Pre-IB courses at MH

Pre-IB at MH

In addition to the proper IB courses there is a one year preparatory year at MH. It serves as a bridge between the IB Diploma Programme and the primary school. The curriculum was developed within the school and the subjects taught during the preparatory year are: English, History, Math, Social sciences, Natural sciences, Physical education and Life skills. All students select one extra language (Icelandic, Icelandic for foreigners or other). 

The overall aim of the Pre-IB is to prepare students for the demanding IB Diploma Programme. In more details:

  • To improve English skills in all subjects.
  • To improve study skills and time management.
  • To introduce available IB DP subjects and IB DP core to students.
  • To introduce the IBO philosophy.
  • To introduce the most common terminology within the IBDP:  Common terms, ATL (approaches to teaching and learning), LP (learner profile), academic honesty, international mindedness and more.

Supervisory teacher 2018-2019: Karl Jóhann Garðarsson TOK teacher.

IB course names in MH.

Below are course descriptions (might change):

English (ENGL2AP05, ENGL2BP05)

Aims To develop your all-round English reading (silently and aloud) and writing skills. To introduce you to a few of the reading and writing techniques used in the academic study of literature, as for any Language A1 in the IB. To familiarise you with some of the mythologies and religions that directly or indirectly are a source of many ideas and references that are found in European literature 

To develop your all-round English reading (silently and aloud) and writing skills. To introduce you to a few of the reading and writing techniques used in the academic study of literature, as for any Language A1 in the IB. To familiarise you with some of the mythologies and religions that directly or indirectly are a source of many ideas and references that are found in European literature.

 

History (HIST2AP05, HIST2BP05)

HIST2AP05 is a course on Icelandic history, from the age of settlement, and World History, from early modern times, up to the revolutions of 1848 and the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. In many ways it is comparable to SAGA2BE05..

HIST2BP05 is a course on Icelandic and world history, from the 19th century to the present day. In many ways it is comparable to SAGA2AA05.

  • Due to time constraints many themes of that history will unfortunately not be addressed, the course is Eurocentric.
  • The students should gain acquaintance of some major themes of Icelandic and World History, through both primary and secondary resources and interpretation/evaluation of these sources.

 

Mathematics (MATH2P05, MATH2BP05)

The pre-IB math course is a two-semester course intended to prepare students for the rigorous mathematics in the IB DP. Topics in the autumn: Sets, Venn diagrams, Algebra, roots and radicals, the pythagorean theorem, coordinate geometry. 

 

Natural sciences (SCIE2AP05 is physics (60%) and chemistry (40%), SCIE2BP05 is chemistry (20%), biology (60%), internal assessment preparation (20%)).

SCIE2BP05:

BIOL part: Chosen chapters from the book Unity and Diversity of Life are covered. The objectives are to introduce the student to basics in biology, more specifically the cell, metabolism and heredity and genetics. With the completion of the course the student will be familiar with all aspects of the cell and how metabolism in eukaryotic cells is carried out. The student will also know the heredity of Mendelian genetics and solve simple genetics problems.

 

Social sciences (SOCI2AP05 is Psychology, SOCI2BP05 is global politics)

SOCI2AP05: students learn how they can use tools and information found on the world wide web as an alternative to the traditional notebook and textbook. Students learn how to use a website as a notebook and as a way of presenting material and they discover the powers of mass collaboration by doing assignments using online tools that allow many to work on the same file at the same time. We will take a look into the philosophical foundations of psychology and we will study one psychological disorder. Students develop a psychological experiment in groups to get an answer to a question of their interest and present the report of their experiment on the class website as well as a presentation which they give to the class. Students choose a fictional book which relates to a topic in psychology and make a presentation for the class. A fiction related to psychology is also chosen by the teacher which everybody reads.

 

Physical education (PHED2AP01, PHED2BP05)

PHED aims to prepare the pupils to be better able to pursue physical training for enjoyment and health. Movement is prioity. Taught once a week.

 

Life skills (LISK2AP03, LISK2BP01)

LISK2AP03 is for Pre-IB students only (autumn).  It aims to prepare students for the IB diploma programme, to introduce students to the demands of CAS and to get students acquainted with the process of goal settings and self-evaluation. Taught twice a week.

LISK2BP01 aims to prepare students for the IB DP, to introduce the students to the IB DP subjects and assist them to select subjects for the two-years programme. It introduces the aspects of TOK and more. Taught once a week.

Icelandic

Candidates that are going to opt for Icelandic as their A (mother tongue) need to study two courses at the college level before they enter the IB, i.e. ÍSLE2AA and ÍSLE2BB.  Other students take ÍSAN (Icelandic as second language, advanced) or ÍSER (Icelandic for beginners).

 

Síðast uppfært: 19. desember 2018