IBS Grades 6-10 [ MYP Years 1 – 5] students follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). The IBS Middle School Programme is designed for students in the age range of 11-14 years. It is a complete and coherent programme that provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills appropriate to this stage of adolescence, woven through the treats of emotional and multiple intelligences Whilst subjects are discretely taught, there is integration of subject areas.
This programme builds on the solid foundation provided by IBS Primary programme and has been specifically chosen to synthesize best-practice and standards from other international education systems. However, Iqraa has just stepped into the first year of MYP – MYP year 1 for grade 6 for the academic year 2017 -2018
The IB MYP is a holistic, inquiry-based curriculum framework that not only addresses the broad academic needs of adolescents, but also their emotional and social needs - especially, in terms of developing them as citizens of the world and leaders of tomorrow.
At the core of the program the IB Learner Profile serves as an encouragement to students to learn and develop social responsibility, cooperation, pride, empathy, and a realization of the importance of listening carefully to the opinions of all. Students are encouraged to question and evaluate information critically, to seek out and explore the interdisciplinary links between subjects, and to develop an awareness of their own place in the world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts
Teaching and learning:
Middle School Programme in IBS offers an educational approach that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects. While insisting upon thorough study of the various disciplines Children are encouraged to develop intercultural understanding of their own history and traditions. In stressing communication, this programme places fundamental importance on achieving firm command of one’s own language and on the acquisition of a foreign language for effective conversation. It also aims to develop the awareness of the media and information technology.
Approaches to Learning are unique skills that help our students focus on – Thinking, Communication, Social, Self-management and research, which makes it a holistic approach to learning. In a nutshell, ATL skills have a great influence on “not only what the students learn but also how they learn”.
Students are assessed using published criteria and a variety of assessment tasks. MYP teachers use a variety of assessment tools to monitor student progress. These include oral presentations, tests, essays and projects, and they apply assessment criteria established by IBO.
The training of the faculty which is a challenge in the ever-changing academic scenario has been taken care by making all arrangements to enrol our faculty for national and international workshops targeted to enhance, their pedagogical and content knowledge from time to time.
The curriculum model places utmost importance on child centred teaching and learning. It encompasses the six traditional subject groups namely English, Math, Science, Computer Technology, Humanities and Second Language(French) and non-academic subjects like Physical Education, Theatre, Music & Visual Art. Arabic is the first language and students are mandated to take Arabic, Kuwait Social Studies and Islamic from the ministry of Kuwait.
The approaches to learning is the flagship element of the programme which provides new dimension to child centric approach to teaching and learning. These are not mere academic subjects but common themes embedded within and visible across the specific disciplines.
- addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
- provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need 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 to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
- empowers students to participate in service with the community
- helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.
An MYP education provides opportunities that help students increase their understanding of language and culture, and become more globally engaged. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and to the world that they have experienced. Learning in global contexts enables learners to directly link concepts with their own lives and put knowledge into action. This contextual learning helps students and teachers answer the important question “Why are we learning this?”
MYP Global Contexts
- Identities and relationships
Students will explore identity; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; what it means to be human.
- Orientation in space and time
Students will explore personal histories; homes and journeys; turning points in humankind; discoveries; explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations, from personal, local and global perspectives.
- Personal and cultural expression
Students will explore the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
- Scientific and technical innovation
Students will explore the natural world and its laws; the interaction between people and the natural world; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on communities and environments; the impact of environments on human activity; how humans adapt environments to their needs.
- Globalization and sustainability
Students will explore the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the relationship between local and global processes; how local experiences mediate the global; the opportunities and tensions provided by world- interconnectedness; the impact of decision-making on humankind and the environment.
IB Learner Profile
- The IB learner profile presents 10 attributes valued by IBS and shared by IB schools worldwide. We believe these attributes can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities. IB learners have the following attributes: knowledgeable, communicators, caring, risk-takers, balanced, principled, reflective, open-minded, inquirers and thinkers. At IBS, we celebrate student success in relation to the IB Learner Profile attributes through certificates and achievement awards.
Areas of Interaction
The MYP program is based around five "Areas of Interaction": approaches to learning (related to study skills), community and service, human ingenuity, environments, and health and social education. The areas of interaction are considered a key feature of the MYP. They are not generally taught as separate courses, but rather as themes that are reflected in all subjects through unit question.
There are five Areas of Interaction (AOIs) which are applied to every course the student takes. They are designed to help students recognize the connection between what they learn in the classroom and the world around them, to tie the various subject areas together, and eventually to help students "see knowledge as an interrelated, coherent whole.
The AOIs should be linked to every topic they learned in class and every assessment they do.
The Areas of Interaction are as follows:
- Approaches to Learning – The learning skills that will developed and applied
- Community and Service – Understanding your place in the community and how to contribute
- Human Ingenuity – What people create and how, and its effect
- Environments – relationships with and responsibility to the world around us
- Health and Social Education – physical, social, and emotional well-being