What is the PYP Exhibition?
The PYP Exhibition represents a significant, culminating event in the life of a PYP school and the students. The Exhibition unit synthesizes the essential elements of the PYP and requires the students to share their inquiry process and findings with the school community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.
In the final year of the PYP, students explore five units of inquiry in addition to the Exhibition unit. All students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating, and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. The central idea selected by the students must be of sufficient scope and significance to warrant a detailed investigation.
The PYP Exhibition has a number of key purposes:
- Engage students in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
- Provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
- Provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
- Allow students to synthesize and apply their learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP
- Provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
- Demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
- Unite students, teachers, parents, and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
- Celebrate the transition of learners from the PYP to the Middle Years Programme (MYP).
Throughout all IB programmes, emphasis is placed on careful analysis of the learning process, not only the product. The Exhibition provides many opportunities for student leadership and ownership. Students use a variety of methods and technology to collect, to reflect on, and to keep evidence of their ongoing questions and solutions to problems throughout the collaborative inquiry process. Student empowerment is at the center of the Exhibition from the time the students have direct input in selecting a significant world issue, to developing the central idea, and finally to planning for the presentation of the inquiry to the community.