Stage 4: ages 13 – 16

Learners will understand the role of a global citizen as someone who recognizes that they are part of an emerging and increasingly connected world community, whose actions shape values and outcomes.


Who’s it for? Passionate readers who require deeper and wider exposure to writing of different styles

Key texts: Great Expectations, Short stories, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,

Programme Approach:

  • Evaluative exercises through recognizing purpose, audience, social and historical contexts
  • Developing annotation and argumentation skills
  • Public speaking and critical thinking
  • Creative and analytical dialogue with texts

Key learning attributes/skills developed:

  • Empathy
  • Confidence in developing and presenting sophisticated arguments
  • Writing and presenting for different purposes
  • Identification of bias
  • Independent learning skills
  • Self-evaluation

Activities and Applications:

  • Formal and informal debate on issues and themes
  • Extended writing exercises
  • Analytical presentations and extended analytical writing
  • Identifying textual evidence to back up claims

Identifying textual evidence to back up claims


Who’s it for?
Curious learners who are interested in examining world issues and want make a positive impact

Key texts:

I am Malala, film clips, newspaper and journal articles, novel extracts

Programme Approach

  • Relevant and current global/local issues
  • Independent and group research
  • Analytical presentation and writing opportunities
  • Engaging with a variety of global perspectives

Key Learning Attributes and Skills Developed

  • Empathy
  • Public speaking
  • Analytical writing
  • Strong awareness of global issues
  • Developing independent line of enquiry

Activities and Applications:

  • Mind mapping
  • Application of economic theory on current affairs
  • Reflection on own learning journey and privilege
  • Extended writing on issues such as global poverty, identity and historical migrations


Who’s it for?

Analytical thinkers who need the tools and vocabulary of critical analysis to refine their communication skills

Key texts:

Variety of clips: The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Truman Show, 127 hours

Programme Approach:

  • Appreciation of film as an art form
  • Creative writing opportunities
  • Developing one’s own voice as a writer

Key learning attributes and skills developed:

  • Critical reading and thinking skills
  • Making a convincing argument
  • Independent learning skills
  • Ability to criticize constructively

Activities and Application:

  • Analysis of how a filmmaker raises expectations through devices
  • Discussion of sound, image, editing
  • Creative writing from different narrative perspectives
  • Analysis of sophisticated literary/filmic devices