5.3 Class blog
We are open-minded, balanced, caring, knowledgeable, principled, thinkers and inquirers, who communicate, take risks, and reflect on our actions. Follow our journey on our final year of the PYP.
Done and dusted! Congratulations to all of the groups for their dedication to the journey and for gaining the skills required to be successful in the process.
For their Grade 5 Exhibition Liem, Stella, and Jiawen are investigating technology addiction. After asking key concept questions and using their research skills to find out about technology addiction in children and adults, they have found some worrying statistics about the increase in screen addiction - especially in children and teens.
For their action they have proposed that ISS students and families partake in a SCREEN OFF WEDNESDAY evening. They are challenging ISS families to switch off their screens and enjoy time with each other, read, go outside, play games, make a nice dinner together etc...
Can you rise to the challenge?
Every class at ISS participated in the NINJA WARRIOR CHALLENGE set by Mr. Nathan. The fastest students to complete the challenge were subsequently entered into the challenge final. We had an exciting afternoon cheering for our friends and team mates! Have a look at Samir, Liem, and Keita competing in the finals.
Being in the finding out stage ourselves, it was an excellent opportunity to visit Nexus School's PYP exhibition! We asked a lot of questions to the students who were nearing the completion of their 8 week journey. Since ours was nearer to the beginning we had the opportunity to reflect on our own direction in the exhibition and to imagine what our end results may look like. We were impressed with the action component of their exhibition, which took the students to many places throughout Singapore!
Now we are arranged into our topic groups! First thing we did was make a mindmap of what questions we wanted to focus on in our individual topics. We decided on a focus for our topic and from there developed questions that we could answer. We used the key concepts to help us formulate those questions and are now in the process of gathering information to answer them. We are all finding this a challenging, yet rewarding process. Once our reports are finished we are aiming to begin the sorting out stage of our exhibition, where we will decide how to best reflect our learning for our audience and where we can take action!
The time is finally here! We are beginning to tune into our Exhibition and our Central Idea: Our Actions Change the Future. Using the inspiration from our visitors' passion talks, we began thinking of our own passions through sentence starters that got us thinking. From there, we broke apart each Transdisciplinary Theme and thought about the topics that would be covered within each. Investigating the TD topics further, we connected our passions to them and could identify further interests. We used cocentric circles to dig deeper into our chosen interests, helping us identify issues within our passions that we can investigate and take action on. Using the 5 Whys technique we could identify the issues and why they are important even further. We are excited to take action in our interests!
In preparation to our oncoming exhibition, we have been lucky to have a variety of guests to share a talk about their 'passions'. Many of the passions led to action, which is a large focus of our inquiry in exhibition.
The time has almost come for us to begin our exhibition! Ms Skrtic hosted all of the grade 5 classes in the MPR for a discussion on the exhibition and to choose our central idea in preparation for the exhibition to begin in a few weeks time.
First, we looked at some of our central ideas from this year. We saw what makes a good central idea and why they were good ones! We had to then choose which were bad central ideas and which were good central ideas - that was fun and we were quite good at selecting which was which. We all had a go at writing the WORST central idea we could think of, that didn't match any of the criteria of a good central idea. Some of the results were hilarious. However, now it was time to think seriously and write an idea that fit the criteria of being Challenging, Engaging, Relevant, Significant, One idea, and True.