Science

In Science, students learn about the animate and inanimate world around them. They will investigate the world and extend their knowledge, improve their skills and develop their understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of Biology (Life Science), Chemistry and Physics (Physical Sciences), together with the Science of the Earth and Solar System.

The Science of Living Things will focus on the diversity of life, patterns, processes and relationships of living organisms. Life is self-contained, self-sustaining, self-replicating and evolving. It operates according to the laws of the physical world, as well as genetic programming.

The Physical Sciences will emphasize that most earth systems depend at some level on physical and chemical processes and this can be described and explained by well-established physical laws and models.

Students are encouraged to look for the connections between the subject areas in Science as well as other subject areas and become aware of some of the big concepts underpinning scientific knowledge, skills and understanding. The tasks will continually remind students of the conceptual idea called the ‘big idea’ of the unit and encourage them also to find connections with other subjects of study and make personal meaning of what they learn.

The primary teaching strategy used in the tasks is for students to learn fundamental scientific knowledge, skills and understanding through scientific enquiry. At the same time, we aim to develop a close observation of reality, the skill of paying close attention to interesting phenomena, and habitually to ask the question ‘why’.  We also aim to develop student understanding of, and appreciation for, scientific exploration and measurement and all its complexities.

John Vasko

Mathematics

In Mathematics students learn about the nature and use of mathematical ideas and skills. Students learn about:

  • The connections between what they learn and their everyday life
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Mathematical language
  • Applying what they learn to practical situations
  • Reflecting on their own mathematical activities and checking the accuracy of their results
  • Recognising and using relationships, rules, patterns and structures
  • Describing the strategies of investigation and reasoning in their own words

 

The knowledge, skills and understanding which students gain through their study of Mathematics can be regarded in terms of:

  • Using Mathematics
  • Numbers and algebra
  • Measurement and geometry
  • Statistics

The units of work for the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) describe what and how students in different age groups are expected to learn in their mathematical development.

John Vasko

Spanish

In learning the Spanish language students learn to communicate in a language that is not their mother tongue.
Students learn about:

  • How to communicate in a culturally appropriate way in an additional language
  • The cultural contexts of the additional language
  • The connections to other knowledge and disciplines
  • The comparisons and contrasts between their mother tongue and the additional language which offer various ways to view the world
  • Meaningful ways to participate in multilingual communities in situations outside the classroom

The knowledge, skills and understanding which students learn through their study of an additional language can be acquired through:

  • Communicating, sharing ideas and finding commonalities with another person verbally or in writing
  • Comprehending information that is received by reading, watching or listening -Expressing information verbally, in writing or through demonstration
  • Using language to develop a deeper understanding of the multiple perspectives of the culture

John Vasko

History

In History students learn about the past in relation to the present. Students learn about:The techniques used to find out about the past, The ways in which the past has been and continues to be recorded and interpreted, How to reach conclusions about the past, The lives of people in the past,The cultural, political, social, economic and personal aspects of past societies, The ways in which past societies have affected one another, How the present is influenced by what people have done in the past, How their own lives are affected by historical influences, The similarities and differences between the past and the present, The continuity and change in their own lives and in the history of peoples, Cause and effect, The history of the countries studied.

Alice Bourgoin

ICT & Computing

Our course enables students to acquire ICT skills and and also prepares them for challenges of the rapidly changing technologies. By working on real life projects They will develop the skills that employers demand and be fully prepared to embark on a rewarding career.

Kateeba Bernard

Visual Art

Two and three-dimensional art production, basic design, drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques will be explored. A concentration on the principles and elements of design, incorporated with Art History, which will be integrated into various art projects throughout the course. All this will be linked to the IMYC ‘ big idea’ making a connection with the other subjects, as learning is not a parallel experience. 

J.C Muyonjo

Foreign Languages

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages, know nothing of their own” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Geography

In Geography students learn about places, environments and human behaviour. Students learn about: Ways of finding out about places, environments and human behaviours, Environmental issues, Interpreting geographical information, How places and environments are affected by natural processes and human activities, The characteristics of natural features and processes, How people organise their physical environment, The diversity of human activities – including economic, social, political and cultural activities, The similarities and differences between places and environments, How their own lives and the lives of others are affected by geographical and environmental factors, How people and actions in different parts of the world affect one another, Cause and effect, The use of maps, atlases and globes and other geographical tools andThe geography of different localities around the world.

Alice Bourgoin

Music & Performance

At 7 Hills, we believe in our students excelling at music, art, and drama so much that we feel it should be mandatory for all our students to take up a musical instrument of their choice.

“Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills.”

John Mudega

International Mindedness

Throughout an international curriculum and all other aspects of school life, students will learn to develop an international mindset that strives to consistently consider others. Students learn about: How to acquire knowledge and understanding of what lies beyond their own nationality, How to understand the independence and interdependence of peoples , countries and cultures, How to adapt to other educational systems, How to develop both a national and international perspective,  The host and home countries, The countries representing the population of students in their school, Other countries studied in each subject, How to maintain an appreciation for the ideas and cultures outside of one’s own

Alice Bourgoin

Physical and Health Education

The 7 Hills way is to start each day with an hour of sports. With the Lugogo Indoor Stadium (MTN Arena) only a stone’s throw away from the school, students will have the privilege to start their days with a game of basketball, tennis, hockey, lacrosse, dance or Yoga classes, badminton, football, fitness training or aquatics instruction, which will encourage them to understand the importance of a balanced, healthy lifestyle and help them gain knowledge, critical thinking and reflection skills, and a sense of responsibility, as well as improve on their interpersonal and self-motivational skills, sportsmanship and body mechanics hence intercultural awareness, effective communication and good health.

Ronnie Mutebi

Language Arts, Literacy & Drama

In Language Arts students learn about the nature and use of the language of instruction. Students learn the skills which help them to use language effectively. They study meaning, use and form of language and how to enjoy and appreciate language The knowledge, skills and understanding which students gain through their study of Language Arts can be viewed in terms of: Speaking and listening, Reading, Writing, Language awareness and Drama Activities.

Alice Bourgoin