The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) supports the views that students learn best when the learning is authentic, transdisciplinary, and relevant to the real world; where the learning is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subject areas but is supported and enriched by them, (Making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education (2009).
Assessing students’ prior knowledge and experience as well as monitoring their progress during teaching, enables teachers to plan and refine their teaching accordingly. Upon summation of a unit, teachers conduct summative assessments. Effective assessments, either summative or formative allow students to share their learning and understanding with others, demonstrate a range of knowledge, conceptual understanding, and skills.
The assessments should be reflective and allow for students to analyse their learning, understand what needs to be improved and master the skills required to do so.
In the PYP, such assessments aim to give teachers, students and parents clear, evidence-based insight into student understanding of the essential elements of the unit of inquiry.
Presently, teachers are in the process of completing the report writing 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 their strengths and challenges in order to support their 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.
These end of academic year reports will identify the many areas of progress and growth for individual children. They will also outline next steps for future development.
As a family, it will be important for you to sit and discuss the attainment and areas for improvement. This will assist with maintaining progress and set them up for a successful beginning to the beginning of the next quarter.
Olivia Burke, PYP Curriculum Coordinator