通过国家课程与IB课程体系的融合，华茂国际学校MYP初中项目的课程研发旨在稳固学生知识的前提下，以优质的教育资源帮助学生夯实学术能力，为稳步过渡到高中阶段打下基础。初中年级的探究课程有助于学生们更好地衔接到高中IB DP阶段。“在MYP，我们倡导学生通过探究式的学习方式，主动思考，不断进行大量的调研与分析，从而加深对知识的理解，并且为IB DP大学预科课程做好准备。同时，这也意味着IB课程体系下长大的孩子更像孩子，并且更具创造性，这无疑将在未来带给他们更多竞争力。” MYP初中中方负责人叶琳老师如是说。
In the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), interdisciplinary learning integrates two or more subjects to create new understanding. At NBHIS, MYP further develops the cross-subject learning, with deeper inter-disciplinary study.
MYP program's recent interdisciplinary teaching unit took up the Huamao Education Board challenge to middle school teachers and students by inviting them to design a space for design, art, music, a showroom or dining place around the shipping containers next beside building C. After in-depth discussions, the MYP faculty team demonstrated an interesting proposal with interdisciplinary elements.
Christopher Mead, the design teacher, explained some design theoretical knowledge for the students. For example, as part of architectural design, we need first to consider what functions the building should have and how to use the available materials to bring the ideas into reality. Chris emphasized that the architectural design should consider both internal and external structures, highlighting the characteristics of the building itself and making a clear functional division of inner space, also considering the light exposure. Some students chose to use programming software to design 3D building models after the first draft was completed; including details such as stage, audience, doors and windows, lounge bar, tables and chairs, and stairs.
Immediately afterwards, Yarina, the math teacher, discussed with the students how to prepare the measurements of the container. She concluded that the distance of sunlight reflecting on the top of the container in the mirror could be measured. The height of the unreachable container could be calculated by using the angle of incidence equal to the tip of reflection and a similar triangle. MYP students had applied their mathematical knowledge to life previously, in the campus parking lot project.
Marjorie, a visual arts teacher, then gave students some aesthetically pleasing suggestions. Students were guided to think outside the box and use their imagination to add various patterns or colours to the exterior and interior walls of the containers. Making full use of the dots, lines and surfaces, they used different drawing and drafting skills learned in art class to highlight their designs.
We use language as a tool for communication with other people. Writers use words to communicate with their readers, while designers use visual language to share with their users. Fonts, colours, shapes, visual elements such as icons — those are elements of design language. Therefore, at the end of the interdisciplinary unit, English teachers Keola and Tiara talked to the students about writing a good design proposal. To focus and impress the judges with the group's design concept and container construction highlights, the students wrote in three steps: presenting the design purpose, stating the problem and solution, and summarizing with a detailed explanation of the innovations bullet point list.
All MYP students from Y7-Y9 were divided into 20 groups throughout the event, with 6-7 students in a group. Each student took on a different role: group leaders, recorders, making PPT presentations and digital models, and writing proposals. Students often had brainstorming and bright ideas during the creation process, but more importantly, they learned how to use their own strengths and collaborate with others.
By integrating the National Curriculum and the IB curriculum, the MYP Middle School Program at NBHIS has been developed to help students solidify their academic skills with quality educational resources and lay the foundation for a steady transition to high school. The middle school years help students better articulate to the high school IB DP level. Ms Yorlin Ye, MYP Chinese Coordinator, explains: "At MYP, we promote an inquiry-based approach to learning where students actively think and continually conduct extensive research and analysis to deepen their understanding and prepare them for the IB DP college preparatory courses. It also means that students are more creative and innovative, which will undoubtedly bring them more competitiveness in the future."