Learning in the PYP

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What’s been happening in the PYP this week?

Last week we hosted a presentation for parents about our unit of inquiries and in particular we focused on the form (what is in a unit of inquiry) and the function (how it is taught in relation to different curriculum areas.) One of the key elements when we looked at some of these units was the key concepts and how they are applied in their learning to help students build their understanding and make authentic connections. This week as part of the exhibition process, grade 5 students have been building on their understanding of these key concepts as they will need to use these as the lens to investigate their issues they have identified.

In Miho’s Japanese classes they used objects to make connections to the eight key concepts. To begin with they looked at a car as an ‘object’ and went through the key concepts to see how they are connected. This included briefly investigating the form of a car (what it is) the function of a car (how it works) and causation (why a car is like it is).

The students then in pairs, created objects using clay to express their understandings of specific key concepts. In the examples below, Sara and Jace represent the key concept of causation through a traffic accident. Mika and Hanzo represent the key concept of change through the life cycle of a butterfly.

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In their homeroom classes, the students also represented these concepts using clay. What key concepts do you think are represented in these artwork? Is it form, function, perspective, causation, connection, reflection, responsibility or change?

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Greg Parker
PYP coordinator