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The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme* provides a broad, balanced, internationally-minded education for early adolescents.

The IB Middle Years Programme encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. It aims to help students develop their personal understanding, emerging sense of self, and responsibility in their community.

Teaching and Learning in the IB Programme

Take a closer look at some of the teaching and learning strategies used in the International Baccalaureate Programme.

The Middle  Years Programme curriculum

The MYP curriculum consists of eight subject groups. The balanced approach to subjects further extends the philosophy of the Primary Years Programme of the importance of developing the ‘whole-child’, with the aim of creating well-rounded individuals.

The eight subject groups studied as part of  the Middle Years Programme include:

  • Language acquisition
  • Language and literature
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and health education
  • Design

Using global contexts, Middle Years Programme students develop an understanding of the world, and their evolving place within it, through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

  • Identities and relationships
  • Personal and cultural identity
  • Orientations in space and time
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Fairness and development
  • Globalisation and sustainability.

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced.

Source: International Baccalaureate Organisation

Interdisciplinary learning

Ih the Primary Years Programme, young learners are encouraged to make natural connections between different learning areas, in an effective programme of inquiry and transdisciplinary learning.

As students progress into the Middle Years Programme, learning areas become more compartmentalised by necessity, due to the increasing depth of specialist knowledge to be acquired. However, each year students in the Middle Years Programme must study at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves two or more subject groups. Interdisciplinary teaching and learning is systematically and meticulously planned by our teaching staff, to ensure students maximise the benefits of this progressive, best-practise learning strategy. 

Interdisciplinary learning helps students make real world connections with the knowledge they are acquiring. When students are able to bring together concepts, methods, or forms of communication from two or more disciplines or learning areas, they develop a deeper, more contextual understanding, and are better equipped to question thoughtfully, think critically, and understand complex issues and ideas, to effectively create products and/or solve problems.

As knowledge and information multiply, critical thinkers must successfully integrate disciplinary perspectives to understand complex issues and ideas.

Source: International Baccalaureate Organisation


Action and Service 

Action and service are values that run through every level of the International Baccalaureate Programme.

Through Service Learning, MYP students strive to be caring members of the community who are committed to making a positive difference to the lives of others, and to the environment.

Learner Profile

Students are encouraged to follow the ISWA Learner Profile (adopted from the International Baccalaureate) that encourages them to be learners, thinkers, inquirers, caring, communicators, principled, reflective, open minded, knowledgeable and balanced.

Transitions from the MYP

After finishing the MYP, students are well-prepared for further education, both locally and internationally, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the Advanced Placement, or the WACE**.

**WACE is not currently offered at International School of Western Australia.

* International School of Western Australia is a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that International School of Western Australia believes is important for our students. 
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

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