Academic Studies

 

In Visual Arts and Technology Design lessons, our students produce creative work using research, problem solving activities, project design, suitable material selection methods and by expressing themselves through art.

Visual Arts lesson aims to raise students who are visually perceptive, esthetically conscious, appreciate cultural values of their own and others', can relate visual arts to other subjects, follow national and international arts activities and events, and have ethical values towards art.

It also ensures that our students acknowledge various branches of art and artists thanks to the cultural trips organized throughout the academic year.

With "Işıklı Renkler" painting contest and exhibition, which is organized annually with the participation of all FMV Işık Schools, all parents, faculty and students from kindergarten to high school have an opportunity to share, appreciate and have a better understanding of art's values.   

In accordance with FMV Işık Schools' first and foremost guiding principle, "to raise good citizens", the Guidance and Counselling Service supports the student to recognise and understand him/herself, to develop their problem solving ability, to be able to effectively express their emotions and thoughts, to be able to make connections within their environment and to acknowledge their interests and capabilities. The approach and content is not only solution-oriented, but also pursues its work with the principle of developmental and preventive guidance services and confidentiality, volunteering, reliability, unconditional acceptance, respect and being objective.


Guidance and counselling services are provided for students:

  • To get to know themselves
  • To develop a healthy personality
  • To be honest individuals who respect diversity, themselves and others and

international culture

·         To be individuals who research and question

  • To be healthy in socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically

·         To develop skills and habits to solve personal problems

  • To help them develop in the direction of their interests and talents

 

COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE SERVICE EVENTS

 

·         Individual Student Meetings

 

Meetings are planned according to the needs of the students, requested by students themselves or following teacher/ parent meetings.

 

·         In-Class Studies and Group Guidance Practices

 

At the beginning of the semester, in accordance with the guidance and psychological counselling service goals, in-class guidance activities are carried out in order to develop behaviour and skills, to raise awareness in students and to evaluate the students. These events are:

 

ü  Orientation

ü  Attention, hand-eye coordination

ü  Recognising feelings

ü  Developing friendship relationships and social skills

ü  Gaining awareness of interests and talents

ü  Examination anxiety

ü  Sex Education

ü  Educational guidance

ü  Efficient and effective study

ü  Crisis Management

ü  Bullying and coping

ü  Effective communication

ü  Motivation for academic success

ü  Activities to get to know higher education institutions, professions and their fields

 

·         Teacher Based Events

 

The progress of all students are closely monitored through routine teacher meetings. Informative meetings and workshops are held with teachers on various topics.

 

·         Parent Based Events

 

Our main goal is to support student development in all areas through effective communication with parents. Accordingly we offer the following:

 

ü  Individual parent meetings

ü  Educational seminars and workshops

ü  Mum-Dad School

ü  Movie Events

 

·         Bulletins

 

Bulletins are prepared in line with the requests and needs determined throughout the year to inform parents and students.

Information and communication technology education covers acquiring skills and attitudes in hardware, software, algorithmic and informational thinking and using them to solve real life problems for production purposes.

In an age where productive individuals are gaining priority, we aim to make our students aware of the fact that to succeed as a society, younger generations must be equipped with the skills to produce using information technology. For these reasons, we aim to;

• Increase their ability to use computers in line with their needs,

• Develop thinking skills and problem solving skills,

• Raise responsible individuals who can protect themselves and exhibit ethical behavior in digital environments,

• Be able to prepare effective presentations and documents in education and business,

• Improve students' creativity skills through animation and storytelling and

• Develop cognitive and algorithmic thinking skills through coding and software knowledge.

 

For these purposes, our curriculum's key topics are knowledge of digital citizenship, internet security, ethics, coding logic, robotics knowledge, graphics and web design, basic office programs and collaborative Google Education Apps.

Throughout the year several activities take place that support our aims

• Digital Citizenship Day: Digital Citizen's Day is celebrated globally in October to draw attention to and raise awareness of the requirements of digital citizenship. Digital citizenship awareness is fostered through the implementation of the behavioral norms of technology use in the digital world. Focus is given to the nine dimensions of digital citizenship: health, security, communication, commerce, access, law, rights and responsibilities, ethics and literacy presentations and workshops.

