Curriculum - Overview
Tambearly works with the “Explode the Code” series- a time-tested and highly effective approach to teaching phonics. The first three books of the Explode the Code series, - Books A, B and C – focus on visual identification of consonants, their written lower case forms, and their sound-symbol relationships. Activities also reinforce left to right directionality, vocabulary, listening, and following instructions in a variety of interesting and engaging ways.
As the students move through the series, they progress through the vowel sounds and patterns, consonant clusters and diagraphs, syllables, and suffixes.
Systematic phonics instruction is proved to enhance children’s ability to read, spell and comprehend texts particularly in the younger grades.
The English Language Arts curriculum in grades 6-8 is a text-based analysis mix of literature, non-fiction, and creative endeavor. There is a strong focus on comparing pieces of text to one another to give students critical skills that will let them discern the accuracy of a text by focusing on writer’s craft, context, reliability, and alternative viewpoints. We reinforce reading skills through a variety of texts that students will need to understand for their futures, academic and beyond. Authors of focus include Ray Bradbury, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Scott O’Dell, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Alfred Noyes, Lois Lowry, C.S. Lewis, Gary Paulsen, Gary Soto, and Sandra Cisneros. We move beyond the textbook and into real life by analyzing stories, movie clips, poetry, music, and images, both still and animated. Students build their writing skills through essay writing (narrative, informative and argumentative), evidence-based responses, poetry practice, and creative prompts. In addition, students practice oral communication skills through formal and informal class presentations. We also practice necessary skills including grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.
Science Grades 7 and 8
This course, which is aligned with the Ministry of Education guidelines, exposes students to topics in Health Science as well as General Science and prepares them to sit the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) examination. It explores topics such as characteristics of living things, classification of living things, flowering plants, energy and work, nutrition, the body, body systems, introduction to matter, separation of mixtures, and nitrogen cycles. .
Integrated Science blends life, earth, and physical science topics in three courses, specific to each grade. The program focuses on scientific problem solving and covers topics in life, earth, and physical science. Exploration of motion and energy, interactions of matter, understanding the universe, Earth and geologic change, exploring ecology, and human body systems encourage thought-provoking questions that allow students to relate the science concepts to the world around them. It continues to introduce basic concepts and key ideas while providing opportunities for students to learn reasoning skills and a new way of thinking about their environment. This course, which is aligned with the Ministry of Education guidelines, builds on the foundation laid in grade 7 to prepare the students to sit the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC), the PSAT examination, and further study in grade 9.
Grades 9-12 at Tambearly are spent exploring the rich and diverse literary forms of the world as well as developing language skills alongside grammatical knowledge and creative writing techniques.
Ninth Grade Literature and Composition will continue to build on the reading and language curriculum established in middle school, and it establishes a level of rigor and rhetorical analysis beyond that of the Ninth Grade regular literature course. Throughout this year-long class, students will have opportunities to develop and expand their knowledge of literature, literary forms including informational texts, writing, and language. Texts take center stage where students engage in close, critical reading of a wide range of materials. The course trains the reader to observe the small details within a text to arrive at a deeper understanding of the whole. It also trains the writer to focus on crafting complex sentences as the foundation for writing to facilitate complex thinking and communicate ideas clearly.Students will demonstrate their mastery of new learning through performance tasks and assessments.
English Language and Composition
The English Language and Composition course is designed to help you become a skilled reader of a variety of texts as well as becoming a skilled writer. You’ll achieve this through awareness of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the ways that writing rules and language use contribute to effective writing. This course emphasizes the composing processes: the way you explore ideas, reconsider strategies, and revise your work. In the course, you will write essays that proceed through several stages or drafts, with revision aided by your teacher and peers.
In addition to engaging in varied writing tasks, you will read and become acquainted with a wide variety of prose styles from many disciplines and historical periods. Due to the increasing importance of graphics and visual images in texts published in print and electronic media, you will learn to analyze images as they relate to written texts and serve as alternative forms of texts themselves. This class prepares the student for the AP English Language and Composition exam, and writing components of the PSAT, BGCSE, and SAT.
Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory
Readings for Literary Criticism and Theory are drawn from the Classical period to the 20th century. This course introduces students to the debate that has persisted for more than 2000 years among philosophers, writers, and critics in determining what is the nature, function, and value of literature. Students will seek to discover how we can deal objectively with literary art, how readers gain greater access to the richness and complexity of literary texts, and what criteria do we use to determine a work’s “greatness”.
AP English Literature and Composition
The AP English Literature and Composition Course is a rigorous class designed to teach college-level analysis and composition, enhancing your abilities to explore, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate works of recognized literary merit. You will learn these essential skills through intensive writing, the study of literary genres and works, and reading for multiple levels of meaning. This course is meant to encourage you to conduct careful reading and study of imaginative literature, thereby deepening your understanding of the wider world through the written word.
This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam administered in May. While some students may choose not to sit the exam, you will have developed the necessary skills to meet the exam requirements. PSAT, BGCSE, and SAT preparation is also a focus of the year’s objectives.
Grade 9 - Algebra I
A comprehensive math program, based on the teaching principles of incremental development, continual practice and review, and cumulative assessment. Through the sequential lessons students incrementally build their knowledge through continual practice and review. This text covers topics including signed numbers, exponents, and roots; absolute value; equations and inequalities; scientific notations; unit conversions; polynomials; graphs; factoring; quadratic equations; direct and inverse variations; exponential growth; statistics; and probability.
Grade 10- Algebra II
Traditional, second-year algebra topics, as well as a full semester of informal geometry, are included with both real-world, abstract, and interdisciplinary applications. Topics include geometric concepts, negative exponents, quadratic equations, metric conversions, logarithms, and advanced factoring.
Grade 11- Advanced Mathematics
Advanced Mathematics lessons provide in-depth coverage of trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry, and upper-level algebraic concepts. Includes continued practice of intermediate algebraic concepts and trigonometry introduced in Algebra 2 and features new lessons on functions, matrices, statistics, and the graphing calculator.
Grade 12- Pre-Calculus
Pre-Calculus is designed to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines are continued. Students will then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals.
Students continue with the Cambridge Latin Course with two classes a week throughout the school year. Increasing our vocabulary leads to the opportunity of acquiring more developed insight into complex texts. The subjunctive mood is explored and in our cultural studies we examine life as a Christian in the Roman Empire and consider why the Roman Army became invincible.
Latin expands to three classes a week so by the end of the academic year, successful students have earned their one course credit in Latin. The future and conditional tenses are mastered, Latin dictation is developed and the etymology of English words that come from Latin is the focus for enhancing SAT and PSAT skills.
American History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society. Basic geographical knowledge will be acquired through the study of maps, charts and graphs.
Caribbean History explores the history, geography and economic development of the Caribbean. British, French, Spanish, Dutch, African and American influences are debated when the class considers how the Caribbean came into being. Why does one of the poorest countries on the planet (Haiti) lie just across the water from the country with the third highest GDP in North America (Bahamas)? Why does a country with a Soviet style command economy (Cuba) lie just across the water from a global headquarters of off-shore banking (Cayman Islands)? Students will be able to explain these apparent contradictions on completing their social studies course this year.
World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two semester introductory college or university world history course. In World History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures. This course prepares the students for the Advanced Placement World History exam administered in May. While some students may choose not to sit the exam, you will have developed the necessary skills to meet the exam requirements.
AP Human Geography
AP® Human Geography is designed to meet or exceed the experience of an introductory one-semester college human geography course. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. This course prepares the students for the Advanced Placement Human Geography exam administered in May. While some students may choose not to sit the exam, you will have developed the necessary skills to meet the exam requirements.
