The Grand PYP 5 Exhibition
This year the Grand PYP 5 Exhibition was more fascinating than ever. The enthusiasm in students, teachers as well as parents was explicitly visible. The transdisciplinary theme explored by PYP 5 Exhibition was “How the World Works”. The PYP Exhibition is the culminating project of the IB Primary Years Program where our Grade 5 students share their understanding of the five Essential Elements which are knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. Such demonstration of the IB learner profile attributes require students to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.
In the beginning, PYP 5 students were given interesting projects which involved experimenting with real life objects, machines, gadgets and other man-made things around us and inquire into how they worked. They explored a variety of daily life objects like TV, elevator, air conditioning, mobile phones and computers. They were filled with intrigue and curiosity as to how these things worked through a combination of different kinds of simple machines. Many questions started popping up in their minds and this paved the way to make their own central idea and lines of inquiry which revolved around scientific laws and principles and their practical application in different fields of life. Next process was designing the inquiry cycle which would help shape up the learning process and steer them towards the goal.
They had mentors for each group and then began a journey of discovery and exploration that helped them delve deeper into their respective topics. Different hands-on activities, learning experiences, field trips, guest lectures and personal interactions, helped to widen their horizon of understanding, enrich their knowingness and boosted them towards taking action in their own way. There were seven groups, which were exhibited and followed by a related performance.