The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community

What is the Middle Years Programme?

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement — essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

The Middle Years Programme Curriculum

The MYP consists of eight subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design.
Student study is supported by a minimum of 50 hours of instruction per subject group in each academic year. In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups, which provides greater flexibility.

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About the Middle Years Programme

The MYP is flexible enough to accommodate most national or local curriculum requirements

Holistic

Addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being.

Engaging

Provides opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills students need in order to manage complexity

Comprehensive

Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight different subject groups.

Global

Requires the study of at least two languages to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others.

Caring

Empowers students to participate in service within the community through the service learning programme requirements.

Rigorous

Prepares students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.

Conceptual

Helps provide meaning for student learning and make students aware of the world around them.

MYP Subject Overviews

The MYP consists of eight subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design

Arts

Students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas

Design

Students develop both practical skills and strategies for creative and critical thinking through the design cycle process

Individuals & Societies

Incorporates disciplines traditionally studied in the humanities, as well as disciplines in the social sciences

Language Acquisition

Students develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture through language

Language & Literature

Students are engaged in the study of many aspects of the language and literature of communities and their cultures

Mathematics

Promotes both inquiry and application, helping students to develop problem-solving techniques that transcend academic life

Physical & Health Education

Empowers students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and to develop the motivation for making healthy life choices

Sciences

Encourages students to investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation, working independently and collaboratively

Meet The IB MYP Coordinator

IB Coordinators come from a variety of cultures and professional experiences to create a balanced and experienced leadership team
Julie Horne
MYP Coordinator
For questions related to the MYP programme, please contact the MYP coordinator:

julie.horne@oeirasinternationalschool.com

Mathematics Progress Chart

The Mathematics Progress Chart shows guideline scores for students to proceed to Mathematics of appropriate levels in the Diploma Programme.

MYP Assessment Criteria

Criteria out of maximum 8
Subjects A B C D
Arts Knowing and understanding Developing skills Thinking creatively Responding
Design Inquiring and analysing Developing ideas Creating the solution Evaluating
Individuals and Societies Knowing and understanding Investigating Communicating Thinking critically
Language and Literature Analysing Organising Producing text Using language
Language Acquisition Comprehending spoken and visual text Comprehending written and visual text Communicating Using language
Mathematics Knowing and understanding Investigating patterns Communicating Applying mathematics in real-world contexts
Physical and Health Education Knowing and understanding Planning for performance Applying and performing Reflecting and improving performance
Sciences Knowing and understanding Inquiring and designing Processing and evaluating Reflecting on the impacts of science

Download the MYP Subject Assessment Guides:

Year 6 & Year 7

MYP Subjects Assessment Guide

Year 8 & Year 9

MYP Subjects Assessment Guide

Year 10 & Year 11

MYP Subjects Assessment Guide

General IB Grade Descriptors

Grade Boundary guidelines Descriptor
1 1-5 Produces work of very limited quality. Conveys many significant misunderstandigs or lacks understanding of most concepts and contexts. Very rarely demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Very inflexible, rarely using knowledge or skills.
2 6-9 Produces work of limited quality. Expresses misunderstandings or significant gaps in undestanding for many concepts and contexts. Infrequently demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Generally inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, infrequently applying knowledge and skills.
3 10-14 Produces work of an acceptable quality. Communicates basic understanding of many concepts and contexts, with occasionally significant misunderstandings or gaps. Begins to demonstrate some basic critical and creative thinking. Is often inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, requiring support even in familiar classroom situations.
4 15-18 Produces good-quality work. Communicates basic understanding of most concepts and contexts with few misunderstandings and minor gaps. Often demonstrates basic critical and creative thinking. Uses knowledge and skills with some flexibility in familiar classroom situations, but requires support in unfamiliar classroom situations.
5 19-23 Produces generally high-quality work. Communicates secure understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, sometimes with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar classroom and real-world situations, and, with support, some unfamiliar real-world situations.
6 24-27 Produces high-quality, occasionally innovative work. Communicates extensive understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, frequently with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar and unfamiliar classroom and real-world situations, often with independence.
7 28-32 Produces high-quality, frequently innovative work. Communicates comprehensive, nuanced understanding of concepts and contexts. Consistently demonstrates sophisticated critical and creative thinking. Frequently transfers knowledge and skills with independence and expertise in a variety of complex classroom and real-world situations.

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The IB Approaches to Learning

Approaches to Learning (ATL) are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the IB teaching and learning environment.

Assessment in the MYP

MYP eAssessment represents a balanced, appropriately-challenging model that comprises examinations and coursework.
Two-hour onscreen examinations in four subject groups (language and literature, sciences, mathematics, individuals and societies) and interdisciplinary learning are externally marked by IB examiners, as is a portfolio of student work for courses in language acquisition. Students also submit an ePortfolio of coursework for a performance-oriented subject group (physical and health education, arts, and design), which is moderated to international standards.