The IB Primary Middle Programme (MYP)
The MYP is a specially designed program developed by the International Baccalaureate organization to prepare students to be successful in the Diploma Program. The MYP focuses on students from ages 11-16 (grades 6-10) and culminates with a Personal Project. The Personal Projects demonstrate readiness to enter the Diploma Programme. The philosophical basis of the MYP fosters the traits of a responsible global citizen through the IB Learner Profile.
The MYP consists of eight subject groups, which allows for a comprehensive and balanced curriculum. Students learn through global contexts, which allows them to connect their own lives and experiences to the real world. The MYP is a conceptual based program and these ‘big ideas’ allow student be engaged and inquire within the different subject areas. Throughout the programme students develop their social, thinking, research, communication and self-management skills (called Approaches to Learning or ATL’s) in which they are essentially learning how to learn. In addition, there is a Community and Service component, called Action as Service, where students extend their learning outside the classroom and can have a positive impact on the lives of others as well as the environment by taking part in service projects. At the heart of the programme is the IB Learner Profile, which consists of 10 attributes that we strive for all of our students to possess.
The MYP Students:
- build confidence in managing their own learning
- learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
- thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel
- develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens
MYP projects encourage students to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work – key skills that prepare them for success in further study, the workplace and the community.
Students who complete the MYP in Year 3 or Year 4 complete the community project. All students who complete the MYP in Year 5 complete the personal project.
The community project provides an important opportunity for students ages 13-14 to collaborate and pursue service learning. Schools register all MYP Year 5 students for external moderation of the personal project, promoting a global standard of quality.
MYP projects are student-centered and age-appropriate, and they enable students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action, and reflection.
Successful completion of a Personal Project is a condition for acceptance to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
The MYP has three fundamental programme concepts:
- A programme that is Holistic
- A programme that fosters Inter-Cultural Awareness
- A programme that stresses the importance of Communication
We ensure that our learning is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. We promote global perspectives and build awareness and foster sensitivity to the perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds of others.
For more information about the MYP, visit the website at www.ibo.org