Academic Partnership: CourseLeap Education &
Heritage International Xperiential School

Bridge Programmes for Cambridge: Grade 6/7 & IGCSE: Grade 8/9 and Grade 11 IB students

Heritage International Xperiential School (HIXS), with its commitment to an experiential project-based pedagogy and integrated curriculum, has established a formidable reputation for itself as a progressive, innovative international school in the few years since it has been operational.

As part of the CourseLeap Consult programme with Heritage International Xperiential School (HIXS) we were happy to conceptualise and conduct a three-week Bridge Programme for Grade 6/7 and 8/9 students and grade 10 students moving to the grade 11 held from April 26 to May 21, 2021, through virtual classes.

The Bridge Programme was an orientation programme that focused on helping students settle into their new school and new international curriculum. It was an opportunity for them to get to know their classmates, understand the curriculum requirements and get ready for the academic session ahead.

The courses served as a preparation for the concepts and skills encountered in the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and IB Diploma (International Baccalaureate Diploma) curriculums. Continuous assessment, feedback and homework were an integral part of the programme.

CourseLeap offered the Bridge Programmes in subject areas of Science, English and Public Speaking for students of Grade 6/7

CourseLeap offered the Bridge Programmes in subject areas of Math, Science, English and Information Literacy & Research for students of Grade 8/9

CourseLeap offered the Pre-IB Bridge Programmes in subject area of Introduction to IB Core (TOK, EE, CAS) for students of Grade 11

Grade 6 & 7

Science Bridge Program – Experiment Investigate & Discover

The course helped students to appreciate and demonstrate the use of scientific methods as a way to inquire and understand the world we live in and engage with things around us through a scientific perspective.

English Bridge Program – Writers Lab

The writer’s workshop course, students learned to engage with English at a higher level, and develop their enjoyment of and confidence in the subject. In the workshop, through a series of short, snappy, fun and engaging activities, students learned two sets of skills: analysing a published author’s writing, and developing their own writing.

English Bridge Program – Public Speaking

This course was designed to develop understanding of the content of a good speech and to learn vocal techniques for successful delivery.

Grade 8 & 9

Math Bridge Program – Math: Art of Problem Solving

The course helped students to understand the nuances behind numbers; inspire and teach them effective problem-solving strategies; develop the ability to identify patterns or approaches leading to new insights. This bridge program broadened their foundational knowledge and understanding of math and how to apply them in various new situations – a useful skill for further progress in understanding 21st century mathematics.

Science Bridge Program – Experiment, Analyse, & Interpret

The science programme enabled students to cultivate an inquiry mindset, promoting identification of questions that require solutions. It also helped them to further ask relevant questions based on the information collected and engage with the data and the facts in ways that lead to meaningful applications in the real world. Hands-on, explorative, collaborative tasks provided the right platform for students to engage in meaningful scientific dialogues and provide a base for a more futuristic and holistic learning engagement.

English Bridge Program – Writers Lab

In the writers’ workshop, through a series of short, snappy, fun and engaging activities, students developed the creative and analytical skills needed to approach the English courses. It is hoped that, through this course, students would not only develop the skills and confidence needed to meet the rigorous demands of IGCSE English as they progress through the school, but will also enjoy and appreciate the subject on a deeper level than they had previously experienced.

Information Literacy & Research

The course was designed as an immersive experience in the basics of academic research and writing which would help promote intellectual confidence and independence of thought, while at the same time encouraging students to appreciate and engage critically with different points of view. The series of lessons moved from basic knowledge to deep understanding, through bite-sized tasks that were both fun and engaging, and suited to a wide range of learner interests.

Pre-IB Introduction to IB Core (TOK, EE, CAS)

This course was developed as an interdisciplinary “Bridge Course” for students from a variety of curricula currently preparing to enter a Grade 11 IB program. This course aimed to lay the foundation needed to succeed within the IB Diploma in areas such as critical reading and writing, research and reflection. These skills are invaluable for individual subjects including the internal assessment component but more importantly the course will also prepare students for attainment in the ‘core’ of the IB Diploma Program (Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, Service), which requires these interdisciplinary skills.

CourseLeap’s Continual Partnership with Heritage International Xperiential School

Heritage International Xperiential School (HIXS) has rapidly gained a formidable reputation as a progressive and innovative international school, thanks to its commitment to experiential project-based pedagogy and integrated curriculum.

As part of our CourseLeap Consult program with HIXS, we had the pleasure of organising and conducting a three-week Bridge Programme from April 26 to May 21, 2021. The program aimed to assist Grade 6/7, Grade 8/9, and Grade 10 students transitioning to Grade 11 in getting acquainted with their new school and international curriculum, preparing them for the academic session ahead.

For Grade 6-7 students, CourseLeap offered Bridge Programmes in Science (Experiment Investigate & Discover), English (Writers Lab), and Public Speaking. These courses enabled students to explore scientific inquiry, enhance their writing skills, and develop effective public speaking techniques.

Grade 8-9 students benefited from Math (Math: Art of Problem Solving), Science (Experiment, Analyse, & Interpret), English (Writers Lab), and Information Literacy & Research Bridge Programmes. These courses aimed to deepen their mathematical understanding, foster scientific inquiry, refine writing skills, and provide a solid foundation in academic research and information literacy.

In addition, CourseLeap offered a Pre-IB Bridge Programme for Grade 11 students, focusing on Introduction to IB Core (TOK, EE, CAS). This interdisciplinary course aimed to equip students from various curricula with the necessary skills for success in the IB Diploma Program, including critical reading and writing, research, and reflection.

Throughout the Bridge Programme, we employed engaging and interactive teaching methods, encouraging students to think critically, collaborate, and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. Our goal was to empower students with the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel in their academic journey.

We are proud to be continually working with HIXS in providing these enriching Bridge Programmes, and we look forward to continued efforts in supporting students in their pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth.

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