Lower Secondary Curriculum

The curriculum for Grades 6 to 8 is based around the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). This is a 21st Century concept-based curriculum built around clear learning goals and based on educational research about the way in which adolescents learn. It incorporates best practices from a number of renowned international and national curricula from around the world. The IMYC is based around ‘Big Ideas’, overarching conceptual ideas which help students to make connections between ideas and subjects.

The adolescent brain is going through changes similar to those in early childhood and more than at any other point in life. It is engaged in massive re-organisation, specialisation and maturation and therefore the way in which we educate adolescents is incredibly important and particular to that age range. The IMYC focuses on meeting these needs of the teenage brain by providing meaning for what the students are learning, interlinking learning in different subjects, creating a safe environment for children to be able to take risks and encouraging them to do so, providing opportunities for students to work with one another, and by bridging the gap between Primary and Secondary education.

The IMYC encourages teachers and learners to focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need within each subject and to develop an awareness of the different ways in which each of them are learned. Wherever possible, learning is enquiry-based and students are given the opportunity to learn by doing, providing an active learning process which research shows significantly increases their retention.

As well as providing students with this enriching educational experience, our curriculum ensures that all students comply with the requirements of the national programme courses prescribed by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP).

Upper Secondary Curriculum

Winpenny School is an IB World School and has been authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) to offer the Diploma Programme (DP) for Grades 11 and 12. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education, that we believe is important for our students. The Diploma Programme is recognised worldwide for its holistic approach and students’ preparedness for higher education and the world at large.

In Grades 9 and 10, students follow the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme. In each subject, this is a two-year course which culminates in a final assessment. Cambridge IGCSE is the leading international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds and is recognised by universities and employers worldwide.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an international, educational programme for the last two years of Secondary School. During these two years, students are exposed to a rigorous programme consisting of a wide range and depth of knowledge within six subject areas: studies in languages and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics, and arts. Additionally, students have the opportunity to solidify their understanding, make sense of their learning, and apply it through the Core components: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and CAS - Creativity, Activity and Service. These three components are fundamental in allowing students to think and learn inside and outside of the classroom while balancing the needs of their social and emotional wellbeing. Furthermore, at the root of this programme is International Mindedness and the IB Learner Profile attributes which are developed holistically throughout the Secondary School.

Students engage in lessons which provide a global and local context giving them an understanding of the perspectives of others well beyond the surface level. Students develop an appreciation for those who think differently allowing for our students to become the fair, responsible, caring, and empathetic leaders of tomorrow. The IB DP is recognised globally for preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to succeed in university courses and solve the problems of tomorrow.

The Cambridge International programme has been developed in collaboration with leading international schools around the world to ensure it meets the needs of the international community and more importantly, the students. It offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding with an international perspective. While the programme is undoubtedly academically rigorous, there is a balance between subject content and intellectual enquiry, helping to develop learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.

At Winpenny we ensure that students are offered a broad range of subjects. We currently offer first language English, English literature, first language Spanish, Spanish literature, mathematics, coordinated science (dual award), information and communication technology, business studies, geography, and global perspectives.

In Grade 9 our curriculum ensures that all students comply with the requirements of the national programme courses prescribed by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP). The exam courses taken by students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 are recognised and accredited by the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). The relationship with UNAM goes beyond the accreditation of studies as it also entitles students, families and teachers to use UNAM facilities, attend performances and events, and collaborate with students and lecturers. Winpenny is one of only 15 schools in the whole country to reach such an agreement with UNAM.

Social &
Emotional
Learning

In the Secondary School at Winpenny we believe that the development of children’s social and emotional intelligence is essential to help them fulfil their potential and prepare them for the future. In this regard, we have a comprehensive programme to develop personal goals, ensuring that Winpenny students are well-rounded and empathetic. Integral to this is the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum taught in Grades 6, 7 and 8.

