The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP), is an educational program for students between the ages of 11 to 16 around the world as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum. MYP is intended to prepare students for the two-year IB Diploma Programme (DP).


The IB MYP comprises eight subject groups:

  • Language acquisition.
  • Language and literature.
  • Individuals and societies.
  • Sciences.
  • Mathematics.
  • Arts.
  • Physical and health education.
  • Design.

MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the programme. In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and individual student learning needs.



Experience: 12 Years

Course description and aims With inquiry at the core, the MYP sciences framework aims to guide students to independently and collaboratively investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation. The MYP sciences curriculum explores the connections between science and everyday life. As they investigate real examples of science applications, students discover the tensions and dependencies between  science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment. Scientific inquiry fosters critical and creative thinking about research and design, as well as the identification of assumptions and alternative explanations. Students learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, gain good ethical-reasoning skills and further develop their sense of responsibility as members of local and global communities.

The MYP sciences group aims to encourage and enable students to:

    • understand and appreciate science and its implications
    • consider science as a human endeavour with benefits and limitations
    • cultivate  analytical,  inquiring and  flexible minds that  pose questions, solve  problems, construct explanations and judge arguments
    • develop skills to design and perform investigations, evaluate evidence and reach conclusions
    • build an awareness of the need to effectively collaborate and communicate
    • apply language skills and knowledge in a variety of real-life contexts
    • develop sensitivity towards the living and nonliving environments
    • reflect on learning experiences and make informed choices


Experience: 12 Years


Experience: 12 Years


Experience: 12 Years

In MYP, mathematics promotes both inquiry and application, helping students to develop problem solving techniques that transcend the discipline and that are useful in the world beyond school.

The MYP mathematics framework encompasses number, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability.

How is mathematics structured in the MYP?

MYP mathematics can be tailored to the needs of students, seeking to intrigue and motivate them to want to learn its principles. Students see authentic examples of how mathematics is useful and relevant to their lives and be encouraged to apply it to new situations.

In the MYP, the topics and skills in the framework for mathematics are organized so that students can work at two levels of challenge:

  • Standard mathematics, which aims to give all students a sound knowledge of basic mathematical principles while allowing them to develop the skills needed to meet the objectives of MYP mathematics
  • Extended mathematics, in which the standard mathematics framework supplemented by additional topics and skills, providing greater breadth and depth.

Objectives and Aims

The framework for MYP mathematics outlines four branches of mathematical study.

  • Number
  • Algebra 
  • Geometry and trigonometry
  • Statistics and probability

The study of mathematics is a fundamental part of a balanced education. It promotes a powerful universal language, analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills that contribute to the development of logical, abstract and critical thinking. The MYP mathematics and extended mathematics courses promote both inquiry and application, helping students to develop problem-solving techniques that transcend the discipline and are useful in the world outside school. Mathematics in the MYP is tailored to the needs of students, seeking to intrigue and motivate them to want to learn its principles. Students should see authentic examples of how mathematics is useful and relevant to their lives and be encouraged to apply it to new situations.

The aims of MYP mathematics courses are to encourage and enable students to:

    • enjoy mathematics, develop curiosity and begin to appreciate its elegance and power
    • develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics
    • communicate clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts
    • develop logical, critical and creative thinking
    • develop  confidence,  perseverance and  independence in mathematical  thinking and problem solving
    • develop powers of generalization and abstraction
    • apply and transfer skills to a wide range of real-life situations, other areas of knowledge and future developments
    • appreciate  how developments  in technology and  mathematics have influenced  each other; the moral, social  and ethical implications arising  from the work of mathematicians and  the applications of mathematics; the international dimension in mathematics; and the contribution of mathematics to other areas of knowledge
    • develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to pursue further studies in mathematics
    • develop the ability to reflect critically upon their own work and the work of others.