PYP Curriculum Corner: 19/10/2018

Welcome to the second edition of the PYP Curriculum Corner, we have had a very busy but fun start to the academic year and it is hard to believe that we will begin the second unit of inquiry on Monday. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

In the week of 19th October, you will be able to meet with your child’s Homeroom Teacher to understand how your child is progressing in Maths, English and Unit of Inquiry.  I hope you will find these informative and if you have further questions about the programme, I am happy to meet with you to discuss these.  Please arrange an appointment by email at jwhittle@iscomo.com.

Assessments:

Assessment is an important part of the PYP to ensure teachers understand where your children are on their learning journey and the progress they are making.  Your children are currently undergoing lots of assessments at school which we use to monitor and track your children’s progress.  These are outlined below:

Writing Samples – all students from Kinder to G6 have completed a piece of writing.  This ensures the teacher knows the level of your child and the next steps to take in order to see progress.

Reading Running Records – G2-G6 students are currently being assessed on their reading ability in terms of their accuracy, fluency, reading speed and comprehension.  We complete this assessment three times throughout the year to track your children’s progress.  The results of these assessments inform our guided reading groups.

Schonell Spelling Assessment – In November G2-G6 students will complete a spelling assessment to determine their spelling age in years and months.  This helps us to monitor your children’s progress.

Early Years – Learning Snapshots:

The Early Years team are hard at work producing Learning Snapshots and documentation panels to share the dialogue, thinking and learning experiences your children have.  I do hope you find these helpful.

G2–G6 Unit Reports:

At the end of each unit of inquiry, teachers write a report on the progress your child made on the Essential Elements of the PYP.  The Essential Elements are:

  • Knowledge – how effectively did your child grasp the unit?
  • Conceptual Thinking – how did your child manage to think through key concepts?
  • Action – how much did your child participate in action projects throughout the unit?
  • Approaches to Learning/Transdisciplinary Skills – did your child use a specific skill throughout the unit?

The written comment reflects the Learner Profile attributes which were the main focus of the unit.

G2-G6 reports can be accessed from the ManageBac Portfolio section.  To access this:

  • Login with your child’s details https://iscomo.managebac.com
  • Go to the menu on the left hand side of the screen and click Portfolio.
  • You will find the report in the Portfolio with the title #Unit One Report

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  • I would like to invite you to make a comment on your child’s report on ManageBac. To do this you click Add New Note.  You might want to add a comment to say what makes you proud about your child or something you are pleased with on the report.  For example:  #happyparent:  I’m really proud of the way you used research skills to make a presentation – great job!

If you are not able to access your child’s ManageBac account, please email Mr. Humphrey who is our PYP Technology Integration Teacher at lhumphrey@iscomo.com

Reports for Grade Two-Six will be published on ManageBac by 15th November.

What is a summative task?

Your children might be coming home explaining that they are working on their summative task.  So what is this?!  At the end of a unit, teachers plan an activity which allows for your children to show their understanding of the essential elements of the PYP.  They share their knowledge by applying specific skills and the Learner Profile attributes whilst thinking through key concepts.  The summative task allows the children to show what they have understood about the central idea.  This is sometimes a big celebration where you are invited to see the work, in other cases this may be a presentation to the teacher or sometimes a private individual research project.  The summative task takes different forms and throughout the year, teachers ensure they have a balance of individual and group assessments so your children can showcase their learning in different ways.

The assessments your children complete are stored in an assessment binder, your child’s portfolio or on ManageBac depending on the grade level your child is in.  Feedback on the summative task is given in the End of Unit report.

Thank you for reading this Curriculum Corner and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.