Years 7-9

OUR LOWER SECONDARY CURRICULUM

As our students move into Secondary School, they delve deeper into a wide array of subjects of the English National Curriculum. Beginning with Years 7–9 of Lower Secondary, students focus on English, mathematics, and Spanish and explore a great range of other areas, from science to art, at a rigorous level that stimulates their growth and encourages their achievement. Complementing their classroom learning, students also explore opportunities in the world around them, from our location in greater Mexico City. This lays the groundwork for their success in a globally connected future.
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SUBJECTS OF THE ENGLISH NATIONAL CURRICULUM

Between Years 7 and 9, Greengates Secondary School teaches the English National Curriculum alongside many opportunities for international learning from our home in greater Mexico City. Students study a wide variety of subjects, encouraging a range of experiences. 

The curriculum focuses on students’ development in: 

  • English
  • mathematics
  • Spanish 

Students also study:

  • science
  • history
  • geography
  • French
  • art, music, and drama
  • information technology (IT)
  • physical education (PE)
  • personal, social and health education (PSHE)
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  • YEARS 7–9

A TYPICAL DAY AT GREENGATES SCHOOL

Our days in Lower Secondary stretch us beyond what we know and encourage us to explore our interests and talents. We make rapid advancements in our core subjects, while creating connections across our studies, and becoming prepared for the next stage of Secondary.
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CHECKING IN
We arrive from different parts of the city for an early morning start. We’ll chat on the field together, checking in with each other, before going to morning registration and listening to important information to start our day.
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GETTING READY
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STEAM MORNINGS
Our STEAM lessons encourage us to solve problems in the world with our ideas and hands-on creations. We also complement our work across the different areas of STEAM with specialist classes in maths, science, and ICT.
CRITICAL THINKING
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LUNCHTIME RESET
We take a break in the middle of the day over lunch, bringing a packed meal or choosing healthy options from the tuck shop. After eating and catching up with each other, we love to play games or hit a volleyball on the court.
REFUELLING AND RESTING
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ENGLISH AND SPANISH
We delve into our English and Spanish lessons, where our speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills improve every day. As global citizens, we appreciate that our multilingual skills will open a world of opportunities. 
CONVERSING AND EXPLORING
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ARTISTIC CREATIONS
In our drama, music, and art classes, we learn how to get creative and express ourselves through the different senses. By learning about different cultures and kinds of art, we become more well-rounded in our thinking. 
EXPRESSING OURSELVES
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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Our afternoon activities span a great variety of sporting, academic, and performing arts activities, helping us to strengthen our interests and build our passions. We can collaborate with our peers and learn how to lead as well.
PURSUING OUR PASSIONS

LANGUAGE LEARNING IN LOWER SECONDARY

During these years, students who had been receiving English support but no longer require extra classes may begin to study French, information technology, or recommended research and presentation skills.

In Years 8 and 9, students who are in the early stages of studying Spanish may take additional Spanish classes instead of French. 

Students who require additional support to develop their English may have extra English classes in a small group or a one-to-one setting, instead of taking French, and in some cases, history.

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SMALL GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALISED LEARNING

In Greengates Secondary School, our teachers provide one-on-one attention and support in small groups, as an effective way to support learners in achieving their academic goals. The small groups have no more than 15 to 18 students. Additionally, our teachers will make interventions to identify areas of challenge or difficulty and provide targeted support to help learners overcome these challenges. 

Between the support of your child's teacher and these targeted interventions, our students experience individualised learning that helps them achieve their full potential and succeed in a demanding academic environment.


Interested in learning more? Discover the difference between our international and national programmes.

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ACHIEVEMENT THAT RESOUNDS AROUND THE WORLD

Our multicultural community and international curriculum will open worldwide opportunities for your child’s achievement and help lay the groundwork for their success in a globally connected future.

OUR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
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