• Bilge Kunduz International Informatics and Computing Thinking Activity: Bilge Kunduz is an international event that draws attention to computer science and informatics thinking, which is created with the aim of teaching students of all ages and who are interested in raising awareness on this subject. An online event is held in many countries to test the informatics skills of students during the same period. Our middle school students participate in this during their Information Technologies and Software course at our school.

• With #hourofcode, children coding all over the world gain the ability to look at problems from different angles and to solve problems as soon as possible by writing codes and algorithms. One of the biggest advantages of this activity is that the program is applied with games and characters that attract younger children. The event takes place with the participation of more than 180 countries in the first week of December. An international success certificate, issued by Code.org, is given to motivate students who have successfully completed the activity.

 

• ICT Week Event: This event which takes place in the first week of May in Turkey is also celebrated in our school with panels, activities, workshops and presentations which increase the awareness of ICT. Our workshops are held in various fields such as animation, hologram, 3D design, gamification, robotics and coding. The games, designs, robots, etc. made by the students during the year are displayed in the exhibition held in our school.

"The universe is open to observation at any moment, but you cannot understand it without learning its language and the letters that spell it. The universe is written in the language of mathematics; letters, triangles, circles, and other geometric shapes. Without them, no word can be understood, it can only be routed in a dark labyrinth."

 

Galileo

 

 

 

Maths is not a lesson with a mountain of knowledge, but a vision. In this sense, there is no "best method" in teaching mathematics. We aim to get our students to use mathematics as a means or mediator for real life instead of dealing with an infinite number of algorithmic calculations, transformations, and so on.

 

Problem solving skills are at the centre of our math class at every level. In today's rapidly changing world, our society demands individuals who are able to assess the reliability of the given, the amount of knowledge, make sense, and comment on it. Perhaps computers can do all calculations, but they cannot make critical decisions that require more complex skills beyond the results. Hence, high-level competencies such as verbal extraction of meaning, evaluations based on variable criteria, strategic thinking and decision-making are built over the years as a basis for strong problem-solving competency, innovative and critical thinking skills.

 

We also aim to educate our students as "self-organising" learners who can plan, monitor and evaluate their own learning. Differentiated individual projects, trips, events and tasks allow students to become aware of learning styles and independent learning skills. When learners are aware of their learning characteristics, they become more target-oriented, strategic thinkers, and independent learners.

 

Through the study of music, we aim to improve the students' appreciation of the world around them, enable students to express their emotions, ideas and experience through music.

Students creativity and musical skills will be enriched through a wide range of activities and learning experiences. Students will be introduced to local, regional, national and international musical culture, given the opportunity to listen, sing and play different kinds of music both as groups and individuals as well as learning technical skills through music production. All of the course activities aim to improve students' self-confidence and cognitive functions through music.

We will promote the comprehension of Atatürk's opinions on the improvement of Turkish music. We aim to raise individuals who are sophisticated and faithful to Atatürk's principles and reforms, to make sure that all students can play at least one musical instrument and to create a classical western music orchestra. In 4,5,6,7 and 8th grades, our students will be given the opportunity to decide which instrument they would like to continue with such as the piano, violin, cello, flute, percussion, guitar and the clarinet. Our school's modern children's choir is one of the best amateur choirs in Istanbul with awards won both in national and international festivals and contests.

Our students' piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, drums, percussion, vocal, violin and cello recitals are performed throughout the year for various important occasions, 29th of October Republic Day, FMV Işık Schools Anniversary, Under the Light of Women concert, Traditional Spring Concert and students' portfolio presentations.

Under the umbrella of the Academy of Sports and Arts Design, after school and at the weekends, piano, flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, cello and drums courses take place.     

Physical education lessons are taught as physical activities and games from 1st to 4th grade and as physical education and sports from 5th to 8th grade. Throughout our lessons our aim is to teach our students how to be respectful of human rights and to be responsible for their own society.        

