IMYC Programme

Year groups: Y7 - Y9
Coordinator: Mr James Anderson

Introduction
The IMYC is a broad curriculum built on a sound research-based philosophy that makes meaning, connects learning and develops minds.
- It develops minds by providing a comprehensive international curriculum, structured around subject disciplines, that prepares students for the next stage of their learning; (also for formal exams offered by organisations like the IGCSE, IB Diploma Program or local exams)
- The IMYC helps students make meaning of their learning by giving them opportunities to develop and present their own ideas
- The IMYC connects learning by linking all subjects together through the conceptual idea
- The IMYC aims to bridge the gap between Primary and Secondary education


Units
The students will cover Adaptability, Creativity, Celebration, Collaboration and Risk units.  Each class will base the learning on the Big Idea of the given unit.


Learning
Each unit of study will follow the specifically designed IMYC Learning Cycle, with subject tasks arranged according to the process of learning.

Entry Point -  Each unit kicks off with an activity meant to engage the students with the Big Idea and generate enthusiasm.
- Knowledge Harvest - Each class will spend some time accessing students’ prior knowledge of the Big Idea.
- Learning Activities - The IMYC is an inquiry-based learning system.  With direction from the teacher, students will find out things for themselves by researching, investigating, inquiring, thinking, and reporting.
- Reflective Journaling - Students will spend time reflecting on their own learning.
- Assessment for Learning - Teachers will track students’ skills learning, over time, across each subject. Providing tools to help use assessment to improve student learning, not just record a skill level.
- Exit Point - The highlight of every unit, where students will create an individual or group media project and present it to peers, parents, and teachers.  The project will demonstrate their understanding in the class subjects, how the subjects connect through the Big Idea, and their own personal meaning.

The IMYC's backbone is formed by learning goals that are arranged around three areas of learning: Academic, Personal, and International.  The IMYC Learning Goals are simple statements describing what we plan for a student to learn about.

- Academic Learning - The subject learning goals were drafted after studying many different international curricula, including IGCSE checkpoints and IB DP requirements, and identifying what children this age should: know, be able to do, and understand.
- Personal Learning - The IMYC identifies eight key personal dispositions that are key to developing both academic and personal growth.  Communication, resilience, morality, responsibility, adaptability, enquiry, thoughtfulness, respect. 
- International Learning - We live locally in a global world; local problems begin to be solved when we have an awareness of perspectives different from our own.  The IMYC has clearly articulated learning goals that are universal and focused on how we are both similar and different.

Assessment and Evaluation
All assessment is aimed at improving your child’s learning, and is structured around three key types of learning.
- Knowledge - These assessments are the traditional types of quizzes, tests, exams, and subject projects, which each teacher will develop and administer.
- Skills -  The IMYC supports teachers in tracking a student’s skill progress through the Assessment for Learning program.  
- Understanding - Reflective journaling and Exit Point projects are designed to demonstrate a student’s conceptual understanding of each unit’s Big Idea.

Parent Involvement
There are many things you can do to be involved with your child’s learning.
- Ask your child about what they have learnt every day; not just about what they did.
- Support your child with the necessary resources from home, if available.
- Become involved with the Entry and Exit Points
- Encourage your child not to be scared of making mistakes, learning occurs when we try, and try again until we succeed.