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Middle Years Programme curriculum
Areas of interaction

Health and social education

  • How do I think and act?
  • How am I changing?
  • How can I look after myself and others?

This area of interaction deals with key aspects of development leading to complete and healthy lives. It encompasses physical, social and emotional health and intelligence. The aim is to develop in students a sense of responsibility for their own well-being and for their physical and social environment.

In particular, the exploration of this area in the subject groups allows students to discuss and reflect on the following aspects of health:

  • physical
  • psychological
  • sociological
  • economic
  • legal.

Comparisons can also be made across times and cultures.

The scope of this area of interaction goes beyond the acquisition of content knowledge. It necessitates structured learning in terms of:

  • knowledge
  • skills
  • attitudes
  • values.

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Order the IB publication Guide to the areas of interaction.