It has been a lovely week for our Topaz class as we welcomed each other back to school to commence the second half of the semester. During our reflection sessions, learners talked about what they did during the mid-semester break. Those who received learner profile awards during the first half of the semester also shared their thoughts with the class:
For the next five weeks, Early Years will explore the theme, “How We Express Ourselves”, inquiring into celebrations, traditions, stories and play.
A celebration is a happy time when people get together in honour of something special. During special moments like these, stories are told and play is definitely present. This week being the tuning-in stage of the new Unit, we are focusing on birthday celebrations, and learning how different religions and countries commemorate the milestone.
The learning community will not be left out so dear parents and senior students, don’t be surprised when you receive invitations to one or two of our class celebrations. We trust you’ll do us the honour!
Lower & Upper Primary
Inquiry in PYP
“Strong inquiry schools have a distinct climate- a climate that breeds curiosity, a relentless passion for investigation and a genuine fascination with learning” ~ Kath Murdoch
Classrooms in the PYP are led by curiosity and inquiry, both for teachers and learners. Our learning and teaching are focused on, ‘What our students know’ and ‘What they can do’. Guiding an inquiry-based classroom is challenging, as the experience has to be carefully structured to include specific activities that will take teaching and learning to a whole new level. It is, however, fun and impactful when executed effectively. For instance, as the Onyx class continues their second Unit under the theme, ‘Where we are in place and time,’ they are constantly building their knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding by exploring, researching and experimenting. It is these activities that ignite imagination, creativity and innovation.
Below is what the Onyx class created as they explored factors that influence the design of homes. They researched and came up with posters displaying the architecture of Asian and European buildings.
From that research, learners designed their dream houses, using coloured paper. They worked on their personal time-lines by focusing on some significant events that have occurred in their lives.
It was fun when learners had to demonstrate their ingenuity by using objects in their learning space to create patterns. They made some unique designs.
The Opal class also had an exciting time inquiring into past civilisations and their influence on modern societies. As technology is a key tool that drives inquiry, learners were guided to research via the internet. They delved into features of early civilisations, focusing on ancient Egypt.
Reflection in Ghanaian Sign Language
A reflective person is one who thoughtfully considers the world, as well as their own ideas and experiences. In PYP, this requires that students learn to understand their strengths and weaknesses, in order to support their learning and personal experiences. The Opal Class is learning the alphabet in Ghanaian sign language and below are their reflections
Benade, L. (2015). Teachers’ Critical Reflective Practice in the Context of Twenty-first Century Learning. Open Review of Educational Research. Retrieved October 25, 2019, from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23265507.2014.998159