PYPEX 2020-2021: Choices that people make impact the environment and living things in both positive and negative ways.
by Lawrence Buck | 18 June 2021
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP student. It is an in-depth process in which students apply their skills and knowledge from previous years within the Primary Years Programme.
Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions/taking action to real-life issues or problems that they each feel passionate about.
At the core of the process we have the PYP Approaches To Learning (ATL) which are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the teaching and learning environment. PYP ATL supports the IB belief that a large influence on a student's education is not only what you learn but also how you learn.
The five skills are: Thinking, Social, Communication, Self-Management, and Research. These skills are taught to students implicitly during their time in the PYP as those are necessary competencies for inquiry-based learning and are intertwined throughout the exhibition process that cover initiating and developing an in-depth inquiry, gathering data from Primary sources (through surveys and interviews) and Secondary sources (articles and books) that support their perspective and may help persuade others to take action to eliminate or vastly improve their identified cause.
Primary sources such as an in-depth Interview - engaging with local or global experts in their respective fields take centre stage as the students navigate the whole process from identifying important and relevant questions to pose, contacting and inviting them for an online interview as well as undertaking all of the common courtesies involved in communicating formally with people that they may not know.
Featured below are some of the expert members of the global community contacted and interviewed by our Grade 5 students.
Photos of the G5 students and their key person for interview:
Arsh Anand and Mr. Hemant Nandpawar who is the Director/Head of Climate Change Advisory at the Gulf Organization of Research and Development in Qatar. Arsh is inquiring into the Effects of Vehicular Pollution on our Environment.
Shania Therese Chua presents "Journey To A Healthy Marine Environment", a presentation about ocean pollution.
Franka Reisinger explores the problems that the climate change action faces in terms of misinformation disinformation.
Kaustuv Kar learned valuable information concerning his topic about Global Starvation from Ms. Priyalashmi Murugesan - she is a Human Values Educator and has been instrumental in many food drives.
To know more about racism, Si Yeon invited the President of the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles Mr. James An.
Being a PYP school, Hanna was keen to know more about how the IB as an organization takes action against racism. Ms. Katrin Fox from the IBO Global Center at The Hague.
Sebastian and Kane had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Irene Mejer about the effects of plastic pollution in our oceans. Mrs. Mejer is the CEO and founder of the Ecoshift Zero Waste Store that has now sold millions of units of “shampoo in a bar,” inhibiting the use of plastic and its additional pollution to our oceans.