Middle Years Programme

The MYP curriculum model

Discovery College is an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) School. The MYP offers a philosophy and a curriculum framework to meet the needs of 11 to 16 year-old students. It aims to combine the best research and practice from a range of national systems and the knowledge and experiences of international schools.

It recognises the unique developmental characteristics of early adolescence, which is marked by significant physical, intellectual, emotional and moral growth and change. In recognition of this, the MYP seeks to facilitate learning experiences that are authentic, holistic, relevant, engaging and build a healthy sense of self. International-mindedness is woven through the fabric of the programme’s framework and is expressed through the IB learner profile.

The framework provides flexibility for teachers to develop teaching programmes that are responsive to needs of students who are making sense of a rapidly changing world and to make authentic connections between their learning and local, regional and international contexts.

Curriculum framework

The IB MYP has eight subject groups on the outside of the octagonal curriculum model (Figure 1). All students are expected to study from each of these subject groups, and each group is of equal value. This helps ensure that all students receive a broad and balanced education to draw upon before making decisions about subject specialisation in Years 12 and 13.The eight subject groups are:

 Language and literature (formerly Languages A)
 Language acquisition (formerly Languages B)
 Individuals and societies (formerly Humanities)
 Physical and health education (formerly Physical Education
 Sciences
 Mathematics
 Design (formerly Technology)
 Arts Group (Visual Arts, Drama and Music)

Through studying MYP subject knowledge, concepts and skills, students will also develop a broad suite of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills.

Global Contexts
Global Contexts is the MYP’s framework for organising the curriculum’s content and skills with deep conceptual understanding. Conceptual understandings of taught content help students transfer ideas across topic areas and traditional subject boundaries. The Global Contexts build upon the knowledge and thinking skills developed through the PYP’s transdisciplinary themes.

MYP Certificate requirements

The IB has revised the requirements of the MYP certificate. From 2014-15 onwards the requirements leading to the award of the MYP Certificate will be as follows:

  • Achieved at least a grade of ‘2’ (maximum of ‘7’) in every IB MYP subject
  • Achieved at least a grade of ‘3’ (maximum of ‘7’) in the IB MYP Personal Project
  • Achieved a minimum aggregate of 28 marks (the aggregate of six subject grades and the Personal Project grade) of a maximum possible 49. This is calculated by:
  • Taking a student’s final subject grade in Language and Literature, Mathematics, Individuals and Societies, Language Acquisition, Sciences and the Personal Project
  • A student’s best score from Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Design.
  • Met the school’s Community Engagement requirements. Click here for more information on Community Engagement at Discovery College.

Students who have completed the MYP will be awarded a MYP Completion Certificate. The certificate will carry the endorsement of the ESF, Discovery College and the Council of International Schools – Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WIS-WASC).

The Certificate will include overall MYP subject grades for all eight subject areas. The Certificate will also provide evidence of how a student has met the College’s CE expectations. For students who have completed the last two years of the MYP, their certificate will include their Personal Project grade. These students will also receive formal recognition of their Personal Project achievements from the IB. The IB will release Personal Project results in September 2016.

On October 1 2015, all Y11 students will be registered with the IB. The IB will use these details on all official IB MYP and Diploma documentation. We will be registering student names and nationality based on the information in the Gateway. If this information needs to be amended please do so at your earliest convenience.

Further information for parents and guardians

For specific questions about the MYP please contact Adrian GAN (Secondary Vice-Principal/MYP Coordinator): adrian.gan@discovery.edu.hk

References

A basis for practice: Middle Years Programme, IBO (2002) Geneva

www.ibo.org – the IBO website

www.ibo.org/myp/ – Middle Years Programme at a glance

www.ibo.org/programmes/profile/ – IB learner profile