Middle School (Grade 6 to 10)

Middle Years

BLiSS Edify International School, Pune  is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. 

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that shares a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

**Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

What is the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)?

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.
    • It 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 MYP is flexible enough to accommodate most national or local curriculum requirements. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).

Middle Year Programme Model

MYP Model Edify International

The MYP programme model allows the holistic development of a child. It helps the candidate to explore various subject groups and establish strong disciplinary grounding. With Service as Action, Community projects and Personal projects as the core elements, the programme facilitates the practise and development of skills for the 21st century.

 

Source “From Principles into Practice.”September2014/January 2015″

  • MYP Curriculum
    The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. We at BLiSS Edify offers :

Language and literature

English

Language acquisition

Hindi,French,German,Marathi

Individuals and societies

Integrated Individuals and societies

Sciences

Integrated Science (Physics,Chemistry,Science)

Mathematics

Mathematics

Arts

Visual Arts Performing Arts (Music/Dance/Theatre)

PHE

Physical and health education

Design

Combined Design (Digital & Product)

MYP projects
It provides students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in the MYP.

Community project

Students must complete the community project in MYP 3. It encourages students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. Students may complete the community project individually or in small groups.

Personal project

Students must complete the Personal project in MYP Year 5. Each student develops a personal project independently, producing a truly personal and creative piece of work that stands as a summative review of their ability to conduct independent work. The personal project is entirely based on students’ personal interest. It allows students to expand on prior knowledge and gives them a platform to practice and strengthen their approaches to learning (ATL) skills.  
MYP Service as Action 
Service as Action in the MYP is an essential component of the learning process, both as part of the programme’s educational philosophy and as a practical outcome of students’ learning. The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self, and their developmentally appropriate responsibility in their community. As students become more aware and acquire a better understanding of the context, and of their responsibilities, they become empowered to make choices about how to take thoughtful and positive action. Service as Action in the MYP aims at the quality and motives of the service which is considered more important than the act itself or the number of hours devoted to it. Students in the final years of the program should have responsible roles in planning, organizing and implementing service activities to reflect their growth maturity. These service opportunities are aligned with the MYP 7 learning outcomes for service.

 

ATL Skills 

In MYP, teaching and learning is supported by Approaches to Learning (ATL) which are deliberate strategies, skills, and attitudes that permeate the teaching and learning environment. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. They also provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on the process of learning. These skills have relevance across the curriculum and thus help learners to “learn how to learn”. ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally.

IB programmes identify five ATL skill categories, expanded into developmentally appropriate skill clusters.

ATL Skill Categories

ATL Skill clusters

Communication

Communication

Social

Collaboration

Self-management 

Organisation 

Affective

Reflection

Research

Information literacy

Media Literacy

Thinking

Critical thinking

Creative thinking

Transfer

Assessment in the MYP
The MYP assessment model is criterion-related which maintain rigour of the Programme. Teachers structure varied and valid assessment tasks so that students can demonstrate achievement according to the objectives defined by the IB. Tasks are assessed against established criteria in each subject group.
MYP assessment tasks include open-ended, problem-solving activities and investigations, organized debates, tests and examinations, hands-on experimentation, analysis and reflection.

Value Addition Programmes

At BLiSS Edify we offer a gamut of unique sessions under the umbrella of Value Addition Programme like Behavioural Reflection, Mental Math, General Awareness, Literary Essentials, and D.E.A.R Time. These sessions provide students with motivation for learning, facilitating the ability to regulate one’s own emotions and behaviour, broadens the sense of perceiving the world and analyzing the situation critically to become lifelong learners. This programme offers a forum for a new viewpoint to broaden their learning beyond the school atmosphere to the real world.

Source – Gate, Cardiff. “From Principles into Practice.” MYP: From principles into practice, September2014/January 2015.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

**Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

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