International Middle Years Programme Level 2

IMYP2 Maths

Why study IMYP2 Maths?

The course aims to allow candidates to build on the skills which they developed in IMYP1 Maths. The Cambridge Lower Secondary mathematics curriculum is presented in six content areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measure, Handling data and Problem solving.

The first five content areas are all underpinned by Problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also a key part of the Number content. Together, these two areas form a progressive step preparing students for entry onto IGCSE® level courses. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject. 

Candidates should work with increasing confidence and flexibility to solve unfamiliar problems, including word problems, and develop a positive attitude towards mathematics.

Assessments:

Stage 9

Duration

Marks

Paper 1: Written test

55 minutes

45 marks

Paper 2: Written test*

55 minutes

45 marks

Paper 3: Mental strategies test

15 minutes (approximately)

10 marks**

Total: 100 marks

*Use of a calculator is permitted in paper 2 only.

**Paper 3 is marked out of 20 but is weighted to 10 marks in order to maintain its weighting in the overall assessment.

Mathematics progression test papers 1 and 2 include structured questions requiring numeric, one-word or short answers as well as questions that require graphical answers and matching, and multiple-choice questions. Paper 3 assesses the learner’s ability to perform mathematical operations in their head. All questions are compulsory in all three papers

IMYP2 Science

Why Study IMYP Science?

The International Middle Years Programme® Science syllabus for examination at IMYP1 and IMYP2 is based on the Cambridge Lower Secondary science curriculum which is presented in four content areas: Scientific enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data. The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated.

Aims of the Course

  • stimulate curiosityinterest in and enjoyment of science;
  • help candidates to acquire a mature and independent approach to their studies
  • enable candidates to use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events and to understand applications of science;
  • develop an awareness of the impact of developments in technology on the environment and in other contexts;
  • develop experimental and investigative abilities, paying due regard to safe practice
  • develop an ability to evaluate and communicate scientific evidence, and understand the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas
  • develop an awareness of science as a social and cultural activity which has strengths and limitations
  • enable candidates to acquire a sound foundation of knowledge and understanding for future studies, particularly IGCSE

Candidates will study:

  • Scientific enquiry: Ideas and evidence / Plan investigative work / Obtain and present evidence / Consider evidence and approach 
  • Biology: Plants / Humans as organisms / Cells and organisms / Living things in their environment / Variation and classification
  • Chemistry: States of matter / Material properties / Material changes 
  • Physics: Forces and motion / Electricity / Energy 

Assessment:

Stage 9

Duration

Marks

Paper 1: Written test*

45 minutes

50 marks

Paper 2: Written test*

45 minutes

50 marks

Total: 100 marks

*Use of a calculator is permitted.

Science progression test papers include structured questions requiring numeric, one-word or short answers as well as questions that require graphical answers, matching, and multiple-choice questions. All questions are compulsory in both papers. An example question on paper and on-screen is below:

IMYP2 Geography

Why Study IMYP Geography?

The International Middle Years Programme © Geography encompasses experimentation and observation, critical thinking, reasoning and discussion, all of which can be used to develop an understanding of human society and our place in the world. Students begin to explore their knowledge and understanding by assessing validity, reliability, credibility, certainty and the individual, as well as cultural perspectives, aimed at developing an verifiable knowledge and understanding about human existence and behaviour.

The course focuses on the development of critical and creative thinking skills that students can apply in a wide variety of areas of interest and careers. The knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop in this course provide a meaningful foundation for further study and helps prepare students for academia, and the world of work.

How will Candidates be Assessed?

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

  • AO1.1 Use enquiry skills when developing knowledge and understanding of places, people, patterns and processes, environmental awareness and sustainable development;
  • AO1.2  Ask questions and undertake enquiries inside and outside the classroom about places, people and environments;

Candidates should develop their knowledge and understanding of:

  • AO2.1 Places, people, patterns and processes, environmental awareness and sustainable development;

Candidates should develop their skills of:

  • AO3.1 Organising, analysing and communicating, using the appropriate vocabulary
  • AO3.2 Use skills specific to geography, including those of fieldwork and map work
  • AO3.3 Draw on many different sources and resources, such as maps and atlases, photographs and written and visual materials, including the use of ICT.

Assessment:

The IMYP Geography is delivered through Project Based Learning. Each project will have specific Assessment Objectives drawn from those above. In addition Formal Examinations take place at the end of each of the topics of the course.

Paper 1: Knowledge and Understanding: Short answer, structured Questions. 45 mins. 40% 0f Total

Paper 2: Longer Response questions with material / data provided. 45 mins 30% of Total

Paper 3: (Course Work) a Choice of Project from one of the topics. 30% of Total

IMYP2 History

Why Study IMYP History?

The International Middle Years Programme © History  encompasses experimentation and observation, critical thinking, reasoning and discussion, the use of primary and secondary sources all of which can be used to develop an understanding of human society and our place in the world; students begin to explore their knowledge and understanding by assessing validity, reliability, credibility, certainty and the individual, as well as cultural perspectives, aimed at developing an verifiable knowledge and understanding about human existence and behaviour.

The course focuses on the development of critical and creative thinking skills that students can apply in a wide variety of areas of interest and careers. The knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop in this course provide a meaningful foundation for further study and helps prepare students for academia, and the world of work.

