This article puts forward three different approaches to the creation and use of the central idea, including early sharing, student creation and parent creation of the central idea. It shares the benefits and drawbacks of all three approaches.
In this article you will find a framework for co-constructing success criteria with grade 4 students as part of assessment planning.
Can students connect physical education (PE) to a unit of inquiry and can lower elementary students be in charge of their own PE?
This article illustrates inquiry on transportation through an unstructured play-based environment.
In the Primary Years Programme (PYP), students are encouraged to be curious and caring lifelong learners with the capacity to take responsible action. A crucial part of the programme is the PYP exhibition, a culminating in-depth and collaborative project held during the final year of the programme. A recently published study explores this keystone event […]
This article illustrates a PYP exhibition journey from the reflection on facilitation to allowing students making sense of their topic through a driving conceptual lens.
This article summarizes how reflections help learners choose how they want to act. It shares a real-time example and utilizes an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the PYP and how implementing it ties together all the elements!
This article is about how a PYP school in Peru reworked a unit of inquiry to put the arts in the driving seat. First grade students wrote and performed their own plays connected with effective communication and the IB learner profile. This year-long project led by their drama department was supported by other disciplines and […]
This article demonstrates the use of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences by H. Gardner in a year 4 PYP classroom through ‘How the world works’ inquiry into energy.
Educators tell IB World how using design thinking has improved learning
In this article you will read how a PYP school in Germany—as a way to spark enthusiasm—launched the PYP exhibition using community leaders who have turned their passions and beliefs into action focused careers.
This article highlights how the primary students highlight and realize their school’s mission statement through play.
This article explores the notion of learner agency: how ‘kids are the boss’ in our learning environment.
By Mairianne Walker Today, millions of people woke up, switched on their phones and digested the latest news from around the world. I was one of those people. What I read each day tells me we live in turbulent times. Fortunately, my social media feed is filled with inspiring quotes from people like Nelson Mandela […]
This article explores one school’s journey to ensure the approaches to learning, an element of the PYP, are planned for in order to strengthen the transdisciplinary nature of their programme.