The PSHE programme focuses on developing skills such as time management, learning skills, social skills, and character development that students will need to become successful adults. The programme is built around four themes:

  • Healthy Lifestyle: students are taught how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Healthy Relationships: students are taught how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social and cultural contexts; how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships; how to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse.
  • Living in the Wider World: students are taught some of the basics about money management, financial awareness, interest rates, how people are paid and their taxes; they are taught about using technology responsibly, using social media and fear of missing out (FOMO), their digital footprint, and their body image in a digital world.
  • Study Habits: students are taught how to organise their time, set targets, mind-map, take effective notes, improve their memory and research information, deal with the pressure of work and to prepare for examinations.

To complement the PSHE programme, the Head of Secondary School also holds weekly grade-level assemblies to discuss and reflect on key social and emotional issues. Children are encouraged to participate in social service activities both within the school and the local community.

Technology

Winpenny adopts a one-to-one technology programme, which allows students to use their devices to enhance or demonstrate their learning in all classes. The programme also helps teachers to individualise their teaching to meet the needs of each student. Embedding the use of devices into each subject helps students to develop their technology and problem-solving skills, and increases ownership of learning. Students also take specialist technology classes to learn specific skills and techniques that they can then apply across the curriculum.

The School Day

The school day in the Secondary School starts at 7:30 a.m. with a brief registration period. Starting the day in this way helps us to monitor attendance and punctuality and gives the students a relaxed, social start to the day. The relationship that students develop with their registration teacher is incredibly important to their sense of belonging and their feeling of wellbeing in the school. There are seven periods during the day, punctuated by a morning break and a lunch break, before the students finish their day at 2:10 p.m.

Afternoon Activities are offered to Secondary School children from 2:20 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. More information can be found under the Afternoon Activities section of our pages.

Uniform

Children in Grades 6 to 9 wear the Winpenny uniform every day. On Tuesdays, children wear their Gala uniform (blazer and tie) for the flag ceremony as well as other special events. Twice a week they wear their Winpenny tracksuit for physical education. They also have an art smock for art activities and warm clothing for the winter months. Children in Grades 10, 11 and 12 do not wear a school uniform.

Lower Secondary Curriculum

The curriculum for Grades 6 to 8 is based around the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). This is a 21st Century concept-based curriculum built around clear learning goals and based on educational research about the way in which adolescents learn. It incorporates best practices from a number of renowned international and national curricula from around the world. The IMYC is based around ‘Big Ideas’, overarching conceptual ideas which help students to make connections between ideas and subjects.

The adolescent brain is going through changes similar to those in early childhood and more than at any other point in life. It is engaged in massive re-organisation, specialisation and maturation and therefore the way in which we educate adolescents is incredibly important and particular to that age range. The IMYC focuses on meeting these needs of the teenage brain by providing meaning for what the students are learning, interlinking learning in different subjects, creating a safe environment for children to be able to take risks and encouraging them to do so, providing opportunities for students to work with one another, and by bridging the gap between Primary and Secondary education.

The IMYC encourages teachers and learners to focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need within each subject and to develop an awareness of the different ways in which each of them are learned. Wherever possible, learning is enquiry-based and students are given the opportunity to learn by doing, providing an active learning process which research shows significantly increases their retention.

As well as providing students with this enriching educational experience, our curriculum ensures that all students comply with the requirements of the national programme courses prescribed by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP).

Upper Secondary Curriculum

Winpenny School is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.

In Grades 9 and 10, students follow the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme. In each subject, this is a two-year course which culminates in a final assessment. Cambridge IGCSE is the leading international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds and is recognised by universities and employers worldwide.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an international, educational programme for the last two years of Secondary School. During these two years, students are exposed to a rigorous programme consisting of a wide range and depth of knowledge within six subject areas: studies in languages and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics, and arts. Additionally, students have the opportunity to solidify their understanding, make sense of their learning, and apply it through the Core components: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and CAS - Creativity, Activity and Service. These three components are fundamental in allowing students to think and learn inside and outside of the classroom while balancing the needs of their social and emotional wellbeing. Furthermore, at the root of this programme is International Mindedness and the IB Learner Profile attributes which are developed holistically throughout the Secondary School.

