The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is a natural progression for the project-based learning practiced at TNS. It provides a framework of academic challenges for students aged 11 to 16 that encourage them to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and guides them towards becoming critical and reflective thinkers. The IB MYP is genuinely rigorous and is externally monitored by an independent international body whose reputation for quality is recognised around the world.
Young people at this stage of their education require an engaging and holistic curriculum that is relevant to the important real-world issues that so concern them – from the personal to the global. In preparation for further academic studies, they need to become experts at learning; the ability to locate, process, critically evaluate and communicate information is essential. As members of an international community, they need to develop intercultural awareness and an understanding of the history and traditions that underlie cultural identity.
The programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through five areas of interaction that provide a structure for learning within and across the subjects.
Students are required to study their national language, a second language, Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical Education and Technology. In the final year of the programme, students also engage in a personal project that allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the programme.
Assessment is criterion-related, so students around the world are measured against pre-specified criteria for each subject group. Teachers may modify these criteria to be age-appropriate in the earlier years of the programme. Teachers set assessment tasks that are assessed internally in the school. External checks (either moderation or monitoring of assessment by IB examiners) are carried out on this internal assessment to ensure a worldwide consistency of standards. For schools that require official IB certification for their students, moderation is carried out every year.
Community and Service
The mission statement of the IB stresses that its programme extends beyond intellectual achievement.
TNS aims to develop a lifelong learner who is compassionate, creative, responsible, and an internationally-minded thinker, with the very real potential to become an effective global citizen and sensitive, articulate leader of tomorrow. In doing so, we expect our students to develop personal values which will aid in guiding their own lives as caring, thoughtful and active members of our national community and the larger world.
Community and Service is excellent preparation for students aiming to continue the IB World Diploma Programme after MYP, as it is closely related to the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) component of the IB Diploma Programme which is at the heart of the IB philosophy and both a compulsory and essential pass mark to achieve the Diploma.
Every TNS student will be required to complete a minimum of 2 hours per month of a selected C & S activity. The activities can be selected by the student, teacher and/or school. Each activity should be approved and monitored by a supervisor (preferably the teachers). Students will need to complete the C & S forms to track the stages of their selected activity. They will also complete the reflection form upon completion of the activity.
Students will be evaluated on the quality & impact of their “to make a difference service” on a scale of 0 to 5.
In doing so we would hope to ensure a focused, caring and responsible human being ready to take on the more demanding and exciting CAS programme in the final 2 years of the IB World Diploma.
This huge part of the CAS Programme is identified through school field trips to other schools and institutions for the disabled and those with learning difficulties and to such organizations as SOS Village. We want our children at all levels, but particularly at the MYP stages, to participate actively in understanding the real needs of those less fortunate than themselves.