Who We Are Update 3

Dear parents,

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been thinking more about the different relationships we have and how these relationships can make us feel. The students thought about all the people that they have relationships with. Their ideas included parents, siblings, friends, teachers, nannies, grandparents and drivers. They then thought about how important each of these relationships is to them and how close they are to the different people. The students used a graphic organizer with concentric circles to record their ideas. They drew themselves in the center and then drew the people they are closest to next to them, and worked outwards to include the people they have less important relationships with. 

We will now begin to focus more on how relationships can make us feel different emotions. For example, when our Mother hugs us we feel safe, when our Mother tells us we did a good job we feel proud and when our Mother reads to us we feel happy. We will also explore how our actions can impact how others feel. For example, when we play nicely with our friends they feel happy, when we don’t share with our friends they feel angry and when we look after our hurt friends they feel cared for.

Student Initiated Action

 One of the essential elements in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is Action: how do we want the students to act as a result of their learning? 

 ‘An explicit expectation of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is that successful inquiry will lead to responsible action, initiated by the student as a result of the learning process… Action as a result of learning may not be witnessed by the teacher and often happens beyond the classroom.’ (Making the PYP happen, 2009)

 As we head towards the end of our ‘Who We Are’ unit, we are beginning to see the students take some meaningful action as a result of their new learning. For example, some students are now beginning to independently resolve playground or classroom conflicts with their peers. Other students have really understood how important it is to collaborate and work as a team at clean-up time.

 As PYP educators we understand that action can happen anywhere, anytime; this may be in the classroom or at home. For that reason, we would like to request all parents to be active participants in our quest, to notice action revealed by your child at home. This may be in the form of questions/comments that your child makes about an inquiry they have been pursuing at school; it may be a drawing; or wanting/taking action triggered by school inquiries.

If you identify any action that your child has revealed, please write us an email, pop in to share it or ask your child to come and share it with the class. However, remember that it is very important to understand that the action must be student initiated.

 Thank you in advance for your support with this.

 Please enjoy some photos from this week at school.

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