IMYC (International Middle Years Curriculum)
In September 2015, we introduced the IMYC programme for our Year 7 and 8 students, with the aim of encouraging them to become more reflective and independent learners, and to enable them to see that their subject areas were connected, and not standalone.
What will I study?
Over the 2 years students will study a number of unit themes
Year 7 – Structures, Balance, Adaptability, Collaboration, Discovery and Creativity
Year 8 – Communication, Relationships, Belief, Respect, Competition and Curiosity
Each IMYC unit has a theme and involves 6-8 weeks of learning based around a ‘Big Idea’, which aims to help students in Year 7 and 8 to achieve coherence and connection within their subject goals and cover the development of knowledge, skills and the understanding required in their subject areas. These subject goals are linked in the IMYC by a broader concept (the IMYC Big Idea) which enables pupils to connect their learning as they move from subject to subject.
What happens in lesson?
Our departments have developed schemes to reflect National Curriculum expectations, whilst supporting each ‘Big Theme’. i.e. when the students are studying the topic ‘Balance’, all subject areas link the work being covered in the 7-8 weeks of study to that theme. This enables students to see that ‘Balance’ is important in all aspects of the curriculum, but that it differs depending on the subject area.
Learning in class will be achieved through various approaches – ICT, Powerpoints, posters, leaflets, story boards, journal, reports, fact files, visitors, discussion. There is an Entry and Exit event for each theme, delivered by different curriculum areas, to show students how all areas interconnect.
How can parents support their son/daughter?
Each unit of work is accompanied by a Parent Engagement IMYC booklet. These booklets were developed partly as a response to ‘Parent Voice’, where parents stated that they didn’t seem to know as much about what their sons/daughters were studying when they came to Secondary School. We wanted to change that and enable parents to be more engaged in their son/daughters’s learning. Within each booklet therefore, there is information about
TERM DATES - Upcoming term dates, school events and INSET days, linked to the year group
PARENT MONITORING OPTIONS - Information as to how parents can be more involved with student learning. Guidelines to logging on to the ‘Learning Gateway’ and ‘Show my Homework’ applications are shown here. These applications are specific to each student, and parents can be provided with a student specific log in and password so that they can follow their son/daughters progress in school, and homework tasks they have been set.
SUBJECT INSERTS - these give parents an overview of what their son/daughter will be learning about during the 7/8 week unit, tips that parents can use to support their child, and homework tasks that need to be completed for specific dates. Many of the curriculum areas use this to provide students with choice over homework tasks, so there are often different levels of activity marked by *,**,*** (increasing levels of difficulty), but also enable students to produce homeworks that show their preferred learning/presentations styles. These provide the main homeworks for each subject area, but other homework tasks may be set during the 6-8 week unit in addition to these. Students will be informed of these in class and they will be published on the ‘Show My homework’ website, in addition to this.
These booklets are available on the website so that parents, and students can refer to them. The students are also provided with one paper copy at the start of each unit.
National projects looking at how to improve the rate of student progress, rate homework as one of the most effective ways of students consolidating their learning and being able to build on it. The IMYC booklets and ‘Show My Homework’ applications are 2 ways that we help our parents to be more involved in this process, and more proactive in supporting their sons/daughters.