Middle Years Programme (MYP)
AIS is currently a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). The different elements of the MYP (Grades 6-10) providing an engaging learning framework that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. MYP students build on the skills and the inquiry approach to learning developed in the Primary Years Programme (PYP), and begin to cultivate the skills and academic rigour necessary for them to achieve in the Diploma Programme.
The MYP has eight subject areas: Arts (Visual Art, Drama, Music), Design, Individuals & Societies (social studies), Language Acquisition, Language & Literature, Mathematics, Physical & Health Education and Science. The curriculum emphasizes learning in real-life contexts and is framed by key concepts in each subject to add depth to students’ learning.
In each grade, an interdisciplinary unit between two subjects encourages students to make connections between different areas of knowledge. This enables them to develop new understandings and perceptions of the world around them.
The skill set
Throughout the programme, students develop their approaches to learning skills (ATLs) in communication, thinking, research, self-management and social skills that are essential ingredients for success for any 21st century learner - for the IB Diploma, university and for life.
Action & Service is another key element of the MYP. Students are required to learn by doing and connect to the wider world via the issues, topics and concepts that they study in the classroom.
The Community Project in Grade 8 gives MYP students the chance to develop their ATLs by investigating a recognized need in the community. Collaborating in groups, students follow a series of inquiry stages - investigating, planning, taking action and planning - and then present their findings to our community.
The Personal Project
Starting in April of Grade 9, students begin the MYP Personal Project, an opportunity for them to apply the essential skills that they have developed throughout the programme via an independent, rigorous inquiry into any issue that they are passionate about.
Using the same inquiry stages as the Community Project, students decide on a challenging but achievable goal for their project. Over the course of their investigation students need to demonstrate their self-management, communication, thinking and reflection skills (ATLs). Midway through Grade 10, students complete their Personal Project with a report in a format of their choice and with a presentation to share and celebrate their findings with the AIS community.