Middle School Science
In the Middle School, scientific pursuits inspire the process of discovery. Content is spiraling with physical, chemical, earth, and life science themes increasing in complexity across grade levels to reinforce previous learning and to promote the development of deeper understanding. For example, principles of matter and energy are explored systematically across grade levels from measurement and classification in fifth grade, to transfer of energy in sixth grade, to forces of change in seventh grade, to density and solubility in eighth grade. Particular emphasis is placed on designing learning experiences that encourage purposeful thinking and instill confidence in the process of solving a problem.
Middle School Math
The goal of the Middle School mathematics program at Berwick is to empower students to act, think, and see themselves as emerging mathematicians, problem-solvers, and critical thinkers. Middle School math teachers encourage their students to grapple and explore mathematical concepts and skills through a real-world lens, as well as employ inquiry-based and project-based learning approaches that allow students to collaborate, take risks, and develop healthy habits of mind. Math is integrated into projects and experiences throughout a student’s journey through the Middle School so that they can explore its connections to other disciplines and influence in their world. The math skills that our students develop over the course of their Middle School experience prepare them well for the increased depth and rigor of the Upper School math experience.
Middle School English
English classes explore a variety of genres, both in individual assignments as well as in books chosen to be read and discussed as a group. An emphasis on the understanding and the precise use of English grammar provides a foundation for the building of creative and expository writing skills. A poet in residence each spring provides students with a model for the writing habits and dispositions of a successful published writer of poetry. Many times during the school year, works of fiction are chosen to expand understanding of multicultural studies and historic topics.
Middle School History and Social Studies
The goal of the Middle School History Department is to enable students to practice perspective-taking, build historical thinking skills and processes, and engage in civil discourse, as they explore important events in our past and present history. Throughout their study of history, students will develop arguments, based on evidence and research, and take part in real-world projects designed to examine and dissect patterns between the past and present. Our hope is that our students come to see themselves as civic-minded citizens who will take action in their local, national, and global communities and that they value the rich diversity, voices, and perspectives in our nation’s history, as well as our world.