IB Program

IB - Middle Years Programme

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About the IB MYP Programme

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) is an all-encompassing educational curriculum designed for students aged 11 to 16, covering grades 6 to 10.

Built on the foundation of the International Baccalaureate philosophy, the MYP offers a unique and demanding framework that goes beyond conventional learning, focusing on the holistic development of students’ intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills. Serving as a seamless pathway to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme(IBDP), the MYP ensures a smooth transition for students aspiring toward a challenging and globally recognized pre-university qualification.

The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the programme. In the final two years of the programme, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.

Syllabus Overview

Language Aquisition

The ability to communicate in a variety of modes, 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.

 

In this subject group, teaching and learning is organized into six phases. The phases do not correspond to particular age groups or MYP year levels. Students do not necessarily begin in phase one – they can begin at any phase, depending on their prior experiences, and may exit from any phase on the continuum.

Language and Literature

Language is integral to exploring and sustaining personal development and cultural identity, and provides an intellectual framework that supports the construction of conceptual understanding.

MYP language and literature courses are designed to:

  • Engage a student in the study of many aspects of the language and literature of a communities and their cultures
  • Offer a study of a wide range of literary and non-literary text types, writing styles and techniques, allowing students to comment on the significance of any possible contexts, audiences, purpose, and the use of linguistic and literary devices.
Individuals and Societies

The 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.

 

It encourages learners, both students and teachers, to consider local and global contexts.

Sciences

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.

Mathematics

In the MYP, the topics and skills in the framework for mathematics are organized so that students can work at two levels of challenge:

  • Standard mathematics: which aims to give all students a sound knowledge of basic mathematical principles while allowing them to develop the skills needed to meet the objectives of MYP mathematics
  • Extended mathematics: in which the standard mathematics framework supplemented by additional topics and skills, providing greater breadth and depth. Extended mathematics provides the foundation for students who wish to pursue further studies in mathematics, such as mathematics higher level (HL), which is part of the IB Diploma Programme (DP).
Arts

In MYP years 1 to 3, arts course structures include a minimum of one visual arts discipline and one performing arts discipline followed by a choice of disciplines in years 4 and 5 of the programme.

 

The arts disciplines offered in the MYP are: Dance, Music, Theatre, Media arts, Visual arts

Physical and Health Education

Physical and health education focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity. Both dimensions help students to develop approaches to learning (ATL) skills across the curriculum. MYP physical and health education courses engage students in physical education activities for at least half of the total teaching time allocated to the subject group.

 

This subject area also offers many opportunities to build positive interpersonal relationships that can help students to develop a sense of social responsibility.

Design

As part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), design challenges all students to:

  • apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems
  • explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts
  • consider their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.

MYP design focuses on a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions.

MYP uses the design cycle as a way to structure:

  • inquiry and analysis of design problems
  • development and creation of feasible solutions
  • testing and evaluation of students’ models, prototypes, products or systems.

In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and individual student learning needs. Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.

MYP students also complete a long-term project, where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discover what they will need to know to complete the project and create a proposal or criteria for completing it.

https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/

MYP Approach to Teaching and Learning

The MYP, embodies a holistic and inquiry-based philosophy in its approach to teaching and learning. It aims to foster students’ academic, personal, and social skills through various key features. Central to the MYP approach is the promotion of conceptual understanding over mere memorization, Inquiry based learning, Interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking and application of knowledge.

The development of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills, including communication, collaboration, organization, and critical thinking, is prioritized here. These skills are deemed crucial for both academic success and lifelong learning.

MYP assessments are criterion-referenced, focusing on established criteria rather than peer comparisons, enabling a clearer understanding of student abilities and providing comprehensive expectations for performance. The MYP program advocates for the development of the IB Learner Profile attributes, guiding students to become responsible, caring, and principled global citizens by embodying attributes like inquiry, reflection, and communication.

In its culmination, the MYP incorporates a Personal Project, enabling students to showcase their acquired skills and knowledge while exploring their passions and interests. Assessment practices in the MYP are designed not just to measure learning but to support and enhance it through formative assessment practices, feedback, and reflection, ensuring continual improvement. Ultimately, the MYP approach aims to prepare students for further education, nurturing a love for learning, and fostering active, compassionate, and lifelong learners.

Assessment Pattern for MYP (Criterion, Projects)

Benefits of IB MYP Curriculum

Preparation for the Future

Equips students with the skills and knowledge essential for success in higher education and the workforce.

Critical Thinking

Encourages students to think critically, inquire deeply, and develop a lifelong love for learning.

Cultural Competence

Nurtures an understanding of different cultures, perspectives, and global issues.

Personal Growth

Fosters personal development, resilience, and a sense of identity in a rapidly changing world.

The IB MYP is not just an educational program; it’s a transformative journey that prepares students to navigate the complexities of our interconnected world with confidence, empathy, and a commitment to making a positive impact. Embrace the IB MYP experience, where education knows no boundaries, and the possibilities for growth are limitless.

WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MYP PROGRAM?

The Middle Years Programme is a Universal Learning Programme taught in nearly 100 countries of the world and its students are present all across the world. Any student aged 11 to 16, can access the MYP at schools that have been approved to execute the programme. And, any school teaching students in this age range may apply to implement the MYP and change into an IB World School. The MYP is inclusive in the structure; students with a wide range of academic abilities, nuanced understanding and varied interests can take advantage of their participation. Implementing the MYP as a whole-school effort, although the MYP may include academically-selective models.

Resources for Information on IB MYP

Remember that access to some resources, especially the OCC, may require authorization from the IB, typically provided to registered schools and educators. Always check the official IB website for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

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