In the final year of the IB Primary Years Program, students conduct personal and group inquiries into an area of their own choosing. These student-initiated inquiries are the culmination of the students’ growth and learning during their time in the Elementary School. The inquiries should be trans-disciplinary in nature, crossing all subject areas and synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP. The students share the process and conclusion of their inquiries at a final exhibition, to which the wider school community are invited.
This year the Grade 5 students took their own personal interests and passions as a starting point. As an initial provocation, the Grade 5 teachers reached out to the wider AAS community and asked for volunteers to come and speak to the Grade 5 students about their passions. There were teacher, student and administrator volunteers from all three divisions of the school. These passion presentations helped the Grade 5 students begin to think about their own passions.
Over the following weeks, the students inquired into and reflected on their passions and interests, and thought about if and how those passions and interests shape them and how they connect to the wider world. The students thought about how, through their passion based exhibition, they could share their learning during their time at AAS, in the context of our school mission statement: