As has been the tradition for the past years at IC, our Grade 5/CM2 students celebrated the culmination of their learning journey in the PYP, through the PYP Exhibition. The event took place on Friday, June 1 and lasted the whole day, with parents, students from other classes and people from the school community as visitors to the stands. The students wrote their own central ideas and lines of inquiry under the Transdisciplinary theme “How We Express Ourselves”, jump-starting their research to collect data; the ultimate goal being to take action that will impact their lives and that of others, by finding solutions to real life problems. They interviewed experts, surveyed samples of people and made connection to their own lives. This experience gave them ownership of their own learning, taught them autonomy as well as the skills to work within a group; they gained new knowledge, enhanced their skills and took action, rendering them ready to face middle school next year!
Ras Beirut (with details on particular alignment to the Sustainable Development Goals; text as submitted to the UN Global Compact Network Lebanon)
Students of Grade 5/CM2 at Ras Beirut examined IC’s mission statement “Inspiring learners of today to be global citizen leaders of tomorrow” and connected it to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by countries of the world in 2015.
Students worked with their teachers to identify the goal(s) that interest them the most and they were grouped together based on common interests. Some of the groups that evolved out of this activity are:
Clean water and sanitation, reducing inequalities, poverty and hunger, gender equality, good health and well-being, climate action, life below water, life on land, and quality education.
Students engaged in rigorous inquiry and were supported by different members in the community. The UN Global Compact Network Lebanon put our students in contact with several institutions that champion specific SDGs. We were happy to receive representatives from BEMO bank, BLF, and BLOM who supported our learners to understand how leading businesses in Lebanon are showing commitment to these SDGs.
(Added note: IC's Grade 5/CM2 students, in a similar way to that of Ain Aar, celebrated their Exhibition with their peers, parents, teacher and administrators over two days, on May 17 & 18. A musical show was performed and the students presented their research and findings in the Gymnasium).