Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The Middle Years Programme

Global contexts
Students learn best when their learning experiences are offered in context and are connected to their lives and the world around them. Six global contexts are designed for the MYP that encourage the students to develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet:
  • Identities and relationships
  • Orientation in space and time
  • Personal and cultural expression
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Globalization and sustainability
  • Fairness and development

Concepts
Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance. The MYP identifies sixteen key concepts to be explored across the 5 years’ curriculum.

Approaches to learning
Approaches to learning; a unifying thread throughout all subject groups that provides the foundation for independent learning and that encourages the application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. The students learn how to learn by developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication and self management skills.

Subject groups
The Middle Years Programme consists of eight subject groups:

Individuals and Societies:
This subject encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments.

Sciences:
This subject includes biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific inquiry fosters critical and creative thinking about research and design, as well as the identification of assumptions and alternative explanations. Through MYP sciences, students will learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, gain good ethical-reasoning skills and further develop their sense of responsibility as members of local and global communities.

Language Acquisition:
The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to the concept of an international education. The language acquisition course provides a linguistic and academic challenge for students in order to facilitate the best possible educational experience.

Language and Literature:
The language and literature courses are designed to engage the students in the study of many aspects of the language and literature of communities and their cultures. Through a wide range of text types, writing styles and techniques the MYP encourages students to develop critical and creative approaches to studying and analyzing literary and non-literary work.

Mathematics:
This mathematics framework encompasses number, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability. Students learn how to represent information, to explore and model situations and to find solutions to problems.
Mathematics provides an important foundation for the study of sciences, engineering and technology as well as a variety of application in other fields.

The Arts:
Arts stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytical skills. Arts disciplines are visual arts, media, drama, music and dance.

Design:
Design challenges the students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems. Students also explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts and consider their responsibility when making design decisions and taking action.

Physical and Health education:
Physical and health education fosters the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Projects
Students who complete the MYP in Year 3 or 4 complete the community project that provides an opportunity for students to collaborate and pursue service learning. In their final year, students will undertake an independent ‘personal project’ to demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding.

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