Grade 5 students at Nanjing International School recently showcased their hard work and research skills at the student-led Grade 5 Family History Museum event. As part of their Unit of Inquiry into ‘Where We are in Place and Time’, our students connected ancestral stories to concurrent historical events through research into primary sources and interviews with their families. Grade 5s then shared these fascinating stories of overcoming challenges during tumultuous and momentous times in history, including the space race, adventures at sea, surviving war, immigration, and even finding love in new lands.
Ms. Amanda Baumann, Grade 5 Teacher, praised their work, saying, "The writing and research from our students this year is some of the best I've ever seen!" The event also highlighted our school's IB Primary Years Programme, which focuses on inquiry and helps develop students into researchers and critical thinkers – key skills that are being honed in preparation for the exciting PYPx Exhibition captstone at the end of the year.
Alongside NIS parents and teachers, the event also had special guest visitors from Taiping Museum. The museum officials were impressed by NIS students’ unique approach to thinking and learning during an earlier field trip and were excited to see their work firsthand.
“This was a brilliant showcase of student inquiry,” said Ms. Jacqui Patrick, Primary Principal. “We all have family stories, but to bring them to life with in-depth research and share them with the wider community was a fantastic learning experience for Grade 5.”