Education at AMICUS
Characteristics of Subjects
Cultivating the Ability to Lead the Global Society
English lessons at AMICUS are conducted by our professional team of qualified teachers from around the world. Our richly diverse team has adopted the Canadian Ontario curriculum to enhance students’ learning. The curriculum is designed so as to ensure students acquire a sound foundation upon which to develop and raise English levels through our unique study program. Through thinking about skills comprehensively, reading, writing, speaking and listening, after a few years it is possible to acquire English levels close to those of native English speakers of the same age and grade.To achieve world-class success with English classes at AMICUS the key is cooperation between children, students and our families. This year sees the introduction of programming into the English curriculum, which along with the existing focus on media literacy gives our students yet another way of seeing language.
“Fun” Mathematics which Stimulates the Curiosity of Children
In Mathematics at AMICUS we attach importance to the practical utility of maths with an emphasis on actual problem-solving and not just teaching content. Lessons are conducted according to the requirement of the MEXT curriculum. To ensure understanding and help students who are struggling Japanese teachers work in tandem with our overseas teachers to team teach. We use the MEXT textbooks but with English translations, so parents can help children review at home. AMICUS also has a unique online glossary of the MEXT vocabulary in English. Through their mathematics classes, students will gain confidence as mathematical thinkers and develop as communicators, becoming global citizens who can discover, express themselves and take decisions throughout their lives.
Developing the Children who Can Use the “Communicative Words”
Uncovering the “Mysteries” in the World ~ Through Hands-on Learning
In Science at AMICUS we emphasize hands-on learning, seeing, touching and feeling for oneself. In addition to English language versions of the MEXT-approved Japanese Science textbooks, we also use Science Fusion, with its online resources. We also have a unique online glossary of science terms to help our second language learners. We do not simply follow the textbooks but deepen learning by encountering and learning what lies behind the many mysteries of the world. Emphasis is placed in classes not on what you know, but on having the desire to find out what you don’t, and on the wonder of finding out what had been hidden. From AMICUS science labs today one can hear the surprised voices of children.
Developing the Glocal Citizens who “Think Independently”
Lessons in Social Studies at AMICUS are designed with the aim of providing children with an understanding of society and the ability to be a member of it. The MEXT curriculum is used flexibly and outstanding classes from around the world are incorporated in order to nurture in students the qualities that will enable them to take initiative in work or life throughout the world. Lessons are project-based and range in content from the fundamentals of living in society to, at higher grades, looking at the geography and social structures of Okinawa and Japan from a global standpoint. The knowledge and abilities acquired through Social Studies classes at AMICUS are also the philosophy of the school. We see it as the foundation for the nurture of glocal citizens. The school in addition seeks to enhance students’ awareness of social issues on an international scale through our membership of Round Square.
ICT in Education
Toward Glocal Digital Citizens
At Amicus, we aim at fostering an appropriate attitude to participate in the information society.
Students are familiarized with Digital Ethics within moral education classes and whenever using technology or digital information sources such as search engines, online encyclopaedia, newspapers, etc.:
- Lectures and discussions on positive and negative aspects of daily technology
- Cross-curricular development of critical thinking and media & information literacy (validity and quality of information, opinions vs. facts…)
- Netiquette (basic rules of conduct) and legal issues (material licenses, cyber-bullying…)
Through various projects, students are encouraged to become active producers of information, art and technology:
- Writing and sharing (essays, reports, blogs, reviews, presentations…);
- Audio-visual production (instructional videos, creative short movies, podcasts…);
- Software and hardware design (video games, robots, electronic devices…).
Lower Grade (G1-G3)
Introduction of basic ICT skills
Students learn basic ICT skills like typing, navigating in menus and folder structure, searching for information or illustrations, and editing texts using PC and iPad. They also use the same online programs as on the iPads with a different interface, which helps them becoming more flexible with technology.
Upper Grade (G4-G6)
Reinforcement of ICT skills to improve problem-setting and solving skills
Students demonstrate proper use of school equipment and digital tools, improve established skills needed in creating and producing output,and understand of how things work. From grade 4, students begin to formally study programming.
Using ICT in the Classroom
Here are some online programs and apps used at AMICUS.
Education at Library
The Media Center (Library) is located in the center of the school building. Children walk through the library to go to each classroom every morning. Since they have many opportunities to go through this hub, the library becomes a welcoming place for the students.
A special feature of the AMICUS library is its volume of foreign books. As of 2020 School Year, the total is 13,600 books (8,600 Japanese books and 5,000 foreign books). Our foreign teachers help to select books which are worth reading and appropriate for the children. There are collections in English and Japanese for popular books, such as “Harry Potter”, or picture books. Therefore, the children can enjoy reading books in a unique AMICUS’ way, by reading one book in Japanese and try to read the same book in English or vice versa.
For the children who spend a long time of their lives in AMICUS, from Kindergarten to Junior High School, the media center is also a place to relax and socialize. We try to utilize the facility to fulfill children’s intellectual curiosity and watch over their growth through their reading experiences.
Exciting entrance ceremony! Now you are one of the AMICUS families!
Children think about peace and express it in pictures and writings on the occasion of Okinawa Memorial Day. Peace Assemblies are also held.
Children enjoy the nature of Okinawa while they learn about sea creatures.
Every year, a theme is decided and children perform songs and dances. Children experience the joy of performing what they have practiced for their families.
A graduation certificate is awarded to each graduating child. Every year, graduating students sing in a chorus and make presentations on their memories of the past school year. It is a joyful moment to see how they are growing.
|8:15～8:30||Arrival / Morning work|
|8:30～8:55||Quiet Reading / Homeroom|
|8:55～10:35||1st and 2nd periods|
|10:50～12:30||3rd and 4th periods|
|12:30～13:40||Lunch / Recess / Cleaning|
|13:40～15:35||5th and 6th periods / Homeroom|
|15:35～||Dismissal / Pick-up|