The Middle Years Programme (MYP) which is designed for students aged 11 to 16 is one of three programmes offered by the IBO. It is a programme of international education designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.
This period, encompassing early puberty and mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a programme that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts.
What does the MYP curriculum contain?
The curriculum contains eight subject groups together with a core made up of five areas of interaction. This is illustrated by means of an octagon with the five areas of interaction at its centre.
Students study subjects from each of the eight subject groups through the five areas of interaction: approaches to learning, community and service, human ingenuity, environments, and health and social education. Teaching and learning in IB programmes must be viewed in the context of the IB learner profile. The profile lists 10 attributes of IB learners. Some of these - inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators and reflective - imply the development of cognitive competencies. The other attributes - principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and risk-takers - emphasize dispositions and attitudes.
At KIS, students also meet the requirements of the Norwegian national curriculum by studying Norwegian and Religion and Ethics which are delivered within the framework of MYP subject areas of Language A, Language B and Humanities.