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Book Reviews for Key Stage 3 and 4 by the GIS Community | Garden International School Malaysia

02 Apr 2018

Creating a strong reading culture where everyone in our community reads regularly for pleasure is one the things we strive for at Garden International School. With readily available resources at our library, everyone from our students, and even parents and staff is encouraged to read and share recommendations and reviews with one another. Here are a few book reviews by our members of GIS community.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review A World Without Heroes

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4 students
By Edwin Eldho Paul (GIS student)

Title: A world without heroes
Author: Brandon Mull

If you enjoyed Rick Riordan books like Percy Jackson, then you will really like this series. This is because it is filled with adventure, comedy and a bit of thrill.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Fairy Tail

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4 students
By Genevieve Sing Yue Ling (GIS student)

Title: Fairy Tail (Books 1 & 2 – Manga)
Hiro Mashima

The great thing about this book is that there is a girl who also wants to be a wizard and join a famous guild called ‘Fairy Tail’. Then she encounters a male with a blue cat. They go onto extreme adventures with each other and have lots of fun. The girl is a Celestial Wizard and can summon spirits from each zodiac and a few extras. I really hope that you will enjoy the book! But make sure to read Book 1 first so you get a chance to understand the characters.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Leviathan

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Elias Mohamad Izhan (GIS student)

Title: Leviathan
Author: Scott Westerfield

I recommend this book because it is a typical World War One story made into a fun, intriguing and cool novel to read.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Magyk

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Xin Yi Mu (GIS student)

Title: Magyk
Author: Andie Sage

I love this book because it is a magical adventure with many plots and twists. If you enjoy this, you will enjoy the next book “Flyte”.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Wonder

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Kay Ven Tan (GIS student)

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio

It is very intriguing to me and it has a very deep message.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Diamond Brothers

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By John Ling (GIS student)

Title: Cherub : The Diamond Brothers
Author: Anthony Horowitz

This is a very funny book to read that also increases your reading age. My reading age is 16 even though I am 12 years old.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Haunting Rise of Jessop Rise

Recommended for: Key Stage 3
By Elias Mohamad Izhan

Title: The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Author: Danny Weston

Alone and penniless after his father is killed in a cotton mill accident, fourteen-year-old William faces the rest of his childhood in a brutal workhouse. This book is great because it combines the atmosphere of mystery and horror and keeps you reading.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Recruit

Recommended for: Key Stage 3
By Shannon Liew (GIS student)

Title: The Recruit
Author: Robert Muchamore

This is about a boy named James Adam, who was orphaned after his mother was poisoned. Suddenly, he is sent to an orphanage without his sister where he meets a boy named Kyle, who is actually a secret agent on a mission administered by the CHERUB organisation to recruit him. James is recruited by Kyle and becomes a CHERUB agent. He is sent on his first mission with his partner (also his crush) Kerry Chang, a Hong Kong born orphan, to a terrorist group located at a place called Fort Harmony. Read the book to find out the rest!

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Ruins of Gorlan

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Edwin Eldho Paul (GIS student)

Title: The Ruins of Gorlan
Author: John Flanagan

This is an amazing book. It is set in the middle ages, focusing on people called the King’s Rangers. This book is packed with action and comedy.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Time Travelling with a Hamster

Recommended for: Key Stage 3
By Aryan Srivastava (GIS student)

Title: Time Travelling with a Hamster
Author: Ross Welford

Back to the Future meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in this original, poignant, race-against-time story about a boy who travels back to 1984 to save his father’s life.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Trials of Apollo

Recommended for: Key Stage 3
By Xin Yi Mu (GIS student)

Title: Trials of Apollo
Author: Rick Riordan

I love this book! It is very similar to Percy Jackson, The Olympians and Magnus Chase. It is full of magic and adventure and is a really nice and funny book. If you love this, you will love Percy Jackson, The Olympians and Magnus Chase.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Web

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Yuan Zhao (GIS student)

Title: Web
Author: Alison Prince

Max helps Tim to do his homework. Tim thinks he is a good friend. But Max starts asking for money. Tim can’t pay. Max has trapped him like a fly in a web. How can he get out?

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review A Series of Unfortunate Events

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Kay Ven Tan (GIS student)

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Series)
Author: Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

Very sad, but not soppy. The story lines are very intriguing, and are about three children, who experience a variety of unfortunate events, beginning with their parent’s death!

