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FAQs PYP Exhibition 

What is the Grade 5 Exhibition? 

The Exhibition is an important part of the PYP for all students. In the final year of the programme, students undertake a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. As the culminating experience of the PYP, the Exhibition offers students an exciting opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning.Students share the results of this significant experience with the school community.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.

Why do I need to complete a Exhibition project? 

The PYP exhibition has a number of key purposes:

  • for students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
  • to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
  • to provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
  • for students to synthesize and apply their learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP
  • to provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
  • to demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
  • to unite the students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
  • to celebrate the transition of learners from primary to middle/secondary education.

What do I need to do? 

Students will:

  • have an understanding of the purpose and requirements of the exhibition from the outset of the process (guidelines and planning instructions should be provided by the teacher or mentor)
  • participate in selecting a real-life issue or problem for the exhibition
  • develop the inquiry by helping to decide on a central idea, lines of inquiry and student questions collaboratively plan learning and assessment experiences; these should involve independent and collaborative work and students should be involved in all stages of the planning and staging of the exhibition
  • carry out an open-ended inquiry into a real-life issue or problem
  • demonstrate an understanding of the components of the PYP, in particular the 18 learner profile; the students involved in the exhibition should be given an opportunity to demonstrate their learning and the development of the attributes of the 18 learner profile
  • demonstrate an understanding of the five essential elements-knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action
  • select and utilize a variety of strategies and resources to meet the outcomes of the inquiry; wherever possible, students should use a variety of source materials, such as first-hand experiences, interviews, surveys, field visits, artifacts, science investigations, working models, not just book and/or Internet research
  • be academically honest when referring to their sources of information
  • communicate effectively with teachers, peers and parents
  • reflect on the components of and processes involved in the exhibition; they should keep a journal or portfolio of their planning, draft pieces of work, sketches and photographs of work in progress as well as the final product
  • carry out self-assessment and peer assessment
  • celebrate their learning by presenting the exhibition to the school community.

What will my parents need to do? 

Parents/guardians will:

  • have an understanding of the purpose and requirements of the exhibition
  • support and encourage students and teachers throughout the process of inquiry
  • be informed by reading newsletters, attending meetings, checking school websites, talking with students
  • help students to access resources-people, places, media and information
  • provide expert subject knowledge where applicable
  • act as mentors as required or appropriate
  • encourage independent inquiry and respect student ownership of the process
  • have an opportunity to reflect on and give feedback on the exhibition
  • celebrate with the students by attending the staging of the exhibition.