Tuesday, 16 January 2018

How We Learn: PYP Information

This page is to help you (and your whānau) get your head/s around how our learning is guided here at Berkley.

Just a heads up from Whaea: there will be words as you read through this page, that may confuse or need more explanation...if you don't understand them right now, it's okay!! You will soon get the hang of things once our year kicks in.
I must also add that I have come to these conclusions and understandings through my own learning about the PYP - so I feel it is important to note that these are from my own perspective.

I have added a few things at the bottom of this post, to try and help you to understand, along with some useful links for parents and whānau to check out, if they would like more information about the PYP.

Ready?? Okay - Let's try to unpack what Units of Inquiry are all about!

Firstly, our school is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school; we follow the PYP - Primary Years Programme. The programme helps me to plan learning experiences for you that are  relevant and meaningful to your world.

Our learning is based around 6 Transdisciplinary Themes. these are:
  • Who We Are (sometimes this will look like WWA)
  • Sharing the Planet (STP)
  • Where We are in Place and Time (WWAIPAT)
  • How We Organise Ourselves (HWOO)
  • How the World Works (HTWW)
  • How We Express Ourselves (HWEE)

From these 6 themes come our 6 Units of Inquiry. Sometimes, you will see this written as 'UOI'. Units of Inquiry are based on one of the themes above - so for example, our first Unit of Inquiry (also written as UOI 1) for 2018 will be guided by the theme Who We Are. 

We explore all six themes in a year, which means - yes! We will have 6 UOIs.

As the year progresses, there will be a page created for each UOI as it is being explored - these pages will be a record of what you have been doing.

So, just to recap - the 6 Transdiciplinary Themes guide our Units of Inquiry.  I suppose, you could describe the Themes as the 'what' (ideas/themes to generate what is going to be covered in a UOI), and the UOIs as the action or 'doing' (the learning experiences based on the themes and ideas).

..Do I still have you?? I hope so! Let's carry on.

Carrying on from the Themes/UOIs, there is the Central Idea (or CI). The Central Idea helps us to direct a focus and understand what the Transdisciplinary theme is all about. (So, yes - it describes the UOI!). 

Another really handy thing to get your heads around are the Lines of Inquiry - these are usually written as LOIs.

When exploring a Unit of Inquiry, instead of trying to tackle the theme in one foul swoop, we break it down by having 3 Lines of Inquiry, which help us to form questions and wonderings about the UOI and CI, and will hopefully help us to understand the UOI better.

There are a few more elements which help us guide our learning further, such as the Key Concepts, Learner Profile Attributes, The PYP Attitudes and the five Transdisciplinary Skills. Each play an important role in how a student can become an effective and life-long inquirer. I will add links at the bottom, if you would like to read more about these elements.

Hopefully, this has given you a little more insight into what the PYP looks like!

Kākite anō!

International Baccalaureate: a non-profit international educational organisation - see link for more info.
Transdisciplinary: Goes across subject areas.

PYP Curriculum
About the IB 
Key Concepts
IB Learner Profile
PYP Video

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