The Primary Years Program (PYP), used in all Lower School classrooms, is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning. Six organizing themes help teachers and children explore knowledge in the broadest sense of the word. The development of explicit attitudes and the expectation of socially responsible behavior are essential elements of the program.
The Exhibition: Learning in Action
A unique feature of the PYP program is a fourth-grade culminating experience called the Exhibition. Through the Exhibition, children utilize their organizational, research, writing, presentation, and cooperative learning skills. They develop a central idea for the unit, consider a real-world problem to research, plan and prepare their project, and decide on appropriate ways to present their research findings through oral presentations, artistic endeavors, PowerPoint, skits, and video.
Not only do the students present their projects to parents, classmates, and the wider school community, they also develop an action plan to help solve the problem they investigate. In recent years, fourth-graders have researched the appropriate use of internet and electronic media and communication. As a result, a guidebook was created for parents outlining best practices regarding use of the internet for children. Another group investigated children suffering from inadequate nutrition in the Greenville community. This resulted in a canned goods collection for a local food bank. Other fourth-graders have used the Exhibition to research the right to equal access to recreational facilities for children with mental or physical challenges and to investigate children who experience the challenges of living with diabetes.
Click here to read about this past year's (2016) 4th Grade Exhibition.
The Exhibition empowers students to notice the needs of our world and respond in ways that allow them to make connections between what they learn in the classroom and how they can use their knowledge to change the world.
For more information about the PYP, visit www.ibo.org on the web.