MIDDLE LOOP

INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN BANGKOK

Our Middle Loop program offered at our junior high school in Bangkok, is built on the foundational academic skills and learning experiences developed in the Lower Loop. Learning is self-directed and highly project-based, building confidence, communication, creativity to develop future-ready skills.

In our Middle Loop (Grade 5 - Grade 8), we help students fuel their confidence to engage and build the inner confidence to become self-directed learners.

MIDDLE LOOP

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING

Our international middle years curriculum in Bangkok is built on the foundational academic skills and learning experiences developed in the Lower Loop. Learning Labs have a stronger emphasis on math, English, science, well-being and design. Learning is self-directed and highly project-based, building confidence, communication, creativity to develop future-ready skills.

Learners  have mentors and experts guiding them through a purposeful process that is challenging and demanding in the way of setting goals and revising constant feedback on their progress.

PURPOSE PILLAR

ENGAGE WITH THE WORLD

Learners at this age begin to develop strong opinions, personal traits and qualities which we will support, share, and learn about together. They will actively engage with learning experiences that also go beyond the walls, allowing them to authentically apply their learning to real-world settings, which deepens their connection and understanding of the world in which they live. The driving purpose in our international junior high school in Bangkok is to provide experiences where students can experiment with ideas and questions to discover their passion and purpose. As they transition to Upper Loop, students bring a sense of identity and exploration they will further cultivate and shape.

Our Middle Loop Learning Targets.

Here are VERSO’s general guidelines to our Lower Loop Learning Targets.

 

ENG ML
GRADE 5
  • Read a range of high-quality text widely and deeply
  • Build knowledge about subjects through literary and informational sources
  • Write stories or essays over short and extended timeframes
GRADE 6
  • Make sense of longer, more challenging text
  • Sharpen ability to write and speak with more clarity and coherence
  • Expand vocabulary to use new words in their writing
GRADE 7
  • Analyze, define, compare, and evaluate ideas when reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Analyze how themes in fiction and nonfiction develop over the course of text
  • Use relevant evidence when supporting their own points in writing and speaking

GRADE 8
  • Read major works of fiction and nonfiction that extend across cultures and centuries
  • Question an author’s or speaker’s assumptions and assess the accuracy of the claims
  • Report findings from their own research and analysis of sources clearly

 

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GRADE 5
Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
  • Multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals
  • Fractional equivalence
  • Logarithmic scale
  • Develop and communicate mathematical thinking
GRADE 6
Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
  • Connecting area & volume
  • Plotting on a coordinate plane
  • Early algebraic expressions and equations
  • Adding integers to the number line
  • Working with unit rates
  • Develop and communicate mathematical thinking
GRADE 7
Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
  • Ratios and proportional relationships
  • Graphing linear relationships 
  • Rational numbers
  • Scaling measurements
  • Simple and compound probabilities
  • Develop and communicate mathematical thinking
GRADE 8
Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
  • Understanding proportion in congruency
  • Graphing transformations
  • Linear algebra and linear functions
  • Working with Pythagorean Theorem
  • Equation of a line and intercepts
  • Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

 

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GRADE 5
Evaluate methods for collecting data, Revise models based on evidence, Analyze data to make sense of phenomena, and Develop a deeper understanding of:
  • The effects of chemical reactions, forces, and energy
  • Interactions of different organisms and the environment
  • Interactions of the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere 
  • How engineering design can be a regular part of problem solving

GRADE 6 - 8
Collect evidence and draw conclusion, Understanding relationships between objects, Apply critical thinking that leads to designing effective solutions for problems, and Develop a deeper understanding of:
  • Physical and chemical interactions 
  • Factors that affect organism survival and reproduction
  • Factors that influence the Earth and our solar system
  • How to optimize design solutions

 

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GRADE 5
  • Identify causes and effects using examples from current events and historical events
  • Describe how people in positions of power can influence people’s rights and freedom
  • Identify rights and responsibilities in various contexts
  • Participate in activities that focus on an issue
GRADE 6 - 8
  • Distinguish between long-term and immediate causes and effects of an event from current events or history
  • Identify multiple perspectives on a given historical experience
  • Describe and compare multiple events in the history
  • Participate in activities that focus on a local or global issue
  • Identify ways that current figures can influence people’s rights and freedom

 

Below are key points that distinguish the performance of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced language learners in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The description outlines the range of performance for the given mode of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, or presentational.

Wo - ML
NOVICE
  • Understands the general topic and some basic information from familiar and everyday contexts by recognizing practiced or memorized words, phrases and simple sentences.
  • Communicates information on very familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases and sentences that have been practiced and memorized.
INTERMEDIATE
  • Understands main ideas and some details on familiar topics from sentences and groups of  sentences.
  • Communicates information and expresses own thoughts about familiar topics using sentences.
  • Handles short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety  of questions.
ADVANCE
  • Understands main ideas and supporting details on a wide variety of familiar and general  interest topics from complex, organized texts.
  • Expresses self with detail and organization on familiar topics and concrete social and  academic topics.
  • Confidently handles situations with unexpected complications.

Robotics is very popular among our learners and combines engineering and programming in a fun and interactive way while  introducing them to 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, goal setting, teamwork, creativity and communication.

VEX IQ Robotics classroom

At VERSO’s middle school in Bangkok, our students work in teams to build robots independently using the VEX IQ Robotics system. They build their own robot prototypes to learn about typical robot parts such as gears, motors, and sensors, as well as how to programme robots for autonomous operation.

Student-led VERSO Robotics Teams provide a pathway for students who want to further explore robotics through established competitions. Our VERSObotics team has participated in several scrimmages and competitions with other international schools in Thailand, including the VEX IQ Robotics Challenge, an annual robotics competition format that is popular worldwide.

Middle Loop build and code VEX IQ Robots to compete in competitions against other international schools in Thailand. Learners develop logical thinking, problem solving, perseverance and team working skills as they work to build, code, and compete with their robots.

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