Life in the 21st century presently many challenges to learners making the transition through adolescence. They are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development, of uncertainty and of questioning. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.
Middle Years Programme
The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.
The Written Curriculum
The most distinctive aspect of the IB Middle Years Programme is the concept-based framework which refers inquiry-based learning within and across subjects. The MYP framework includes Approaches to Learning which assist in developing life long skills for learners and is delivered through the six global contexts. They are:
Identities and Relationships
Orientation in Space and Time
Personal and Cultural Expression
Scientific and Technical Innovation
Globalization and Sustainability
Fairness and Development
The Taught Curriculum
The programme consists of eight subject groups. Students are required to study Language and Literature (Chinese and English), Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and Health Education and Design, and optional Language Acquisition (French or Spanish). In Year 8, students complete a Community Project and then in the final year of the programme, students also engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the programme.
The Assessed Curriculum
Assessment is criterion-related, so students around the world are measured against pre-specified criteria for each subject group. All MYP subjects are assessed using four criteria. Teachers set assessment tasks that are assessed internally in the school. External checks are carried out on this internal assessment to ensure consistency of standards.
(www.ibo.org – The Middle Years Programme)