MYP Subject Groups

English – Language and Literature

In Language and Literature at Ambrit, students learn different genres in literature with a focus on developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Students develop reading and writing skills through a collection of critical and creative responses to the reading of literary texts. The summative writing task at the end of each unit assesses the understanding of literary texts through the written expression of each individual student.  

Students develop listening and speaking skills during lessons by use of the following teaching strategies: cooperative learning activities, pair work, oral presentations, and drama. The summative oral task at the end of each unit assesses the understanding of literary texts through oral expression of each individual student.

Grade 6:

Unit 1 – Heroism

  • The Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
  • Arthur, High King of Britain by Michael Morpurgo

Unit 2 – Human Nature

  • Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales
  • The Road To Canterbury by Ian Serraillier

Unit 3 – Power of Words

  • A Study of Poetry in Pop Music
  • Participation in Keats-Shelley House Poetry Competition

Unit 4 – Dreams

  • Skellig by David Almond

Grade 7:

Unit 1 – How Green was my Valley: Man’s relationship with Nature

Selected works from:

  • How Green Was My Valley – John Ford,  1959 – Richard Llewellyn, 1939
  • Moby Dick – John Huston,  1956 – Herman Melville, 1851
  • Captains Courageous – Rudyard Kipling, 1897 – Victor Fleming, 1937
  • The Pearl –  John Steinbeck, 1945
  • Dersu Uzala – Akira Kurosawa, 1975
  • Seven Samurai – Akira Kurosawa, 1954
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway, 1952

Unit 2 – Forever Young: Times of Youth

Selected works from:

  • Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare, 1596
  • Stand by Me –  Rob Reiner, USA, 1986
  • My Life as a Dog – Lasse Hallstrom, Sweden, 1985
  • Rebel Without a Cause – Nicholas Ray, USA, 1955
  • The 400 Blows – Francois Truffaut, France, 1959
  • Whistle Down the Wind – Bryan Forbes, UK, 1961

Grade 8:

Unit 1 – The Beauty and the Beast

Selected works from:

– The Beauty: Romantic Poets

Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Shelley

– The Beast: Lord of the Flies: William Golding, 1954

– The Supernatural and Mysterious:

  • Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  • The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock
  • Walkabout, Nicholas Roeg, 1971
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock, Peter Weir, 1975

Unit 2 – The Poetry of Venice

  • The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare

Unit 3 – War – The Individual and Society

Selected works from:

  • Hemingway
  • Pirandello
  • Wilfred Owen
  • Siegfried Sassoon
  • Edward Thomas
  • T.E. Lawrence

Language Acquisition

In Middle School at Ambrit, three possible Language Acquisition courses are offered to students across the three years: Italian, French, and Mandarin. The Language Acquisition program at Ambrit meets the individual needs of each student assessing for what the student knows and is able to do in reading, writing, listening and speaking. These courses are designed to help middle schoolers become more comfortable and autonomous in the language of their choice, as well as enjoy and appreciate the culture of the target language.


The Middle School science programme aims to introduce students to the scientific method and to the way in which scientists view the world. The lessons and assessments are designed to help students learn through experiment and logical reasoning. The material is studied using a combination of textbooks, notes, experiments, projects, videos, and worksheets. Students are encouraged to read about science at home and to pursue their own scientific interests. Our students are exposed to a wide range of topics across all of the scientific disciplines and a selection of these topics is studied in detail each year.

Grade 6:

Unit 1 – The Nature of Science
Unit 2 – The Cell
Unit 3 – Evolution
Unit 4 – Animals
Unit 5 – Plants
Unit 6 – Microbial life

Grade 7:

Unit 1 – Biomechanics
Unit 2 – Movement
Unit 3 – Health and Fitness
Unit 4 – Force
Unit 5 – Mass and Matter

Grade 8:

Unit 1 – Classical Astronomy
Unit 2 – An Expanding Universe
Unit 3 – Sound & Light
Unit 4 – Electricity & Magnetism
Unit 5 – Genetics

Individuals and Societies

At Ambrit, Individuals and Societies is an Integrated Humanities course designed to deepen our students’ understanding of world history and geography while at the same time developing research, communication, and critical thinking skills. In Grade 6 and Grade 7, all students undertake the same course, while in Grade 8 there is a differentiated curriculum for students preparing for the Italian state terza media exam.

