Middle Years

IB - Middle Years Programme (Current Grade 7 Batch)

Middle Years Programme: Middle Years at Fountainhead comprise of Grade 7 to 10. Currently, the school offers Middle Years Programme (MYP) of International Baccalaureate (IB) in grade 7 and  CIE- IGCSE programme for grade 8 to 10. CIE- IGCSE programme will gradually be phased out and the school will offer Middle Years Programmes (IB-MYP) in Middle Years. Right now, the school is a Candidate school and is eligible to implement Middle Years Programme (MYP) of International Baccalaureate (IB). The MYP has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenges and develops the life skills of students from the ages of 11 to 16.

Award of the IB MYP certificate

The IB MYP certificate will be awarded when all conditions have been met in compliance with the General regulations: Middle Years Programme and as described below.

A candidate may register for any number of subjects (including language acquisition, arts, physical and health education, and design), but only six subjects contribute to the award of the certificate. A candidate must also register for the personal project and an interdisciplinary on-screen examination. If a candidate takes more than one subject from the same subject group, the highest grade from all the subjects in that subject group, will count towards the certificate. Where a candidate chooses to take multiple subjects from arts, physical and health education or design, the highest single grade from these subject groups will count towards the certificate.

A grade from at least one subject from each of the following six subject groups must contribute to the award of the certificate.

  • Language and literature
  • Language acquisition (or a second language and literature)
  • Individuals and societies
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Arts  OR Physical and Health Education OR Design

The IB will award an IB MYP certificate to each candidate who has:

  • gained a grade total of at least 28 from six subject groups, the interdisciplinary on- screen examination and the personal project combined, out of a possible maximum of 56.
  • gained at least a grade 3 in at least one subject from each subject group
  • gained at least a grade 3 for the personal project
  • gained at least a grade 3 for the interdisciplinary on-screen examination
  • completed the school’s requirements for community service.

Source:

occ.ibo.org. (2017). Handbook of Procedures for the Middle Years Programme: Assessment 2017. [online] Available at: http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/Utils/getFile2.cfm?source=/ibis/occ/home/subjectHomeMYP.cfm&filename=dSpace%2Fen%2Fm_0_mypxx_coh-nc_1609_2_e%2Epdf [Accessed 20 Mar. 2017].

http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/Utils/getFile2.cfm?source=/ibis/occ/home/subjectHomeMYP.cfm&filename=dSpace%2Fen%2Fm_0_mypxx_coh-nc_1609_2_e%2Epdf

Easy interpretation of the passing criteria

Minimum requirement to get a grade total of at least 28 from six subject groups, the interdisciplinary on- screen examination and the personal project combined. Other essential requirements to get IB MYP certificate
Gained at least  grade 3  in any 4 subjects. Gained at least  grade 4  in any 4 subjects. gained at least a grade 3 in at least one subject from each subject group Gained at least a grade 3 for the personal project. Gained at least a grade 3 for the interdisciplinary on-screen examination. Completed the school’s requirements for community service.

Subjects offered at Fountainhead School

Subjects offered at 7 & 8 from each of the eight subject groups and the Core subjects

Subject Groups Subjects offered
Language & Literature English Language & Literature
Language Acquisition Hindi
Individuals & Societies Integrated Humanities (Including History, Geography, Economics & Business Studies)
Sciences Discrete Sciences (Including  Physics, Chemistry & Biology)
Mathematics Mathematics
Design Digital Design (The study of digital design equips students to create computer- generated digital products/solutions to solve a problem and meet a perceived need.
Product Design (The study of Product design equips students to manipulate a variety of materials to create tangible products/solutions to solve a problem and meet a need.
Arts (Visual Art & Performing Art)
Physical and Health Education Physical and Health Education
Core subjects (Compulsory)
Interdisciplinary Learning At least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit at each year of the MYP in order to integrate knowledge and skills from two or more subject groups in an interdisciplinary manner.
Service Students must meet the service requirement of each MYP year.

Subjects to be offered at 9 & 10

Subject Groups Subjects offered
Compulsory subjects
Language & Literature English Language & Literature
Language Acquisition Hindi
Individual & Societies Compulsory- Integrated Humanities (Including History, Geography, Economics & Business Studies)
Optional- Economics
Sciences Discrete Sciences (Including  Physics, Chemistry & Biology)
Mathematics Compulsory- Standard Mathematics
Optional- Extended Mathematics
Additional Subject (Students need to choose minimum one subject group from three)
Design Digital Design OR
Product Design
Arts Visual Arts OR
Performing Arts
Physical and Health Education Physical and Health Education
Core subjects (Compulsory)
Interdisciplinary Learning At least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit at each year of the MYP in order to integrate knowledge and skills from two or more subject groups in an interdisciplinary manner.
Community Project Students must complete the MYP community project by end of year 4 (grade 9).
Personal Project MYP year 5 (Grade 10), students must successfully complete the externally moderated personal project to be eligible for IB MYP course results and the IB MYP certificate.

