THE IB MIDDLE YEARS Programme
THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME
(GRADES 6 – 10)
BWYA has offered the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme since the very beginning in 2001, so we now have over 17 years experience successfully preparing students to achieve their best and move on to the university of their choice.
Our IB programme begins with Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in grades 6 to 10. MYP encourages students to inquire, experiment, communicate and make connections. It is designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively in both our local and global communities.
Here at BWYA we understand that this period of a student’s life is a vitally important phase of personal and intellectual development. So learning how to learn and how to critically evaluate information is equally as important as learning facts. It is with this in mind that the MYP has been designed with students studying subjects from 8 subject groups, as well as the core areas – Service as Action, Community/Personal Project, Inter-disciplinary Learning, and Approaches to Learning. For more information about Service as Action, click here.
MYP USES 5 APPROACHES TO LEARNING (ATL) SKILLS
How can students communicate through interaction? How can students demonstrate communication through language?
How can students think critically?
How can students collaborate effectively?
Self Management Skills
How can students demonstrate orgainsation skills? How can students manage their own state of mind? How can students be reflective?
How can students demonstrate information literacy? How can students demonstrate media literacy?
This period of a student’s life is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts. In the MYP, students study subjects from eight subject groups following six Global Contexts, which are Identities and Relationships, Orientation in Time and Space, Personal and Cultural Expression, Scientific and Technical Innovation, Globalisation and Sustainability and Fairness and Development. Students are also required to complete Service as Action activities across the five-year programme. At the end of Grade 10, students then demonstrate all of their learning in their Personal Projects.
The personal project encourages students to practise and strengthen their approaches to learning (ATL) skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest. The personal project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and oftencreative product/outcome and to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning in the MYP.
MYP projects prepare students for further education projects and presentations, such as those in the DP. There are strong links between the MYP projects and subject-specific assessments in the DP, such as the global politics engagement activity, through the nature of the task and the presentation style of the report;however, MYP projects relate most directly to the cores of the DP.
This is one area of learning where we as a school have been performing well above the global average, this year exceeding it by over 2 points!
Click here to view our student Hannah Xu’s TEDx Youth Event personal project.
The main goal of MYP is to support and encourage student hollistic learning. Assessment is based on the four criteria of Knowledge and Understanding, Investigating, Communicating, and Thinking Critically.
Work throughout the term in all four areas is assessed through feedback to the students. Students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their abilities rather than via one big exam.
BWYA has introduced IB eAssessment for Grade 10 and we have been recognised as an IB eAssessment Leading School.
To apply for our IB Programme, contact us directly or apply online
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