Sciences

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) sciences framework encourages students to investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation, working independently and collaboratively.

As they investigate real examples of science application, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment.

The MYP promotes inquiry in Sciences by developing conceptual understanding within global contexts.

Key concepts such as change, relationships and systems broadly frame the MYP curriculum.

Related concepts promote deeper learning grounded in specific disciplines. Examples of related concepts in MYP sciences include energy, movement, transformation and models.

Students explore key and related concepts through MYP global contexts.

  • Identities and relationships
  • Orientation in space and time
  • Personal and cultural expression
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Globalization and sustainability
  • Fairness and development

Read more about the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Subject Brief

OBJECTIVES:

  • Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

Students develop scientific knowledge (facts, ideas, concepts, processes, laws, principles, models and theories) and apply it to solve problems and express scientifically supported judgments.

  • Criterion B: Inquiring and designing

Students develop intellectual and practical skills through designing, analysing and performing scientific investigations.

  • Criterion C: Processing and evaluating

Students collect, process and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data, and explain conclusions that have been appropriately reached.

  • Criterion D: Reflecting on the impacts of science

Students evaluate the implications of scientific developments and their applications to a specific problem or issue. Varied scientific language is applied to demonstrate understanding. Students should become aware of the importance of documenting the work of others when communicating in science.

CONTENT:

For up to date information about current units, please see ManageBac.

Units will balance physics, chemistry and biology over the year. The topics assessed by the International Baccalaureate e-assessment in MYP 5 are:

  • Atoms
  • Bonding
  • Fuels
  • Matter
  • Periodic table
  • Cells, tissues, organs and systems
  • Interactions between organisms
  • Metabolism
  • Photosynthesis and cell respiration
  • Electromagnetism, magnetism & electric circuits
  • Forces and Energy

This year's units:-

MYP 1

MYP 2

MYP 3

MYP 4

MYP 5

Being a Scientist

Types of chemical reaction

Atmospheric chemistry

Chemical tests

Combustion

Separating Mixtures

Changing the world/Bioplastics

Thermal energy

Electrical circuits

Newton's Laws

Energy (physics)

Magnetism and Circuits

Structure and bonding

Rates of reaction

Electromagnetism

Life

Organisation

Digestion

Reproduction

Interdependence

Elements and compounds

Ecosystems

Projectile motion

Genetics

Metabolism

ASSESSMENT

Homework will be assigned weekly and should not take longer than 30 minutes for MYP1-3 and 45 minutes for MYP4-5.

The homework tasks will most commonly be to learn spellings and definitions of key terms or self-quizzing on topics we are studying or have studied. This is to help students become more knowledgeable so that they will be able to inquire more authentically in class.

Sometimes, homework will be to take action on what they have learned or initiating a service project that benefits our community. This is to encourage our students to be caring, balanced and principled.

Students will have summative assessments on all four objectives at least twice per year. This will, in general, mean that students will have two tests, two laboratory reports and two technical reports per year. These assignments are not homework and appropriate time to complete them in class will be given.

After each unit, students will be invited to reflect on their learning of content, concepts and skills. They will also be asked for their feedback on the unit.