Subjects and Curriculum
From grades 6 to 10 we use the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenge and develops the life skills of students from the ages of 11 to 16.
The MYP is designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to be successful in the Diploma Programme and to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.
The curriculum is organised through eight subject groups:
- Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies
- Physical and Health Education
The programme model highlights the important features and outcomes of an MYP education:
- Developing conceptual understanding
- Encouraging International Mindedness by teaching and learning through Global Contexts
- Developing the skills for learning through Approaches to Learning (ATL)
- Inquiry based learning leading to Action and Service in the community
- MYP Projects to foster the development of independent, lifelong learners
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 GESS 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 GESS we celebrate student success in relation to the IB Learner Profile attributes through certificates and achievement awards.
Further information about the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme can be found on the IB website.
Allocation across the subjects
Our Middle School students follow a 35 period week. The outlines below indicate time allocation across the subjects. Grade 10 students currently follow a 37 period week.