The PYP Exhibition is a Unit of Inquiry that is designed and directed by our Grade 5 students. It’s more than just an exhibition – PYPx is a major milestone of the NIS Primary School learning journey and the culmination of the IB Primary Years Programme. It’s a showcase of student-led inquiry.
“Throughout the process, they have to make choices about the issues and their interests, and how they connect with the issues,” said Mr. Gareth Jacobson, NIS Deputy Primary Principal. “They develop their own research questions and then they go about researching, and then make decisions about how they want to share and show that research.”
IB schools around the world each have the flexibility to approach the exhibition in a slightly different way, allowing them to infuse their unique mission and values into the conclusion of the PYP. At NIS, the PYP Exhibition aligns with and truly embodies student voice and student choice, an essential component of our school strategy. The exhibition also requires students to pursue personal excellence while developing and displaying resilience as they tackle their projects independently and collaborate in groups. Within this framework, our students choose the topic they wish to inquire into and how they are going to present their learning at the exhibition.
This year’s central theme, “local and global issues often require innovative solutions” gave rise to a wide variety of exhibits from gamification to clean energy, to stray cats and dogs. Each aimed to fulfill chosen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The PYP Exhibition learning experience and the application it requires represents a true point of transition for our students: the process of developing, managing, and presenting their project gives students an idea of the next step in their education journey and what learning in our Secondary School’s IB Middle Years Programme is like.