B.D. Somani offers the Cambridge checkpoint program in Middle School. Our goal is to facilitate and support a gradual transition of students from Primary to Secondary years during the three-year program that spans grades 6, 7 and 8.
Recognising the crucial role that Middle School years play in preparing the students for the challenges of IGCSE and Diploma programs, the curriculum builds on skills developed in the primary years. These include agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication and accessing and analyzing information.
Our curriculum is a very well-rounded, deeply internationally-focused education and encourages students to practise the skills of self-led inquiry, reflection on learning, time-management, and organisation skills. It draws upon diverse coursework-style assessments regularly spaced throughout the program and strikes the necessary balance between academic and extracurricular activities.
Our teachers in Middle School work to provide students with a stimulating learning environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity. The long-term goal is to make students independent, lifelong learners, who recognize the increased importance of self and community in these critical years. Our teaching community is committed to providing pastoral care to all our students, supporting their academic, social and emotional progress.
- Social studies
- Innovation and Design
- World languages (French, Spanish and Hindi)
- Physical Education
- Arts (Visual art, Drama, and Music)
- Information and technology/ Computer science
Beyond the classroom
The academic year in Middle School is planned to provide a balanced opportunity for academic and extracurricular activities. Each student is allotted a house (Hawk, Kite, Falcon and Eagle) and participates in different school activities organised by teachers and the Student Council such as Debates, Quizzes, Be the Dancer, creative writing, Chess, Football and Basketball championships. They also participate in inter school competitions and events like MUN, football, basketball and cricket tournaments, debates, quizzes and drawing competitions. The school also organises an interschool BDMUN and the BD Liga, our interschool football league.
It is mandatory for each student to sign up for one club from a wide array of choices including Science Club, Capoeira, Cooking Club, Rubik’s Cube Club and Arts. These clubs provide an opportunity for students to learn new skills and develop collaboration and respect for each other.
Students always have many opportunities to work together across grades. The school works hard to foster a culture that encourages working, achieving and finding happiness as a community that respects each individual’s unique talents. During the Hindi Divas and World Language Day celebrations, different activities and events showcase different aspects of the language, with all students in Middle School participating.
Students also participate in Community Service in which they volunteer at various places like Fisherman’s Colony, ADAPT and Balwadi. These activities help our students become responsible, socially aware citizens.
Our field trips and yearly educational trips also contribute largely to the skill development based on extracurricular activities such as teamwork, better social skills and critical thinking.
Our Middle School Science fairs celebrate the spirit of curiosity and scientific inquiry as student groups develop research questions, conduct experiments, analyse data and present their findings.
The Middle School Annual Day concert is a celebration of the love we all share to perform and have fun on the stage. Our community is filled with tremendous individual and group talent, and this evening provides the perfect platform for our young teens and tweens to grow their confidence and positivity through hard work.