Curriculum

SCIENCE

Our science programme aims to encourage students' natural curiosity for their surroundings and channel it into scientific literacy: an evolving combination of the science-related attitudes, skills and knowledge students need to develop inquiry, problem-solving and decision-making abilities. At Keystone, we want our students to become lifelong learners and to maintain a sense of wonder about the world around them. Students learn to see science as a valuable discipline for life.

MATHEMATICS

Our mathematics curriculum emphasizes particular key concepts in each grade which result in greater depth of understanding. In the earlier grades, there is an emphasis on number sense and operations to ensure students develop a solid foundation innumeracy. Students work on learning mathematics with understanding, actively building new knowledge from experience and prior knowledge. At Keystone, students work towards using mathematics confidently to problem-solve and communicating and reasoning mathematically. Students are encouraged to appreciate and value mathematics and make connections between mathematics and its applications. The aim is for students to commit themselves to lifelong learning and become mathematically literate adults.

ELA

In our English programme, students learn how to speak and listen to each other and how to explore, extend, clarify, and reflect on their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences. They develop their skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing in order to communicate information and ideas effectively and clearly, respond personally and critically, and interact with sensitivity and respect, considering the situation, audience, and purpose. We also focus on grammatical accuracy and the development of vocabulary. At Keystone, we aim for students to become confident communicators, coherent and creative writers, critical thinkers, and avid readers. We aim to broaden their horizons so that they respect and enjoy diversity and are able to think globally.

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

The ICT course at Keystone focuses mainly on teaching students the computer skills they will need in their daily lives. Our aim is for students to develop new skills so that they grow up as modern individuals who are able to solve problems by coding, designing and using documentation, presentation, and spreadsheet programs.

INTENSIVE FRENCH PROGRAMME

We offer a French Intensive Language Programme for Grade 5 students in our Dual programme. With 20 hours a week, this programme is designed to develop the ability to communicate in French in authentic situations and acquire a certain independence in language production. Besides developing speaking, reading and writing skills with various audio-visual tools, our students take part in an exchange project with a 5th grade class in France. The goal of this project is to give them the opportunity to build a relationship/friendship with French native speakers of their age and communicate through simultaneous chat apps. We offer our students the opportunity to take the DELF exam (French Language Diploma) at the end of the year at our Çamlica campus at our school is DELF exam center.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The aim of Social Studies at Keystone is to develop in students a sense of modern citizenship which they are able to connect directly to the world around them, both historically and physically. The curriculum aims to provide progressive education on diversity in society, politics, economy, and geography, throughout the world. Students at Keystone are expected to understand and explore what it means to be a citizen both on a local and global scale, as well as to learn the fundamental concepts and responsibilities essential to what this means.

MUSIC

As students engage in creating and performing music, they learn to generate and focus their thoughts in a musical form; explore and experiment with compositional forms and techniques that are appropriate for their developmental stage; revise and refine their work, and present and share their composition or performance with others. Through creating and performing, students experience the joy of making music, learn to identify and solve problems, and apply their knowledge of the elements of music both independently and in cooperation with others.

WOODWORK

In this class, students learn not only to give shape to a piece of wood, but also to see the connection between the brain, their hands, and their environment. In woodcraft class, students learn to decide on which tools they need and how to use them safely. The materials used in class are reclaimed, so students become aware of the "past life" and future possibilities of objects. Woodcraft offers students the opportunity to use their hands and to consider the role of the forest for nature and in our society.

VISUAL ARTS

Throughout their years at Keystone, students take part in the Visual Arts programme. When creating their own artwork, they discover different elements of design (color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value), as well as design principles (balance, contrast, emphasis, harmony, movement, proportion, rhythm and repetition, unity and variety). With increasing complexity, they reflect on the relationship between art and society and the possibilities for self-expression that visual arts offer.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Throughout their years at Keystone, students take part in the Physical Education programme. In the younger grades, there is an emphasis on raising kinesthetic awareness, teaching safe practices in sports, and developing an understanding of movement concepts. All age groups participate in a wide variety of physical activities that strengthen both individual fitness and team cooperation. Furthermore, this programme also teaches students to reflect on factors that contribute to the healthy development of their bodies and on how decisions relating to their personal health and well-being affect their lives.