The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme provides the framework for the Key Stage 3 curriculum at Leigh Academy Rainham. It provides the academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers. The programme:
- encourages international-mindedness in IB students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture;
- promotes a positive attitude to learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness, and participate actively in their communities;
- reflects real life by providing a framework that allows students to see the connections among the subjects themselves, and between the subjects and real issues;
- supports the development of communication skills to encourage enquiry, understanding and language acquisition, and to allow student reflection and expression;
- emphasises, through the learner profile, the development of the whole student – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
- is exciting, innovative, meeting students’ personalised needs, satisfying all National Curriculum requirements and providing a framework for all national qualifications and accreditation, including GCSE.
The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.
Teaching and learning in context. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, Leigh Academy Rainham students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally-minded.
Conceptual understanding. Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. LAR students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.
Approaches to learning (ATL). A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn.