The exams at H-IS are different – they are not just written tasks but an unforgettable adventure.
A classroom – usually the largest in the school – filled with desks, boys and girls around 10 years old, focused on completing their assignment while a teacher oversees the group. This is how exams used to be, starting from the end of elementary school onwards.
What would the same classroom look like if the exam was actually a group project that was developed over the course of a month?
Explanatory posters, experimentation tables, all sorts of documents and, obviously, the creators of the project themselves, the boys and girls in Year 5, who are proud to show off their work and their research. These are the ingredients of the Exhibition: the final project of PYP5.
This is not only a group project but a truly multidisciplinary and interactive exam, in which learning means discovering, according to the IB principles and goals, that combine the learning of concepts with the development of skills and outlooks, useful when facing future challenges.
Open Minded, Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators and Risk-Takers, these are just some of the characteristics of the Learner Profile, the reference model for IB students.
Using an approach that combines knowledge, analysis and discovery, IB teachers urge their students to be an active part of their growth by learning not only concepts and formulas, but also how to ask the right questions, to not be afraid to make mistakes and how to communicate their personal experiences and discoveries. Active and curious explorers, who are able to work in teams and are respectful of their fellow travelers.
For an entire month the H-IS PYP5 students manage the organisation, the breaking up into teams, identification of research topics and the responsibility for the final result. Their teachers are there, of course, but they act solely as mentors and counselors. This project represents for the students an incredible opportunity to get involved and show off their potential.
For those interested in learning more, there’s a surprise in store: the students of PYP5 have created a weekly newsletter, where they included updates on their project and indications on how to ask questions or give feedback on the project.