We believe that the Middle School years are crucially important for students, a time of change and a time for increased independence in their learning. Reflecting these changes, our program is both challenging and creative. It develops the skills and understanding needed to meet the demands of Middle School while continuing to inspire an enjoyment and thirst for learning.

The Unit Themes & Big Ideas

Students following the IMYC focus on academic, personal and international learning goals designed to stimulate and inspire learning. The various subjects have specific learning goals and activities which are delivered and assessed by subject specialists. All the subjects in a particular year group follow the same conceptual unit for six weeks at a particular time. The Unit Themes and Big Ideas allow students to make meaning of their learning and to see the interdependence of their different subject areas. To learn more about Unit Themes, click on the link for an overview of the Year 7 Unit Theme on Adaptability

IMYC: The Big Idea
The IMYC uses a six week learning cycle for each unit which involves:

Entry Point
An activity that stimulates learning by provoking the students to think about what they will be learning.
Knowledge Harvest
The determination of what the students already know.
Learning Activities
The subject specific activities that students will undergo to achieve learning.
Reflective Journaling
Students frequently reflect on what they are learning to promote thinking skills and to help make meaning of their learning.
Assessment for Learning
Includes Formative and Summative Assessments of student knowledge, skills and understanding which inform teacher planning and student progress.
Exit Point
A media project through which students show their understanding of the Big Idea in relation to what they have been learning for six weeks.
Click on the + icons below to see the Unit Themes and Big Ideas.

Year 7
AdaptabilityAdaptability is demonstrated by the ability to cope, alter or change with new circumstances or environments.
CollaborationWhen people work together, they can achieve a common goal.
StructuresFormal arrangements and relationships underpin or give organisation to complex issues.writing, sharing the Earth and its resources, Drama unit: FAST by David Grant, change, identity and community.
DiscoveryFinding out new things is a human driver and affects things for better or worse.
CreativityInnovative ideas can happen when existing or new concepts are brought together or expressed in a new way.
Year 8
CommunicationWhen information is shared accurately and clearly the end result is more effective.
RelationshipEvery individual thing affects and is affected by other things.
Respectt’s important to honour behaviour and processes that have proven merit.
CuriosityThe desire to know more drives exploration and aspiration.
TraditionBeliefs and customs from the past have a powerful effect on our lives today.
Year 9
IdentityOur sense of self, and that of others, is continually developing through our different interactions and impacts on how we exist in the world.
CommunityA shared sense of belonging occurs when people are able to negotiate and appreciate their complex and often messy differences.
ResponsibilityEach of us is in charge of the actions we choose.
ChallengeFacing up to or overcoming problems and barriers increases possibilities in our lives.
RenewalThe end of a process is often the preparation for the beginning of something new.