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Matija Gubec International School

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2013-10-11 19:47:18

School Curriculum


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme provides a curriculum which allows students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate effectively in life in the twenty-first century.

Fundamental concepts

At the core of the IB Middle Years Programme are three fundamental concepts:

  • Holistic learning
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Communication

IB Learner Profile

IB Learner Profile unites intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge promoting the education of the whole person as a lifelong learner. Learning is developed around fostering ten attributes of the IB learner profile:



Programme model

Teaching is given a holistic approach and is organised with the student in the focus.




The features of the programme that help students develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding:

  • Approaches to learning
  • Approaches to learning is the key component of the MYP for developing skills for learning. The programme encourages the use of a variety of learning skills and teaching methodologies to produce a challenging environment where students learn how to learn best in different contexts.

  • Approaches to teaching - emphasizing MYP pedagogy, including collaborative learning through inquiry

  • Concepts - highlighting a concept-driven curriculum

  • Global contexts - showing how learning best takes place in context:

  • 1. Identities and relationships
    2. Orientation in space and time
    3. Personal and cultural expression
    4. Scientific and technical innovation
    5. Globalization and sustainability
    6. Fairness and development


  • Service as Action
  • The school programme develops a variety of opportunities for students' involvement in service in every year of the programme through the school-designated projects and self-initiated service activities.

  • Broad and balanced curriculum through eight subject groups that are connected through global contexts and key concepts:

Apart from English, which is the language of instruction, Croatian, German, French, Italian and Chinese are taught. English Language Support (ESL) classes are offered for students whose level of English is not sufficient to follow regular classes.

The school offers numerous optional subjects and extracurricular activities: Cheerleading, Debate Club, Do-It-Yourself, Extra Sport, Food Technology, Free Climbing, Permaculture, Piano, Photo Group, Religion, School Cooperative and Tennis.

Interdisciplinary learning

Interdisciplinary Units Presentation


Interdisciplinary teaching and learning builds a connected curriculum that addresses the developmental needs of students and prepares them for further academic study and life in an increasingly interconnected world. The MYP uses concepts and contexts as starting points for meaningful integration and transfer of knowledge across eight subject groups.

In the MYP interdisciplinary learning is defined as the process by which students come to understand knowledge and ways of thinking from two or more disciplines or subject groups to create a new integrated understanding and to encourage broader perspectives on complex issues and deeper levels of analysis and synthesis. Students demonstrate this by bringing together concepts, methods or forms of communication to explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, create a product or raise a new question in ways that would have been unlikely through a single discipline.

In each year of the programme, MYP schools are responsible for engaging students in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit in order to integrate knowledge and skills from two or more subject groups in an interdisciplinary manner.

The aims of interdisciplinary learning in the MYP are to:

  • develop a deeper understanding of learning skills and apply them in meaningful contexts
  • integrate conceptual learning, ways of knowing and methods of inquiring from multiple disciplines
  • inquire into compelling issues, ideas and challenges by creating products or explaining phenomena
  • reflect on and communicate understanding of the interdisciplinary learning process.

Field classes

Field classes are frequently organized as a part of our programme, varying in duration and content. They advance interactive and creative methods of learning, provide students with first-hand learning experiences, reinforce and expand concepts taught in class and enable students to participate in a variety of cross-curricular activities.