Subject Group Overviews 2018-19
Please note that the subject group overviews posted on our website reflect the curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year and will be updated to match the 2019-2020 school year course catalog by the fall of 2019.
We are currently in the process of publishing SLP MS curriculum documents for our community to view. These documents, known as subject group overviews, are intended to be a communication tool for teachers, administration, students and our SLP community regarding the curriculum that we have designed and are implementing in our classrooms. As we are a newly authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, there are still some subject group overviews that are under construction.
Developing the written curriculum for a school is a comprehensive and iterative mapping process. IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) World Schools expects required documentation for the written curriculum consisting of:
- Unit plans
- Subject-group overviews
- Approaches to Learning (ATL) planning: ATL skills are life skills that students should develop clear and sophisticated understandings of how they learn best and how they can evaluate the effectiveness of their learning. This kind of self-regulated (independent and autonomous) learning helps students in a variety of ways.
The subject-group overview provides evidence of vertical and horizontal planning, documenting the written curriculum in each course that is taught in the Middle School. The overview includes the unit title, key and related concepts, global context, statement of inquiry, objectives, and ATL skills and content. Schools can adjust overviews to add further information that might be useful, including local, state or national requirements and standards. We are in the process of doing that at this time.
Subject-group overviews allow teachers and school leaders to reflect on the vertical articulation of the written curriculum. It describes what will be taught in each course to each age group. The MYP presents schools with a framework within which schools are expected to develop their own written curriculum.
Through collaborative planning, schools must, over the years of the programme, ensure that the curriculum has:
- included all required key concepts and addressed all related concepts
- explored the complete range of Middle Years Programe global contexts
- appropriately developed all Approaches to Learning skill categories
- offered students opportunities to meet all subject-group objectives in a balanced way.
At the subject-group overview level of planning, content constitutes the disciplinary knowledge and skills to be taught and learned in each year of the programme. Such an overview develops a clear progression of learning.
The written curriculum is a formal, comprehensive, school-wide set of documents written by the school that describes what will be taught in each subject to each age group. The MYP presents schools with a framework within which schools are expected to develop their own written curriculum, whether this includes external requirements or not. The development of learner profile attributes, conceptual understanding, incorporation of global contexts and approaches to learning (ATL) skills is a school-based process.