St. Peter’s school Barcelona: towards the IB Continuum

By Teresa Ferrer, MYP coordinator

St. Peter’s School has just been granted full authorization to deliver the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, providing an important link and a continuum of learning from the Primary Years to the Diploma Programme. This programme offers students aged 11 to 16 a five-year framework that provides excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), available from age 16.

The MYP framework emphasizes contextual, conceptual and inquiry-based learning and promotes the development of skills for lifelong learning and success in our world. Students who participate in the MYP develop an understanding of global challenges and take principled action.

A FLEXIBLE AND MODERN APPROACH

As the middle programme of the IB, our MYP students continue to build on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they developed in the Primary Years while at the same time prepare for the demands of the Diploma Programme. The international and holistic curriculum framework of the MYP requires students to take courses in each of the following eight subject areas: Language and Literature (English and Spanish); Language acquisition (English, Spanish, French and Catalan); Individuals and Societies; Sciences; Mathematics; Arts (Visual Arts, Music); Physical and Health education, and Design.

IB CONTINUUM AND SCHOOL PROJECT RENEWAL

This completes an important step in St. Peter’s strategy that includes offering the IB continuum, which is being of great help moving our students towards inquiry, critical thinking, and agency for their learning. Together with the renewal of academic content and the commitment of our staff, this is the core of our model for the coming years.

The MYP is a natural choice for St. Peter’s School as it builds on the competencies developed in the Primary Years, where there is an emphasis on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world.