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MYP Subject Groups

The MYP Curriculum

The MYP curriculum requires the teaching of eight compulsory subject groups. The subjects retain their own identity and are taught as discrete subjects. During the year some topics are explored across a number of subject areas to form an interdisciplinary unit of work. Our curriculum is challenging and engaging and students explore different ways of learning. We build upon the curiosity and creativity that students bring from the IB Primary Years Programme and continue to encourage intellectual risk-tasking. We strive to equip our students with critical and independent thinking skills that prepare them for the rigor of further education anywhere in the world.

The IB sets the aims and objectives for eight different curriculum areas and ISL decides what content is the most appropriate and suitable for each year of the programme.

Year 7 to Year 9 Lesson Allocation

Learning Area Subject Number of Lessons
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Language and Literature English 5 + library lesson 5 5
Swedish 3 3 + 1 self-study 3 + 1 self-study
Language Acquisition French* 5 4 4
Spanish or German* n/a 4 4
Arts Visual Arts, Drama, Music 6 4 4
Individuals and Societies Humanities (History, Geography and Social Systems) 5 5 5
Mathematics Mathematics 5 5 5
Physical and Health Education PE, Swimming 4 4 4
Sciences Biology, Chemistry and Physics 5 5 5
Design Product Design and Computer Technology 4 4 4

* Students in the learning support or English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme will not take French in Year 7.

** Students in the learning support or EAL programme will not take Spanish or German in Years 8 and 9.

Year 10 Lesson Allocation

In Year 10, students have six compulsory subjects and two options to make in their courses.

One of these options must be a creative subject (Design, Visual Arts, Music or Drama).

Compulsory Subjects

Subject Lessons Per Week
Language and Literature – English 5
Language Acquisition – French 5
Mathematics – standard or extended 5
Sciences – Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics (combined) 8
Individuals and Societies – Humanities 5
Physical and Health Education 4

Optional Subjects (students choose two, of which one must be a creative subject)

Subject Lessons Per Week
Language Acquisition – Spanish or German 4
Language and Literature – Swedish 4
Design 4
Academic Coaching 4
EAL 4
Arts - Visual Arts or Music or Drama 4

Considerations:

  • Spanish and German: These courses are designed for students who have already studied the language for two years. Both courses are foreign language courses. If a student decides to discontinue Spanish and German in Year 10 they will not be able to recommence in Year 11 or in the IB Diploma Programme.
  • Swedish: This is a first language course financed by the Swedish School and families for mother tongue Swedish students.
  • Academic Coaching and EAL: This support is mainly for students already attending a similar class. If you think you may need additional help in either of these areas, please contact Mr Anderson.
  • Music: Students selecting music should have a preferred instrument, and are strongly encouraged to have a private instrumental teacher. The school can assist in arranging a suitable instrumental teacher. This instrument could include keyboard, percussion, guitar, woodwind, brass or string instruments. Alternatively, the student could focus on voice. The cost of these lessons is borne by the family. The MYP music course includes performance and composition elements.

Towards the end of Year 10 all students start to plan a personal project that is completed in Year 11.

Year 11 Lesson Allocation

In Year 11, students have five compulsory subjects and four options to make in their courses.

One of these options must be a science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) and one must be a creative subject (Design, Visual Arts, Music or Drama). However students are free to select more than one science or creative subject if their timetable allows.

Compulsory Subjects

Subject Lessons Per Week
Language and Literature – English 5
Language Acquisition – French 5
Mathematics – standard or extended 5
Individuals and Societies – Humanities 5
Physical and Health Education 4

Optional Subjects (students choose four, of which one must be a science and one must be a creative subject)

Subject Lessons Per Week
Sciences - Biology or Chemistry or Physics 4
Language Acquisition – Spanish or German 4
Language and Literature – Swedish 4
Design – Product or Digital 4
Academic Coaching 4
EAL 4
Arts – Visual Arts or Music or Drama 4

Considerations:

  • Design: There are separate courses for Digital Design and Product (materials) Design. Digital Design focuses on programming and is useful for those thinking about the Computer Science course in the Diploma Programme. Product Design focuses on designing, making and testing physical products using a combination of manual and automated methods and is useful for those thinking about doing Design Technology in the Diploma Programme.
  • Spanish and German: These courses are designed for students who have already studied the language for three years. Both courses are foreign language courses. If a student decides to discontinue Spanish and German in Year 11 they will not be able to recommence in the IB Diploma Programme.
  • Swedish: This is a first language course financed by the Swedish School and families for mother tongue Swedish students.
  • Academic Coaching and EAL: This support is mainly for students already attending a similar class. If you think you may need additional help in either of these areas, please contact Mr Anderson.
  • Music: Students selecting music should have a preferred instrument, and are strongly encouraged to have a private instrumental teacher. The school can assist in arranging a suitable instrumental teacher. This instrument could include keyboard, percussion, guitar, woodwind, brass or string instruments. Alternatively, the student could focus on voice. The cost of these lessons is borne by the family. The MYP music course includes performance and composition elements.

Darryl Anderson
Assistant Principal - IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator
Contact Mr Anderson
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