PYP Curriculum Coordinator: Primary Years Message

Huge congratulations to everyone for last month’s THINK PINK campaign. It is so wonderful to see our community coming together in support of a worthy cause.

We have pledged to raise awareness for Think Pink over the past 4 years and each year it has developed and grown.

I would also like to mention the wonderful entrepreneurial work of Zahra  (Grade 6) and Hassan Ali (Grade 3). Who spent many hours creating and developing their products to sell during the Think Pink Vendors fair. The commitment, passion, and action they showed in support of Think Pink is very commendable.

Semester 1 Parent-teacher conferences

Thank you to all of the parents who came to participate in the Parent-teacher conferences. This is a valuable time for you to make contact with your child’s teachers and to discuss your child as a learner.

The conferences allow for teachers, to learn more about the students we teach. Nobody knows our students better than their families. Parent insights into their child’s strengths and needs, learning styles, and non-school learning opportunities all help to build a bigger picture of the child.

The Harvard Family Research Project which is a branch of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, identify that “we all need praise and constructive criticism to grow. All parents are proud of their children and should hear about their strengths as well as their challenges from their child’s teacher. This values the unique strengths of the child and establishes high expectations for their ability to succeed in school and in life.” (www.hfrp.org)

Over the past quarter, teachers and students have been working toward this checkpoint in the learning process. The conferences were designed in collaboration with students. In a PYP school, it is very important that students have the opportunity to reflect and communicate on their learning and be honest with their progress development, strengths, challenges and next steps. Thinking about learning is crucial for future development and progress. This helps to give direction for the future and to help define everyone’s role in the learning process.

American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer John Dewey stated “We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.” One of the IB Learner Profiles is to be reflective and to give thoughtful consideration to our own learning and experience. We are then able to assess and understand our strengths and limitations in order to support our learning and personal development.

From this reflection on attaining this new knowledge, we encourage students to go further to think about their place in the world, what is happening and what they can do to contribute to it.


Olivia Burke
, PYP Curriculum Coordinator
o.burke@gwa.edu.sg

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