In order to awaken the intelligence of students and teach them to connect school subjects with the world outside, the Middle Years Programme is based upon five overarching global contexts. These contexts are called the Areas of Interaction.
These are not extra subjects. These contexts are the central components (or lens) used to connect all eight subjects of the Middle Years Programme. Approaches to Learning: Students take increasing responsibility for their learning and will produce quality work, increase their self-discipline, develop the capacity for problem-solving and decision-making. Environments: Students become aware of their interdependence with the world and are encouraged to develop responsible and positive attitudes towards the environment. Human Ingenuity: Students examine, experience, and reflect on human creativity and initiation of change. Health and Social Education: Students are encouraged to develop respect for body and mind, and personal, physical and societal issues are investigated and debated. Community and Service: Students become aware of their roles and their responsibilities as members of communities.