The International Middle Years Curriculum is followed in Key Stage three from September 2014. It is taught as an integral part of all year 7 & 8 lessons. The IMYC helps students to understand their learning by linking all subject learning to a conceptual theme and runs throughout all subject areas. It is designed to engage the specific developmental needs of 11 to 14 year old students who work towards developing their understanding through a personal and global perspective. Students make connections by linking all subjects together through a big idea word & statement. IMYC Themes and Apps Four themes are followed each year using a specific iPad app, which the students use to reflect on their learning. The students are expected to keep a Reflective Journal using the identified app for that theme summarising their learning across all the subject areas. Students will develop their independent note taking skills and reflect on their learning through this journal. Identifying what they learnt, challenges they faced and skills they developed. We would encourage parents and carers to hold regular discussions at home to reinforce their child's learning. IMYC Launch Events Each theme is launched by a Big Idea Launch event. The expectations of the theme are clearly identified to students during this event & subsequent emails. The students are expected to reflect back on what they learn in this event in their reflective journal. This journal is submitted and marked by staff. Students are emailed regularly giving updates of the IMYC and assemblies held to reinforce our expectations. Staff discuss the theme in all relevant lessons and use common icons and terms to help students link their learning and skills. Where students can go for IMYC support: Galeena Room every lunchtime Student Star Techs during selected breaktime and lunchtims at the Digital Bar (see the Digital Abbey website for the Star Tech rota) IMYC section of the school website and the Digital Abbey website Star Tech training sessions on how to use specific iPad apps IMYC Wall of Communication Year 7 IMYC Ambassadors Regular email updates from Mrs Thornton The assigned staff member for each student TA Hut for homework club every lunchtime Most importantly you can always ask classroom teachers and we encourage you to look in your child's exercise book and see what they are up to during lessons and how they are linking to the current theme.
Themes (Current theme highlighted - Content being Added)
Discovery Celebration Creativity Balance
Risk Interpretation Identity Structure
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