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The International Middle Years curriculum (IMYC)

What is the IMYC?

The IMYC is a challenging, engaging, internationally-minded, concept-focused curriculum designed specifically for the unique learning needs for 11-14 year olds in lower secondary.

The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) helps:

  • Making Meaning
  • Connecting Learning
  • Developing Minds

  • Linking all subject learning to a conceptual theme
  • Responding to the specific developmental needs of 11-14 year olds
  • Working towards understanding through a personal and global perspective
  • Linking all subjects together through the agreed big idea
  • Preparing students for the next stage of learning
  • Being part of a worldwide community to share learning experiences, best practice, ideas and resources
  • 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

Making Meaning

The IMYC helps your students to make meaning of their learning by:

Connecting Learning

The IMYC helps your teachers to connect learning by:

Developing Minds

The IMYC helps your students to develop their minds by:

The IMYC Learning Process

There is a distinct learning process with every IMYC unit, providing a structured approach to make sure that student’s learning experiences are as stimulating as possible. This process of learning, which has taken into account findings from neuroscience and cognitive psychology, helps students to become deep, engaged, active learners rather than passive participants in their schooling.

 Each IMYC unit of work involves six weeks of learning based around a ‘Big Idea’ which aims to help students in every year group from 11 to 14 to achieve coherence and connection within their subjects. Each IMYC unit has a theme, but more important than the theme is the Big Idea related to that theme.

The Big Idea elevates the theme to much broader, abstract, conceptual thinking; challenging students to extend their focus beyond that of a simple theme.

For example, in the IMYC Balance unit, students’ learning is all based around the Big Idea that ‘Things are more stable when different elements are in the correct or best possible proportions,’ and in the Collaboration unit, learning follows the Big Idea that ‘When people work together they can achieve a common goal’. 

Throughout their individual lessons, students make connections to the Big Idea by extrapolating how it relates to each of their subjects. A teaching framework for the unit, contains suggested learning tasks, based on the IMYC learning goals, to support teachers with their delivery of the knowledge, skills and understanding for their subject and the fostering of personal dispositions and international mindedness, all related to the Big Idea.

Grade 7 units

Adaptability: Adaptability is demonstated by the ability to change, alter or cope with new environments or circumstances.

Please click here for: Adaptability Mindmap

Balance: Things are more stable when different elements are in the correct or best possible proportions.

Please click here for:Balance Mindmap

Risk: Progress involves exposing ourselves to, and considering the impact of, forms of danger, harm uncertainty or opportunity.

Please click here for: Risk Mind Map

Structures: Formal arrangements and relationships (structures) underpin or give organisation to complex issues.

Please click here for:Structures Mindmap

Discovery:Finding out about new things is a human driver and affects things for better and worse.

Please click here for: Discovery Mindmap

Resolution: Problems, disputes and contentious issues can sometimes be satisfactorily solved or resolved.

Please click here for: Resolution Mindmap

Grade 8 units

Resilience: Success over time required persistence.

Please click here for: Resilience Mindmap

Tradition: Beliefs and customs from the past have a powerful effect on our lives today.

Please click here for: Tradition Mindmap

Courage: Being true to yourself requires bravery.

Please click here for: Courage Mindmap

Respect: It is important to honour behaviour and processes that have proven merit.

Please click here for: Respect Mindmap

Communication: When information is shared accurately and clearly the end result is more effective.

Please click here for: Communication Mindmap

Reflection: Complex decision making requires space and time.

Please click here for: Reflection Mindmap

For further information, please follow the link to the IMYC website: http://www.greatlearning.com/imyc/