Why Study Here
Academy for Thinkers (AFT)
Academy for Thinkers is a reading and writing programme that emphasises critical thinking as the basis for learning. At AFT, we sincerely believe that providing a more comprehensive learning experience through active thinking is invaluable to a child’s learning experience. Exposure to challenging text material, advanced reading and extremely high expectations are the cornerstone to the most important skill a child can learn: self-directed studies. At AFT, we teach students how to think, so they might learn how to think for themselves.
Key Stages and Yearly Development
At AFT, we’ve broken education into key stages and teaching methods tailored to that stage.
Key Stage 1:
Focus on channeling student interest through discussion of short narratives and poetry and emphasis on vocabulary, basic sentence structure and opinion writing
Year 1/2 Writing:
Focus will be on poetry, short narratives, and developing opinions to help memory retention of storylines and vocabulary. Study skills such as learning how to use a dictionary, practiced note taking, and summarising will all be honed.
Key Stage 2:
Focus on solidifying writing structure basics, independent thinking and analysis, and writing about ethical topics to develop a clear argumentative structure
Years 3-6 Writing:
Emphasis will begin to focus on author’s purpose and theme. Students will read an in-class text every week and receive writing assignment tailored as well as completing reading responses to engage them further.
Years 3-6 Summer Reading Programme:
Reading classes focuses on engaging this age group to nonfiction reading while assisting close reading to hone perception of the chain of events, and, solidifying historical and scientific context.
Key Stage 3:
Focus will be on expository and/or literature with a clear emphasis on building independent, original thinking based on a deeper reading. Rhetorical devices and/or literary devices will further enhance students’ insight. Finally, research-based methods, will assist in solidifying and clarifying students’ focus.
Lower Secondary (Years 7-9): AP LANG
At this developmental stage, students are at the precipice of understanding abstract and theoretical ideas but require guidance. Thus, the focus will be split between reading current events via journals, news articles, and other nonfiction source material while incorporating research-based methods and a class at-home book in which they must fulfil a reading response each week.
Upper Secondary (Years 9-12): AP LANG
Students at this stage should be fairly comfortable with abstract and theoretical ideas. Upper Secondary students will be responsible for reading current events via journals, news articles, and other nonfiction source material while incorporating research-based methods to produce a research paper at the end of the term. In addition, students are responsible for reading an at-home class book and fulfil the reading response questions each week
Lower and Upper Secondary (Years 7-12): AP LANG
Reading Summer Reading Programme: Emphasis on current events to better engage students on relevant topics concerning their own lives while also applicable to the concerns of their community and country. Focused prompts will assist on clarifying writing intent as well as propel discussion on prescient topics plaguing their generation today.
Upper Secondary (Years 9-12): AP LIT*
In the AP LIT course, students will challenge themselves with university-level fiction. They will not only engage the text through guided reading responses and analysis but also an end-of-the-term paper based on a research topic of their choice. Three College Board AP LIT books will be assigned per academic term and Poetry will be reintroduced at this level to provide a comprehensive learning experience.
*Available to HS Students.
Exceptions will be made for younger students upon approval of the Head Teacher.
The Summer AP LIT course will cover two College Board AP Lit books