The International Baccalaureate
Middle Years Programme at the International School Wassenaar
The International School Wassenaar intends to deliver the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) to all students in year 1. The students take a broad range of subjects across eight subject groups: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and Health Education, and Design. These eight subject groups are integrated through concepts, approaches to learning and teaching, and global contexts. Through the curriculum students develop the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. The ten attributes of the learner profile inspire the students and teachers to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.
Service and Action
All students in MYP1 participate in the school’s Service and Action programme. Participation in service activities is compulsory and students are expected to meet the school’s requirement in order to successfully complete each year. Students are required to participate in approved Service and Action activities and to reflect on their experience. Mentors guide the students in choosing the most appropriate activities and monitor their performance.
Language and Literature
English and Dutch are compulsory subjects at the International School Wassenaar in all years of the MYP. All first language students of English and Dutch study the subjects at Language and Literature level.
If there is sufficient demand, other first languages will be considered as Language and Literature course.
Mother Tongue languages
The term ‘mother tongue’ language refers to a language that is not offered within the International School Wassenaar’s curriculum but is taught by private tutors who are paid directly by the parents/guardians. The International School Wassenaar considers it important for students to maintain a high level of competence in their own language. The school, therefore, encourages and facilitates the study of the mother tongue language outside the regular school curriculum.
At the International School Wassenaar Language Acquisition is offered in English, Dutch and at least one other modern language.
The other modern language(s) will be determined subject to demand.
The subjects are offered at different levels or “phases” in each year of the programme. Placement in a particular phase is based on the student’s level of the language. Please note that the different phases will often be taught within one differentiated class.
At the International School Wassenaar mathematics is studied by all students in MYP1. The courses provide students with the opportunity to develop their mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills by building on previous work in the subject.
Students in MYP1 study an integrated course that provides a basic knowledge of science and its application to life on a planet that is limited in its resources. The course enables students to acquire a core of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will equip them well to study the separate science subjects in later years. From MYP3 the course is divided into physics, chemistry and biology components.
Individuals and Societies
Integrated humanities is taken by all students in MYP1 prior to them studying the subjects of geography and history from MYP3. Each course is designed to increase the students’ understanding of the respective subject while meeting the overall aims of the MYP individuals and societies.
Design (digital and product design) is offered as distinct courses. In MYP1, students will be offered one course. Students study the design cycle from the point of view of two different disciplines, but are expected to approach solving problems in the same way.
All students study drama, music and visual arts in year MYP1. Each course is designed to increase the students’ understanding of the respective subject while meeting the overall aims of MYP Arts.
Physical and Health Education
All students follow the physical and health education (PHE) in MYP1. In addition to the PHE programme there are also annual sports events that involve all students.