It’s time for action!
This time of year the students in grade 5 are busy preparing for their exhibition. Besides seeing groups of students discussing progress with their mentors all around the school, a bunch of posters have been stuck to the wall in the aula and corridors. It’s time for action!
By Ingrid Schmoutziguer, communications, picture from the 2018 exhibition
It’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks, staring with Shaheer’s (student 5 Blue) car free day on Monday 20 May. Shaheer, who normally travels to school by car, as his father drops him off on his way to work, is planning on taking the bus. Have you planned your trip to school yet?
Also on Monday 20 May, a ‘food waste free day’. This means: ‘You can’t throw away your food like your lunch or snack’. On Saturday 25 May we’re being asked to have a plastic free day to stop plastic pollution killing sea birds and sea animals. Along the same lines, on Tuesday 28 May we’re participating in a ‘no singel use plastic day’.
The Exhibition is the culmination of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the same way as the Personal Project marks the end of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Extended Essay the end of the Diploma Programme (DP). During the exhibition each students carries out independent research, the results of which they will present during the exhibition on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June.
The students have all come up with a central idea, key concepts and inquiry questions. They are at the moment finishing their research. Besides looking on the internet, students are also supposed to do an interview, survey or to go on a field trip to gather reliable information.They will review their central idea, key concepts, and questions with you.
Guiding them during this process are of course their classroom teachers, but students in small groups have also been assigned a mentor. These mentors can be primary or secondary teachers, support staff or management. Mentors meet with their groups once a week.
Soon it will be time to start thinking about posters, power points, quizes and other ways of presenting their research to their parents, peers, younger and older students in the school.
You can support the students, by joining in with their actions! And of course you are welcome to visit the exhibition on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June. Please watch the app for the exact timings.