IB Middle Years Program
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IB Middle Years Program (IB MYP)

The Middle Years Program (MYP) of International Baccalaureate (IB) is a course of study designed to meet the educational requirements of students in the 11-16 age range. At Overseas Family School, students complete the first 3 years of MYP in the Middle School (Grade 6 to Grade 8). Students will complete the final 2 years of the 5-year MYP in the High School (Grade 9 and Grade 10).

Learn more about MYP for Middle School (G6 to G8)
Learn more about MYP for High School (G9 and G10)

Why MYP for Overseas Family School?

There are many reasons. They include:

  1. The Philosophy of MYP supports the overall vision of OFS. That is, there is strong emphasis on the ideals of holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.
  2. It enhances student preparation for senior studies.
  3. It provides a sound overall curriculum framework for ALL of our Grade 9 and 10 courses at OFS: IGCSE and non-IGCSE.
  4. The MYP provides a well-structured curriculum framework, allowing students to make connections to the real world. It is an excellent preparation for the Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12.

Curriculum Areas

The IB has set the aims and objectives for 8 different Curriculum Areas as displayed in the MYP Program Model.

  • Language and Literature (usually the school's language of instruction)
  • Language Acquisition (A modern foreign language learned at school)
  • Individuals and Societies (Human Systems and Environments)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical and Health Education (a healthy, active lifestyle, optimal fitness, social skills, reflection)
  • Sciences (Science including elements of Biology, Chemistry & Physics)
  • Arts (Visual Arts, Performing Arts)
  • Design (the nature, processes and impact of Technology)

Global Contexts

A feature of the MYP is that students, mostly through their selected courses and whole school activities, will learn through Global Contexts. These will promote inquiry, international-mindedness, cultural understanding and reflection.

The six Global Contexts are:

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

Approaches to Learning (ATL)

Through ATL in IB programs, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them "learn how to learn". ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the process of learning.

IB programs identify five ATL skill categories, expanded into developmentally appropriate skill clusters.

IB ATL Skill Categories
MYP ATL Skill Clusters
Information literacy
Media literacy
Critical thinking
Creative thinking