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IB Middle Years Program

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) at St John’s Anglican School is taught in Years 7-10 and provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be active and effective participants in our global world.

The MYP is a challenging curriculum framework that helps teachers establish goals, focus units of study using the ‘Global Contexts’ and conduct meaningful assessments. The MYP framework encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

Students are expected to be well-versed in the traditional subject areas of our current curriculum, and they are encouraged to see the relationships between them. They are expected to develop a genuine understanding of their own history and culture, and are encouraged to appreciate the traditions of other people and other places.

The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. MYP teachers organise the curriculum with appropriate attention to:

Teaching and learning in context. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally-minded.

Conceptual understanding. Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.

Approaches to learning (ATL). A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provide 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.

Service (community service) and Action (learning by doing and experiencing). Service and Action have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.

Language and identity. MYP students learn at least two languages – English, Mandarin Chinese or German. Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.

Year Nine Community Project. The Community Project is completed by all students in Year 9 and sits within the program alongside Service and Action. It provides students with the opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and skills they have developed across their subject groups during the MYP and demonstrate their commitment to service as action within a community. The Community Project is student-driven, with students choosing which community they wish to serve, learning about the needs of that community, and deciding on and carrying out a course of action in order to serve and better the lives of individuals in that community. The Project is the culminating experience for MYP students at St John’s.

(Extracted from: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/curriculum). Visit the IB website to learn more about the MYP.