Physical education provides the individual with an opportunity to improve not only physically but also mentally, morally, emotionally and spiritually. It also boosts students' independent and scientific thinking under the aegis of Ataturk's Principles and Reforms and broadens their worldview.

Physical activity is essential to every phase of human life. When children start school, they try to achieve different physical goals. For this reason we implement a multi-perspective teaching approach. Students' age group, cultural and educational background, interests and expectations are taken into consideration. Lessons are planned in an attractive way to engage students in various games and activities that are designed in accordance with their physical traits and age group.    

Regarding primary and middle school, students between the ages of 6-9 participate in basic activity training and students aged 10-11 in specialized activity skills. Students between the ages of 12-14 take part in learning sports skills after which they learn how to realize their goals and participate in physical activities throughout their lives.

Our school teams consist of: boys' junior and young basketball teams, girls' young volleyball team, boys' and girls' junior and young table tennis teams, girls' junior tennis team, swimming (individual), fencing (individual) and traditional children's play teams.

Our activities:

·         Within our school we organize football, basketball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, dodgeball, 3 point basketball shooting, bowling, rope jumping, gym ball dodgeball, Turn Around the Table (table tennis), 1st graders' Octopus Escape and survivor parkour tournaments.

·         Ski camp

·         April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day activities

·         Windsurf camp

·         FMV Işık Schools Intercampus Tournaments

Our goal in primary school is to raise individuals who adhere to Ataturk's principles and reforms, who are inquisitive, communicative, knowledgeable, principled, sensitive, tolerant and confident, and who can think critically.

Classroom Teachers teach Turkish, mathematics, social studies and science in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. In 4th grade, Turkish, mathematics, social studies, science, religion, human rights, citizenship and democracy and traffic safety are taught by class teachers.

Lessons are planned based on individual experiences and differentiated according to their interests and needs. We take interdisciplinary links into consideration while planning lessons. Active participation of the students ensures that learning is permanent.

In addition to cognitive development, social and affective development are also important. For this reason, teamwork is included in the curriculum as a necessary part of professional life today. The success of our students' interpersonal relationships equally increases their confidence through group work prepared by a collaborative learning model. Simultaneously, our students learn to respect diversity, team-work, sharing and to live harmoniously as a part of society.

In a world where everything is virtual, we organize field trips, within or beyond the city, that enable our students to recognize social, cultural values of the society; to find opportunities to explore, to experience learning in the real environment.

In order to support different learning styles and to increase active participation of learners in lessons a variety of technological and interactive tools are used both within and out of the classroom environment.

Our aim in Turkish lessons is to teach our students to use their mother tongue effectively and to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in order to communicate correctly in both verbal and written language in daily life. The required texts and materials to be used towards this aim are selected by the teachers in connection with the science and social studies lessons in mind as course materials are prepared. Teachers pay ultimate attention to texts with a global perspective, biographies of famous people in the fields of art, sports and science and from world classics.

Selected reading texts are an indispensable part of the Turkish language curriculum and contribute to our students' development of aesthetic sensibilities and instil positive reading habits and enjoyment. Some authors of the read books are invited to our school and students are provided with the opportunity to conduct interviews or activities with the authors.

Math class consists of numbers, geometry, data and measurement learning areas. In order for mathematics to be a popular lesson, the acquired knowledge and skills are applied in everyday life through the use of practical materials and interactive games.

 

Our Social Studies course aims to facilitate the development of personal qualities such as, problem solving, decision making, planning, conscientious consumerism, self-awareness, personal development monitoring, participation, sharing, emotional management, patience, love, respect, helpfulness, openness, honesty, justice, patriotism and the protection and development of cultural values.

 

In order for our students to be able to acquire scientific thinking skills from a young age, science classes are taught in Grades 1 and 2. In these lessons, students' feelings of curiosity are activated and students conduct experiments, make observations and research.

 

In 1st and 2nd grade, creativity and thinking skills are taught formally once a week. With activities in this lesson, we aim to raise individuals who are producing coherent, flexible, original and detailed ideas as well as encouraging them to be creative and tolerant of different views.

 

In order to increase our students' global citizenship awareness and to ensure that they are responsible individuals, Environmental Protection Day, World Children's Rights Day, World Water Day, Animal Protection Day and Forest Week are celebrated with a variety of events on specific days and weeks. Social responsibility projects in which our students actively participate are included as a vital part of our curriculum.

In primary school, studies are carried out in line with the department goals determined by teachers for our students to recognize different cultures. In these studies, our students find opportunities to play games from different countries, to listen to tales, to research and to present cultural elements to their classes.

Assessment and evaluation is an indispensable part of the educational curriculum. In addition to traditional assessment techniques, alternative assessment techniques such as concept mapping, structured grid, projects and portfolios are also used. Students are given the opportunity to conduct self-evaluation and peer-evaluation. The assessment we use to determine if the goals have been achieved has also improved and supported the learning of our students through feedback. Support classes are conducted so that each student can reach the expected targets.

Our school, which has shed light on generations, is aware of the necessity of educating people in science and technology, and those interested in the scientific and technological developments in daily life and in the direction of future effects being aware of the fact that science course plays a major role in this process.

As Işık Middle School who has adopted student-centered education and training, our main aim is to learn by comprehending, to educate individuals who are able to adapt to the rapidly changing, developing information and technology era, who are aware of the necessity of science in all technological innovations and developments, who are broad, curious, sophisticated researchers, developed interpretive skills, think in the light of science, conform to the principles of digital and global citizenship and adopt academic honesty. The aim of the science course is to teach students how and where to use the topics they have learnt by relating them to life.

Effective laboratory studies are carried out at every level to ensure that learners do, live and learn permanently. In addition, students participate in national and international project competitions in order to gain the ability to observe, research, examine and experiment the basis of scientific thinking. Entertaining and instructive club studies are also carried out.

Considering the presence of students with different learning styles, the course is enriched with smart board applications, tutorial video presentations, documentaries, 3D animations, experiments and activities. It is aimed to support the students who have not gained enough knowledge in the classroom environment by preparing additional studies.

We aim to educate our students as science-literate individuals who are interested in science, new developments, are sensitive to the environment and global problems, oriented to the solutions of the world problems, respectful to nature and the environment, inquisitive, researcher, examiner and well prepared.

In our school, Social Studies classes are given in 5th, 6th and 7th grades and History of Turkish Republic's Revolution and Ataturkism are taught in 8th grade. The Social Studies course has many disciplines included in the course such as History, Geography, Philosophy, History of Art, Economics, Archaeology, Sociology and Politics. We cover all these areas in our lessons with real life examples.

The Social Studies course aims to educate each student as a person who knows his country, loves the nation, possesses Ataturk's principles and reforms, knows and uses his rights, fulfils his responsibilities and has democratic and secular values in accordance with the principle of Işık Schools "raise good citizens". Social Studies is a field that enables individuals to solve problems, develop decision-making skills, think critically and empathize with others.

Our aim is to raise young people who are able to relate the developments in the 21st century to the past, who are responsive to the problems being faced today, who respect different ideas and beliefs and who can find solutions to problems.

We use technology and different teaching techniques in our lessons to facilitate easy to access to information. Lessons are structured by teachers, and students are expected to be active. Different texts are compared, interpretation differences are found, pictures, maps, cartoons are used and interpreted according to topics. Different opinions and free thought are always supported. Learning continues outside the school when necessary. The Archaeology Museum, Topkapı Palace or a factory where the production stages can be examined can be a learning environment for us. Historical places are visited in order to understand the past and respect cultural heritage.

In Religious Studies our goal is to raise virtuous individuals who know moral values and respect them, and internalize the learned moral values. The aim of the course is for students to understand freedom of beliefs and living individually, to understand the concepts of religions correctly, to tolerate others' beliefs, lives and to understand that religions are one of the elements forming the culture of religion.

