The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed for students between the ages of 11 and 16. This period, encompassing puberty and early mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development. The MYP aims to help students develop the knowledge, skills and attitude they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. In doing so, learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as the content of the disciplines themselves.
In the programme model for
the MYP the student is placed at the centre, represented by the IB learner
The first ring describes the features of the programme that help
students develop disciplinary (and interdisciplinary) understanding:
learning (ATL)— demonstrating a commitment to approaches to learning as a key
component of the MYP for developing skills for learning.
teaching— emphasizing MYP pedagogy, including collaborative learning through
a concept-driven curriculum.
teaching and learning in the MYP involves understanding concepts in context. The MYP identifies six
global contexts for teaching and learning that are developed from, and extend,
the PYP’s transdisciplinary themes.
Orientation in space and time
Personal and cultural expression
Scientific and technical
Fairness and development
The second ring describes some important outcomes of the programme.
learning may result in student-initiated action, which may involve service
within the community.
culminates in the personal project (for students in MYP year 5).
The third ring describes the MYP’s broad and balanced curriculum.
organises teaching and learning through eight subject groups: language and
literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences,
mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design.
In many cases,
discrete or integrated disciplines may be taught and assessed within a subject
group: for example, history or geography within the individuals and societies
subject group; biology, chemistry or physics within the sciences subject group.
between subject groups blurs to indicate the interdisciplinary nature of the
MYP. The subject groups are connected through global contexts and key concepts.
Principles into Practice 2014)