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IB Middle Years Programme

 

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a five-year programme designed for learners aged 11–16 by the International Baccalaureate (IB). The MYP curriculum contains eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or equivalents.

 

Flexible framework

 

The programme’s flexible curriculum is compatible with national systems of education and able to meet local and national requirements.

Inquiry-based, concept-driven curriculum

The MYP ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups. Addressing the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students holistically, the MYP prepares them to take principled action by participating in service within the community and requiring study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support the understanding of their own cultures and those of others.

MYP students engage with big ideas, rather than simply memorizing facts in order to prepare for exams. As a result, they develop learning skills that they can rely on throughout the course of their independent, purpose-driven lives.

Concepts

There are 16 key concepts identified by IB which are explored across the curriculum and are the key force that drives the unit. Related concepts and their definitions are specific to each MYP subject and teachers use these to develop MYP units.

IB Middle Years Programme Model

Global Contexts

Global contexts provide shared starting points for an inquiry into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding, and global engagement.

Approaches to Learning (ATL)

A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provides the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn.

MYP Service as Action

Action in the MYP is built upon the action initiated in the PYP and continues as an essential component of the learning process, both as part of the programme’s educational philosophy and as a practical outcome of students’ learning.

Service requires that students are able to build authentic connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they encounter in the community. When connected to classroom learning, the experience of service offers opportunities to apply concepts, skills and knowledge as students explore the community in its complexity, gain personal insight, develop existing and new skills, and build confidence and responsibility as they travel down the road as ‘actors’ in the ‘real world’ beyond school.

Subject Groups

The IB subjects offered in MYP are as follows:

 

Group 1

Language and Literature (Language A- English)

Group 2

Language Acquisition (Languages B- Urdu)

Group 3

Individuals and Societies (Integrated humanities)

Group 4

Sciences (Bio/ Chem/ Phy)

Group 5

Mathematics

Group 6

Arts (Visual Arts)

Group 7

Design

Group 8

Physical and Health Education


*There is a Subject-group flexibility in MYP years 4 and 5 as provided by the IB.

NOTE

It is compulsory for students who are Pakistani nationals and/or passport holders to take Pakistan Studies and Urdu Language to meet the national requirement. This is an important for equivalency certificate if students plan on going to a university in Pakistan.

Islamiat is compulsory for all Muslim students and is also required for the equivalency from IBCC for further education in Pakistan.

Interdiciplinary Learning

The process by which students come to understand bodies of knowledge and modes of thinking from two or more disciplines and then integrate them to create a new understanding.

Students demonstrate this by bringing together concepts, methods or forms of communication to explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, and create a product that may not happen through a single discipline.

 

The Personal Project (PP)

The MYP personal project is a student-centered and age-appropriate practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the programme. This independent long-term project of approximately 25 hours is required to be completed by every student in the last year of the program, to qualify the MYP certificate.

Innovative Assessments

Today’s students are increasingly digitally aware and engaged with technology. To meet their needs, the MYP offers a range of innovative eAssessments (external assessments) at the end of Year-5 that go beyond traditional examinations. MYP eAssessments focus on conceptual understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in complex and unfamiliar situations.

To earn the MYP certificate, students must complete 2 hour on-screen examinations in each of the following:

and submit an ePortfolio in one of the following:

On Screen Exams (Extenally marked)

Math, Language literature, Lang Acq. , Science, Individuals & Societies, Interdisciplinary

Course work ePortolio (Internally marked, externally moderated)

PHE, Design, Arts

Personal Project

Internally marked, externally moderated


MYP eAssessment helps schools make robust and reliable judgments about students’ development as global learners, their ability to transfer understanding to unfamiliar situations, and their capacity to connect academic study with the world beyond the classroom.