This academic year 2022/23 starts with many new developments, among which the implementation of the competence-based Middle Years Programme (MYP-C) in Year 9 stands out. Since the competence-based MYP was introduced in our School in 2020 with a pilot project in which some students from Year 6 and Year 7 participated, the results obtained in terms of the development of competences have been very favourable, which has led to its progressive implementation in the following years. This academic year 2022/23 will allow students to continue learning through the same methodology also in Y9, as well as in Y6, Y7 and Y8.
What are competences?
The competence-based MYP programme is a programme designed on the basis of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) concept of competence, which defines competence as “the ability to interactively mobilise and ethically use information, data, knowledge, skills, attitudes and technology in order to effectively engage and act in diverse 21st century contexts and to achieve individual, collective and global benefits”. These key competences include lifelong learning, self-management, interactive use of tools and resources, interaction with others and the world around us, diverse literacy and transdisciplinarity.
What is the competence-based Middle Years Programme?
Putting competences first, we also follow the pedagogical framework of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), which we have been offering in our School since 1998, where we place special emphasis on the use of exponential technologies and maintain our expertise in individualised learning that benefits students especially in this programme, where they are the main protagonists of their own learning.
The contents of the competence-based MYP are focused on learning aimed at enabling them to interact in real-world contexts. In turn, the subjects will provide a solid foundation to enable them, on the one hand, to apply them in these real-world contexts to achieve something good, as required by the IBE definition of competence, and, on the other hand, to be prepared at the highest level to face any of the baccalaureate modalities they choose when they reach Y11. To achieve this, students work through Units of Enquiry, in which the curricular content allows them to put into practice knowledge from different areas for the same objective.
In addition, the competence-based MYP places communication, initiative, creativity and entrepreneurship among its priorities through two training actions: in Y7 and Y9 there is the “Eureka Connection!” programme, in which students are challenged to provide innovative solutions to real problems related to the Sustainable Development Goals. And we have the “Ignite” presentation programme in Y6 and Y8, 5-minute Ted Talks with 20 slides with automatic transitions every 15 seconds. In addition, our students are visited by entrepreneurs, researchers and artists, who open a window into the business world with an innovative vision, and have sessions of storytelling, improvisation and presentation of their own passions.
The competence-based MYP is therefore an imminently practical programme with a high exposure to exponential technologies. Thus, students learn how to manage their own project and its presentation in public, receiving planning and organisation sessions, improvisation and mindfulness, and using technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality and big data. All of this is combined with individualised attention from tutors and the Guidance Service to help students reach their maximum potential.
What’s new in Y9
This academic year 2022-23, Y9 students in the competence-based MYP will be able to participate in two activities designed to improve their knowledge and competences:
NASA INTERNATIONAL SPACE APPS CHALLENGE
The Nasa International Space Apps Challenge is the world’s largest space and science hackathon, in which 28,000 entrepreneurs, science, art and technology professionals participated last year with the aim of proposing innovative solutions to current world problems using real NASA data.
This year 2022, the theme of the Space Apps Challenge will be There’s Always Room for Someone Else with the goal of removing barriers to access opportunities in science and space.
Among the events, we will feature:
- A welcome session at Fundación Telefónica on Friday 30th September.
- A hackathon event, which will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October at “La Nave”, the urban innovation space of the Madrid City Council, an innovation ecosystem made up of more than 2730 members.
STUDY TRIP: ROUTE OF CASTLES AND PALACES
As part of the Unit of Enquiry “Wonders of the World”, Y9C students will be able to participate in this route of castles and palaces.
The aim of the trip is to encourage coexistence and teamwork between students and teachers, to increase the development of the seven competences in a different environment and to deepen the learning of history, art and culture.
This trip will take place between Wednesday 5th and Saturday 8th October and they will visit numerous monuments and historical sites through a route that will take them to Valladolid, Segovia and El Escorial.