With just three weeks remaining until the P5 learners share their Exhibition, P5 are in the midst of inquiry through research, recording, considering action and planning how to share their Exhibition in April. Every day is a flurry of meetings, research, recording evidence and applying time management skills!
Over the past two weeks, here are some of the highlights…
Exhibition Logo Selection
The P5 learners shortlisted some of their favorite logos designed by all P5 learners individually. They voted on the final selection which was created by Zayan. The final logo selection represents all the inquiries in P5 as well as the transdisciplinary theme, How we organize ourselves. The artist behind this year’s logo, Zayan, stated the following about his design: “My logo was inspired by all the children’s central ideas and I tried to list out all the key words. I used symbols to represent each keyword like recycling, technology, global warming, mindfulness, saving water etc. I drew children along the border of the earth because I wanted to show all the children of my class participating in the How We Organize Ourselves Exhibition, 2021. The trees represent a solution to many of the problems the world is facing. The two hands are in black and white and are holding the earth and they represent peace and conflict resolution.”
Primary and Secondary Source Research
P5 learners are actively researching with an emphasis on a balance between both primary and secondary sources. Learners viewed this video as part of Ms. Devaki’s Information Literacy class to help understand the difference and importance of primary and secondary resources in research. Ms. Elizabeth, Ms. Devaki and the P5 Homeroom Team have spent time exploring different resources such as: experts, books, eBooks, magazines, newspapers, databases, websites, videos and articles.
Some learners are interviewing experts in our learning community and beyond. Other learners have created surveys that different parts of our learning community are taking so they have “real” data to bring a different perspective to the Exhibition as well.
In line with the school’s Academic Integrity Policy, all research is being cited with the help of the tool MyBib in MLA format.
Co-Constructed Assessment Criteria
At the start of March, we surveyed the P5 learners to gather some data on ideas around the assessment criteria for the Exhibition. A key aspect of the PYP programme, learners took an active role and contributed their voice to this process. According to the survey, P5 learners wanted to assess their process, research and if they followed the essential agreements they made for themselves. They also overwhelming voted for a peer assessment along with teacher and self-assessments as part of the process. In a co-creation session, the P5 learners suggested a 5-star rating, which has been included in the assessment criteria.
In the final assessment tool, teachers and learners will assess, with evidence, the Exhibition process. They will specifically assess: the Exhibition journal, engagement with mentor meetings, research, sharing understandings and quality of reflections.
Some advice from MYP1
P5 learners also generated questions for Exhibition experts in our MIS learning community – the MYP1 students who were in their shoes one year ago! The P5’s had so many questions, as you can see on their JamBoard:
A group of 4 MYP1 learners answered their questions in writing and on Wednesday, 21 March, two MYP1 students visited the P5 learners to give advice in a Google Meet. Joined by Mr. Jose, MYP Coordinator. MYP1 offered some helpful hints around the process, procrastination, sharing the exhibition and time management skills.
After the holiday, P5’s will be spending the final days finishing research, making final decisions about how to share the Exhibition and reflecting on the entire process. Final presentations will be made between 20th to 22nd April to P5 parents, P4-5 learners, members of the Academic Leadership Team and their mentors.
By Carla Swinehart, PYP Coordinator
International Baccalaureate Organization. “Programme resource center.” December 2018. PYP: From principles into practice. 15 February 2021.
Redmon, Rob. Primary vs Secondary Sources. 3 December 2013. YouTube video. <https://youtu.be/cqXHO7bTPnw>.