Click on subject groups for more details regarding IB MYP subjects

Subject options available at Fountainhead school for Grades 9-10

No. of subjects Subject options No. of slots allocated in the Time Table
Subject 1 English Language & Literature (Compulsory) 6
Subject 2 Hindi (Compulsory) 3
Subject 3 Mathematics Standard (Compulsory) 6
Subject 4 Integrated Humanities (Compulsory) 5
Subject 5 Discrete Sciences-

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

(All 3 subjects compulsory) OR

Integrated Sciences

8
Subject 6 Product Design ORDigital Design (Standard)- IB MYP curriculum OREconomics 3
Subject 7 Physical & Health Education ORArts OR Mathematics Extended OR

Digital Design Extended (School’s curriculum for the students who wish to take Computer Science in DP along with IB MYP curriculum)

3
Subject 8 PS (Sports special) 3
Subject 9 AS (Arts special) 3
Subject 10 HRM (Homeroom)/Enrichment/Unit Test 2

It is compulsory to choose one subject between Arts / Physical and Health Education / Product Design/ Digital Design to meet MYP requirement.

Subject combinations might change based on the subject selection of the students. The school has the final rights to make required changes.

Along with the above mentioned subjects students have to study compulsory core subjects-

  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Personal project
  • Community Project

Any subjects in addition to the six that contribute to the award of the MYP Certificate will also be indicated on the accompanying MYP Course Results document. Because any additional subjects will not contribute to the MYP Certificate, the results document will not indicate the total number of points achieved.

Comparative study of the subjects offered in IGCSE and IB MYP under the similar subject groups

Name of the subject group IGCSE IB MYP
Language & Literature First Language- English (EFL) – 0500 (compulsory)
English Literature – 0486 (optional)
English Language & Literature
Language Acquisition Hindi as a Second Language – 0549ORFrench Foreign Language(0520) Hindi
Individual & Societies

OR

India Studies – 0447

Sciences Coordinated Sciences [Physics, Chemistry and Biology]- 0654 (compulsory)
Mathematics
Physical & Health Education Physical Education – 0413 Physical & Health Education
Arts Art and Design – 0400 Visual Arts
OR
Performing Arts
ICT/Design Computer Science-0478ORInformation Communication Technology (ICT) – 0417 Product Design
OR
Digital Design
Core Subjects (Compulsory) None

MYP subject alignment with DP (Diploma Years Programme) subjects

DP subject group Subjects currently offered at DP Alignment with MYP subjects
Group 1
  • English A Language & Literature – HL
  • English A Language & Literature – SL
  • Hindi A -Literature
English Language & LiteratureHindi
Group 2
  • Hindi B – HL
  • Hindi B- SL
Hindi
  • French ab-initio – SL
New subject which can be taken after studying Hindi in MYP
Group 3
  • Business Management – HL
  • Business Management – SL
  • Global Politics – HL
  • Global Politics – SL
Integrated Humanities (Including History, Geography, Economics & Business Studies)
  • Information Technology in Global Society – HL
  • Information Technology in Global Society – SL
Digital Design (Standard) (compulsory for ITGS/CS)Digital Design (Extended) (preferred for ITGS/CS)
  • Economics – HL
  • Economics – SL
Economics (strongly recommended for Economics HL)
  • Psychology – HL
  • Psychology – SL
New subject which can be taken up in DP
Group 4
  • Biology – HL
  • Biology – SL
Biology
  • Physics – HL
  • Physics – SL
Physics
  • Chemistry – HL
  • Chemistry – SL
Chemistry
  • Computer Science – HL
  • Computer Science – SL
Digital Design (Extended)
  • Environmental system and Societies (ESS)
Integrated Sciences (can take ESS or PCB  at SL)
Group 5
  • Mathematics – HL
Extended Mathematics (strongly recommended for Maths HL)
  • Mathematics – SL
  • Mathematical Studies – SL
Standard Mathematics
Group 6
  • Visual Arts – HL
  • Visual Arts – SL
Visual Arts
DP Core subjects
  • Extended essay
Personal Project
  • Creativity, activity & Service
Community project