How will Candidates be Assessed?

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to

  • AO1 Analyse evidence, make decisions and evaluate information, ideas and opinions;

Candidates should develop their knowledge and understanding of:

  • AO2.1 Chronology and the causes and consequences of historical events;
  • AO2.2 Differences between ways of life at different times;
  • AO2.3 Historical interpretation, provenance and bias

Candidates should develop their skills of:

  • AO3.1 Enquiry through studying a range of sources;
  • AO3.2 Organising, analysing and communicating, using the appropriate vocabulary

Assessment:

The IMYP History is delivered through Project Based Learning. Each project will have specific Assessment Objectives drawn from those above. In addition Formal Examinations take place at the end of each of the topics in the course.

Paper 1: Knowledge and Understanding: Short answer, structured Questions. 45 mins. 40% 0f Total

Paper 2: Longer Response questions with material / data provided. 45 mins 30% of Total

Paper 3: (Course Work) a Choice of Project from one of the topic Areas. 30% of Total

IMYP2 PSHE

Why Study IMYP PSHE?

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), a carefully planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young adults acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their choices and relationships with the view of maximising their chances of becoming healthy, happy, responsible, balanced and productive members of their family and society.

The course focuses on the development of critical and creative thinking skills that students can apply in a wide variety of areas of interest and careers. The knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop in this course provide a meaningful foundation for further study and helps prepare students for academia, and the world of work.

How will Candidates be Assessed?

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

  • AO1.1 Make healthy, safe and fulfilling life choices
  • AO1.2 Explore, clarify and challenge their own and other's values, attitudes, beliefs and responsibilities.
  • AO1.3 Describe, analyse and explain the relevance and application of religious ideas and practices, and issues arising from the study of religion and foundational texts;
  • AO1.4 Evaluate different responses to religious and moral issues, including a personal response, using relevant evidence and argument, and appropriate language and terminology.

Candidates should develop their knowledge and understanding of:

  • AO2.1 Different Religious beliefs and interpretation of foundational texts of 6 major world religions.
  • AO2.2 Safe choices and high risk behaviour.

Candidates should develop their skills of:

  • AO3 Exploring, clarifying and challenging  their own and other's values, attitudes, beliefs and responsibilities.

Assessment:

The IMYP PSHE is delivered through Project Based Learning. Each project will have specific Assessment Objectives drawn from those above. In addition Formal Examinations take place at the end of each of the two years of the course.

Paper 1: Knowledge and Understanding: Short answer, structured Questions. 45 mins. 40% of Total

Paper 2: Longer Response questions with material / data provided. 45 mins 30% of Total

Paper 3: (Course Work) a Choice of Project from one of the 4 subject Areas. 30% of Total

IMYP 2 Spanish

Why Study IMYP2 for Spanish?

The International Middle Years Programme's Spanish syllabus has been designed to prepare students for further study by building firm foundations of vocabulary and grammar and developing their abilities to read, write and communicate their knowledge and understanding in Spanish, building on the work of IMYP1 

The Aims of the IMYP for Spanish

  • develop the skills of reading to allow the development of vocabulary suitable for the age ranges;
  • enable candidates to use grammar effectively for clear expression and practical communication;
  • provide a basis for continuing study of language, and encourage independent study and learning, including the use of libraries, language books and the media;
  • give candidates opportunities to work with a wide variety of text and audio material;
  • provide enjoyment and stimulation to encourage a positive attitude towards every aspect of the language.

How are candidates assessed at IMYP2?

This course leads to formal, Summative examinations prior to IMYP2. By the time candidates sit the examination, they should be able to:

  • Read a passage unaided and give independently written responses to questions involving a range of comprehension skills;
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the use of grammatical structures, vocabulary and conjugations. 
  • Write unaided at reasonable length on one topic selected from a choice of work suitable for the age range.
  • Communicate orally at a basic level on the subjects of everyday life, family, home, school and holidays.

Assessment:

Stage 9

Duration

Marks

Paper 1: Written test (Grammar, vocabulary, conjugations, reading comprehension and a written essay.)

55 minutes

70 marks

Paper 2: Oral test (Dialogue)

5 minutes

30 marks

Total: 100 marks 

IMYP2 ICT STARTERS ON TRACK 8986

1.2 Why choose Cambridge International Diploma ICT Starters? 

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience of children in most parts of the world. Taught as a subject in its own right, as well as being embedded within the curriculum, ICT is increasingly regarded as a new ‘literacy’, alongside reading, writing and numeracy. Cambridge ICT Starters is designed to introduce learners to the key ICT applications they need to use, in order to acquire that literacy and to understand the impact of technology on our daily lives. The syllabus provides a framework in which ICT competence and practical skills can be developed within an environment that is appropriate for the age of the learners. It also provides a structured scheme of assessment. Modules can be delivered according to the needs of each learning situation – across the curriculum or as a separate course of study. 

At each stage of assessment, learners will use ICT to:

  • communicate
  • handle information
  • model
  • measure and control


This syllabus operates at three levels of the University of Cambridge International Examinations Framework for Qualifications:

  • Initial Steps
  • Next Steps
  • On Track