Learning in the PYP

What’s been happening in the PYP classrooms this week?

In my TIS article before the October break I focused on the learning that takes place on field trips and specifically on Grade 5 students and their camp to Shizuoka. In this week’s article I would like to refocus the lens of looking for learning back to Grade 5 and share some of the connections and learning the students have made since the camp in relation to their Where we are in place and time unit of inquiry.

The students have explored the related concepts of tradition and heritage and have built up their understanding of what heritage means. One of the ways they have done this is to bring in artifacts from home that represent something that their family wants to preserve and pass onto future generations, The students shared why they are important and why they represent their families’ heritage.

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In the photo below are comments the students made about these artifacts on a graffiti wall.

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Also in library class they have been practicing research skills and using keywords to find out more about black and white photographs of natural and man made wonders. They used the library management system Koha to locate relevant books to help them find out more detailed information about the site.

From this they were then able to go to the UNESCO map and find its location on the map and using the map key to find out if their site was listed on the latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. This will help them for their summative assessment to choose a particular site that is not on the UNESCO World Heritage listing and write a persuasive piece of writing to convince others that a site they have chosen should be included on this heritage listing.

If you could choose a place or site you have visited around the world that is not on the World Heritage site list and think it should, what would it be, why?

Greg Parker
PYP coordinator