English Department

It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do
— Jane Austen
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Our Aims

The main aim of our English Department is to inspire, engage and create a lifelong passion for learning. Our curriculum supports our school’s mission statement of creating “Tomorrow’s Leaders, Here and Now” and we have developed a programme of study across all Key Stages that encourages our learners to be passionate readers and creative thinkers. We aim to provide a powerful curriculum that ‘Builds Learning Power’ and excites our students’ perceptions of the global world, of which they will be leaders.

As an international school, we draw upon the wealth of culture and diversity of our staff and students, and utilise this in our schemes of work which provide challenge, curiosity but above all, a love of learning. We provide a curriculum that is accessible and stimulating to all students, and provide support for all students as they strive to achieve their potential.

Our Curriculum

In Years 7-9, Key Stage 3 students explore the world of language and literature through a range of units based on prose, poetry, creative writing, non-fiction, drama and Shakespeare. Following the National Curriculum of England, we ensure our students build the necessary skills across reading, writing and speaking and listening. Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Cambridge IGCSE English Language and Literature syllabus. We believe that the IGCSE courses that we provide, develop our students with essential lifelong skills, including creative thinking and problem-solving. At Key Stage 5 we deliver the IB Language and Literature Programme.

Mathematics Department

Do not worry about your difficulties in maths, I can ensure you mine are still greater
— Albert Einstein

Our Aims

The Mathematics Department strives to inspire a lifelong passion for mathematics for all students.  Our courses are designed to install a deep understanding of mathematical concepts with the ability to apply their knowledge in unfamiliar contexts.  We encourage our students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. 

The Growth Threshold and Assessment Model (GTAM) we are using is well suited to Mathematics.  We encourage the students to try different methods to solve problems and to learn that a wrong method can inform your reasoning and ultimately lead to a correct method.

 

Our Curriculum

In Years 7-9 the students follow the KS3 National Curriculum of England which gives them a grounding in the basic of Mathematics across a wide range of topics.  The topics are split up into Number and Algebra, Shape, Information Handling and Using and Applying Mathematics.  At KS4, we offer 2 IGCSE syllabi: Mathematics and Additional Mathematics. Mathematics is compulsory to all students and the majority follows the extended syllabus.  Additional Mathematics is an option for students and we have a high intake for these classes.  However all students opting for Additional Mathematics are required to sit for an assessment test. Additional Mathematics is equivalent in difficulty to Standard level.  At IBDP level, we offer Mathematics at both Higher level and Standard level.

Science Department

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less
— Marie Curie

Our Aims

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The aim of the Science Department is to enthuse, engage and inspire students to have a love for learning and discovery. Our curriculum covers all three sciences and has an emphasis on practical work and developing skills to solve problems.  We aim to develop students as a whole through ‘building learning power’, building resilience and educating them about how the world works.

We have an excellent diverse staff team with a wealth of knowledge in their subject and this is utilised in our schemes of work to provide a challenging and engaging curriculum that will help the students meet and exceed their potential and develop into the leaders of tomorrow.

Our Curriculum

In Years 7-9, Key Stage 3 students explore science through an engaging and practical course following the National Curriculum of England. Students develop knowledge in all three science disciplines through experimental, theory and research work but also learn skills that will set them up to succeed at IGCSE.

In Key Stage 4, students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Cambridge IGCSE Science Courses, either in the Co-ordinated Sciences or in the separate sciences. Over the duration of their science studies, students will develop the skills they need to succeed not only in further science study but also in life, including problem solving, analysis, evaluation, practical planning and critical thinking. At Key Stage 5 we follow the IB courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Art Department

Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up
— Pablo Picasso

Our Curriculum

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In KS3, we will study art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and focus more on art production. We will continuously develop your appreciation, exploration, and curiosity about the arts while exploring various drawing materials, techniques and subjects. You will enhance your observation and accuracy skills as you progress through a variety of assignments such as still life drawing, landscape, figure studies, portraiture, and painting. A wide range of drawing and painting media may be used such as graphite, charcoal, ink, pastel, oil pastel, colour pencils, acrylic and water colour.

IGCSE Art and Design is a flourishing option at Key Stage 4, achieving excellent results, well above world average.  It is a popular choice amongst our more creative students.

