Ages 11 to 16
The Canadian International School of Hefei is an authorized school for the Middle Years Programme.
IB authorized schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Canadian International School of Hefei believes is important for our students.
Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: The Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate).
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org
IB education is an interaction between who to teach, how and why to teach and what to teach by using global context in teaching and learning to make it meaningful for students also making connections between the content of the subjects and the context of the real world surrounding them. Providing them with the learning skills through ATLs, help them become lifelong learners. The programme enables students to gain those implicitly or explicitly throughout their journey at school encouraging them to use these in real life situations, become responsible citizens and reflect on their learning so that they are independent learners. In CISH the teaching practices are planned and applied accordingly.
At CISH, MYP is owned by our teachers and students and is a part of our teaching and learning experiences in our daily routine. The aim of making it happen as part of our students’ daily lives is to help students understand and embrace the principles and the expectations of the programme. Students are provided the opportunity to gain the skills that help them ‘learn how to learn’ independently and with others. Besides that, in all subject areas, teachers focus on helping students succeed in the MYP by reinforcing MYP elements such as: · Learning through Inquiry - Key Concepts - Approaches to Learning (ATL skills) · Global Contexts · Service as Action - Personal Project.
MYP is a framework not a curriculum. The curriculum used is Canadian from the province of New Brunswick.
A link to the New Brunswick Curriculum Documents can be found on our school’s website. By following Curriculum Documents, we can provide not just an IB Education but a Canadian one and therefore be able to offer Canadian High School Diplomas to our students in grade 12.
The Structure of MYP
IB education centres on our learners, making sure they take ownership in the learning process and we give them this opportunity. It is not just the situation that the teacher is sharing information but that the students are seeking out that information and looking for that knowledge. This is how we go through the teaching process as well as showing our students how to learn and what to do with that learning when they have it.
Curriculum in the MYP consists of eight subject groups integrated through the areas of interaction which provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects which enables them to make connections between the subjects and the real world. Assessment is criterion based and the students are measured against specific criteria for each subject group.
We plan our teaching practices horizontally and vertically to enable us to ensure the curriculum reaches its objectives. Our planning articulates the timelines, topics, concepts, contexts, assessment tasks, and assessment criteria that will be covered within each subject and grade level. Collaboratively planned curriculum is revised every year according to the students’ needs and the MYP requirements.
- Students are exposed to conceptualized inquiry that targets the learner profiles
- We provide a rich, inquiry-based environment
- We help prepare them for academic study and to be life-long learners
- Students are becoming aware and responsible for their own learning
- We promote higher order thinking skills and advanced comprehension strategies
- We are developing intercultural awareness
- Students have the ability to study additional languages
- Students are involved in service and action opportunities in and outside the school community
Assessment is based on a demanding set of criterion and specific to each of the subject groups. Those subject groups include:
- Language and Literature (English and Mandarin)
- Language Acquisition (English, Mandarin, French)
- Individuals and Societies
- Arts (Music, Visual)
- Physical and Health Education
At CISH, we are proud of our wide subject range, offering a comprehensive and deep exploration of different fields through inquiry. All students in the MYP are involved in service and action opportunities throughout the middle years. In Grade 10, each student will engage in a personal project that allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the programme.