Teaching and Learning Environment in the Middle Years Programme


The IB Middle Years Programme is offered to students between the ages of 11 – 16. The framework of this programme makes practical connections between students’ studies and the real world.

The IBMYP is a five-year programme that is designed to be inclusive and wholesome. The MYP curriculum framework comprises subject groups that provide a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

  • Language and Literature – English & Arabic
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Mathematics – in English
  • Islamic Studies – in Arabic
  • Integrated and Distinct Sciences**
  • Design Technology
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Visual Arts and Drama
  • Moral Education


In the MYP, students study 8 subject groups. Distinctive features of the MYP include Key and Related Concepts, which form the basis of teaching and learning in the programme.

Global Contexts provide shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning, a unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, are skills which help students manage their own learning. They provide a foundation for success in further education and the world beyond the classroom.

Action and Service, essential components of the MYP, set out clear learning outcomes that grow from students’ participation in local and global communities. MYP projects are informed by respected models of service learning and provide stepping stones toward the Diploma Programme’s core requirements for Creativity, Action and Service (CAS).

The IBMYP Personal Project

For students in their last year of the IBMYP, the Personal Project in Grade 10, is an experience in which students apply their approaches to learning skills to complete an extended, self-directed piece of work. This required component provides opportunities for creative and to demonstrate their personal learnings.

IBMYP at Dar Al Marefa


There are many reasons to choose the IBMYP Dar Al Marefa, the holistic programme includes:

Rigorous learning objectives

  1. A student-centred approach to teaching
  2. International perspectives
  3. Concern for the child’s well-being
  4. Sustained teaching and learning in more than one language
  5. A focus on learning how to learn flexible thinking that prepares students to evaluate unfamiliar situations and find solutions.

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