The International Middle Years Curriculum is a framework which is founded on the National Curriculum of England and Wales. It transforms the curriculum into a more relevant and inquiry-based approach to learning for Year 7-9 students.
Students in the IMYC learn their subject content through a central conceptual theme paired with a theme descriptor, called the Big Idea; Courage (central theme)/ “being true to yourself requires bravery” (big idea). This topic and descriptor serves as the central focus for student learning in all subjects.
The purpose of this is to help students understand that everything can be connected to a central idea. It is to help them make connections and meaning of their learning across all subjects. In short, it allows them to see the independence and interdependence of subject learning.
Throughout each IMYC unit, students engage in a wide variety of formative and summative assessments. More importantly, they complete reflective journaling to illustrate their personal understanding and connection to the Big Idea. At the end of each IMYC unit, students conclude with a celebratory project called the Exit Point. The Exit Point is a meaningful opportunity for students to utilize what they learned in each subject to reflect their understanding of the Big Idea individually. These Exit Point projects vary from podcasts, videos, apps, service learning, or even short films. In essence, the mediums for students to depict their understanding is limitless. The Exit Points are designed to provide greater student agency to help students take ownership and make meaning of their own learning.
For more information about the IMYC, please visit their website.
Here is our programme of inquiry for the IMYC in the Secondary School.