MYP at GWA
Middle Years Programme
GWA follows the International Baccalaureate's Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is a natural progression from the PYP and excellent preparation for the DP in Grade 11 and 12. The MYP spans Grades 6-10, a time when adolescents are undergoing rapid and far-reaching physical, emotional and intellectual development. The curriculum that is taught and the teaching and learning provided are all designed to meet the needs of this particular developmental stage. Students will gain knowledge and undefined information with rigor in an environment that promotes student inquiry and the development of conceptual ideas and creative and critical thinking.
Middle Years Programme Coordinator
Meet The MYP Coordinator
Jon is a passionate advocate of continuous lifelong learning, from students through to parents and teachers. The Middle Years Program (MYP) is a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that allows students the freedom to innovatively explore their own learning, and develop the skills and knowledge required to become fruitful lifelong learners.
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The Curriculum Model (From Principles into Practice)
Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, organized into the 8 subject groups:
- Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies
- Physical and Health Education
Through teacher planning and student engagement, students make links and connections in their learning by using the global contexts for learning with a focus on conceptual understandings. Additionally, the “Approaches to Learning" skills, support students in developing the skills needed to understand and manage the complexities of our world, and provide them with the skills and attitudes they need in order to take responsible action in the future.
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Teaching and learning in the MYP
Teaching and learning in the MYP at GWA is based in the understanding that students learn best when the learning is:
- engaging, challenging, rigorous, relevant and significant
- appropriately supported with feedback
- understood and accommodated for students with diverse needs
- structured so students feel secure and that their ideas are valued and respect
- based on how students "learn best" and supports the development of new thoughts, ideas and connections between other disciplines
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What is the Middle Years Programme?
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a curriculum framework designed for learners aged 11–16 by the International Baccalaureate (IB). The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools or in abbreviated two-, three- or four-year formats.
In an MYP classroom, you’ll notice that the students are at the centre of learning. They are drawing connections between all subject areas, learning is explicitly linked to the world around them, participation in a foreign language is required, and a variety of formal and informal assessments are used to inform teaching and learning. MYP learning experiences infuse global points of view wherever possible in order to promote understanding of other cultures, an awareness of the human condition and an understanding that there is a commonality of human experience.
The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Students take the core courses of language and literature, individuals and societies, mathematics, sciences, physical and health education, language acquisition, arts, and design. A unique feature of the programme is that it extends the traditional curriculum to include immersion in four themes— approaches to teaching and approaches to learning, global contexts and concepts. Students also complete a personal project, which is an independent piece of work that may be an essay, an artistic production or another form of expression.
What are the advantages of an IB education?
- IB World Schools (the only schools authorized to offer IB programmes) are subject to a strict accreditation process monitored by the IB, ensuring that schools provide a high-quality education.
- IB teaching methods and curriculums are research- based and draw from the best educational practices from systems around the world.
- IB teachers are required to participate in many professional development opportunities to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and new thinking.
- IB programmes are recognized internationally and ease the educational transition of mobile students so that their education is not adversely affected if their families relocate.
Do IB teachers receive special training?
All MYP teachers receive professional development in the IB’s approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the MYP.
How the MYP Helps Students
The MYP is able to develop the students to posses the qualifications below. Click here to learn more.
Addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
Requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
Empowers students to participate in service within the community
Helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning
More To Explore
Take your first step towards an IB-through education.
Pre K through to Grade 5. the PYP provides a holistic approach to curriculum design and places the child at the center of the learning process.
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond.