The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) helps your students to develop their minds by:
- Delivering rigorous and transformational knowledge, skills and understanding
- Creating a challenging, student-led learning environment
- Providing assessment for learning for students, and support for teachers
Delivering rigorous and transformational knowledge, skills and understanding
The IMYC focuses on acquiring essential and transformational subject knowledge and development of subject skills. These are achieved using clear learning goals, differentiating between knowledge, skills and understanding goals for all subject, personal and international learning.
The IMYC also focuses on the slow, steady progress towards deeper understanding. The Big Idea provides a context to the subject learning which helps students to develop deeper understanding of their learning. Journaling and the exit points provide time and place for students to crystallise their learning by developing understanding and expressing it through a creative project linking their learning to the big idea of the unit.
Creating a challenging, student-led learning environment
The IMYC is an enquiry-based curriculum. Individual and collaborative research and recording tasks all linked to the Big Idea, supporting subject teachers in facilitating student-led, subject-based learning. Learning tasks provide opportunities for students to regularly problem solve, to think creatively, and to develop personal skills such as resilience, communication and adaptability.
Each exit point asks students to combine their understanding from the unit of work; showing how all their learning links though the Big Idea and what that means means to them personally and in a real world context. The work in planning and producing these projects provides opportunities for extensive creative and student-led learning and, as students share in the presentations of their peers, more new learning and creativity is shared.
Providing assessment for learning for students, and support for teachers
The IMYC believes the goal of assessment should always be to help students to improve their learning, which is why we focus on Assessment for Learning. This is true whether the teacher assesses knowledge or skills, or evaluates understanding. Gaining knowledge, skills and understanding are all different learning experiences, so we believe that they should be taught differently and assessed differently.
The IMYC supports skills tracking and assessment through the IMYC Assessment for Learning (AfL) Programme which tracks students’ skills learning through beginning, developing and mastering for every age group.