The Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a course of study for students aged between 11 and 16 years; Grades 6–10 at Lady Andal School. In the MYP, the learner is at the core to emphasize holistic development of the person.
Through Approaches to Learning and Teaching (ATL & ATT), students develop the skills which allows them to think, question and collaborate with others. Their disciplinary understanding is underpinned by conceptual learning, which enable them to make connections to real-world global contexts.
Service allows students to take action in the local and global community. The personal project is a student-centered exploration of their personal interests, which assesses students’ ATL skills.
The eight subject groups are offered as multiple disciplines. Interdisciplinary projects help students make connections between subjects.
MYP units are built around key concepts and global contexts. Together, these frame subject-specific inquiries that are conceptually driven and set within authentic, real-life contexts.
These global contexts form a common language between all subject areas and aims to encourage international mindedness and global engagement within the programme. When students experience such meaningful and relevant learning, they are more likely to be engaged.
Each unit of work that the students engage with will be rooted in one of the global contexts:
The MYP comprises of eight subject groups, which students are required to study concurrently in a year.
The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the programme. 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 national requirements and individual student learning needs.
Students are assessed in a variety of ways: written assignments, oral presentations, field work, practical work, role-play, debates, exhibitions, performance, tests and examinations, research papers, peer and self-assessment.
Formative assessment means that students will be given assessed feedback on their work to help them improve it. They will also be involved in this assessment, perhaps through assessing their peers or even themselves.
Summative assessment is a terminal activity usually assessed by the teacher, often graded tasks for the report cards.
Assessment is criterion-based, so that students are assessed against published, agreed learning objectives. These learning objectives are published for each subject and each grade level, and are available to parents and students on the school’s learning management tool, Toddle. The subject criteria are based on the learning objectives mandated by the IB.