of topics using a variety of innovative resources, traditional tools and multimedia. In Art and Technical Design classes, BES students acquire skills and learn how to create images, use pictorial techniques, manipulate a variety of materials and construct new images using visual communication tools. Our integrated Art and Technical Design programme is aimed at nurturing our students’ natural bent for beauty and functionality.
PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL EDUCATION
Physical Education classes for students in the Middle School at BES take place off site at the Quanta Village Sports Centre.
Over the course of the year students participate in six week courses of swimming, beach volleyball, soccer and inline skating.
Students are split into two groups, one for confident swimmers and another for swimmers with less experience. Qualified swimming instructors will help the students to master different skills and techniques depending on the level.
Football is played on an artificial turf, both outside and inside, dependant on the weather.
Ritmo, divertimento, coordinazione nei movimenti: la lezione di Hip Hop suscita sempre grande entusiasmo tra le nostre studentesse. Questo ballo ad altissima energia aiuta a sviluppare capacità di socializzazione e di collaborazione e rappresenta una sana forma espressiva di creatività e personalità.
Tennisti più e meno esperti sono assistiti da istruttori qualificati. Baseball Primi approcci con lo sport più amato dagli americani.
Students take part in freestyle and artistic skating in the indoor skating field. Classes are taught by two qualified skating instructors who teach a variety of skills.
Beach volley takes place on two indoor sand courts. Students learn and refine the skills of beach volleyball.
Matches and mini tournaments provide our students with the opportunity to enjoy sport and demonstrate their commitment to good sportsmanship.
Make-believe and the imagination play an important role in a young person’s development.
The BES Drama program brings these powerful forces into the classroom, fostering the students’ growing self-confidence, enhancing verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and developing the ability to work collaboratively in groups. It also helps students reach a deeper understanding of their environment and their own feelings.
The drama curricular program provides students of all academic years with opportunities to explore themes and ideas dynamically through role-playing and movement, as well as sensory and transformation games to stimulate their creative thinking and encourage them to problem-solve by looking at questions from multiple perspectives. Through cooperative planning with classroom teachers, many of the themes and concepts addressed in drama are directly connected to the students’ classroom studies