Middle Years Course Descriptions
MYP Subject Groups
IB Middle Years Programme includes eight subject groups, all considered equally important in providing a well-rounded education and preparing students for the future. Students study at least one subject from each subject group.
- Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies
- Physical and Health Education
Language and literature
- The main aims of the MYP language and literature are to encourage and enable students to:
- use language as a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning, self-expression, analysis and social interaction
- develop skills needed in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting in a variety of contexts
- develop critical, creative and personal approaches to studying and analysing literary and non-literary texts
- engage with texts from different cultures and historical periods
- explore language through a variety of media
- develop a life-long interest in reading.
The main aims of the MYP language acquisition are to encourage and enable students to:
- gain skills in an additional language for further study, work and leisure
- develop understanding of and respect for diverse linguistic and cultural heritages
- develop of understanding of the nature of language and the language learning process
- encourage an awareness and understanding of cultural characteristics and perspectives of the communities where the language is spoken
- foster curiosity, enjoyment and life-long interest in language learning.
As part of the MYP students are required to study at least one language in addition to their first language and/or the school’s language of instruction.
Individuals and societies
The main aims of the MYP individuals and societies are to encourage and enable students to:
- appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
- understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies and the environment
- understand how environmental and human systems operate and evolve
- develop a concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
- act as responsible citizens of local and global communities.
Individuals and societies is an integrated course that includes elements from geography, history, governance, economics and social studies.
The main aims of the MYP mathematics are to encourage and enable students to:
- enjoy mathematics and develop curiosity and appreciation for it
- develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics
- develop logical, critical and creative thinking
- develop confidence, perseverance and independence in mathematical thinking and problem-solving
- apply and transfer skills to a wide range of real-life situations, other areas of knowledge and future developments.
The mathematics course includes five branches mathematics: number, algebra, geometry & trigonometry, statistics and probability, and discrete mathematics.
The main aims of the MYP arts are to encourage and enable students to:
- create and present art
- develop skills specific to the different arts disciplines
- engage in the process of creative exploration and discovery
- understand the connections between art and its contexts
- respond and reflect on art.
MYP Arts course consists of visual and performing arts.
The main aims of the MYP design are to encourage and enable students to:
- enjoy the design process, develop an appreciation of its elegance and power
- develop knowledge, understanding and skills from different disciplines to design and create solutions to problems
- use technology effectively to access, process and communicate information, model and create solutions and to solve problems
- develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society and environments.
MYP design course consists of digital and product design. In each design project students engage in the design cycle of inquiring & analysing, developing ideas, creating solutions and evaluating.
The main aims of the MYP sciences are to encourage and enable students to:
- understand and appreciate science and its implications
- cultivate analytical, inquiring and flexible minds that pose questions, solve problems, construct explanations and judge arguments
- develop skills to design and perform investigations, evaluate evidence and reach conclusions
- reflect on their learning experiences and the impacts of science.
MYP science consist either of an integrated course with elements from physics, chemistry and biology, or of separate traditional science courses, depending on the grade level.
Physical and Health Education
The main aims of the MYP physical and health education are to encourage and enable students to:
- practice and participate in a variety of physical activities
- understand the value of physical activity and healthy lifestyle
- achieve and maintain a life-long habit of a healthy lifestyle
- build positive relationships through sports and collaborate effectively
- reflect on their learning experiences and development.