The Middle Years
Year 7 to Year 9
BIS-NY is proud to announce its decision to extend its philosophy beyond the PYP and its anticipation of becoming an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme School. Maintaining the philosophy of teaching and learning that focuses on the development of the whole child along with the continued pursuit of international mindedness remain at its core.
As with the IBPYP, BIS-NY students will continue to foster the ten aspirational qualities of the Learner Profile, within a cohesive curricular framework used to deliver the content of the English National Curriculum in a balanced manner to cement a positive attitude to learning. Our middle school students are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development.
As an ‘interested school’ aiming to gain authorisation, the MYP is designed to help each student find a sense of belonging in an ever-changing and increasingly complex and challenging world. The curriculum provides a balanced education that will equip each student for effective participation in the world. It emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between the traditional disciplines and the real world and to become critical and reflective thinkers. It also fosters highly developed communication skills of inquiry, understanding, language acquisition and student reflection and expression; intercultural understanding and global awareness, qualities essential for 21st century.
As a school working towards MYP authorisation the curriculum is divided into eight subject areas:
* Language A – English
** Language B – Modern Foreign Language – In addition to a choice of French or Spanish, all students learn Latin.
The areas of interaction provide the unique core of the programme. Teaching subject areas through these contexts enables a focus on attitudes, values and skills. They are a vehicle for refining conceptual understanding through different perspectives and take investigative learning beyond the boundaries of the subjects through the exploration of real life issues.