Welcome to the February edition of the PYP Curriculum Corner. I would like to use the Curriculum Corner to share some exciting events which have taken place in the PYP over this last month. Each Curriculum Corner will focus on certain grade levels and this edition introduces activities in Transition Class, Grade 2 and 6 and Grade 5. I hope you enjoy reading about the activities which have helped your children to acquire knowledge, take action and develop attributes of the IB Learner Profile. The second part of the Curriculum Corner focuses on the subject area of Reading and lastly you will find an update on the PYP Review.
PYP Share – Transition Class taking ACTION!
I was very happy to receive an email from the Transition Teacher asking if the students could present their work on Chinese New Year. Transition performed beautifully in today’s assembly and answered questions on how they built their dragon. They were all risk-takers and the other PYP students were very proud of them. Thank you Transition Class!
PYP Share – Grade 5 go LIVE!
The Grade Five students recently took a field trip to a Recording Studio! In Music Class Grade 5 have been inquiring into the impact of X Factor on music and in turn were exposed to what it felt like to be in a band. 5C and 5S both prepared songs using instruments and voice and took half of the music room along with them to record their songs! They dressed as rock stars and got a little taste of the role of a professional musician. Each child will receive a CD of their recording which will be mastered professionally by the studio – WOW WORK Grade 5!
PYP Share – Grade 2 and 6 Learning CELEBRATION!
Grade 6 have been working extremely hard on writing personal narratives which begin from small moments. Their work is incredible and because of their success, they hosted a Learning Celebration for our Grade 2 students. Grade 6 shared their personal narratives and went on to teach Grade 2 about how to get started with small moment narratives. They then helped Grade 2 to select a small moment from which they could write a story. This was a beautiful event and has definitely got Grade 2 excited about their new writing unit.
Subject Focus: Reading Comprehension
Reading with your child, in any language, is a wonderful experience and I would like to thank all parents who take time to snuggle up and read with their child. Reading magazines, books, signs, advertisements etc. are all very important in your child’s development. As we enter the second half of the year, I would like to encourage parents to focus on the comprehension – ensuring your child understands what they are reading. Understanding language is a complex skill and takes time to master.
You can help your child by asking a question at the end of each paragraph/page. The question might be about the image on the page or the actual words. Your children will find direct questions easier such as: what colour is the house? Questions where your children recall an answer already on the page is less challenging.
In Grade 3-6, in order to help your child develop, I would encourage you to ask inferential questions – these are questions where your child may have to infer the meaning of the text, or make a sensible guess or explain why the author has used a specific strategy. These sorts of questions encourage deeper thinking. Questions could include: what phrase tells us the character is sad? How has the author left us in suspense? Can you find a phrase that tells us more about the problem? Do you have a personal connection with the character – find a quote to explain this connection?
Please find a sample list of questions you might like to ask your child here.
The PYP Review
The PYP team are beginning to delve into the Enhanced PYP documents from the IB and noting any differences with the current PYP. One big difference is the planning document which teachers use to plan their units. There are now more open ended questions to really allow teachers to record everything that happened in a unit and to allow space for teachers to think about the connections between units. The Early Years staff will now have their own planner which allows them to document all play based learning activities. The Early Years team have already started to use the EY planner and Elementary teachers will begin analyzing the new planner in staff meetings. We hope the use of the new planner will enhance our documentation and ensure we have the best possible record of our work with your children.
Thank you for reading the PYP Curriculum Corner and I hope to see you at an upcoming Parent Workshop.