Commerce Department

Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.
— Patrick Henry

Our Aims

In the Commerce faculty we aim to embody the core principles of the school by encouraging students to think as leaders, reflect on their role in the global economy and develop the skills necessary to be able to turn an entrepreneurial vision into a reality.  Commerce students are expected to be able to collaborate effectively and harness the power of teams to find creative solutions to contemporary business issues.  Their findings must then be substantiated with a level of technical accuracy that can only be developed through perseverance and sustained attention to detail.  Building Learning Power therefore plays a central role in Commerce and from day one our students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and approach real-world case studies in a professional way.  Commerce therefore demands an intellectual maturity of its students as they engage with contemporary socio-economic issues that not only require superior analytical skills but also the ability to evaluate by making balanced and ethical judgments.

Our Curriculum

There are three IGCSE subjects represented in Commerce at Key Stage 4 including Business Studies, Economics and Accounting.   Business Studies is a multi-faceted subject offering the broadest selection of topic areas in Commerce including: Marketing, Operations Management, Human Resources, Economics and Finance.  Successful students in this subject are able to demonstrate higher-level analysis and evaluation skills as well as persuasive writing.  They will also be required to reflect on the quality of their own learning and progress as a consequence of studying the importance of productivity, communication and motivation in the workplace.   Economics consists of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics enabling students to develop detailed technical knowledge and analysis skills before applying these concepts to real world case studies and socio-economic phenomena at the international level.  In this way, Economics is an edifying subject that requires students to exercise advanced critical thinking and logical reasoning to develop their own world view. In Accounting, students gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of businesses and have to demonstrate superior analytical skills in order to classify, interpret and summarise complex financial data and then communicate their findings in a meaningful way.

Computing & ICT Department

The most dangerous phrase in the English language is: ‘We’ve always done it this way’
— Admiral Grace Hopper

Our Aims

The aim of the Computing and ICT department is to prepare students for a world in which technology will dominate their everyday lives; a world where you are driven to work in a driver-less car, where you can pay for things with a touch of your phone and where you can virtually meet with anyone in the world.

We want our students to be technology innovators not just technology users.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum covers all aspects of Computing and ICT.  We cover:

  • Algorithm design and program development – to ensure that our students can use technology to solve problems. 
  • Data representation and hardware - to ensure that our students can make informed decisions about the technology to buy in the future,
  • Communication and networking - to ensure that our students are familiar with how the networks that they use every day, are designed and developed.
  • Information technology - to ensure that our students are able to create a variety of different digital products for different audiences and purposes.

Design Technology Department

Whether you are designing textiles to cope with hostile environments, a new medical instrument for the latest keyhole surgery techniques or a leaflet to explain the use of emergency evacuation procedures, it’s all about making things work better. And how do you make things work better? Well, that’s the fun bit. Design Technology involves experimenting and trying things out.
— Sir James Dyson
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Our Curriculum

Students are encouraged to be creative problem-solvers during their Design Technology lessons.  Through designing and making, our students learn a range of skills, from 3D sketching to the manipulation of materials in the workshop.  We place a high emphasis on preparing our students for the modern world by incorporating modern technology into lessons, such as laser cutters and 3D printing.  At Key Stage 4, Design Technology is a thriving and popular subject, with results being well above the world average.

French Department

Vouloir, c’est pouvoir!
To wish is power!

Our Aims

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At Sri KDU, the aim of our French Department is to equip our students with the skills and the confidence to communicate in French. They gradually learn to understand written and spoken French and to communicate their own messages, in speech and in writing. Our approach is very interactive, using a wide variety of activities, including lots of pair work, games, role play and online practice. We try to make learning even the trickiest grammar and pronunciation points fun and therefore memorable. Our classes tend to be smaller, enabling more one-to-one support and challenge, with really personalised feedback.

Learning a foreign language helps to prepare students for studying and working internationally and encourages them to develop a wider, more global perspective. We actively encourage them to develop an understanding of French culture, via online links, cultural events in KL and particularly via our exchange programme with our partner school near Bordeaux, France. In April 2017, 35 students had the amazing experience of staying with their penpals' families for a week, giving them the chance to see first-hand what family life in France is like – and of course to test out their classroom French in the real world.

In addition to developing their communication skills, students develop other important life skills too, notably the ability to analyse language. Our students are encouraged to think of themselves as detectives, searching for clues in texts which at first sight seem daunting, persevering until they have understood at least the key message and often important details too. Resilience and resourcefulness are very important traits of successful language learners. We tackle the challenges together, making the study of French accessible and stimulating for all.

Our Curriculum

When students join us in Year 7, a few may have learnt a little French at primary school, but most are complete beginners. Everyone soon gets under way, in a supportive environment which rewards effort, not just achievement. At Key Stage 3, we study topics covering many aspects of everyday life, gradually building a bank of grammar knowledge as we go, including the use of the present, past and future tenses. Students are actively encouraged to make links in their learning, practising and building on prior knowledge, supported by their easy-reference folders.

The IGCSE course at Key Stage 4 builds on the foundations of Key Stage 3, revisiting some previous topics using more complex language and adding more adult topics, such as relationships, health issues and the environment. As at Key Stage 3, we constantly work to develop all four language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing, all of which are given equal weighting in the IGCSE examinations. Students are trained to understand longer, more challenging texts and to express themselves at greater length, using more sophisticated and varied language and structures. The majority of our students achieve high grades; last year, 80% of the cohort were awarded A*/A at IGCSE.

Geography Department

The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.
— Barack Obama

Our Aims

The Geography department believes that all children should have a deep understanding of the complex interactions of our planetary system and people. We believe that learners should know how they can make a positive impact during their lives while learning crucial skills that will help them during further study and in the job market.

Our Curriculum

During the Key Stage 3 programme of study, learners will have an in-depth knowledge of physical, human and environmental geography. They will have developed into environmentally conscious individuals who are working towards a sustainable future. Their learning journey begins in Year 7 when key geographical skills are practised and children who are new to Geography as a subject are introduced to the richness of its study. These skills; such as map work, essay & report writing, graph & photograph analysis, explanation, evaluation and synthesis of geographical processes and ideas are repeatedly practised and fine-tuned. 

Through our wide ranging topics the learners’ minds journey to each of the world’s seven continents and Earth’s oceans throughout Year 7, 8 & 9; their knowledge of these places, peoples and problems increasing along the way. Fieldwork is conducted by each year group, which provides learners with the opportunity to conduct primary research and evaluate the information they have collected. By the end of Year 9, they can confidently take the next step in their education (hopefully progressing to IGCSE Geography!), with a solid grounding in geographical skills and knowledge.

Learners continue to gain depth of understanding in geographical topics during the Cambridge IGCSE course. They learn new skills and apply them. Topics range from Rivers to Urban environments to Conservation amongst many more. It is a varied course that allows learners to develop the skills and knowledge they need for post-16 studies and future employment. Some of these skills are practised during the coursework. This course is an excellent bridge to the IB Geography course, which is taught here in SKISS.

The Geography Team has a wealth of experience and backgrounds that enable them to deliver our dynamic programmes. Building Learning Power has been fully embedded and each lesson is differentiated to take into account the wide variety of learning styles and learners' needs and the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is widespread in order to help prepare learners for the needs of the 21st century.

History Department

To be unaware of what happened before your life is to forever remain a child
— Cicero

Our Aims

We regard History as the most interesting and dynamic subject in the curriculum. We see it as the door to opening minds, to opening up skills, to opening up careers, and yes, to opening up the past. As an international team, with a great blend of youth and experience, we have the know-how, the passion and the energy within us to convey to the students and to inspire them all about this wonderful subject. We love to question, to challenge, to create, and to re-create, and we aim to inspire all students of all ages, all abilities, all backgrounds and all aspirations to progress, to achieve, and to be content.

We aim to explore the world’s history, both recent and ancient, as well as through political, economic, and social lenses. We want to use the unique talents and characteristics of the student body to push the boundaries of learning and of the subject. This is a partnership between teachers, students and parents.

Our Curriculum

In Years 7-9, Key Stage 3 students study skills and techniques in History as well as popular topics such as Slavery, Empire and the two World Wars. There is a varied and balanced approach using sources, essays and projects, Assessment is undertaken every 6 weeks or so. In Key Stage 4, students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Cambridge IGCSE History course, which comprises three written exams. This course is demanding, rigorous, but ultimately enriching in its depth and breadth. At Key Stage 5 we deliver the IB History Programme at both standard and Higher Level. Assessment at KS4 and KS5 is undertaken along similar lines to KS3.

