MYP – The Curriculum

Middle Years Programme Model (Grade VI - X)

As the natural next step to our inquiry-led PYP, MYP at aLphabet focuses on inquiry-based learning and learning which is driven by application in the real world.

Keeping in mind the IB philosophy of instilling international-mindedness in our students’ DNA, our curriculum provides opportunities for students to inquire into ideas and issues of local, national and global significance. The learner profile attributes lie at the heart of the MYP as well and are developed through our 4 pillars – Approaches To Learning (ATLs), Approaches To Teaching, Global Contexts & Concepts.

At aLphabet, we start implementing the MYP in Grade VI which is equivalent to the MYP Year 1. The IB & aLphabet aspiration is to develop learners with ‘Student Agency’ where our students take responsibility for their own learning and contribution to society. We achieve this by providing our learners with the framework and structure required to explore, inquire, ask questions and guide them to identify appropriate responses.

The trans-disciplinary themes which help learners develop conceptual understanding across various subject areas in our PYP, are translated as below into the MYP global context. These six concepts are explored over the course of the MYP: Continuum of PYP

 

Every session or unit lasts for approximately 6 – 8 weeks. The daily timetable is structured by subject groups. Each subject group is driven by a Statement of Inquiry during which brainstorming sessions, discussions and factual & debatable questions take place relating to the key concept in the six global contexts. Personal experiences are scaled up into real-time applications based on what our learners have observed around them, researched and formed conclusions about. Constant reflection takes place across all subject groups. The MYP shines the light on the process of learning over and above the results of it. MYP units can be subject based or interdisciplinary in nature.

The Subject Groups
Our learning program, as mandated by the IB Board is conceptual and transferable and comprises of all the eight subject groups, which remain with students till they complete the IB DP in Grade XII.

o Language acquisition

The ability to communicate in a variety of modes, in more than one language, is essential to the concept of an international education. This subject provides students with the features, processes, craft of language and concept of culture. aLphabet offers language acquisition in phases by offering a choice between Hindi or Spanish.

o Language & Literature

provides an intellectual framework that supports the construction of conceptual understanding. This includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing & presenting.

o Individuals & Societies

encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them. It incorporates humanities and social sciences. This subject equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments.

o Integrated Sciences

investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation. Include Biology, Physics & Chemistry. Additional courses could include environmental, life, physical, sport, health & earth sciences.

o Mathematics

students see how Mathematics is useful and relevant to their lives. The framework comprises of number, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics & probability.

o Arts

students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas. The art disciplines offered by aLphabet are Visual & Performing Arts with Music and Drama)

o Physical & Health education

empowers students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and to develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. Physical and health education focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity.

o Design

MYP design focuses a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions. MYP uses the design cycle to structure inquiry and analysis of design problems, development and creation of feasible solutions & the testing and evaluation of student’s models, prototypes, products or systems.

Our students will also engage with 1 Inter Disciplinary Unit for every year of the program for every academic year.

In line with the MYP philosophy and requirements, aLphabet implements sixteen key concepts across the curriculum to help plan the unit, nurture inquiry and extend thinking, learning and understanding.

Aesthetics – characteristics, creation, meaning and perception of beauty and taste.
Change –conversion, transformation or movement from one form, state, or value to another.
Communication – exchange/transfer of signals, facts, ideas and symbols.
Communities – groups that’s exist in proximity defined by space, time or relationships.
Connections – links, bonds & relationships among people, objects, organisms or ideas.
Creativity – process of generating novel ideas and considering existing ideas from new perspectives.
Culture – patterns and behaviors of learned and shared beliefs, values, interests, attitudes and products of communities
Development – process of growth and progress through improvements
Form – shape and underlying structure of an entity or piece of work, including its organization, essential nature and external appearance.
Global interactions – connections between individuals and communities
Identity – features that define individuals, groups, things, eras, places, symbols and styles.
Logic – method of reasoning and a system of principles used to build arguments and reach conclusions.
Perspective – position from which we observe situations, objects, facts, ideas and opinions.
Relationships – connections and associations between properties, objects, people and ideas.
Time, place and space – this concept focuses on how we construct and use our understanding of location (where and when).