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BCIS Hosts PYP Exhibition

June, 2013
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The PYP exhibition is a culminating event for the Primary Years Program in IB schools worldwide.  The exhibition takes place in the final grade level prior to the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) and is considered one of the six Units of Inquiry (UOI). This year at Beijing City International School (BCIS) the exhibition falls under two trans-disciplinary themes: ‘Sharing the Planet’ and ‘How We Express Ourselves’. The exhibition allows students to work collaboratively and to address real-life issues that have been identified and investigated.

During the ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit the grade 5 students inquired into the risks and challenges that children face around the world. This inquiry allowed the grade 5 students to research and investigate a real-life issue from the local or wider community. An in-depth research process of collecting and collating both primary and secondary sources of information about the issue took place over the whole unit. Understanding the chosen issue allowed the students to then design a plan of action to help make a difference in the world. 

During the ‘How We Express Ourselves’ unit the grade 5 students inquired into the purposeful choices artists make when communicating a message. The inquiry allowed the students to be exposed to different modes of expression and to find out about the creative process that artists go through when creating something. The students used their chosen issue to express it in an artistic way. A range of photography, writing, animation, visual arts, movement and music were used to create the final exhibition that was displayed for the BCIS community to view.

One of the purposes of having a PYP exhibition is to allow the students the opportunity to reflect on and apply what they have learned while participating in the program. The exhibition also allows students to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning. Additionally, the exhibition acts as a celebration of the transition of students from primary education to middle or secondary education.

 

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