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Pacharapol Padungkarn (GIS student)

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Series)
Author: Jeff Kinney

These books are very entertaining to read. This series follow around the character Greg Heffley as he navigates his way through different, more or less relatable problems for a school kid.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review How to Capture an Invisible Cat

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Kay Ven Tan (GIS student)

Title: How To Capture An Invisible Cat
Author: Paul Tobin

Really funny!

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review How To Outsmart a Billion Bees

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Kay Ven Tan (GIS student)

Title: How To Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees
Author: Paul Tobin

Really funny!

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Fault in Our Stars

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Isabel Ryan(GIS student)

Title: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green

Hazel a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters, a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands what’s happening in her life. They both share a love of books, especially Grace’s touchstone, “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Kay Ven Tan (GIS student)

Title: The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams

Strange, but funny. It is a science fiction book and may seem confusing at first, but it is a very good and well known book.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Land of Stories

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Kay Ven Tan (GIS student)

Title: The Land of Stories
Author: Chris Colfer

One of my favourite series of all time. It is relatable and is based in a land where fairytales are real! Very exciting, and appropriate for males and females!

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Theodore Boone

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Kay Ven Tan (GIS student)

Title: Theodore Boone
Author: John Grisham

This book is funny and relatable. It’s overall one of the best books I’ve ever read.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Zom-B

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Kay Ven Tan (GIS student)

Title: Zom-B (Series)
Author: Darren Shan

Zom-B is a horror book, which usually I am not a fan of, but reading the book opened up a new path for me, and it is a must read!

 

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review We Are All Made of Molecules

Recommended for: Age 13 and up!
By Kay Ven Tan (GIS student)

Title: We Are All Made Of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen

It was one of the most brilliant books I have ever read, and is a must read for older children.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Adventurse of Tin Tin

Recommended for: Key Stage 3 and 4
By Michelle Mary Kraal (GIS student)

Title: The adventures of Tintin
Author: Alex Irvine

The adventures of Tintin is a book about Tintin and Captain Haddock going on an adventure to find the legendary treasure of Red Rackham, the most notorious pirate ever known.

 

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Sixth Form Curriculum: Year 12 & 13
Year 1 & 2

Key Stage 5 (age 16 to 18)

Year 12 & 13 Curriculum

Introduction

The GIS Sixth Form promotes academic excellence in all students, offering international AS and A Level qualifications. These are delivered by outstanding teachers with knowledge and expertise in Key Stage 5 education, who are always ready to go the extra mile to set their students on the path to success.

However, our philosophy of education goes far beyond that. We are proud of our bespoke Sixth Form Diploma which allows students to enrich their studies beyond the formal curriculum, develop leadership skills and nourish a love of learning. In Sixth Form, we recognise the need to equip our students with the soft skills that will prepare them for like beyond our school, and are proud of the opportunities our students have to do this as part of our THRIVE Programme, GIS electives and through our extensive CCA programme.

Underpinning everything we do is our approach of academic care. As well as the care and support of their tutors team, our students complete lessons in Social and Emotional Learning to promote the wellbeing and understanding of others that helps support their success both during their time in GIS and beyond.

As a result of our track record of academic excellence, holistic approach and skills-based education, it is not surprising that GIS Sixth Form students are sought after by the world’s best universities. 

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

Students can select from a wide range of A Level subjects which are recognised globally and support our students’ progression to universities in a wide range of countries. These are taught by subject specialists who inspire students to explore their passions and provide rigour and challenge to develop higher-order thinking skills.

A Level
(Cambridge & Edexcel)

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

The range of opportunities that our students benefit from beyond their taught curriculum causes them to really stand out. Our wider learning programme gives students the opportunity to get involved in things that they enjoy, build a sense of community and develop skills that they will use in later life.

Bespoke Learning

GIS Diploma Programme

At GIS, we believe in the importance of a holistic education, which is about more than just achieving fantastic A Levels. We believe it also needs to prepare our students for the future, enabling them to develop a broad knowledge and a wide range of skills. For this purpose, we have developed our curriculum, offering an extensive choice of electives that will help prepare students for the next steps and life beyond school. Our GIS Sixth Formers are given the opportunity to complete the GIS Diploma or the GIS Diploma with Honours.