Learning and associated activities across the Turkish language curriculum allow students to develop a greater understanding of the world around them.  The Turkish Language Department is aware of the fact that a rich knowledge of language is core to understanding information across a range of disciplines.  Through language, students can develop their thinking and communication skills.  It is through language that we acquire a universal set of values and discover our own culture.  The main purpose of education in a student's mother tongue is to learn how to express thoughts clearly and effectively thereby providing a strong language consciousness that allows students the competence and confidence to express themselves.  The range of texts studied allow students to vastly extend their vocabulary repertoire.  A wide vocabulary enables students to express themselves with greater precision and clarity.  Students are encouraged to be creative and colourful in their language use.

In order to improve students' analytical thinking skills and their critical perspective they are exposed to a variety of written genre to enrich their language use and understanding.  Students are given the opportunity to interpret and critique literature in its many forms; from tales to lullabies, from folk songs to stories and poetry in its many different styles.   Language and literature are what make each society unique. It is through having a strong handle on language that students gain access to understanding and participating in their own culture.  Through being literate, students are able to take the journey offered through the study of world literature.

As a department we recognise our responsibility in teaching language that promotes positive values and drawing attention to the negative and damaging effect of language that is sexist, racist, defamatory or humiliates. Through our literary programme students recognise that language has the power to open up a world of opportunities.

Işık schools offers a rich and engaging language curriculum.  English lessons make up a significant proportion of the daily programme from kindergarten to year eight.  In year four students are given a taste of each second foreign language on offer, French, German and Spanish and at the end of the year make their selection of one foreign language to study from year five until the end of year eight.

At each year level language learning is a purposeful, challenging and meaningful experience that focuses on language acquisition through establishing a strong knowledge base and developing critical thinking skills through exploring key concepts. There is a balance of instruction and attention given to all four communicative modes – speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Lessons are student-centred so students are actively engaged in their own learning.  Differentiated instruction is an important feature of our teaching practice allowing each child to reach their full potential.  We recognise that individual students learn in different ways and at different speeds, each possessing a unique learner profile.

At all levels English is more than just an academic subject.  With an emphasis on Content Based Learning (CBL), English is the vehicle through which students learn about other subject areas.  Such a transdisciplinary approach to language learning allows students to acquire greater competence through increased and varied language exposure across a range of different disciplines.

Language learning is put into a real life context through the use of authentic materials, e-pal and e-twinning projects, extra-curricular activities as well as educational trips abroad.  Where possible language learning is taken beyond the classroom (for example, street walks, fair days and sports activities like orienteering, traditional English games days, parades etc.) for students to use what they have learned in new and varied situations to further challenge and motivate them on their quest to become competent and confident language users.

In line with our mission statement we ensure students' study of both English and a second foreign language is structured in such a way as to allow students to become active inquirers and lifelong learners. The opportunities provided by our language programme equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully cope in an everchanging global world.    

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OUR GOALS AND PRINCIPLES
Our Guidance and Psychological Counseling Unit aims to get to know our students better in order to give them the right guidance, to develop their problem-solving and decision-making skills, and ability to adapt to different situations. In other words, it offers individual and proffessional support in order to ensure healthy personal and social development. Our unit helps our students to:

  • Recognize their general and individual skills, interests as well as their strengths and weaknesses,
  • Take these into consideration whilst making their own decisions,
  • Understand their environment,
  • Be able to communicate well with others and embrace a positive attitude to life,
  • Be aware of their problems and be able to solve these problems,
  • Complete their development in the happiest and healthiest way.

OUR PRINCIPLES:

  • Confidentiality
  • Respect
  • Objectivity
  • Unconditional acceptance
  • Willingness

Our Individual Practices:

  • Individual Conferences for academic success, learning, school orientation
  • Social orientation
  • Mother- father- child communication
  • Developmental activities for positive behaviour
  • Exam anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Acquisition of problem-solving skills
  • Psychological problems
  • TEOG exam

Our Group Practices:

  • Group works to gain social skills
  • Training for building confidence
  • Exploring Emotions
  • Group works to treat exam anxiety
  • Sex education
  • Effective study methods
  • Ways to cope with bullying
  • Attention building activities
  • Effective communication group works
  • Group works to develop motivation for academic success
  • Career days

Our Practices for Parents:

  • Individual interviews
  • Educational seminars
  • Parenting seminars
  • Bulletins