The Middle Years Programme at LCS
Life in the 21st century places many changing demands on students making the transition through adolescence. They are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development, of uncertainty and of questioning. The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.
Click here for MYP Programme Guide.
The programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through five areas of interaction that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. Students are required to study:
- the language of instruction
- a second language
- physical education
In Grade 10, the final year of the programme, students also engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the programme.
Taken as a whole, the curriculum provides a balanced education that will equip LCS students for effective participation in the modern world.
Assessment is criterion-related, so students around the world are measured against pre-specified criteria for each subject group. Teachers set assessment tasks that are assessed internally in the school. External checks (either moderation or monitoring of assessment by IB examiners) are carried out on this internal assessment to ensure worldwide consistency of standards.
For more information, download the MYP Assessment Handbook.
Teachers organize continuous assessment over the course of the programme according to specified assessment criteria that correspond to the objectives of each subject group. Regular school assessment and reporting play a major role in the students’ and parents’ understanding of the objectives and assessment criteria.
Teachers structure varied and valid assessment tasks (including tests and examinations) that allow students to demonstrate achievement according to the objectives for each subject group. These include:
- open-ended, problem-solving activities
- organized debates
- hands-on experimentation
- analysis and reflection.
The IB MYP, for students aged 11 to 16, emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects to the real world and to become critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP also fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global awareness, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century:
- global-mindedness, starting with a foundation in students’ own language and culture
- a positive attitude to learning, demonstrating high levels of engagement, creativity, resourcefulness and active participation in their communities
- an ability to make connections between subjects and real world issues
- highly developed communication skills to encourage inquiry, understanding, language
- acquisition, and to allow student reflection
- and expression
- a heightened awareness of their development– physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
The Areas of Interaction: Developing skills and attitudes relevant in today’s global society
The MYP has five areas of interaction which provide it with its unique core. Teaching subject areas through these contexts allows teaching and learning to focus on attitudes, values and skills.
- Approaches to learning (ATL) represents learning skills that the student will develop and apply during the programme and beyond.
- Community and service considers how students can learn about their place within communities and be motivated to act in a new context.
- Health and social education is designed to help students identify and develop skills that will enable them to function as effective members of societies. They also learn about how they are changing and how to make informed decisions that may relate to their welfare.
- Environments considers how humans interact with the world at large and the parts we play in our environments.
- Human ingenuity deals with the way in which human minds have influenced the world and considers the consequences of human thought and action.