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MYP Programme Brochure كُتيِّب برنامج السنوات المتوسطة

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11-16.

Ajman Academy is pleased to announce that we are committed to continuing International Baccalaureate (IB). Our vision at Ajman is to create a holistic and challenging learning environment that will prepare students as future global citizens. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) has laid the foundations; from September 2017 Ajman Academy students will continue with their IB journey through the implementation of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), with a vision of the Diploma (DP) programme to commence in September 2018.The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.

The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

Learning Journey

Ajman Academy Middle Years Programme provides its students, aged 11 to 15, with an environment where both the curriculum and the approach to teaching and learning are primarily English based. As an international school based in the UAE the curriculum also incorporates Arabic Language, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic Education (for Muslim students). With a vast range of student nationalities, teachers can leverage the opportunity to adjust the curriculum to include topics, concepts and themes that encompass the cultural diversity of its students.

Our aim at Ajman Academy is to provide a curriculum that meets the needs of all our students. Through encouraging independent learning and the development of both academic skills and personal qualities we guide our students into becoming constructive members of society and prepared for life in the 21st century.

Assessment, tracking and monitoring

Assessment is regularly undertaken and student academic progress is closely monitored and tracked with intervention strategies implemented when appropriate. Students receive monitoring reports throughout the year as well as a full written report. In addition PST meetings (parent, student and teacher) afford the opportunity to discuss student academic progress with teachers at strategic points throughout the academic year.

Students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 follow a broad and balanced curriculum of 30 lessons per week studying English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic, Islamic, Art, Computing, Drama, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Spanish.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum builds upon the experiences the students have had in their primary schools and is taught using subject specialist teachers.

In Grades 9 and 10 students study GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). These are internationally recognised qualifications that are administered by UK based examination bodies. The final assessment varies from subject to subject but is typically a combination of controlled assessments and external examinations.

In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic and Islamic Studies (for Muslim students) students choose an additional 3 subjects. Physical Education and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) complete the Key Stage 4 curriculum.

The Key Stage 5 curriculum provides an opportunity for students to gain the qualifications needed for university entrance. Grade 11 students will study 4 subjects at AS Level with examinations at the end of Grade 11. In Grade 12 students will drop one of their subjects and study 3 A Level subjects with end of year final examinations.

Ajman Academy is a registered centre for the Cambridge and Edexcel Examination Boards.

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In the programme model, which is displayed in the shape of a circle (below), the learner occupies a central position, surrounded by varied approaches to learning, approaches to teaching, concepts, and the global contexts. The global contexts are broad areas of human experience that seek to connect the student with the real world. The second ring of the model describes some important outcomes of the programme, which are: the personal project and the student- initiated action, which may involve service within the community. The third ring shows eight subject groups the MYP offers. The subject groups are connected by the global contexts, which the MYP considers as real-world contexts for understanding the content of the subject disciplines.

Ajman Academy students are already familiar with the PYP model and, therefore, a natural transition into MYP will allow students to continue with IB This style of inquiry based learning incorporates the IB Learner Profile which entails the traits that MYP students will acquire to interact effectively within their society.

The framework of subjects and the curriculum is already in place and in the process of being introduced to students, this is essentially a continuation of the language used in PYP, that our students are already familiar with and using daily.

We at Ajman Academy aim to empower students in taking responsibility for their learning by facilitating students in their learning journey, by embedding the IB ethos, we are providing the building blocks for independent learners.

MYP model

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