A GIS Diploma is awarded to students who:

A GIS Diploma with Honours is awarded to students who:

Secondary Curriculum: Year 10 & 11
Year 10 & 11

Key Stage 4 (age 14 & 16)

Year 10 & 11 Curriculum

Introduction

The Secondary School curriculum at GIS focuses on supporting young confident adults to reach their potential, in line with our GIS Learner Skills and our commitment to ensuring academic care for all.

Our Year 10 to 11 (KS4) curriculum is designed to meet the academic, personal and cultural needs of our students and better equip them for future challenges, while at the same time creating enjoyable learning environments that inspire and motivate. Students begin to select courses that appeal to them and follow a broad range of examined and non-examined subjects that prepare them for success both in and out of the classroom. Alongside examined subjects, students follow courses designed to develop them as individuals through Social Emotional Learning and a range of elective subjects. The Year 10 and 11 curriculum creates young adults not only with strong academic credentials but who are also well rounded individuals ready for the next stage of their learning.

Our focus on involvement outside the classroom alongside academic excellence aims to create the opportunity for students to become world changers in both their local and global communities.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

Our KS4 taught curriculum provides students with a balanced yet bespoke programme of study at GIS. At its core is a personalised combination of International GCSE qualifications that all students undertake and enhanced by our elective program. To ensure students are well rounded with successes beyond just academic achievements, the programme offers all students in KS4 a range of bespoke GIS elective courses as well as the study of Social and Emotional Learning. This balanced robust curriculum ensures students are well prepared for our our outstanding GCE (A Level) programme in Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) or study beyond GIS. As with all other Key stages academic care remains central to our ethos with regular curriculum time allocated to the pastoral system and supported through contact with tutor groups.

Core Subjects

Option Subjects

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

Our KS4 wider curriculum supports students in their engagement, enjoyment and personal personal development as they move through Years 10 and 11. A wide range of activities are available that take place beyond timetabled lessons enable all students to gain engage in our school community and develop as individuals.

Bespoke Learning

GIS Elective Programme

At GIS we believe in the importance of a holistic education that is more than just achieving fantastic IGCSEs: it also needs to prepare you for the future, which requires a broad knowledge and wide range of skills. For this purpose, we have developed our curriculum, offering an extensive choice of electives that will extend learning and help prepare you for your own next steps and life beyond education.

Secondary Curriculum: Year 7 to 9
Year 1 & 2

Key Stage 3 (age 11 to 14)

Year 7 to 9 Curriculum

Introduction

The Secondary School curriculum at GIS focuses on supporting young confident adults to reach their potential, in line with our GIS Learner Skills and our commitment to ensuring academic care for all.

Our Year 7 to 9 (KS3) curriculum is designed to meet the academic, personal and cultural needs of our students and better equip them for future challenges, while at the same time creating enjoyable learning environments that inspire and motivate. Students follow a broad and balanced range of subjects that are linked to the National Curriculum of England and Wales but modified to create courses appropriate for an international education.

Our focus on involvement outside the classroom alongside academic excellence aims to create the opportunity for students to become world changers in both their local and global communities.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

Our KS3 taught curriculum provides students with a broad and balanced approach to study at GIS. A range of subjects are followed that gives learners a solid foundation to build upon in later years and ignite a passion for learning. Alongside delivering strong academic foundations, our KS3 taught curriculum is supported through our academic care provision. Students are supported by one-to-one conversations with subject teachers and tutors about their learning.

Core Subjects

Option Subjects

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

Our KS3 wider curriculum supports students in their engagement, enjoyment and personal development as they move through Years 7 to 9. A wide range of activities are available that take place beyond timetabled lessons enable all students to gain engage in our school community and develop as individuals.

Early Years Curriculum: Nursery & Reception
Nursery & Reception

Early Years Foundation Stage (age 3 & 5)

Nursery & Reception Curriculum

Early Years

Our EYC learning environment, both inside and outside, is well-resourced and offers a wide range of multi-sensory learning opportunities that are linked to the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. We balance play-based learning with the teaching of fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, PE and music lessons, as well as social and emotional skill development.

Mandarin is taught as an additional language through a combination of discrete teacher-led sessions, and as part of continuous provision, with our outstanding teachers encouraging authentic and natural language acquisition amongst our youngest learners.