Our Biology program leads the way with the best ideas in biology education. Organized around major themes, big ideas, and the main ideas of biology, the content is made relevant to students through engaging real-world contexts. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes—energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.
Earth Science is the study of the Earth and its neighbors in space. It is an exciting science with many interesting and practical applications. Students study the impact of human activity on Earth's environment, and design methods to protect the planet. Four basic areas of Earth science are explored throughout the year: geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy.
Physical Science integrates physics and chemistry with mathematics through accessible text, engaging features, and a variety of hands-on experiences. The critical-thinking opportunities, real-world applications, and technology resources lead students to a deeper understanding of physical science while building science processing skills. The use of differentiated instructional strategies helps teachers reach all learners.
Students explore the fundamental principles of chemistry which characterize the properties of matter and how it reacts. Computer-based and traditional laboratory techniques are used to obtain, organize and analyze data. Conclusions are developed using both qualitative and quantitative procedures. Topics include, but are not limited to: measurement, atomic structure, electron configuration, the periodic table bonding, gas laws, properties of liquids and solids, solutions, reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry.
> Students learn about relative and absolute cell references and complex functions.
> Students will learn the basics of creating and manipulating PivotTables.
> Students learn what algorithms are and they learn about binary search and graph theory.
The Grade 10 Technology course introduces students to computer programming. Students will plan and write simple computer programs by applying fundamental programming concepts, and learn to create clear and maintainable internal documentation. They will also learn to manage a computer by studying hardware configurations, software selection, operating system functions, networking, and safe computing practices. Students will also investigate the social impact of computer technologies, and develop an understanding of environmental and ethical issues related to the use of computers.
> Students describe the functions of different types of hardware components, and assess the hardware needs of users.
> Students describe the different types of software products, and assess the software needs of users.
> Students use the basic functions of an operating system correctly.
> Students demonstrate an understanding of home computer networking concepts.
> Students explain the importance of software updates and system maintenance to manage the performance and increase the security of a computer.
The Grade 11 Technology course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields.
> Students demonstrate the ability to use different data types, including one-dimensional arrays, in computer programs.
> Students demonstrate the ability to use control structures and simple algorithms in computer programs.
> Students demonstrate the ability to use subprograms within computer programs.
> Students use proper code maintenance techniques and conventions when creating computer programs.
The Grade 12 Technology course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in computer science. Students will use modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards. Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review. Students will also analyze algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.
> Students demonstrate the ability to use different data types and expressions when creating computer programs.
> Students describe and use modular programming concepts and principles in the creation of computer programs.
> Students design and write algorithms and subprograms to solve a variety of problems.
> Students use proper code maintenance techniques when creating computer programs.
Language in Action
Our language programs are geared towards developing bi/trilingual speakers and thinkers through programs that promote linguistic competence.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Our English as a Second Language program introduces students to the English language with stories, the English alphabet, and an abundance of total physical response activities.
While English speakers attend Spanish or French classes the ESL students work with specialized teachers to acquire the language and develop a vocabulary that will give them the confidence to communicate in English.
The Spanish program is designed to develop competency in and cultural appreciation for the Spanish language. Our curriculum works in conjunction with The Diplomas DELE- official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish, granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of The Ministry of Education of Spain. www.dele.cervantes.es/en
Daily lessons and activities work towards preparing students for DELE certification-examinations can be sat as early as Grade 6. Field trips and outside excursions with the local Hispanic community provide students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real life situations.
Upon completion of the highest diploma level, students are qualified to sit The Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language And Culture exam.
The French program, just like the Spanish, is designed to build fluency and linguistic intelligence. The curriculum works in conjunction with DELF diplomas- awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates. www.ciep.fr/delf-dalf
The diplomas correspond to the required levels of the Council of Europe' s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
As in the case of Spanish, daily French classes prepare students for DELF certification. Field trips and specialized activities/events supplement the curriculum.