- If we don’t have school we won’t be smart in the future
- Children have more possibilities to learn, not just writing down on paper, e.g. if you’re learning about rubbish you would go to a rubbish centre
- IB schools are trying to make leaders in a changing world
- Everyone should be principled and included
- Even if someone looks different or speaks another language you should respect them
- The children that learn in the PYP school can have more possibilities. Children say school is fun.
- Doesn’t matter where you come from, you should be respected
- We’re not doing text books, like sheets with one apple plus two apples is three. You’d actually go to the forest and use the apples. It's actually doing.
- It doesn’t matter from where you come or your skin colour.
- Not just learning for a test, but for life
We brainstormed in groups to think about what areas we thought could be explored under each of the six themes.
Then we compared our wall and the descriptions to discover what is in our school programme of inquiry. Students then taught each other about their group theme through a short presentation.
After the presentations we discussed what makes a successful presentation. We noted that we had all introduced the main theme, voices were generally loud, well paced and clear, some students used humour, all students spoke and the groups had organised the order of speaking. The audience were respectful and active listeners.
Most of our learning in school is taught through these six themes each year. It is really important that the students understand how their curriculum is constructed and how it fits together over the years. Each year we study six units of inquiry, each from one of the transdisciplinary themes. Please visit our wall and find out what's coming up this year in the Middle Primary Class. Personally, I think it's a really exciting mix of ideas and inquiries to engage the students and teachers through the year.