what is ib myp programme?

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers

The MYP is a programme designed for students aged 11 to 16 and holistically addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being.

myp curriculum

What are the components of MYP Curriculum?

The curriculum consists of 8 subject groups integrated through 6 interactive areas providing global contexts for learning.

  • Language Acquisition

  • Language and Literature

  • Individuals and Societies

  • Mathematics

  • Physical & Health Education

  • Sciences

  • Design

  • Arts

These subjects provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need in order to manage complex problems and take responsible action for the future ensuring extent and depth of understanding through studying and understanding these eight subject groups.

programme curriculum

How we organize the MYP Curriculum

The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world, fostering the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement

MYP teachers organize the curriculum with appropriate attention to:

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced so far. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally minded.

Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific subjects and across these subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and holistically examine knowledge.

Approaches to learning provide students the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn.

Action and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in school in contexts beyond the learning environment. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service –making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.

MYP students are required to learn at least two languages. Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.

MYP Projects
  • Provide students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned

  • The community project encourages students to explore their rights and responsibilities to implement service as action in the community. Students may complete the community project individually or in small groups

  • Each student develops a personal project independently, producing a truly personal and creative piece of work that stands as a summative review of their ability to conduct independent work

message from coordinator
“Our curriculum aims at developing lifelong learners who aspire to build a better tomorrow, by engaging them in units of inquiry, making their learned content significant for their daily lives.”
Viviana Serralha da Silva

Head of MYP at Oeiras Valley Campus