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.
With the support of the five essential elements: Knowledge, Concepts, Skills, Attitudes and Action here in GMIS we focus on student-directed learning. The children do not compete with others; instead they compete with themselves. During our Inquiries we gauge the potential of each child and gives individual tasks to enable every child to move towards achieving his/her potential. Thus in our classrooms we have differentiated learning.
We spend about five weeks on our units of inquiries, which breaks down to about a week and a half per line of inquiry. If students are really excited about one line of inquiry, we’ll spend two weeks on that one and less on the others. We believe in Student Voice and Choice and giving children time to produce something that demonstrates acquisition of knowledge and understanding.
We follow summative and formative assessment strategies. As a Unit of Inquiry (UOI) progresses we give students formative tasks to assess conceptual understanding, and before the UOI ends, we give our students summative tasks like pencil paper tests, quizzes, presentations, show & tell, classroom theatres, projects, experiments, etc. to assess their learning in the UOI. We also have self, peer and teacher assessments in the classroom, supporting holistic learning. This makes all teaching and learning stress-free and enjoyable, as every assessment task is an interesting yet challenging one. Taking action is a big part of PYP and a big part of exploring ways of showing tolerance to each other. Through small action everyone can make an impact. Our units highlight a broad conceptual understanding. Students follow their areas of interest / set goals, explore and become life-long learners. We also request the parents to encourage and motivate their children simultaneously at home. For example, we ask them to record the action taken by the child and submit to the teacher at the end of the unit of inquiry which encourages them to bring a change through small actions and become lifelong learners.
Ms. Pooja Yadav Homeroom Teacher Grade 4 GMIS-Bali