Making the PYP Happen and our Program of Inquiry

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The program of inquiry (POI) for a PYP school is the centre of learning, teaching, and planning. As a new teacher, in a young school, with a new Head of Primary there are many opportunities this year to be creative, innovative, and courageous! One way of bottling that freedom is with a whole school POI board. Read More

Student Created Content: Book Creator

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This is part Mum bragging and part teacher excitement! “The Lightbulb” is a research project that my son Joshua made with Book Creator! Joshua is 10 and growing up fast so having a piece of his work including voice narration is just so special. As a teacher I am equally excited about giving the parents of our students the same joy… but more about that later… Read More

PYP Essential Elements Posters FREE DOWNLOAD!

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I am moving back to the PYP! For the past year I have been getting to know the MYP, with their wonderful fruit salad of subject based criteria/objectives, ATLs, and Command Terms, but are now returning to the fruit smoothie of PYP transdisciplinary learning (thanks Wayne for the cracking analogy). I now have a combined position as 4/5 Classroom Teacher and Digital Learning Specialist. Read More

IB Learner Profile Posters

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If there is one thing that I can’t stand is pre-made classroom posters that mean little to nothing to the students. This means that at the beginning of the year there is basically nothing on my walls… and if I don’t “get myself into gear,” as my Dad would say, when we reach December there won’t be much there still! Read More

Inquiry Unit: Ancient Rome

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Last week I blogged about how my Year 6 class is working on a unit of Ancient Rome and the collaborative Keynote we created. It was such a success I think it may be pattern for our future collaborative work. Along side this for their personal project the students are to research some aspect of Ancient Rome Read More