It has been 5 weeks of school already and Primary school students at Pechersk campus are now gradually approaching the end of their first Units of inquiry.
Year 1 students are exploring the Unit of Inquiry ‘Sharing the Planet’. While looking at conflicts children were putting a range of conflict resolution strategies into place, such as sharing, taking turns, taking a break, and playing ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ to reach an agreement and asking for help.
Students from Year 2 looked at ‘Traditional Tales’. They compared and contrasted several well know stories and explored what makes a traditional tale. They discussed these features as a group before writing down their very own lists. Later children worked on writing their very own stories or twisting a well known tale to modernise it and make it more original.
Year 3 students were exploring the Unit of enquiry about communities and how they provide interconnected services designed to meet people’s needs. During one of the activities children used the classroom library of books about community to find answers to questions they still had about different communities. This activity gave them the opportunity to work on the trans-disciplinary skill of self-management (choosing their own books to find answer to their wonder questions) as well as the PYP attitudes of curiosity and independence.
Exploring Units of enquiry as part of the PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.