Throughout their time at EYC, our young learners have opportunities to follow their interests and take ownership over their learning. This is encouraged through first-hand experiences that create a sense of awe and wonder for children, inspiring them to learn more about the world around them.

Children’s brains develop connections faster in the first five years than at any other time in their lives. This is the time when the foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout life are laid down. In fact, by the time they turn five 90% of their brain will have been developed.

Our curriculum and approach are designed to ensure that a strong foundation is laid down to support your child’s further development throughout their life.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

Our Early Years offering consists of carefully designed opportunities to learn through play, directed curriculum and wider learning opportunities such as Jungle School, gardening and cooking.

A Unique Child

Prime

Specific

Mandarin

Jungle School Programme

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

Even at EYC, we offer a broad curriculum, with the aim of igniting passions and developing new interests amongst our children. We offer swimming, Water Play Days, Woodwork, Cooking, Trips and CCAs. We also offer our Jungle School programme. Unique to Malaysia, this is a hands-on programme based on the ‘Forest School’ approach in Europe. At Jungle School, our EYC children are able to learn about nature, explore and take risks is a safe and controlled environment and learn to become responsible citizens of the earth who respect and preserve her resources.

Primary Curriculum: Year 3 to 6
Year 3 to 6

Key Stage 2 (age 7 to 11)

Year 3 to 6 Curriculum

Introduction

This stage builds upon the foundations laid in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, preparing children for the next phase of their education. English is taught daily with a strong emphasis on the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The development of practical, mental and applied mathematics is achieved through our mathematics lessons.

In Years 5 and 6, French and Spanish are added to the World Languages programme. Students can decide to continue learning the Asian language they have been learning or replace this choice with one of the European languages. Either way, they will still have the opportunity to learn the other language as part of the language club programme after school. Homework is provided throughout the school, and is aimed at consolidating skills taught at school and encouraging parents to play an active role in their children’s education.

Children’s progress is assessed throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 to ensure we have a good understanding of their ongoing progress, individual abilities and to ensure their future needs are met.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

The Primary Curriculum follows a topic-based, cross-curriculum approach to learning with the British National Curriculum as it’s foundation. Soft skills are developed through a set of bespoke ‘Golden Threads’ that are carefully interwoven throughout the curriculum.

Subjects taught in our topic curriculum are:

Specialist Teaching subjects are

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

In Year 3 to Year 6 we offer our students wider learning opportunities to encourage them to learn new interests and skills beyond the classroom including:

Primary Curriculum: Year 1 & 2
Year 1 & 2

Key Stage 1 (age 5 to 7)

Year 1 & 2 Curriculum

Introduction

The first key stage of school welcomes children from Early Years into the Primary School and encourages each child to continue their development and maintain the fun, active approach to learning. Information Communication Technology (ICT) is used to support the learning process. Classroom-based learning along with a broad co-curricular programme and education outside the classroom ensure we provide a holistic education for your child.

The majority of learning takes place in the nurturing environment of the classroom facilitated by the classroom teacher and assistant teachers. Specialist teachers support the teaching of Art, Music, ICT and Physical Education. In World Languages, students learn Mandarin or Bahasa Malaysia – the national language, helping them to develop the skills and passion to learn an additional language in depth. Students also have the opportunity to explore other languages as a part of the language club programme which happens after school. Science, History, Geography, Design Technology and Drama are taught through our exciting Topic Curriculum which is underpinned by the ‘Golden Threads’ of Intercultural Learning and Social and Emotional Learning.

GIS utilises both the classroom and education opportunities outside the classroom to provide a programme that develops World Changers. At GIS we believe that our responsibility goes beyond producing outstanding academic results. We are fully committed to providing a holistic, well-balanced education.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

The Primary Curriculum follows a topic-based, cross-curriculum approach to learning with the British National Curriculum as it’s foundation. Soft skills are developed through a set of bespoke ‘Golden Threads’ that are carefully interwoven throughout the curriculum. The subjects taught in our topic curriculum are: English, Science, Mathematics, History, Geography, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Art & Design, Design Technology

Subjects taught in our topic curriculum are:

Specialist Teaching subject are:

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

 

In Year 1 & 2 we offer our students wider learning opportunities to encourage them to learn new interests and skills beyond the classroom including:

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