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IB Middle Years Programme

IB Middle Years Programme

IB Middle Years Programme

Children at this stage of their education are beginning to be aware of the world around them and therefore require an engaging and holistic curriculum that is relevant to the important real-world issues. As a preparation for their continuing academics, students need to become experts at learning, thinking, evaluating and communicating.


The Middle Years Programme, (MYP) (Grades 6 to 10)

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a five-year programme for students aged from 11 to 16. Students at this stage are in a critical phase of personal and intellectual development. This is a time of uncertainty, sensitivity, resistance and questioning. The International Baccalaureate has set up the Middle Years Programme to meet students` academic needs and also help students develop a personal value system to guide their own lives. The 3 fundamental concepts of MYP are holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. The MYP provides a holistic international programme of study designed to meet the educational requirements of students aged 11-16. It is a broad-based curriculum framework which encourages students to question, evaluate and to think critically and independently. The programme offers an education that is skill-based, challenging, creative and flexible and requires a great deal of discipline. It also fosters understanding among young people around the world. The programme involves a vigorous and thorough study of various disciplines, emphasizing interdisciplinary study. Concurrently, the MYP also respects the independence and integrity of each discipline as students prepare for further study in the various subjects.

Students undertake a course of study across eight subject areas :


Other significant elements of the MYP are:

MYP Service as Action

The MYP Service as Action Programme in École Mondiale requires the students from every grade to participate in C & S Activities. The school offers three kinds of opportunities: School initiated Service activity for each grade, MYP Unit Driven Service as Action in subjects and student self-initiated service activities.

Global Contexts

In our highly interconnected and rapidly changing world, IB MYP aims to develop international-mindedness through global contexts. The aim of the mentioned contexts is to enable explorations across the 8 subject areas. 

  • Identities and relationships
  • Orientation in space and time
  • Personal & cultural expression
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Globalization and sustainability
  • Fairness and development

Approaches to Learning

Through approaches to learning (ATL) skills in the IB MYP, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”. ATL skills can be taught and improved with practice. Students develop their understanding of how they learn best; thus, developing a love for learning. The 5 sets of skills are:

  • Thinking skills
  • Social skills
  • Communication skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Research skills

The 5 categories of ATL skills mentioned above are the same across all MYP subjects; however, each subject has a set of specific skills to contribute to the holistic process of learning. Moreover, ATL skills provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills provide a common language that students and teachers can use to articulate and reflect on the process of learning.

Each ATL skill category is elaborated below:

Thinking skills Social Skills Communication Skills Self-management Skills Research Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Transfer
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Affective Skills
  • Reflection
    • Information literacy
    • Media literacy

The Personal Project

This is an independent piece of work intended as the culmination of the students studying in grade 10 or MYP Year 5. Students work with their supervisors to complete an individual and original piece of research. Students showcase their development of ATL skills, understanding of Global contexts and development of Learner Profile attributes through the Personal Project.

MYP e-assessments for students of grade 10 or MYP Year 5:

As part of the educational opportunities here at École Mondiale, we are proud to offer the Grade 10 students the opportunity of sitting the optional IB MYP e-assessments. The IB MYP e-Assessment is an exciting development that offers the students a unique assessment of their learning in a truly 21st-century approach. e-Assessments are in two forms, some subjects have an on-screen exam and others have a submission of student-work through an ePortfolio. In May 2016 École (along with other leading schools around the world) successfully conducted the IB MYP e-assessments. The e-assessments are clearly the way that assessments will be conducted in the 21st century and we are proud to be part of this exciting IB initiative.

To learn more about the IB MYP, use the links below:

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