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Middle Years Programme

At Chatsworth Secondary School, we offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and foster the development of skills and academic knowledge for a well-rounded education

International Secondary School
Middle Years Programme (Years 7 to 11)

Secondary school at Chatsworth caters to students from Years 7 through 11 in a stimulating and dynamic environment. The international curriculum offered at Chatsworth for Years 7 to 11 (Grades 6 to 10) is delivered within the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP).

The MYP provides a framework of learning that encourages students to be creative, critical and reflective thinkers. During this time, students are encouraged to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global interaction - essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. The MYP aims to help students develop the capacity to become responsible for their own learning and sets them up for success for the Diploma Programme.

Through the final two years of the MYP (Years 10 and 11), students complete the Personal Project. The Personal Project is a year-long, independent research project undertaken by all final-year MYP students. All MYP students are required to take part in Service as Action.

MYP Certificate

At Chatsworth, our MYP5 (Year 11) students are able to seek a formal qualification at the end of the programme. The IB offers eAssessments that lead to IB MYP course results and the IB MYP certificate. The MYP eAssessments consist of a combination of on-screen examinations and ePortfolios, which are externally marked and moderated by the International Baccalaureate. Additionally, students who demonstrate additional proficiency in a second language or mother tongue can earn the IB MYP Bilingual Certificate.

Chatsworth is presently one of the few international schools in Singapore that implement the full MYP e-Assessment. The MYP e-Assessment is a reliable, globally consistent and highly innovative assessment model that helps to demonstrate their preparation for further study, including participation in advanced academic and career -related programmes.


Visit the IBO Website for more information on the IBMYP.

Subject Information

Subject Groups Courses Offered

MYP Language and Literature 

English, Japanese, Mother Tongue Languages

MYP Language Acquisition (2nd Language)

English, French, Mandarin

MYP Individuals and Societies

Integrated Humanities

MYP Mathematics

Standard and Extended Mathematics

MYP Sciences

Integrated Science

MYP Design

Design

MYP Arts

Music, Drama and Visual Art

MYP Physical and Health Education

Physical and Health Education

Advisory (Pastoral)

Service as Action

Pastoral

Pastoral lessons occur twice per week and are conducted through the student's homeroom. Both provide motivation and support for students. Lessons are designed to foster individual growth, strengthen teamwork and build school spirit. Activities are discussed and planned by students and the homeroom teacher. Students are encouraged to participate and to cooperate with one other in activities they have discussed and planned with their homeroom teacher. Throughout the year, there are also assemblies and other projects (like the UN Day and the Identity Project), as well as activities related to MYP Approaches to Learning (Communication, Social, Thinking, Self Management and Research), that run in conjunction with the pastoral programme.

Service as Action

All MYP students participate in Service as Action. They choose which group they wish to to join from a list of groups at the start of the school year. Service groups in the school undertake a range of activities. These include arts based activities such as community outreach theatre, community interaction like the food bank, or school based needs such as recycling and academic support programmes.

Assessment and Reporting

Students are awarded a semester grade in each subject, based on the IB 1-7 scale. These grades are communicated through end-of-semester reports that are available to parents and guardians via ManageBac, the school's online academic portal. In addition, a mid-semester progress report is issued shortly before each parent-teacher conference to communicate the student's current progress. For MYP students these mid-semester reports include achievement levels against the criteria assessed in each subject. Semester two reports include a full MYP grade and provide a summation of the student’s academic and ATL strengths and weaknesses over the school year, while offering suggestions for improvement.

In addition to achievement grades, students are also assessed, and self-assess ,on five skill categories from the IB Approaches to Learning (ATLs): Communication, Social, Self-Management, Research and Thinking. Methods of assessment of the ATLs vary between subjects and are communicated by departments and teachers. This is reported through written teacher comments in the summative assessments on ManageBac as well as students’ own writing on their achievement against personal ATL goals.

We also have two Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences (PSTCs) yearly where reports and student progress are discussed, together with students’ goals and strengths. Classes are not held on PTSC days so that teachers can confer with parents and students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the school at any time to discuss the student’s progress or any problems or queries.

 

IBMYP and Other Curricula

How is the IB MYP Different from Other Curricula
(Please note that the table below highlights the key features of the MYP relative to other curricula. It is not a detailed breakdown of other curricula)

IB MYP

Other Curriculum Models

Learning as a process

Focus on product

Valid and varied assessments based on set criteria from the IB

Multiple-choice tests and exams

Making connections to the real world

Isolated knowledge out of context

Concept-based Inquiry

Memorisation of facts

Promotes the construction of knowledge

Rote memorisation 

Fostering international-mindedness and understanding of different perspectives

One or local perspective

Learning about different cultures through language

Learning how to learn- approaches to learning skills

Seeking multiple answers

Finding one correct answer

Learning about only one national or local culture

Focus on content

Critical thinking, analysing and evaluating

Limiting learning to acquisition of facts 

Communication through writing, speaking and presentation

Writing only

Student ownership and independence as learners

Teacher-driven

Media literacy

Accepting information without questioning

Digital citizenship

Imbalanced use of technology

Teacher as guide on the side

Teacher as sage on the stage

Interdisciplinary learning

Subjects taught in isolation

Developing conceptual understanding

Contentor skills only

Learning by doing and experiencing

Passive learning

Collaborative learning through inquiry

Individual learning

Reflection and feedback

Work production only

Embracing a growth mindset

Fear of failure 

Features of Chatsworth's Middle Years Education

  • Provides experiential learning opportunities for students to make connections between theoretical knowledge and the real world
  • Develops students’ capacity to be responsible for their own learning and hone their critical thinking and research skills through the culminating MYP personal project
  • Helps students acquire valuable life skills and work towards becoming enlightened and responsible global citizens through service learning programmes
  • Engages, motivates and supports students as part of our pastoral programme in which they develop attributes which will help them to succeed in the world after school
  • Our Year 11 students (MYP5) sit for the IB MYP e-Assessment and receive the full IB MYP certificate on successful completion. There is the opportunity to earn a MYP Bilingual Certificate.
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