The curriculum followed in the Secondary School from Years 7-10 is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). The Middle Years Programme is a concept driven, inquiry based framework that ensures the development of a rigorous curriculum and promotes a shared practice and standard among IB World Schools offering the MYP. It also focuses on connecting classroom pedagogical practices and content to the world outside through the Global Contexts and the Learner Profile. The MYP Philosophy emphasises holistic learning which exposes students to as many different subjects, skills and experiences as possible so that students will learn to see knowledge as an interrelated whole. The focus on higher-order thinking skills provides students with opportunities to develop interdisciplinary and intercultural understanding as they explore real-world issues. The MYP has no bias towards any national system but provides a framework for ISWA to teach the Australian Curriculum within the context of the program, while in Year 11 and 12 students can choose between the Diploma Programme (DP) of the International Baccalaureate or the Advanced Placement programme administered by the US-based College Board. The adoption of the MYP allows the school to continue with the approaches to learning fostered within the PYP (Primary Years Programme) and also contains pedagogical aspects which prepare students for the DP in Years 11 and 12, with the personal project, for example, serving as useful preparation for the extended essay.

As an international school, and as a school which has adopted the continuum of the International Baccalaureate the focus on inquiry beyond the limits of one’s own community accords extremely well with ISWA’s purpose and vision. ISWA students, we believe, are uniquely placed to share their own culture as well as learn about the local (Australian) context and gain insight into other countries in this region as they progress through their secondary schooling.

Curriculum Years 7-10

ISWA students progressing through Years 7-10 study subjects from eight areas each year, which cover the requirements of both the Australian curriculum and the MYP. These eight areas include:  

  1. English
  2. French or Spanish (or English as a Second Language in Years 7 and 8 only)
  3. Mathematics
  4. Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
  5. Science
  6. The Arts (including Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Sculpture, Ceramics)
  7. Health and Physical Education
  8. Design (including Robotics/Coding, Engineering Design, Chevron Powering Careers in Energy and Just Start It)

NOTE: technology is integrated within subject areas through a 1:1 Surface Pro 3

All of the core subjects (English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities and Social Sciences) are allocated 5 x 40 min periods.

The Mathematics Programme addresses all strands of Mathematics (as per Australian Curriculum) but additional content from the US Algebra and Geometry course are included in elective courses.

In Year 9 Science, students follow a year-long Biology course. In the Year 10 Science course, students will gain ½ credit for a semester of Physics and ½ credit for a semester of Chemistry. However they also have the option to select Science as an elective in order to complete another ½ credit in Chemistry and ½ credit in Physics. This enables those students who would like 2 full credits for Science in Year 10 to do so.

Physical Education and Health has 4 periods (one of which is a health education theory lesson) in all years except Year 10 which only has 3 periods.

Students in Years 7-10 complete the Careers Unit as part of their Humanities and Social Science class time. In Years 11-12 it is completed in Homeroom time.

Electives Years 7 – 10

Year 7

Semester 1


Semester 2

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra

Robotics and Coding

Engineering Design

Public Speaking

Introductory to Model United Nation

 

Year 8

Semester 1


Semester 2

Algebra 1

Algebra 1

Robotics and Coding

Engineering Design

Public Speaking

Introductory Model United Nations

 

Year 9 

Semester 1


Semester 2

Geometry

Geometry

Ceramics

Painting

 

             

Year 10 

Semester 1


Semester 2

Line 1

Physics B

Art

Chemistry B

Art

Line 2

Careers in Gas

US History

Careers in Gas

Model united Nations

Line 3

Algebra 2

Drama

Algebra 2

Drama


For more information about the MYP:

MYP Parent Overview Flyer 

International Baccalaureate Organisation

MYP Parent Information

MYP Assessment Feedback Presentation

MYP Assessment and Achievement Presentation 

Further information on the key findings from research of the impact of the benefits of the IB MYP programme can be found at this link.  

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