Grade 6:

Unit 1 – Mapping Skills
Unit 2 – Roman Civilization
Unit 3 – Barbarians and Byzantines
Unit 4 – Medieval World and the Rise of the Franks
Unit 5 – Beliefs
Unit 6 – Italian Geography

Grade 7:

Unit 1 – The Crusades
Unit 2 – European Geography
Unit 3 – The Renaissance
Unit 4 – The Age of Exploration and Pre-Columbian Civilizations
Unit 5 – The Reformation, Counter-Reformation, and Scientific Revolution
Unit 6 – The Enlightenment and American and French Revolutions

Grade 8:

Unit 1 – Nationalism and Imperialism
Unit 2 – Ideas and Economic Systems in 19th and 20th centuries
Unit 3 – Conflicts in the 20th century
Unit 4 – Social, Cultural and Artistic Movements
Unit 5 – Borders – World Geography
Unit 6 – Significant 19th and 20th-century Individuals


The Ambrit Middle School Math program incorporates both conceptual understanding and arithmetical computation to ensure students are strong problem solvers who can compute well and communicate their thought processes. Throughout the year focus is placed on Conceptual, Procedural, and Applied Understandings.  A range of topics is covered to give students the foundations required for subsequent courses, while a variety of methods for solving word problems are used, encouraging students to be lateral thinkers.

Grade 6:

Operations and Properties
Introduction to Algebra
Number Theory and Fractions
Fraction Operations
Data Collection and Analyses
Proportional Relationships
Measurement and Geometry
Integers and the Coordinate Plane

Grade 7:

Algebraic Reasoning
Integers and Rational Numbers
Applying Rational Numbers
Proportional Relationships
Collecting, Displaying, and Analyzing Data
Geometric Figures
Measurement and Geometry
Multistep Equations and Inequalities

Grade 8:

Multistep Equations
Multistep Equations and their Linear Graphs
Systems of Linear Equations
Linear Functions
Exponents, Roots, Scientific Notation, and the Pythagorean Theorem
Geometric Relationships – Two-Dimensions
Geometric Relationships – Three-Dimensions
Polynomial Expressions and Equations
Factoring Monomials and Polynomials

Physical and Health Education

MYP physical and health education aims to empower students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. To this end, physical and health education courses foster the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle.

In Middle School at Ambrit the students take part in many different sports and physical activities from different countries, some of which have a more competitive spirit for example hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse while others are essentially non-competitive for example yoga and dance.

Physical and health education develops the enjoyment, engagement, and confidence in physical activity that students need in order to achieve and maintain a balanced, healthy life.      


Ambrit’s music curriculum builds music literacy and instills music appreciation. Students give performances for parents and for the student body. They approach both vocal and instrumental music. They are guided through the viewing of a musical or an opera. There is a small dance component to the music curriculum.

Visual Arts

Art is a system of communication using visual elements, and education in studio art improves the perception, comprehension, and assembly of visible signs. Making art develops the capabilities to think like an Artist, a curious visual investigator who actively searches for questions and playfully develops creative visual solutions. Visual language and aesthetics are vital aspects of learning and are essential to intellectual growth. The Middle School Visual Art curriculum is structured to encourage critical thinking, exercise problem-solving skills, and foster creativity. During these three years, the students work on complex conceptual projects combining artistic exploration and self-discovery. Students are expected to work through the creative process with perseverance, experiment readily with diverse techniques and build their artistic vocabulary to respond and reflect on the importance of Art – Past, Present, and Future.

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