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Middle Years Programme

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a conceptual and skills based curriculum framework which helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP curriculum framework includes:

  • Approaches to learning (ATL) skills. These help our students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management
  • Key and related concepts, helping students explore big ideas that matter
  • Global contexts, helping students understand the relevance and importance of their learning for understanding our common humanity and shared responsibility for the planet.

MYP Subjects

There are eight subject groups in the MYP and all students are required to study all of them each year. At LIS, each subject receives an equal amount of time in the schedule and are viewed as being equally important in the education of each child. The subject groups are:

  • The Arts (Drama, Music, Visual Art)
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Language and Literature (English, Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Language Acquisition (English, Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Sciences
  • Design


In addition to studying the subjects above, students are also involved in service in each year of the programme. Much of this service will be student-initiated action in response to their learning as well as projects that may be teacher led or driven by the homeroom/wellbeing programme. In the final two years of the MYP, students are expected to become increasingly independent and take part in service activities which involve a wider range of skills and student leadership.

Personal Project

The Personal Project is the culmination of the IB MYP. Over an extended period of months, students will be engaged in a process of inquiry and action in order to achieve a goal of their own design.  Students do a personal project in almost any area of their interests and share their learning at a Personal Project fair.

To find out more about the MYP please visit the IBO’s MYP for parents

  • A diverse community of learners, committed to fostering compassionate, confident and socially responsible individuals who thrive in the world.
    A diverse community of learners, committed to fostering compassionate, confident and socially responsible individuals who thrive in the world.
    Take three ambitious year 12 LIS students, a great medical cause and the highest mountain on the African continent and you have a recipe for a truly inspiring life experience. Our ‘Trek for Meds’ team including Molly, Nabeeha and Denise successfully planned and completed an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa! Their collective goal was to raise money to buy malaria preventative medicine and tests to distribute to families in rural areas of Angola. Malaria is a recurring cause of child mortality in Angola. The Trek for Meds team received tremendous encouragement and recognition from their immediate and global communities. The overwhelming support helped the team to conquer the mountain and smash their original fundraising goal of USD3,000. This is service leadership in its purest form. In the spirit of our mission statement, I am confident this amazing story will inspire many other students to find a unique way to ‘thrive in the world’.
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