IB Middle Years Programme Update

 

Our development as an IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) candidate school continues to go from strength to strength at CCC! In the first 6 months of the year, our teachers and students have achieved a great deal!As part of our journey to candidacy, our teachers have undertaken their official MYP training. This took place online earlier this year and is one of the mandatory elements required for Authorization.

Our focus this term has been on enhancing our assessment practices in Junior Secondary to ensure that these reflect the standards required by the IB. Assessment in the MYP reflects the needs of students at this age, and builds on the understanding, knowledge and skills developed by the Primary Years Programme (PYP) students in Junior School. A key difference in the MYP is that students are assessed in the 8 subject groups and are learning to think like experts in these areas. This helps to set our students up for success in their Senior Secondary pathways.

Learning in the MYP culminates in tasks where students can utilise their understanding gained in their studies and share it with other students. In the MYP, the goal of learning is not to achieve a result on an exam or assignment, but to enrich the whole person, share what they have learned, and use it to take meaningful action in the wider world.
For more information about Assessment in the MYP, please keep an eye out for information about upcoming Parent Information sessions early next term – all parents are welcome! We would encourage as many parents as possible to attend to learn more about our journey towards MYP Authorization, and what this means for your child!

Here are some examples of amazing learning happening in Junior Secondary!

In Design, students learn to empathise with their users through experience. Their product brief requires them to design for a person who is vision impaired, so they learn how a person with impaired vision may experience an environment. Rapid prototyping is an important part of the design process. In this challenge, students use a variety of materials to rapidly create a prototype for a design challenge.

In Language Acquisition, students learn an additional language to support their intercultural understanding. In Chinese, students learn about the importance of tea in the Chinese culture. They also learn to write using Chinese characters and make artefacts such as windmills using this. In Spanish, students researched a country through guided inquiry, and presented their research in a mini multicultural fair! Students from other classes came to visit and learn from their peers!

 

 

In Individuals and Societies, students study a range of subjects, including Business and Economics. This semester, students designed a new product for Carmen’s fine foods for export to the Japanese market. Students had to do a Business Feasibility Report and Trade Display for their product they designed to export!