Journey is the goal.
The three IB programmes are designed to culminate with an in-depth inquiry and action process conducted by the students. The Diploma programme ends with the extended essay, the Middle Years Programme with personal projects, and the PYP Exhibition marks the end of the Primary Years Programme. These culminating events not only give the students the opportunity to synthesise their learning, but also help the school evaluate the efficacy of curriculum implementation.
Grade 5 being the final year of the PYP at OIS, all students of this grade level participate in the PYP Exhibition every year. Under one of the six transdisciplinary themes, the students first choose an issue they are most passionate about. Thereafter, they are grouped with other students with similar interests and each group is assigned mentors. They then inquire into the central idea and the lines of inquiry by using primary and secondary sources of information. Students also find opportunities to showcase all the Approaches to Learning (communication, research, self-management, thinking and social skills), all the PYP key concepts (form, function, change, causation, connection, perspective and responsibility), and all the IB Learner Profile attributes (inquirers, thinkers, communicators, open-minded, reflective, caring, knowledgeable, risk-takers, balanced and principled). Students eventually take authentic action based on what they have learnt.
The transdisciplinary theme for us this year has been 'How we organise ourselves'. The central idea was: 'Entrepreneurial spirit connects our passions and interests with action'. Student groups chose these issues for their inquiry: poverty, Covid-19, animal welfare, sustainable resources, education, pollution and environment. The groups met multiple times each week to discuss their research and make conclusions. All the students recorded their journeys using a personal planner. On Monday, May 31st, the students will be sharing their entire exhibition journeys on this link. The sharing will be done using student videos, which will also cover the action they took as a result of their learning.
A huge shout out goes out to all the Grade 5 teachers and mentors, whose organisational skills and commitment to student learning made the entire process seamless for everyone involved. The mentors voluntarily spent several extra hours in order to help and guide the students in their journeys. Big THANK YOU to all these Exhibition mentors and teachers for helping the ten exhibition groups:
We look forward to you all visiting our Exhibition page on the 31st of this month. You may use this padlet to share your reflections after the visit.
Primary Years Programme of Inquiry: Link