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IST Grade 5 PYP Exhibition Celebrates Student Learning

April, 2015
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ist-g5-exhibitionThe PYP Exhibition is the culminating project for the IB Primary Years Program, involving an in-depth, collaborative inquiry into a topic that students are passionate about. It is also a demonstration of how students can take action from their learning, and is a celebration of student learning.

This year the IST Grade 5 PYP Exhibition was on the theme ‘Sharing the Planet – Human actions or inactions impact people, the environment and the world’. The exhibition is the culmination of a learning journey undertaken by the Grade 5 students and teachers over many weeks.

The exhibition evening began with a wonderful review of the learning journey. Snippets and examples of the exhibition journey from the Sharing the Planet Conference, field trips, modes of expression pieces and reflections were shared with the audience. It was evident that students enjoyed this with their impromptu movements, enthusiastic singing and expressive faces. Students then proudly shared, discussed and explained their research, main issue, key reflections, data and expressive work to their parents and other community members. There was such a buzz of excitement as the students knowledgeably and proudly shared all of their learning. The students, teachers and parents did an amazing job with planning, researching, organizing and presenting all of their information. This year’s PYP Exhibition was certainly a success, and a journey that will be memorable for all IST PYP students.

The PYP Exhibition is genuinely a process that is strategically planned and supported by teachers, and it evolves into student-directed learning that is powerful and meaningful. After all, it’s not really about the destination but the journey that took place in order to get there. Here is a quote from the famous author, Ursula Le Guin that sums it up nicely, “It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”


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