Middle Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is designed for students aged 11-16. At Coromandel Valley Primary School our Yr. 6 students are in Yr. 1 of the programme and our Yr. 7 students are in Yr. 2 of the programme. The programme reinforces that learning how to learn and how to evaluate information is as important as learning facts. The IB programme models highlight important shared features of an IB education.

  • Developing the attributes of the learner profile
  • Approaches to teaching and approaches to learning
  • Age-appropriate culminating experiences
  • An organized and aligned structure of subject groups or disciplines
  • Development of international-mindedness as a primary aim and context for learning

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Teaching and Learning

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Teaching and learning in the IB grows from an understanding that celebrates the many ways people work together to construct meaning and make sense of the world. There is a connection between asking(inquiry), doing (action) and thinking (reflection). An IB education empowers young people for a lifetime of learning, both independently and in collaboration with others. At CVPS it prepares us as a community of learners to engage with complex global challenges.

Approaches to Learning

Through ATL, our students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”
ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the process of learning. IB programmes identify five ATL skill categories, expanded into developmentally appropriate skill clusters.
Approaches to Learning Skills

Service and Action

At CVPS, through the MYP, we aim to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and their developing sense of responsibility in their community. Through Service and Action we provide students the opportunity to develop awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth, undertake new challenges, plan and initiate activities, work collaboratively with others, show perseverance and commitment, engage with locally and globally significant challenges and consider the ethical implications of their actions.
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At CVPS all students are involved in weekly SRC action groups in the following areas.

  • Community
  • Environment
  • The Arts
  • Wellbeing
  • Global Initiatives
  • ICT
  • Physical Education

The IB Middle Years Programme has eight areas of study:

  • MYP Mathematics
  • MYP Language and Literature
  • MYP Individuals and Societies
  • MYP Sciences
  • MYP Design
  • MYP Physical and Health Education
  • MYP The Arts
  • MYP Language Acquisition - Japanese

MYP Mathematics

The aims of IBMYP mathematics are to encourage and enable students to:

  • enjoy mathematics, develop curiosity and begin to appreciate its elegance and power
  • develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics
  • communicate clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts
  • develop logical, critical and creative thinking
  • develop confidence, perseverance, and independence in mathematical thinking and problem-solving
  • develop powers of generalization and abstraction
  • apply and transfer skills to a wide range of real-life situations, other areas of knowledge and future developments
  • appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics have influenced each other
  • appreciate the moral, social and ethical implications arising from the work of mathematicians and the applications of mathematics
  • appreciate the international dimension in mathematics through an awareness of the universality of mathematics and its multicultural and historical perspectives
  • appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other areas of knowledge
  • develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to pursue further studies in mathematics
  • develop the ability to reflect critically upon their own work and the work of others

MYP Language and Literature

The aims of IBMYP language and literature are to encourage and enable students to:
use language as a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning, self-expression, analysis and social interaction
develop the skills involved in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting in a variety of contexts
develop critical, creative and personal approaches to studying and analysing literary and non-literary texts
engage with text from different historical periods and a variety of cultures
explore and analyse aspects of personal, host and other cultures through literary and non-literary texts
explore language through a variety of media and modes
develop a lifelong interest in reading
apply linguistic and literary concepts and skills in a variety of authentic contexts
MYP Individuals and Societies
The aims of MYP individuals and societies are to encourage and enable students to:
appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies and the environment
understand how both environmental and human systems operate and evolve
identify and develop concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
act as responsible citizens of local and global communities
develop inquiry skills that lead towards conceptual understandings of the relationships between individuals, societies and the environments in which they live.

MYP Sciences

The aims of MYP sciences are to encourage and enable students to:

  • understand and appreciate science and its implications
  • consider science as a human endeavour with benefits and limitations
  • cultivate analytical, inquiring and flexible minds that pose questions, solve problems, construct explanations and judge arguments
  • develop skills to design and perform investigations, evaluate evidence and reach conclusions
  • build an awareness of the need to effectively collaborate and communicate
  • apply language skills and knowledge in a variety of real-life contexts
  • develop sensitivity towards the living and non-living environments
  • reflect on learning experiences and make informed choices.

MYP Design

The aims of MYP design are to encourage and enable students to:

  • enjoy the design process, develop an appreciation of its elegance and power
  • develop knowledge, understanding and skills from different disciplines to design and create solutions to problems using the design cycle
  • use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, model and create solutions, and to solve problems
  • develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society and environments
  • appreciate past, present and emerging design within cultural, political, social, historical and environmental contexts
  • develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems
  • act with integrity and honesty, and take responsibility for their own actions developing effective working practices.

MYP Physical and Health Education

The aims of MYP physical and health education are to encourage and enable students to:

  • use inquiry to explore physical and health education concepts
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  • participate effectively in a variety of contexts
  • understand the value of physical activity
  • achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • collaborate and communicate effectively
  • build positive relationships and demonstrate social responsibility
  • reflect on their learning experiences

MYP The Arts

The aims of MYP arts are to encourage and enable students to:

  • create and present art
  • develop skills specific to the discipline
  • engage in a process of creative exploration and (self-)discovery
  • make purposeful connections between investigation and practice
  • understand the relationship between art and its contexts
  • respond to and reflect on art
  • deepen their understanding of the world.
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MYP Language Acquisition

An overarching aim of teaching and learning languages is to enable the student to become a critical and competent communicator.

The aims of the teaching and learning of MYP language acquisition are to:

  • gain proficiency in an additional language while supporting maintenance of their mother tongue and cultural heritage
  • develop a respect for, and understanding of, diverse linguistic and cultural heritages
  • develop the student’s communication skills necessary for further language learning, and for study, work and leisure in a range of authentic contexts and for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • enable the student to develop multiliteracy skills through the use of a range of learning tools, such as multimedia, in the various modes of communication
  • enable the student to develop an appreciation of a variety of literary and non-literary texts and to develop critical and creative techniques for comprehension and construction of meaning
  • enable the student to recognize and use language as a vehicle of thought, reflection, self-expression and learning in other subjects, and as a tool for enhancing literacy
  • enable the student to understand the nature of language and the process of language learning, which comprises the integration of linguistic, cultural and social components
  • offer insight into the cultural characteristics of the communities where the language is spoken
  • encourage an awareness and understanding of the perspectives of people from own and other cultures, leading to involvement and action in own and other communities
  • foster curiosity, inquiry and a lifelong interest in, and enjoyment of, language learning