IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) (Years 7 to 9)
The two ESF all-through schools, Renaissance College and Discovery College, cater for MYP students in Years 7 to 11. The other five ESF secondary schools are aligning the school curriculum for Years 7 to 9 to the MYP framework.
The MYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. Learning focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in and beyond the classroom and encourages students to be critical, creative and reflective thinkers. The MYP is a framework on which to hang a challenging and rigorous curriculum, which provides authentic, real-world connections to the learning in the classroom.
The MYP curriculum
Through the MYP, students develop an understanding of themselves as learners, their emerging sense of self and their role in demonstrating responsible action within their community, both locally and globally. In order to provide a holistic education with breadth and depth of understanding, the MYP offers eight subject groups:
- Language acquisition
- Language and literature
- Individuals and societies
- Physical and health education
The MYP centres around and is underpinned by the following five key components:
- Teaching and learning in context
- Conceptual understanding
- Approaches to teaching and learning
- Service as action through Community Service
- Inclusion and learning
As a further means of developing autonomous, self-directed learners, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through completing a project, which encourages reflection on their learning and outcomes of their work. This is a long-term project, which is embedded within a global context and generates a synthesis of creative and critical thinking and approaches to learning through an in-depth investigation.
Students who complete the MYP in Year 3 or Year 4 complete the community project, enabling them to develop their commitment to service as action within the community. All students who complete the MYP in Year 5 complete the personal project.
MYP projects are student-centred and age-appropriate, and they enable students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection.