Welcome to the first MYP curriculum corner! The curriculum corner will be a series of informative articles about the MYP programme to help new and returning parents understand how the middle years programme works. I hope that you will find these articles helpful and educational.
What is the International Baccalaureate/the IB?
The IB offers an education for students from the ages of 3 up until the age of 19 when they are ready for University or the world of work. The programme is designed to prepare young learners for a world where you need to think critically, inquire and do that independently to succeed. The IB is taught in over 5,000 schools around the world in over 150 countries.
The IB is split into four programmes that offer an international education, the PYP (Primary Years Programme), the MYP (Middle Years Programme), the DP (Diploma Programme) or CP (Career related programme).
A brief introduction to the IB Middle Years Programme
The annual plans of subject teachers were emailed out earlier this week and you will see words such as concepts, global contexts and ATL’s. The best way to understand the programme is to look at the IB middle years programme model. This is the best way to visualize and highlight the important aspects of MYP.
At the center of our programme model is the learner, our students. To grow our students to be internationally minded and to represent the 10 attributes of the learner profile is the heart of what we aim to achieve throughout the IB middle years programme. What we aim for is to create a better more peaceful world through our students and we can do that by helping our learners to be caring and principled.
Our curriculum is concept driven so concepts open doors for every student to be able to understand the most important ideas in each subject or unit in their own ways.
There are 6 global contexts in MYP and each individual unit will have a connection on one of the global contexts. The aim of a global context is to help students to understand what they are learning is not just inside a classroom, inside a school, but does have connections to the outside world. Global contexts help students to broaden their understanding of different topics on a global scale.
Surrounding the learner we have the Approaches to Learning, known as ATL’s. ATL’s help students develop skills for learning, as well as Approaches to Teaching such as collaborative learning through inquiry.
Surrounding the above aspects we have the Personal Project and Action, Service. The Personal Project is completed in Grade 11 (MYP5) and is quite similar to those who know of the Grade 6 Exhibition. In their own time students will start a project in an area that interests them, create a product, exhibit their project and product and write a final report on the whole process. This is a fulfilling and interesting experience for students to show their skills and demonstrate their talents. Mrs Turner is our personal project coordinator, please contact her directly if you have any further questions.
Action and Service aims to provide opportunities for students to be involved in service in their community, to help others, to be reflective and to be responsible to plan activities. Ms Magri is our Service as Action and CAS coordinator and will be happy to help if you have questions.
We have our eight main subject areas of Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies (otherwise known as History and Geography), Mathematics, Design (product/digital design), Arts (Drama, Music and Visual art), Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Physical and Health Education, Language Acquisition (Spanish, German, Italian). At ISC we also have extra subjects such as Robotics, Public Speaking, English as an Additional Language, Italian as an Additional Language, Homeroom and Cycle Assessment. During homeroom time students learn a pastoral programme.
Surrounding all of the above is our international mindedness which connects back to the learner profile which provides a key for students to be global minded and help to create a more peaceful world.
If you would like to find out more now then please visit http://ibo.org/information-for-parents/. For further information about the international baccalaureate curriculum. Please read next months curriculum corner which will be all about assessment in the IB and at ISC.