Students engage in lessons which provide a global and local context giving them an understanding of the perspectives of others well beyond the surface level. Students develop an appreciation for those who think differently allowing for our students to become the fair, responsible, caring, and empathetic leaders of tomorrow. The IB DP is recognised globally for preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to succeed in university courses and solve the problems of tomorrow.

The Cambridge International programme has been developed in collaboration with leading international schools around the world to ensure it meets the needs of the international community and more importantly, the students. It offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding with an international perspective. While the programme is undoubtedly academically rigorous, there is a balance between subject content and intellectual enquiry, helping to develop learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.

At Winpenny we ensure that students are offered a broad range of subjects. We currently offer first language English, English literature, first language Spanish, Spanish literature, mathematics, coordinated science (dual award), information and communication technology, business studies, geography, and global perspectives.

In Grade 9 our curriculum ensures that all students comply with the requirements of the national programme courses prescribed by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP). The exam courses taken by students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 are recognised and accredited by the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). The relationship with UNAM goes beyond the accreditation of studies as it also entitles students, families and teachers to use UNAM facilities, attend performances and events, and collaborate with students and lecturers. Winpenny is one of only 15 schools in the whole country to reach such an agreement with UNAM.

Social &
Emotional
Learning

In the Secondary School at Winpenny we believe that the development of children’s social and emotional intelligence is essential to help them fulfil their potential and prepare them for the future. In this regard, we have a comprehensive programme to develop personal goals, ensuring that Winpenny students are well-rounded and empathetic. Integral to this is the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum taught in Grades 6, 7 and 8.

The PSHE programme focuses on developing skills such as time management, learning skills, social skills, and character development that students will need to become successful adults. The programme is built around four themes:

  • Healthy Lifestyle: students are taught how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Healthy Relationships: students are taught how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social and cultural contexts; how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships; how to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse.
  • Living in the Wider World: students are taught some of the basics about money management, financial awareness, interest rates, how people are paid and their taxes; they are taught about using technology responsibly, using social media and fear of missing out (FOMO), their digital footprint, and their body image in a digital world.
  • Study Habits: students are taught how to organise their time, set targets, mind-map, take effective notes, improve their memory and research information, deal with the pressure of work and to prepare for examinations.

To complement the PSHE programme, the Head of Secondary School also holds weekly grade-level assemblies to discuss and reflect on key social and emotional issues. Children are encouraged to participate in social service activities both within the school and the local community.

Technology

Winpenny adopts a one-to-one technology programme, which allows students to use their devices to enhance or demonstrate their learning in all classes. The programme also helps teachers to individualise their teaching to meet the needs of each student. Embedding the use of devices into each subject helps students to develop their technology and problem-solving skills, and increases ownership of learning. Students also take specialist technology classes to learn specific skills and techniques that they can then apply across the curriculum.

The School Day

The school day in the Secondary School starts at 7:30 a.m. with a brief registration period. Starting the day in this way helps us to monitor attendance and punctuality and gives the students a relaxed, social start to the day. The relationship that students develop with their registration teacher is incredibly important to their sense of belonging and their feeling of wellbeing in the school. There are seven periods during the day, punctuated by a morning break and a lunch break, before the students finish their day at 2:10 p.m.

Uniform

Children in Grades 6 to 9 wear the Winpenny uniform every day. On Tuesdays, children wear their Gala uniform (blazer and tie) for the flag ceremony as well as other special events. Twice a week they wear their Winpenny tracksuit for physical education. They also have an art smock for art activities and warm clothing for the winter months. Children in Grades 10, 11 and 12 do not wear a school uniform.