Middle Years Programme (MYP)
DISK has adopted the Middle Years Programme (MYP) as the curricular framework for Grades 6 -10. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed to meet the needs of students aged 11 to 16. It is a broad and rigorous curriculum framework, focusing on contextual, conceptual and inquiry-based learning. The MYP enables connections to be made between subjects while maintaining the integrity of the disciplines. Students experience authentic learning experiences and are able to make connections to the real world as they become critical and creative thinkers. The MYP:
- Addresses holistically students' intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being.
- Provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity, and take responsible action for the future.
- Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups.
- Requires the study of at least two languages to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others.
- Empowers students to participate in service with the community (local and international).
- Helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.
The following subject areas are taught with a focus on breadth and depth, as well as conceptual learning in context:
- Language and Literature (English)
- Language Acquisition (Japanese)
- Individuals and Societies
- The Arts (Visual Art, Music)
- Physical and Health Education
Approaches to Learning
Through approaches to learning (ATL), students develop skills that are relevant across all subject areas and help them 'learn how to learn.' ATL skills are taught, practised and developed incrementally in order for students to be able to learn independently and with others. Approaches to learning include:
- Communication skills
- Social skills: collaboration
- Self-management skills: organization, affective, reflection
- Research skills: information literacy and media literacy
- Thinking skills: critical thinking, creative thinking, transfer
The Middle Years Programme culminates in a Personal Project. The Personal Project is an independent and challenging endeavor in which students demonstrate their ATL skills as well as research in depth a topic of their choice. The students choose an area of interest and passion, identify a goal and the impact on others, and create a product over a period of six months. At DISK, our students begin the process in grade 9 and complete the project in Semester 1 of grade 10. The process and skills developed over the course of the project helps students prepare for the Extended Essay required in the Diploma Program.