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BCIS Grade 5 PYP Exhibition - Making It All Possible

June, 2017
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On 31 May and 1 June, the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition was held at Beijing City International School to celebrate the amazing work of the very industrious, intelligent, and determined Grade 5 students.

Every year, as a culmination of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), the students become involved in project-based work covering two of their IB PYP Units of Inquiry (UOI) – “Sharing the Planet” and “How We Express Ourselves.” After engaging in research and discussion, as well as learning new skills, such as data gathering, effective interviewing, and presenting, the students have to work on their own projects based on a particular issue of their choice and interest. This year, they explored and tackled a wide range of important topics affecting the entire world, including bullying, animal welfare, heritage protection, racism, respecting those with different religious beliefs, and much more. As their most important academic event of the year, as well as the perfect way to end their Elementary School journey, one can imagine the great dedication and focus they possessed to make this the best exhibition possible.

Borrowing and gathering the best traditional Chinese furniture they could find throughout the Elementary School building, the students decorated and transformed various rooms and corridors to create the perfect setting to exhibit their research and hard work. Utilizing powerful visual arts, videos, keynotes, presentations, and other media, the students created a spectacular presentation that created a loud buzz all around the school. With great pride, the young learners also showcased a unique and unified identity, along with great collaboration skills by donning specially made exhibition t-shirts and working together to put on a fantastic overall show.

The exhibition was not only opened to parents, students, and staff members of BCIS, but also members of other schools. As Elementary School Deputy Principal and PYP Coordinator Glenn Fitzpatrick stated, “Each year, all schools within the Beijing PYP network are invited to attend each other’s exhibitions. This year in particular, we had students from four other schools stop by and also teachers from a further eight schools. In the weeks leading up to our own exhibition presentation, our students actually visited the BISS and CISB exhibitions. This gave our students the opportunity to see what issues others are looking into, as well as the opportunity to talk with students that are looking at similar issues.”

Following the school’s motto, the PYP Exhibition is about students taking what they have learned (becoming inspired), and giving them a platform on which to take action on an issue that they have come to care about (becoming empowered). Next, they face the challenge of preparing their own project, which involves much in-depth research, writing, and interviewing, while at the same time reflecting on why the particular issue they have chosen means so much to them (showing compassion). This project can be said to empower and inspire, while creating challenges and inducing compassion. 


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