New Units of Inquiry
This post provides a brief summary of each of the homeroom's current unit of inquiry. To access detailed information on the inquiry questions, learning outcomes and vocabulary lists for each of the units, please click on the links, below.
Units are organized around a broad conceptual statement or a central idea, and students spend around six weeks exploring concepts from different subject disciplines to help develop an understanding of the unit's central idea. The learning progressions linked below use the SOLO Taxonomy to take students on a journey to first develop surface knowledge-based learning outcomes that will enable them to 'go deeper' and process their knowledge to develop conceptual understanding. This is scaffolded and guided using an inquiry process illustrated in the image, below.
Grade 1 have started their How we organize ourselves unit of inquiry and will be exploring the central idea Communities make efforts to create transportatoin systems to meet their needs. This involves investigating different forms of transportation in a variety of communities and exploring how people make decisions when using transport. They will also look at how transportation has changed over time. Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.
The grade 2 How we Organise Ourselves unit of inquiry also focuses on communities but takes a broader look at the roles different people play as the students inquire into the central idea People play different roles in the communities to which they belong. The girls are exploring how the local community is organized and are learning about all the different jobs and services provided by different people. We've been lucky enough to have some parent volunteers come and present their own jobs to the girls! Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home. Have a look at the statements in the slideshow below - what is your current understanding of healthy lifestyle choices?
Grade 3 have begun their exploration into forces and motion in their How the World Works unit of inquiry with the central idea People apply their understanding of forces and energy to create simple, compound and complex machines. This unit will see the girls developing their understanding of how forces can change the shape, direction, and position of objects. They will also inquire into how simple, compound and complex machines are used in daily life to make people's lives easier. Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.
Grade 4's Where we are in Place and Time focuses on the concept of exploration. Their central idea Exploration can lead to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings will take them on a journey to inquire into the different kinds of exploration, the motivation behind them and their consequences. Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.
The grade 5 How we Organize ourselves unit of inquiry focuses on global food production and consumption as the girls explore the central idea People have developed systems for producing and distributing food around the world. The unit allows the girls to explore the various diets of people around the world, sustainable food production and efforts to end world hunger through the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.
The grade 6 Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry by exploring the central idea Access to medical care around the world varies and can influence how diseases are spread. This unit allows students to explore the form and function of various microorganisms and find out about how they affect the human body. The girls will also be iniquiring into how access to medical care can affect different regions of the world and will continue to make connections to the UN SDGs. Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.
If you have any experience or expertise with the content of any of these units of inquiry, we would love to hear from you! Please contact our PYP Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your daughter's homeroom teacher.
Sports, service and songs. It has been a busy week in Elementary.
Today we welcomed parents whose daughters will be starting in first grade next August. We talked about teaching and learning in grade 1 and explored the PYP framework together.
With just one week to go until the big night, read how students are putting together the final touches of the different PYP Exhibition Components.
On Friday 6th April we held a second MAP Testing Coffee Morning. This session focused on how to interpret the Winter Progress Report and indications of growth since Fall.
Please consider supporting our PYP Exhibition students by filling out a short survey. This will enable them to collect and interpret data from a large sample size.
The penultimate units of inquiry of the school year will begin after the holidays. Click here to find out what your daughter will be inquiring into. It may even give you some ideas for day-trips during the Spring Break so you can help support your daughter's learning!
Our teachers are lifelong learners! Read how they spent their weekend inquiring into effective teaching and learning strategies in mathematics.
March 9th - Celebrating International Women's Day / Remembering the Earthquake & Tsunami of March 11th, 2018 in Seisen Elementary.
Read about the upcoming units of inquiry which all have a scientific inquiry focus. This post contains links to the unit learning outcomes to help you support your daughter.
An overview of some of the qualitative and quantitative assessments used in the elementary school to determine students' levels of achievement and to identify next steps in learning.
Read what to expect when your daughter's Progress Report is sent home on Wednesday, and how to interpret the MAP data which will accompany the report.
A brief summary of the current homeroom units of inquiry, along with detailed learning progressions and vocabulary lists for each unit to help you support your daughter's learning.
Read about our annual House Day, held at the school and Kinuta Park on Monday November 6th.
A summary of our first PYP Coffee Morning of the year on how to develop a Global Minded community.
A great afternoon of "treat or treat" in the Elementary!