The International Baccalaureate Middle years program (IB MYP) which runs from ages 14 to 16 will begin in year 2.
The MYP curriculum is organized into eight subject groups:
Arts, Design, Individuals and Society, Language Acquisition, Language and Literature, Mathematics,
Physical and Health Education and Sciences.
Each subject consists of defined learning objectives, key and related concepts, with global contexts and content.
The key concepts are learned in terms of specific global contexts. Concepts are powerful ideas with universal
application; the meaning and interpretation of concepts change according to student’s personal experiences.
IB MYP Subject Group Description
1. The Arts :
This subject includes classes in both the visual and performing arts. Students have opportunities to work as
artists and to explore, shape, and communicate their sense of identity and individuality. As artists, students
experience the process of creating art.
2. Design :
The ability to design is an essential 21st century set of habits, and design is not limited to a “talented few.”
In the MYP design is defined as the “link between innovation and creativity.” Students engage in a variety of
design projects and experience design as a process through which thoughts and possibilities are brought to
3. Individuals and Societies :
Students study topics drawn from the traditional humanities including history, anthropology, psychology,
geography, political science and economics. Students develop and test hypotheses, collect information,
describe and analyze data, interpret and then finally present their findings.
4. Language Acquisition :
Learning a language is a highly individual process and involves developing knowledge, conceptual understanding
and skills. Through the study of another language, students come to realise and appreciate that there are other
ways of living and understanding the world. There will be a choice of two languages.
5. Language and Literature :
Human thought and activity occur in language. Studies of English language and literature guide students to
explore self-identities. It also helps develop appreciation of the nature of language and literature,
including its power and beauty. Students develop analytical thinking, imagination, creativity, and
communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as they engage in inquiry-based activities.
6. Mathematics :
The goal is for students to understand mathematics conceptually, rather than as series of memorised formulae
and rules. Mathematics will be taught as a practical tool to be used in daily and professional life, not as
theory for examinations. Learning how solutions are worked out is more important than having the “right answer.”
7. Physical and Health Education :
Understanding and appreciating the value of being physically active and making healthy life choices are goals
for this subject group. Students engage in activities that foster an awareness of physical development and
health perspectives. This includes learning to appreciate and respect the ideas of others and developing
effective communication and collaboration skills.
8. Sciences :
MYP science studies guide students to investigate issues through research, observation, and experimentation.
Students conduct investigations through an experimental cycle involving inquiry, design, process, and
evaluation. Students also explore related issues such as morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics
and the environment.
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