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International Middle Years Curriculum

The IMYC is a challenging, engaging, internationally-minded, concept-focused curriculum designed specifically for the unique learning needs for 11-14 year olds in KS3/ lower secondary. The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) helps:

  • Making Meaning
  • Connecting Learning
  • Developing Minds

Making Meaning
The IMYC helps your students to make meaning of their learning by:

  • Linking all subject learning to a conceptual theme
  • Responding to the specific developmental needs of 11-14 year olds
  • Working towards understanding through a personal and global perspective
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Connecting Learning
The IMYC helps your teachers to connect learning by:

  • Linking all subjects together through the agreed big idea
  • Preparing students for the next stage of learning
  • Being part of a worldwide community to share learning experiences, best practice, ideas and resources
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Developing Minds
The IMYC helps your students to develop their minds by:

  • Delivering rigorous and transformational knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Creating a challenging, student-led learning environment
  • Providing assessment for learning for students, and support for teachers

Units of Work
Each IMYC unit of work involves six weeks of learning based around a ‘Big Idea’ which aims to help students in every year group from 11 to 14 to achieve coherence and connection within their subjects. Each IMYC unit has a theme, but more important than the theme is the Big Idea related to that theme.

The Big Idea elevates the theme to much broader, abstract, conceptual thinking; challenging students to extend their focus beyond that of a simple theme. For example, in the IMYC Balance unit, students’ learning is all based around the Big Idea that ‘Things are more stable when different elements are in the correct or best possible proportions,’ and in the Collaboration unit, learning follows the Big Idea that ‘When people work together they can achieve a common goal’. 

Throughout their individual lessons, students make connections to the Big Idea by extrapolating how it relates to each of their subjects. A teaching framework for the unit contains suggested learning tasks, based on the IMYC learning goals. This framework supports teachers with their delivery of the knowledge, skills and understanding for their subject and the fostering of personal dispositions and international mindedness, all related to the Big Idea.


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