Middle Years Programme

Ilmesters Academy is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme. We are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Ilmesters Academy believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org.

IB Middle Year Programme Model

Introduction to IB MYP

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a five-year programme designed for learners aged 11–16 by the International Baccalaureate (IB). The MYP curriculum contains eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education. Students who complete the MYP are well prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or equivalents.

The MYP is designed to address students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical health. It ensures that students are provided with the opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they would need in their future endeavors.

Concept

There are 16 key concepts identified by IB which are explored across the curriculum and are the key force that drives the unit. Related concepts and their definitions are specific to each MYP subject and teachers use these to develop MYP units.

Global Contexts

Global contexts provide shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

The six MYP Global Contexts are:

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

Approaches to Learning (ATL)

  • ATL skills are grouped into five broad Skill Categories
  • Within each ATL Skill Category there are one or more Skill Clusters
  • Within each Skills Cluster are more than 140 learning Skill Practices are listed

IB Learner Profile (LP)

“The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” (Iboorg, 2016)

IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Knowledgeable

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

MYP Service as Action

Action in the MYP is built upon the action initiated in the PYP and continues as an essential component of the learning process, both as part of the programme’s educational philosophy and as a practical outcome of students’ learning.

Service requires that students are able to build authentic connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they encounter in the community.

With appropriate guidance and support, MYP students should, through their engagement with service as action, fulfil the following learning outcomes:

LO1: Become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth.

LO2: Undertake challenges that develop new skills.

LO3: Discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities.

LO4: Persevere in action.

LO5: Work collaboratively with others.

LO6: Develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding.

LO7: Consider the ethical implications of their actions(Iboorg, 2016)

Subject Groups

The IB subjects offered in MYP are as follows:

  • Group 1- Language and Literature (Language A)
  • Group 2- Language Acquisition (Languages B)
  • Group 3- Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4- Sciences
  • Group 5- Mathematics
  • Group 6- Arts (Performing Arts/ Visual Arts)
  • Group 7- Design
  • Group 8- Physical and Health Education

*There is a Subject-group flexibility in MYP years 4 and 5 as provided by the IB.

National requirement

In addition to the above mentioned IB subjects, it is compulsory for students who are Pakistani national and/or passport holders to take Pakistan Studies and Urdu Language to meet national requirement.
This is important for equivalency certificate if students plan on going to a university in Pakistan.
Islamiat is compulsory for all Muslim students and is also required for the equivalency for further education in Pakistan.
At Ilmesters Academy, all three subjects are taught as IB subjects in the respective MYP years.

Interdisciplinary Learning

The process by which students come to understand bodies of knowledge and modes of thinking from two or more disciplines and then integrate them to create a new understanding.
Students demonstrate this by bringing together concepts, methods or forms of communication to explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, and create a product that may not happen through a single discipline.

MYP Grading and Assessments

Assessments help to gather the data and analyse the information regarding students’ learning. It identifies what students know and understand, what they can do and how they feel at different stages in the learning process.

The MYP subject areas have specific Learning Objectives which must be addressed in every MYP year. Each subject is assessed using four criteria having Maximum achievement level of 8.

Summary of criteria against subjects

Subjects/Learning Objectives Criterion A Criterion B Criterion C Criterion D
Language & Literature Analyzing Organizing Producing Text Using Language
Language Acquisition Comprehending Spoken & Visual Text Comprehending Written & Visual Text Communicating Using Language
Individuals & Societies Knowing and understanding Investigating Communicating Thinking Critically
Sciences Knowing and understanding Inquiring & Designing Processing & Evaluating Reflecting on the Impacts of Science
Mathematics Knowing and understanding Investigating Patterns Communicating Applying mathematics in real-world contexts
Physical & Health Education Knowing and understanding Planning for Performance Applying & Performing Reflecting and Improving Performance
Arts Knowing and understanding Developing Skills Thinking Critically Responding
Design Inquiring & Analyzing Developing Ideas Creating the Solution Evaluating
Interdisciplinary Disciplinary grounding Synthesizing Communicating Reflecting

MYP Classes

MYP 1
MYP 2
MYP 3
MYP 4
MYP 5

MYP Teachers

A good teacher is someone who teaches not only with mind, but also with heart. We are proud to introduce you with our great skilled and experienced staff. We have hired great skilled professional from the industry to provide quality education to our students.