The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

The 2019 PYP Exhibition

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition is the culminating event of a Scotch College Junior School boy. For some, it is a six-year journey undertaken by the students and is a celebration of not only what they learn but also how they learn in an inquiry-modelled approach.

This year the Year 5 boys were immersed in a 9-week collaboratively constructed unit of inquiry.

The inquiry was part of the transdisciplinary theme of 'How the World Works'. The boys developed their own central idea; "As technology advances so does its impact".

The boys were involved in all of the essential elements of the PYP and share them with the whole school community in an exhibition presentation. Our Specialist staff took responsibility for the driving some of the essential elements as well as looking at the central idea from their areas of expertise. PE focused on social skills (approaches to learning), Art looked at the relationship between the central idea and the boys' personal beliefs around technology,  French focused on the work of Madame Currie and her advancements in technology, and Performing Arts looked at the central idea through a sneak-preview performance of 'Let the Games Begin'.

Our Performing Arts teacher, Ms Phebe Samson will take the lead in the Year 5 students sixth unit of inquiry by continuing with the same central idea but under another transdisciplinary theme; 'How we express ourselves'.

Thank you to all the parents who came in as experts during the early stages of the inquiry and also thank you to all of the staff who gave up their time to mentor students at various times during the exhibition. The special 'thank you' however, goes to the classroom teachers who guide the inquiry and constantly motivate the students to keep working through a challenging yet rewarding period of their learning journeys.

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Mr Warwick Norman
Junior School Dean of Teaching & Learning