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Exhibition Parent Information

  1. 1. The PYP Exhibition, Grade 5 Parent Information 2011
  2. 2. What is the PYP Exhibition? The IBO gives the following explanation: “ The exhibition: Students aged 10 to 12 who are in their final year of the programme are expected to carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry project, know as the exhibition, under the guidance of their teachers. The exhibition represents a significant event in the life of both the school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the programme and sharing them with the whole school community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the student profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the programme. It is a culminating experience marking the transition from the PYP to the Middle Years.”
  3. 3. In Grade 5 this year, the Central idea for the Exhibition Unit of Inquiry is: Our Actions can Lead to Positive Change. Within this central idea, students will identify an issue or problem and undertake research in order to initiate an action that will positively affect this issue. Students will present to the school community an exhibition-style project which highlights this journey and details any final findings and observations they have made.
  4. 4. The Exhibition is... <ul><li>an inquiry that starts from a personal passion, or interest in an issue, and leads to action resulting in change </li></ul><ul><li>an opportunity for students to collaborate with others and develop responsibility for their own learning </li></ul><ul><li>an inquiry that requires students to apply their skills and learning from previous years in elementary school </li></ul><ul><li>a celebration of the transition from PYP to Middle School </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Process <ul><li>Student Involvement: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>discussing possible ‘real life’ issues/problems/interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>posing questions to focus their inquiry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborating with an exhibition inquiry group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>searching for, and collecting, relevant resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collating information and preparing for the exhibition presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>taking action that results in positive change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>presenting a completed exhibition project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students Demonstrate Their Learning and Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>group collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>written work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ongoing reflections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>oral presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use of technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>performance, visual arts and other media </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How Can Parents Help? <ul><li>Parents can: </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions about the process and your child’s topic </li></ul><ul><li>Check the Grade 5 blog regularly for updates </li></ul><ul><li>Support and encourage your child </li></ul><ul><li>Help to locate resources – people, places, media and information </li></ul><ul><li>Help your child to plan his/her after-school schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate with your child by attending the Exhibition on Tuesday April 12 th from 18.00 </li></ul>
  7. 7. What about Learning Logs? <ul><li>Students will still receive Learning Logs which continue to reinforce Literacy and Math skills, and may include elements to support the Exhibition inquiry process. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers will guide the students when it is necessary for them to use time at home to research and prepare, however, most work and preparation will be done in class. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How is the Exhibition Assessed? <ul><li>All requirements are presented early and regularly in order to help the students as they plan and prepare their inquiry. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers assess the process and the product through student and teacher generated rubrics. </li></ul><ul><li>The students keep a journal throughout the exhibition process that shows how their thinking, inquiry and reflections are developing. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Timeline <ul><li>Exhibition discussions begin in February. </li></ul><ul><li>Davos Trip: 9 th - 11 th March </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Work - March/April </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibition Presentation Evening for parents: Tuesday April 12 th , 18.00 – 19.30 </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibition Presentation for the Lower School: Wednesday April 13 th , during school day </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>The Grade 5 teachers and group advisors help the students to plan and stay on task throughout the process. </li></ul>
  10. 10. And Finally… While this is a busy time and an intense process, it is truly a celebration of your child’s development in the Lower School. The students experience a wonderful sense of accomplishment and pride upon completion of the Exhibition and we look forward to sharing this journey with them.

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