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The PYP Exhibition 2017

26 September 2017

In February 2017, Grade 5 learners started tuning into the PYP Exhibition; building on the prior knowledge they have gained from visiting the PYP Exhibition stations and interviewing the exhibits of the year before; they deeply explored the purpose of the PYP Exhibition as an event that culminates their development of the elements of the programme and identified their roles and the responsibilities of all people involved.

Under the transdisciplinary theme “Sharing the Planet”, the learners explored the central idea: The significance of an issue promotes individuals to take actions that impact communities. They used a variety of resources, watched the news, and interviewed people within the school and in the city of Saida in search for real-life issues that impact the community. Accordingly, they decided on issues, such as discrimination, unemployment, empowering women, addiction, road safety, etc. The learners were grouped according to their interest, and after checking the global significance and the relevance of the issues, they moved to the planning phase. As a community of learners, they developed essential agreements and created timelines to organize the process.

To plan their inquiries, the learners used the key-concepts to ask questions that would drive the investigation, and they identified relevant primary, as well as secondary resources within and outside the school. For example, they went on field trips to have a closer look at the issues they thought of, and they interviewed specialists in the field such as lawyers, doctors, governmental resources, and other human resources from the society. At this point, teachers and parents started participating as mentors. During the investigation phase, the learners made on-going reflections and self-assessments on their understanding and represented their learning in a variety of ways with the support of single subject teachers. In addition, they used both English and Arabic or French and Arabic languages throughout the inquiry. The learners also implemented ICT skills throughout their research. All over the process, the students demonstrated the development of the IB Leaner Profile attributes and the application of the attitudes and transdisciplinary skills as they collaboratively organized and led their inquiries. In response to their issues, they developed action plans to contribute to resolving them and shared their actions with the school community.

The performances of the students reflected the transdisciplinary nature of the programme as the students used languages, sciences, social studies, and arts as tools for inquiry and communicating findings. They used the learning spaces in the school to stage the processes and products of their learning. The exhibition week took place in May; the students shared their journeys with other students and teachers in the school and in fellow schools in the city. Other PYP schools in Lebanon were invited to attend as well, and the Parents’ Exhibition Evening was the culminating celebration of the process.



Rasha Hammoud, PYP Coordinator
In collaboration with
Noor Taweel, Gr.5 PYP Teacher