Bahasa Malaysia Department

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Our Aims

Although Bahasa Malaysia is a compulsory subject only for all Malaysian students in the school in line with the MOE's requirement, we strongly encourage all students to learn the language. The aim of our department is to ensure that all our learners, regardless of their ethnicity, are able to embrace the wealth and richness of the language. Our curriculum offers a wide variety of topics that will provide our students with the skills to communicate in Bahasa Malaysia in both the workplace and their daily lives, as well as equipping them to take the Cambridge IGCSE Malay examination in Year 10. Bahasa Malaysia is a language that unites many cultures across this region.

Our Curriculum

In Years 7-8, students explore the world of language through a range of units based on topics from the IGCSE syllabus. We ensure our students build the necessary skills across reading, writing and speaking.

In Years 9 & 10, students follow the Cambridge IGCSE Malay as a Modern Foreign Language syllabus. We believe that the IGCSE course that we provide, develops our students with essential lifelong skills, including creative writing and thinking skills.

Our aim is to balance knowledge, understanding and skills in our programme to enable students to become effective learners.

 

Mandarin Department

Learn Chinese, Double Your World
学会中国话 朋友满天下
— Chinese Bridge
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Our Aim

The main aim of our Mandarin Department is to provide a platform for the learners to acquire language proficiency, cultural awareness and critical thinking skills so that they can be global citizens and succeed in any chosen professional discipline anywhere in the world.

Our Curriculum

 In Key Stage 3, we offer classes of 3 levels: advanced, intermediate and basic. The advanced level focus on reading, writing and summary skills whereas the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are the main foci for both the intermediate and basic level.

We use the Chinese Independent School book as our main teaching resource for the advanced level and the Easy Steps to Chinese, for both intermediate and basic levels.

In Key Stage 4, students study for IGCSE Chinese First Language or IGCSE Mandarin Chinese (Modern Foreign Language). We believe that through our curriculum, learners can become appreciative and critical readers and writers of Chinese.

In Key Stage 5, we deliver the IB Ab initio and Language B (both standard level and higher level).

Music Department

When words fail, music speaks’
— Shakespeare
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Our Aims

The main aim of our Music Department is to develop students’ competence as learners and to increase their self-esteem. We aim to encourage active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. We have developed a programme of study across all Key Stages that encourages our learners to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. We provide a curriculum that not only enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development but to increase self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment to all students.

Our Curriculum

In Years 7-9, Key Stage 3 students develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through the integration of performing, composing and listening. Following the National Curriculum of England, we ensure our students build the necessary skills across these three areas (performing, composing and listening). Students explore how ideas, experiences and emotions are conveyed in a range of music from different times and cultures. This includes analysing music and exploring how thoughts, feelings, ideas and emotions can be expressed through music. In Key Stage 4, students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Cambridge IGCSE Music syllabus. Students studying Cambridge IGCSE Music are given the opportunity to develop their skills in performing and composing music and listen to and learn about music from a wide range of historical periods and major world cultures. At Key Stage 5 we deliver the IB Music involving aspects of the composition, performance and critical analysis of music, the course exposes students to forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts. Through the IBDP Music course students develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively.

Physical Education

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well
— Pierre de Coubertin
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Our Aims

We will often say here at SKIS that we want to become the best International School in the world. In the PE department we fundamentally buy into this aspirational target. We have assembled a talented group of teachers who consistently deliver lessons of high quality to an engaged student population. We cater for the needs of all individuals within the group and have established a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities. As teachers, we too have a growth mindset and are constantly looking for ways to develop our practice. We regularly attend training, both internally and externally; as well as review our performance through rigorous quality assurance procedures.

Our Curriculum

Here at SKIS we have worked hard to create a curriculum that encompasses the whole spectrum of physical activity. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all individuals with a focus on progress across all key stages. Students participate in a variety of activities from football to dance, handball to swimming. The curriculum draws on the strengths of the teachers within the department and under the growth threshold model our aim is to ensure that all students are capable of achieving an A* in their practical assessment for the IGCSE PE course should they select this as an option.