Middle School Programme
Classes VI to VIII (MYP)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) at DAIS will comprise MYP 1 to 3, i.e. equivalent to Classes VI to VIII (MYP). In Academic Year 2023-24, Classes VI to VII (MYP) will be offered and from Academic Year 2024-25 onwards Classes VI to VIII (MYP) will be offered. The MYP is designed to meet children's varied intellectual, physical, and emotional needs. As a prospective International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) Candidate School, our curriculum has been developed within the MYP framework. MYP is an interdisciplinary programme driven by a conceptual and contextual focused curriculum, building on the concepts and skills learnt in the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
The MYP provides a structure of learning, encouraging students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. By learning their own languages and about their culture, students begin to develop the foundation of internationalmindedness, which is an integral part of MYP. The emphasis on multilingualism allows for openminded thinking and effective communication. The Programme is intellectually challenging and encourages students to make connections between the subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of intercultural understanding and global citizenship, which are essential for life in the 21st century.
The MYP units of study focus on transferable key concepts and subject-specific related concepts that extend beyond particular origins, subject matter, or place in time. The IB believes that students learn best when the teaching and learning are contextual, connected with their experiences, and rooted in the real world. Towards achieving this objective, the MYP recognizes six global contexts that are transitionally rooted in the PYP transdisciplinary themes. These are explored through inquiry-based units in each subject throughout the programme to help students develop a sense of understanding of the world, explore common humanity, and inculcate a shared guardianship of the planet. Together, concepts and contexts are used as a lens to focus on 'Big Ideas' that are transferable across units and subjects and embedded in the real world.
In each year of the MYP, students explore purposeful and collboratively planned interdisciplinary units (IDU) between two or more disciplines. At DAIS, students engage in IDUs once each Term. This synergistic approach allows students to make connections and transfer conceptual understanding across disciplines.
The MYP uses the IB approaches to learning (ATL) skills to empower students to 'learn how to learn'. Students practise skills embedded in Communication, Collaboration, Organization, Affective, Reflection, Information Literacy, Media Literacy, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, and Transfer. Focus on the ATLs allows explicit teaching and provides opportunities for practice so students develop agency, acquire the traits of the IB Learner Profile and DAIS core values, and become lifelong learners.
Projects are planned to integrate knowledge and skills acquired by students in various subjects and serve as a concrete step towards developing interdisciplinary approaches in later years. As part of their service learning and as a requirement of the IB, the MYP students will be engaged in service as action, culminating into a Community Project in Class VIII
Co-curricular opportunities including field trips, excursions, competitive sports, JDAIMUN (Junior Dhirubhai Ambani International School Model United Nations), and Round Square events help students develop leadership and social skills, as well as their cultural awareness and spirit of community service. Exposure to robotics and coding ensures that the students have a competitive edge in problem-solving and technology skills. Inter-house cultural and sports competitions encourage healthy competition and team spirit. By participating in class assemblies, concerts and drama productions, students develop their confidence, communication skills and creativity. They get numerous opportunities to take up roles and responsibilities in the school.