Learning - Middle School

Academics

Welcome to the Middle School section at The British School of Lomé. Learners who join us can look forward to have a rigorous, challenging, creative and fun experience. We pride ourselves on the high expectations and a personalised learning experience that we design for our school community.

Learners can expect to be pushed and challenged with what they learn and what is expected of them, both inside and outside the classroom. At BSL we strive to develop learners who are global citizens and confident leaders capable of affecting change in the world and making a difference. To do this, we build resilience, confidence, creativity and communication skills through all aspects of our curriculum. The academic qualifications that learners gain are world recognised, but we expect our learners to leave us with much more than academic certificates: a sense of purpose and the confidence to face challenges.

Part of becoming an effective global citizen is the ability to communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds. BSL is a school that places great importance on language learning in both primary and secondary school. All learners study English, French and Spanish and instruction is differentiated to enable all learners to reach their full potential, regardless of their starting point. We also acknowledge, encourage and celebrate other cultures whenever possible, instilling in learners a sense of pride in their own mother tongue, as well as respect for those who belong to different cultures and traditions.

Throughout the school we place a high value on the Arts and learners are able to take part in school productions, talent shows, music concerts and art exhibitions. They are encouraged to learn an instrument and are able to sit the LCM examinations offered at BSL.

All learners in Secondary follow the British National Curriculum that is respected all over the world, as it allows the teachers to tailor the programme of study taught to the needs of the individual learners and to the community.

At BSL we value what has become known as the 21st Century skills. These complement the skills set out in the IB Learner profile and we encourage our learners to take risks, take on leadership opportunities, to develop their thinking skills, to develop their creativity, to work as a team, to be open-minded and to care about the school and wider community.

Helen Bowen

Head of Secondary

English

English at BSL is exciting, innovative and fun. Students enjoy engaging in a range of activities from filming news reports on climate change to poetry slams. We have a dedicated and talented team of teachers with dynamic ideas, impressive subject knowledge and a wealth of experience. We always put our learners first and will go the extra mile to ensure success in academic achievement. Learners foster an enjoyment of literature and the importance of reading skills not only for English study but for co-curriculum collaborations with History and Geography. Endeavour is all!

Maths

Key stage 3 Students study the Cambridge Checkpoint Mathematics programme and follow six content areas in order to prepare themselves with the basic knowledge and skills required to successfully study Mathematics at the IGCSE and IB levels: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measure, Handling Data, Problem Solving. The programme takes a spiral approach such that in subsequent years the content increases in complexity. The first five content areas are all underpinned by problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. The curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships, so that learners apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

Modern Foreign Languages

Learning modern foreign languages (French and Spanish) at BSL is an opportunity for students to be in contact with new languages and to be able to gradually improve the four language skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing).

All students will be encouraged to demonstrate good understanding, interaction, and fluency in French or Spanish.

  • Our primary goal is to teach both primary and secondary students with different methods.

  • Secondly, to reinforce and improve the learners' standard to help them to become bilingual.

  • Finally, to make sure that resources and material will maintain diversity and display the international aspect of the various teaching groups.

Our courses will focus on linguistic competence and interaction, as well as culture and civilization.

Creative Arts

An Arts education solves problems, values ingenuity and promotes innovation. Years of research show that it's closely linked to almost everything that we as a society say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. There is growing evidence that an arts education improves student learning and thereby produces better citizens.

Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in maths, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork.

It is both a form of serious play governed by rules and techniques, that can be acquired through rigorous study, and a realm of freedom where the mind and body are mobilised to address complex questions -- questions that, sometimes, only art itself can answer: What is meaningful or beautiful? Why does something move us? How can I get you to see what I see?

Science

Science is one of the key subjects taught at BSL being compulsory for all pupils in one form or another.

In order to deliver an effective and high quality Science education to all, through a department of three teachers and one technician, a high degree of coordination is practiced.

Science is not a mysterious study reserved for geniuses nor a haven for the idle mind; it is a systematic way of learning based on a trait common to all humans; curiosity. Over the last century, humanity has benefited immensely from the advancement in Science and Technology; Agriculture, Medicine, Transportation, Electronics, Materials, and the list goes on. So why not study and understand Science and learn the excitement of discovering new things; experience the thrill of the great scientists and their works, investigate into natural phenomenon, get your hands dirty with myriad experiments, create your own reactions that releases massive energy, build models of phenomenon and best of all know for certain that Science is absolutely fun!

Humanities

The Humanities Department consists of Business & Economics, Geography and History.

All students complete courses in Geography and History during Years 7-9. These classes follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales as a guide and are then adapted to our context as an international school in West Africa. Learning is usually enquiry based and various projects will be undertaken. In Years 8 and 9 there is a combined Geography and History trip to Ghana studying the impact of plastic on marine life and visiting the slave forts in Elmina.

PE

The Physical Education Department has been an integral and inalienable part of the British School of Lomé’s educational adventure since the beginning of the 21st century, offering quality PE teaching as well as challenging and exhilarating sporting programmes both onsite as well as off campus for students. The department has also been at the core of the after-school programme of the school from time immemorial.

The Department currently has five members who are responsible for teaching as well as coaching the various sports and games activities for the students from the Nursery level all the way up to the IB level. A varied selection of sporting disciplines are taught and coached in the school, some of which are Wall Climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, Football, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Field Hockey, Cricket, Rugby, Golf and Swimming. Athletics and Triathlon feature during school Sports days.

The Department has run various Inter-School sporting competitions that had featured schools from the local as well as the sub-regional environment. The trophy cabinet of the school and the department will be a testament to the stories of sporting prowess that the school has to tell. And we believe that there is more to come.