14 August 2017

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Parent Engagement Workshop (PEW): Inquiry/Units of inquiry

Ten enthusiastic parent inquirers participated in our most recent PEW on Tuesday 4 June. Our attendance was down, most likely due to the long weekend, and we were missing one presenter due to "Volcanoitis", however that did not dampen spirits or impede our constructivist approach.

Collaboratively we explored the what and why of inquiry, with the bulk of our time spent on delving into the process of inquiry (How best will we learn?). We did this by working through the planning stages that staff use when planning units of inquiry (UOIs) and looking at examples from classes across the school.

Participants reviewed the six transdisciplinary themes that frame all units of inquiry, the JS programme of inquiry, central ideas, backwards by design planning, assessments (pre, formative and summative), provocations, as well as learning engagements that facilitate inquiry, a copy of which can be found on the Junior School wiki.

If you have any questions in regards to inquiry pedagogy, or the PYP, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Kathy Derrick

Deputy Head of Junior School - Curriculum