IBMYP Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) is a curriculum framework that is designed to meet the specific learning needs of students in the middle years of their schooling. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The Middle Years Program (MYP) emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world.

It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. Some students begin the IB MYP in Year 6 at primary school, while others commence it upon coming to Norwood Morialta High School in Year 8. Students in the IB MYP undertake studies in each of the disciplines throughout the Middle Years program. The courses are made up of units of work developed using the IB MYP framework and contain content from the Australian Curriculum. Assessment will reflect the IB MYP Achievement Standards. For each discipline there are 4 criteria for assessment as detailed below. Assessment tasks will be published in Daymap and demonstrate your child’s achievement (up to a maximum of 8) for the relevant criteria. Tasks sheets detail the requirements of the task, including which criteria are being assessed. At the end of the semester an IBMYP grade will be allocated. These grades are on a scale from 0-7 as shown below in the grade descriptors.


IBMYP Assessment Criteria

The Arts
Criterion A Knowing and understanding
Criterion B Developing skills
Criterion C Thinking creatively
Criterion D Responding
Criterion A Inquiring and analysing
Criterion B Developing ideas
Criterion C Creating the solution
Criterion D Evaluating
Individual and Societies
Criterion A Knowing and understanding
Criterion B Investigating
Criterion C Communicating
Criterion D Thinking critically
Language Acquisition
Criterion A Comprehending spoken and visual text
Criterion B Comprehending written and visual text
Criterion C Communicating in response to spoken, written and visual text
Criterion D Using language in spoken and written form
Language and Literature
Criterion A Analysing
Criterion B Organizing
Criterion C Producing text
Criterion D Using language
Criterion A Knowing and understanding
Criterion B Investigating patterns
Criterion C Communicating
Criterion D Applying mathematics in real-life contexts
Criterion A Knowing and understanding
Criterion B Inquiring and designing
Criterion C Processing and evaluating
Criterion D Reflecting on the impacts of science
Criterion A Disciplinary Grounding
Criterion B Synthesising
Criterion C Communicating
Criterion D Reflecting
Criterion A Investigating
Criterion B Planning
Criterion C Taking Action
Criterion D Reflecting


Grade Descriptors

Description of Report Grades
Total Achievement
7 Produces high-quality, frequently innovative work. Communicates comprehensive, advanced understanding of concepts and contexts. Consistently demonstrates sophisticated critical and creative thinking. Frequently transfers knowledge and skills with independence and expertise in a variety of complex classroom and real-world situations. 28-32
6 Produces high-quality, occasionally innovative work. Communicates extensive understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, frequently with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar and unfamiliar classroom and real-world situations, often with independence. 24-27
5 Produces generally high- quality work. Communicates secure understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, sometimes with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar classroom and real-world situations and, with support, some unfamiliar real-world situations. 19-23
4 Produces good-quality work. Communicates basic understanding of most concepts and contexts with few misunderstandings and minor gaps. Often demonstrates basic critical and creative thinking. Uses knowledge and skills with some flexibility in familiar classroom situations but requires support in unfamiliar situations. 15-18
3 Produces work of an acceptable quality. Communicates basic understanding of many concepts and contexts, with occasionally significant misunderstandings or gaps. Begins to demonstrate some basic critical and creative thinking. Is often inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, requiring support even in familiar classroom situations. 10-14
2 Produces work of limited quality. Expresses misunderstandings or significant gaps in understanding for many concepts and contexts. Infrequently demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Generally inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, infrequently applying knowledge and skills. 6-9
1 Produces work of very limited quality. Conveys many significant misunderstandings or lacks understanding of most concepts and contexts. Very rarely demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Very inflexible, rarely using knowledge or skills. 1-5
0 No evidence of learning



The Arts

Middle Campus Arts provides students with an opportunity to develop their creativity in tangible and exciting ways in a range of subjects including: Drama; Music; Visual Art; Design and Film. Students become problem solvers through the inquiry-based, practical learning opportunities. Our courses challenge students to express themselves and connect with the Arts community providing authentic learning opportunities where students develop and apply their learning through workshops, artist in residence programs, public exhibitions, live performances and festivals. At Norwood Morialta High School we develop a passion for the Arts, encourage the development of creativity, critical thinking, motivation and self-confidence – skills necessary for innovation.


Design & Technology

MYP Technology (Design) challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve problems in both digital design contexts (programming) as well as product design contexts (wood, electronics, food and textiles, digital photography). It requires the use of the Design Cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, the creation of solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution.

English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language, whether in mainstream or in the Intensive English course (ISEC), provides opportunities and time to achieve fluency in the English language. Thriving in a new environment, country, homestay and learning a supplementary language, requires persistence and encouragement. Classes focus on social as well as academic aspects and context of language.

On the Middle Campus, whether in ISEC or mainstream English as an Additional Language classes, students examine a range of text types and begin analysing and reproducing these examples to become proficient in their other subjects.

Health & Physical Education

Health & Physical education focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity. IBMYP physical and health education aims to empower students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices.

Students engaged in IBMYP physical and health education will explore a variety of concepts that help foster an awareness of physical development and health perspectives, empowering them to make informed decisions and promoting positive social interaction.



Humanities encompasses the stories of humans, our cultures, our history, our structures, our constructs, populations, our world now, past, present and future etc. Humanities gives you the opportunity to question the certainty of science and maths, allows you to be sceptics and question, question, question!

Middle Campus students question democracy, citizenship, politics and systems at play in our own backyard and neighbouring international field, along with the physical and social aspects of our world, landforms and systems that when interwoven create our universe.



Learning an additional language at NMHS is central for students to develop as engaged global citizens. Language learning equips students with the necessary multiliteracy skills and intercultural competence to communicate successfully in an increasingly interconnected world. Therefore on the Middle Campus students study one of five languages as part of the IB MYP.


Languages & Literature

We live storied lives. Language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating.

There is power in stories. Literature is both intensely personal as well as a communal experience. English at NMHS is about how words, sentences, characters, plot-lines and tropes reveal who we are as humans. Humanity is a complicated thing, and requires an infinite amount of words to describe and analyze. That’s the joy of studying language and literature, there is always a new reality to discover. Students at NMHS will develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature and learn to recognise that words are a powerful tool for communicating, creating and critical thinking. They will have opportunities to engage with texts from many cultural, historical and social perspectives. Students will be encouraged to create texts, showing the connection between creator and audience and how language impacts context and intention.


IBMYP Maths consists of hands on engaging activities and a culture of collaboration and problem solving. Students are intellectually stretched through differentiation and pursue inquiry based challenges to develop and foster the skills of resilience, critical and creative thinking. Norwood Morialta High School provides opportunities for students to develop their passion for mathematics and extra curricular activities such as Maths Club, Maths Competitions and Activity days.



Students on the middle campus study science in an integrated form. They will have the opportunity to develop inquiry skills by formulating and testing their own hypothesis, designing and carrying out practical investigations and developing STEM dispositions through challenge based learning. All students will study from the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences.


MYP Project

The Personal Project encourages students to practise and strengthen their approaches to learning skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning and to develop an area of personal interest. The project is an opportunity to produce a truly personal (and hopefully creative) product/outcome that demonstrates a consolidation of learning in the MYP. A personal project is a practical exploration through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection.

The Personal Project allows students to participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context. Generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation. Demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time. Communicate effectively in a variety of situations. Demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning. Appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.