Middle Years

The Middle Years (MYP)

The MYP is taught to 11-16 year olds (Years 7-11) and is a challenging framework that develops deeper interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of subject specific areas.

Students in the MYP study eight subject groups:

  1. Language Acquisition
  2. MYP Language Acquisition is a compulsory component of the MYP in every year of the programme. At Malvern College Hong Kong, as in our Primary Years Programme, English and Chinese are compulsory. As English is the language of instruction at Malvern, the language acquisition course will focus on the acquisition of Chinese as a first or second language, where teaching and learning will be organised into phases depending on the student’s prior experience, and will allow the student to exit and progress to the next phase when ready.

  3. Language and Literature
  4. The MYP Language and Literature course will be offered in English at Malvern. The course is designed to engage students in the many aspects of the language and literature of communities and their cultures, and also offer a wide range of literary and non-literary text types and writing styles and techniques, thus allowing students to comment on the significance of possible contexts, audiences, purpose, and the use of linguistic and literary devices.

  5. Individuals and Societies
  6. This subject group covers the Humanities and Social Sciences courses. At Malvern, these courses will include Geography, History, Business, Economics, and over time may include other subject areas such as Global Politics. Throughout the 5-year programme in the MYP, the courses will be organised as discrete courses, focusing on individual disciplines; modular courses, focusing on the study of multiple disciplines, one at a time; and integrated courses, focusing on inquiry from a number of perspectives.

  7. Sciences
  8. MYP sciences courses at Malvern will include Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Throughout the programme and as a commitment to science enrichment, students will also be exposed to other science courses and topics including Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Sport Sciences, Health Sciences, and/or Earth Sciences.

  9. Mathematics
  10. At Malvern, students are able to work at two levels of challenge in the study of Mathematics which are tailored to the needs of students. Standard Mathematics aims to give all students a sound knowledge of basic Mathematical principles, while allowing them to develop the skills needed to meet the objectives of MYP Mathematics. Extended Mathematics includes the standard Mathematics framework and is supplemented by additional topics and skills, thus providing greater breadth and depth and preparing students for further studies in Mathematics, such as Mathematics Higher Level (HL), which is part of the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

  11. Arts
  12. Over the 5-year programme, the arts disciplines offered in the MYP at Malvern will include Visual Art, Media, Drama, Music, and Dance. Where possible, and as part of the programme requirements, these will be organised as discrete disciplines, focusing on each discipline separately; integrated courses, in which a combination of either performing arts disciplines or visual arts disciplines are studied; and modular courses.

  13. Physical and Health Education
  14. Physical and Health Education focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity. At Malvern the content for Physical and Health Education will include physical and health-related knowledge, aesthetic movement, team sports, individual sports, and international sports and activities. Other components that we will include at Malvern over time (and in alignment with our co-curricular programme) covers alternative recreational sports and adventure activities.

  15. Design
  16. As part of the Middle Years Programme the design course challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems; explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts; and consider their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.

    The objective of the Design course is for the student to focus on the holistic design process rather than final products and solutions. Over the 5 years of MYP at Malvern the Design courses will, when appropriate, be offered as distinct or integrated digital and product design components.

Interdisciplinary Learning

In the Middle Years Programme (MYP), interdisciplinary learning supports students to understand bodies of knowledge from two or more disciplines or subject groups, in order to integrate them and create new understanding. Therefore in each year of the programme, MYP students will be engaged in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.

MYP projects

At the end of Year 5 of the MYP, students will complete the Personal Project, enabling them to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection and to extend their knowledge and understanding and to develop their skills and attitudes. The Personal Project is externally moderated.

Service as Action, through community service

Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, where Malvern College Hong Kong will provide a multitude of community service opportunities and programmes in which students will participate.

Assessment and Exams

In the final year of the MYP, Malvern students will sit MYP eAssessments. In addition to our periodic assessment and reporting throughout the 5-year programme, our students will undertake the IB eAssessment in all elements of the programme – thus earning a formal, internationally-recognised certificate if they meet the success criteria. These assessments include on-screen examinations, ePortfolios and the MYP Personal Project. The eAssessment will also form a benchmark for us to continue our development and delivery of a high quality programme.