Bibliography

Source:

  • occ.ibo.org. (2017). Handbook of Procedures for the Middle Years Programme: Assessment 2017. [online] Available at: http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/Utils/getFile2.cfm?source=/ibis/occ/home/subjectHomeMYP.cfm&filename=dSpace%2Fen%2Fm_0_mypxx_coh-nc_1609_2_e%2Epdf [Accessed 20 Mar. 2017].
  • occ.ibo.org. (2017). General Regulations: Middle years programme. [online] Available at: http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/Utils/getFile2.cfm?source=/ibis/occ/home/subjectHomeMYP.cfm&filename=myp%2Fm_0_mypxx_reg_1404_4g_e%2Epdf [Accessed 20 Mar. 2017].

For more details regarding IB MYP subjects, click on the link below to access the subject briefs

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0By9V6LqFVFnnUzlVWGJKQUIzc0E

CIE IGCSE program (Current Grade 8-10 Batches)

Fountainhead has been authorized to run the CIE IGCSE program since 2011. Our first batch of Grade 10 appeared in the IGCSE examinations in May -June of 2014.

Middle Years Programme (Grade 7-10) At Fountainhead, we offer CIEcheck point and CIE- IGCSEprogramme for the middle years. The curriculum encourages vital educational skills,problem solving andteam work and is designed to ensure that the students have a smooth transition from middle school to senior years.Curriculum for Grade 7 & 8 for Mathematics and Science follows the CIE Checkpoint textbooks so that our students are ready for the IGCSE. For Languages (English and Hindi) and Social Studies, the school has picked up a range ofhigh quality text to give the students the best possible exposure and preparation for the IGCSE.

Checkpoint Examinations:Cambridge Checkpoint is a diagnostic test. It provides feedback on a student’s strengths and weaknesses in key curriculum areas. Cambridge Checkpoint test provide schools with an external international benchmark for student performance. Cambridge Checkpoint results provide an indication of how students will perform at Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O level.At Fountainhead, we take the Cambridge Checkpoint tests in English and it is conducted every year in April.IGCSE Programme:The International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) provides a broad based curriculum for students of age group 14-16 years old. It is a comprehensive two year programme for Grade 9 & 10. Students appear for the IGCSE examinations conducted by CIE at the end of Grade-10.Cambridge IGCSE encourages learner-centered and enquiry-based approach to learning. IGCSE is one of the most sought-after and recognized qualifications in the world. It develops and encourages vital educational skills, including oral skills, investigative skills, problem solving, team work, recall of knowledge and initiative.Cambridge qualifications are recognized worldwide and are also equivalent to the Indian boards- Central Board of Secondary Education and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education. It provides an excellent foundation for their next step in education, including progression to higher level courses such as A and AS Level and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.There are five subject groups in IGCSE with several subjects to choose from in each group. A minimum of 5 subjects are needed for IGCSE.  The International Certificate of Education (ICE) is prestigious and better recognized than the standard IGCSEThe seven subjects for ICE, must be as follows:

  • Two subjects from the language group
  • One from each of the other four groups

Subjects offered at Fountainhead School are:

Subjects in IGCSE Classes IX and X

(all the IGCSE subject are available at CIE website here)

Group 1

(Languages)

Group 2

(Humanities & Social Sciences)

Group 3

(Sciences)

Group 4

(Mathematics)

Group 5

(Creative, Technical & Vocational)[Minimum 1 subject from Group 5]

First Language- English (EFL) – 0500 (compulsory)

Global Perspectives - 0457

OR

India Studies – 0447

Coordinated Sciences [Physics, Chemistry and Biology]- 0654 (compulsory)

International Mathematics – 0607 (compulsory)

Physical Education – 0413

Hindi as a Second Language – 0549

OR

French Foreign Language(0520)

English Literature – 0486 (optional)

Additional Mathematics- 0606 (Optional)

Computer Science-0478

OR

Information Certification Technology (ICT) – 0417

Economics (optional) – 0455

Art and Design – 0400

Enterprise – 0454

Most students in classes IX and X will be doing a minimum of 8 credits (7 subjects) and a maximum of 9 or 10 credits (8-9 subjects) depending on their area of interest. This ensures that students are eligible for ICE and in addition are being prepared for the requirements of the IB Diploma Program.

For additional information and the syllabus, log on to www.cie.org.uk and see the FAQs