Middle School | Ages 11 - 12
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Early adolescence is a critical phase of personal and intellectual development and we aim to provide our students with a caring environment which fosters skills such as working effectively with others, communicating clearly, and self-management to support them through this phase of development. We encourage our students to pursue academic excellence; to become caring, global citizens; and to lead healthy, balanced lives.
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is offered to all Grade 6 to 10 students at ISB. The MYP is an ambitious programme combining academic rigour and challenge while preparing students for the demands of an ever-changing world. The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.
The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects 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.
MYP Subjects and Interdisciplinary Learning
In the Middle Years Programme (MYP), interdisciplinary learning supports students to understand bodies of knowledge from two or more disciplines or subject groups, in order to integrate them and create new understanding.
Students demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding when they bring together concepts, methods, or forms of communication from two or more disciplines or established areas of expertise so that they can explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, create a product, or raise a new question in ways that would have been unlikely through a single discipline.
The Middle Years Programme is comprised of eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.
- Individuals and Societies
- Language and Literature
- Modern Languages
- Physical and Health Education
In the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas. It is through this practice that students acquire new skills and master those skills developed in prior learning. Students have opportunities to function as artists, as well as learners of the arts.
The Arts disciplines at ISB include:
- Visual art
Students in Grade 6 - 8 study Drama, Music and Visual art. In Grade 9 students take one of the Arts subjects and have the option to select a second Arts. In Grade 10 students have the option of selecting one Arts subject.
As part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), design challenges all students to:
- apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems
- explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts
- consider their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.
MYP design focuses a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions.
Students follow a general design course from Grade 6 - 10 covering both practical and digital media by completing a range of project-based activities. For their final MYP award, students solve a brief set by the IB in the final semester of Grade 10.
Individuals and Societies encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments.
Students in Grade 6 - 8 study an integrated Individuals and Societies programme. In Grade 9 - 10 students are taught Geography and History as discrete subjects in a semester course. In addition, Grade 10 students may choose PEP (units of Politics, Economics, Business and Psychology) as an elective.
At ISB the MYP curriculum is taught through English and so mastery of English language and literature helps all students achieve their full potential in a range of subjects. The MYP Language and Literature courses include a balanced study of genres and literary texts, including a world literature component. Students’ interactions with texts generate moral, social, economic, political, cultural and environmental insights.
French and German are also offered to Grade 6 - 10 students, and Spanish to Grade 8 - 10 students at the Language and Literature level.
In the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), mathematics promotes both inquiry and application, helping students to develop problem solving techniques that transcend the discipline and that are useful in the world beyond school.
The MYP mathematics framework encompasses number, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability.
At ISB students in Grade 6 - 10 study the four branches of Mathematics: Number, Pattern and Functions, Shape and Space and Data. Each topic within the branches is introduced in Grade 6 - 8 and then built upon and developed further in Grade 9 - 10. In Grade 6 - 8 students are provided with a solid foundation of Mathematics and are challenged with additional topics. In Grade 9 - 10 students are guided towards either the Standard or the Extended Mathematics programmes.
In Middle Years Programme (MYP) Modern Languages, students are provided with the opportunity to study combinations of German, French and Spanish. In Grade 6 - 7, students are required to study German as well as an additional language (French or Spanish). In Grade 8, students choose between German, French or Spanish as their main Modern Language subject and also study an additional language (German, French or Spanish). In Grade 9 - 10 students select either of German, French or Spanish and have the option to take an additional language (German, French or Spanish) in the electives group.
As well as learning the grammar and vocabulary of the various languages students are also taught about the cultural aspect of the language(s) that they choose. The curriculum encourages students to reflect on the different forms of language and the function that language has in different contexts. The advantage of studying language at ISB is that the programme allows for a broad range of experience ranging from emergent, capable, proficient, through to native in most languages in MYP years.
Students are given the opportunity to develop their language skills to their full potential, as well as the possibility of progressing through various phases over the course of the MYP.
All students in Grade 6 - 10 follow a Middle Years Programme (MYP) Physical and Health Education course. MYP Physical and Health Education aims to empower students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. To this end, physical and health education courses foster the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle. Physical and health education focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity.
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) sciences framework encourages students to investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation, working independently and collaboratively.
As they investigate real examples of science application, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment.
At the ISB, students in Grade 6 - 8 study Integrated Science. Students learn to integrate concepts and methods from different disciplines including Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Grade 9 students will follow a modular approach to the Sciences. The first unit will build upon the investigative skills developed in previous years and extend to meet the Grade 9 and Grade 10 objectives. Students will then follow Biology, Chemistry and Physics modules. In Grade 10, all students will have modular science course which involves one semester of Chemistry and one semester of Biology. Grade 10 students also have the option to take Physics as an additional science.
Meaningful participation in Service is a requirement for all students in Grade 6 - 10. Students are encouraged to make connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they see happening in the outside world.Service encourages responsible citizenship. It seeks to deepen the students’ knowledge and understanding of the world around them to allow students to be more knowledgeable, open-minded and confident.
As students mature, Service activities should go ‘beyond doing for others to engaging with others in a shared commitment towards the common good. Meaningful Service requires understanding of an underlying issue such as poverty, literacy or pollution’, identifying where the need lies and interacting with the relevant community to determine the best action.
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