How PYP 6 students learn at Sias IS

 

PYP 6 students at Sias International School are provided with the scope to explore global issues and develop as international-minded individuals. They engage in real-world issues through the lens of PYP Transdisciplinary themes which are integrated with different subject groups and perspectives. Through learning experiences applying students develop social, mental, and spiritual well-being to understand the world's interconnectedness and its interaction with the natural and built environment.  

In PYP 6, students participate learning engagements through planned Units of Inquiry exploring human commonalities and diversity through six PYP Transdisciplinary themes to make learning meaningful. They understand real-world issues through concepts like Change, Form, Connection, Function, Causation, Perspective, Responsibilities that help develop their conceptual understanding. Learners apply Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills like Communication skills, Research skills, Self-Management Skills, Social Skills, and Thinking Skills in class practices for an enduring understanding of the proposed Lines of Inquiry and develop a deeper connection with common events, issues, and situations.  

Students develop research skills by curating pieces of information from varied sources enhancing their information literacy skills. They gather facts and data through paraphrased notes using strategies like Cornel note-taking, summaries, sketch notes, Concept-mapping, and diagrams. They engage in Project-Zero thinking routines like See-Think-Wonder, What-If questions, Sorting and listing specific examples and non-examples of ideas concepts, and facts to enhance their cognitive capacity.   

They collaborate through group work/projects to negotiate and exchange ideas and perspectives to work towards a common goal developing their social and emotional intelligence. Communication skills development happens through various activities like class discussions, reading, Socratic seminars, presentations, writing paraphrased notes, and writing paragraphs and short- stories.   

Students use the learning outcomes to connect with global issues and aim to create awareness among the community. Learning outcomes activities provide scope for students to engage in service-learning and take responsibility for the shared guardianship of the planet.  

Arif Minhal

Grade 6 Homeroom Teacher