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 Completion Award

Since June 2016 Discovery College has been issuing its own MYP completion award and a formal academic transcript. The requirements leading to the award of the MYP completion award are as follows:

  • Achieved at least a grade of ‘2’ (maximum of ‘7’) in every IB MYP subject
  • Achieved at least a grade of ‘2’ (maximum of ‘7’) in the IB MYP Personal Project
  • Achieved a minimum aggregate of 36 marks (the aggregate of eight subject grades and the Personal Project grade) of a maximum possible 63
  • Meeting the school’s Community Engagement requirements. Click here [http://www.discovery.edu.hk/curriculum/community-engagement/] for more information on Community Engagement at Discovery College.

The MYP completion award will carry the endorsement of the ESF, Discovery College and the Council of International Schools – Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WIS-WASC).

Students who have completed the Personal Project and satisfied the school’s Community Engagement requirements will also receive formal recognition from the IB in the form of a single document which contains the IB-issued Personal Project grade and a statement indication that Community Engagement requirements have been met.

In October, Year 11 students who are completing the MYP Personal Project will be registered with the IB. The IB uses these details on all official MYP and Diploma documentation. Student names, nationality and language backgrounds will be based on family information in the Gateway. If these information needs to amended for formal IB-issued documentation, please do so at your earliest convenience.

Year 10 and 11 Arts Group and Design subject options for 2017-18

MYP students in Years 10 and 11 are provided with options within the Arts Group and Design subject areas. These options allow students to choose to specialise in the areas of greatest interest to them within these two subject groups. Refer to the presentation below for details on these options and the process for making these selections.

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