30th Annual Day Celebrated at Akal Academy Baru SahibNovember 1, 2018
ECO FRIENDLY AWARDNovember 9, 2018
Grade V students of Akal Academy, Baru Sahib IB Authorized World School organized the PYP Exhibition for the wider community on 27 October 2018.
The Exhibition was the culminating project by the students in their final year of the PYP. Students were engaged with the five essential elements of the program for over three months and the summative event was the Exhibition. The students carried out an extensive, collaborative, inquiry process which were displayed in a variety of forms.The trans disciplinary theme selected for the exhibition this year was "How the world works"
There were four interest groups created as per the four different sections of Grade V - Power Defenders, Nature Guardians, Technocrats and the Organic Zealots.
Each group formulated their own central ideas and lines of inquiry for their inquiry and research.
Guests,large number of parents and all the students of Akal Academy visited the exhibition and appreciated the fantastic effort by the PYP students.
Students of Grade Five at Akal Academy Baru Sahib carried out an extensive, collaborative inquiry process, known as the Exhibition, under the theme “How the world works”. Students were given flexibility in their choice of real-life issues or problems to be explored. Students were involved in amalgamating the essential elements of the PYP. It was an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB Learner Profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the programme. The central ideas that the students formulated has a broad conceptual understanding of the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
Section-wise interest groups
Station 1: Power Defenders
Station 2: Nature Guardians
Station 3: Techno-crats
Station 4: Organic Zealots
V-C: Power defenders
Central idea: Energy is changed from one form to another to meet human needs.
An inquiry into:
- Forms of energy
- Transformation of energy
- Conservation of energy
Models based on transformation and conservation of Energy:
- Unpacking of the theme: This shows the process of finalizing central idea and lines of inquiry.
- Rocket writing or quick writes: This contains student’s prior knowledge which they chose to express their views on Energy.
- 3. Forms of energy: It depicts the various forms in which energy exists including its source along with visual representations.
- Ancient to modern: This shows the evolution of energy in the past and its transformation to modern nuclear power.
- Comic strips: This visual display shows that how energy changes from one form to another and helps in meeting the needs of the people.
- Energy saving posters: it depicts the various ways by which we can preserve and conserve energy and minimize its wastage.
- Conserve, Combat and Cooperate: A plan depicting the various strategies by which we can conserve energy at various work places in their campus.
- Energy from the lap of nature: It talks about the various energy sources that we get from nature like biomass, bio-fuel etc.
- Nascent poets: It includes the creation of self composed poems of our budding poets by choosing language of their own conveying the message of conserve and preserve energy.
- Intersecting lines- This includes the student’s understanding about geometrical concepts -ray, beam and lines etc.
Tech savvy group:
- Akal Solar Village
- Light house
- Wind mill
- Solar oven
- Solar energy panel
- Musical instruments
V-B: Nature Guardians
Central idea: Human activities impact natural cycles.
An inquiry into
- Scratch game based on transformation of energy.
- Student’s generated video on Online survey
- Power point presentation based on transformation and conservation of energy.
- Natural cycles
- Impact of human activities on natural cycles
- Our responsibility towards nature
- Introduction: This includes the details about the trans-disciplinary theme, central idea and lines of inquiry.
- Pre assessment: It shows the prior knowledge of the students with the help of Traffic lights or a 10 minutes write up
- Life cycles: This includes the illustrative charts on the life cycles of butterfly, frog, snake, flowering plants and humans.
- Natural cycles: This includes the illustrative charts on the natural cycles -Oxygen, Carbon, Nitrogen, seasons and water cycle.
- Sun is the ultimate source of energy: It shows the interconnectedness of all the cycles –life as well as natural cycles.
- Case study –Kerala flood: It highlights the human activities which lead to the flood in Kerala in 2018.It includes the pictures and articles with small description of the role of the different agencies/ communities to serve the humanity at this disquieting time.
- Human interruptions collage: It depicts the various human activities (both positive and negative) which interrupts the cycles and disturbs the balance in the nature.
- Carbon footprint: This display includes the meaning of carbon footprints, causes and ways to reduce our carbon footprints and contribute in conserving nature.
- Pamphlets /Posters on ways to maintain cycles: It includes the pamphlets and posters created by the students highlighting the ways to maintain the balance in nature.
Tech savvy group:
- 3- D Model depicting Life cycle of frog
- Working model on water cycle
- Seasons cycle
- 3-D model on Global warming
- PPT on different cycles ,human interference and ways to maintain cycles
- Stop motion video on life cycle of butterfly
Technology impacts our lives in a variety of ways.
An inquiry into
- Technology around the world
- Changes in technology over time
- Responsible use of technology
- Theme Board: This includes trans-disciplinary theme, Central Idea, Lines of Inquiry and Key concepts.
- man: This shows the process how students initiated the inquiry through provocation and pre-assessment strategies.
- Let’s be tech detectives: Student’s research work on diverse forms of technology (Medical, manufacture, Robot etc. including description, uses of each)
- Inventors and Inventions: This includes information about the famous inventors and their inventions of different technological tools like mobile, Television computers, video games.
- Time line : It depicts the changes in technology over time
- Responsible skaters : Posters showing the responsible use of technology
- One Fine day: Student’s composed imaginative story about a kid who received a mysterious gift.
Tech savvy group:
- A Robot
- 3 D Models of technology
- Poster Gallery Walk
V-A: Organic Zealots
- Video showing advantages and disadvantages of technology
- Story on evolution of technology.
- Power point presentation on how technology impacts our life in a variety of ways
Farming can be improved and sustained using eco-friendly technologies.
An inquiry into
- Technological advancements in agriculture
- Impact of unsustainable farming on people and environment
- Eco-friendly farming
- Brainstorming session: It contains the process to finalize Central idea.
- Videos/ Fish Bowl/ Snow ball: It contains the information about products, tools and methods people used for farming and how were these practices and tools changed over time.
- Graffiti Wall/ Stick Notes- A visual presentation that includes the innovations and growth in the field of agriculture. (Courtesy: Old magazines, newspapers, internet, books were used to collect information).
- Mail Box: A creative way to investigate and sort new learning based on agricultural technological advancements.
- Poster gallery Walk: Poster depicts the impact of unsustainable agricultural practices on people, health and environment. Posters also show the ways to conserve natural environment using eco- friendly farming.
- Sustainable Vs unsustainable agricultural practices: This includes the local/ national/ international impact of present farming practices on environment. Information is presented using a map, pictures and a bar graph.
- Let’s watch plant breathing: This shows the process of photosynthesis and ways to uplift plants. Also shows a unique way to produce/ conserve water.
Tech savvy group:
- Organic garden/Green House: Different food crops are grown here using environmental friendly ways.
- Organic Compost: At the simplest level, students created a heap of wet organic matter (also called green waste), such as leaves, grass, and food scraps, and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of months.
- Skyscraper farming (vertical farming): Vertical farming is the practice of producing food and medicine in vertically stacked layers. The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled.
- Future farmer: Future farmer practices eco-friendly and innovative ideas/ technology in his farms.
- Soil Profile (Experiments-L’il Scientists): To demonstrate composition of soil and erosion severity by altering the depth of the horizon; display various types for soils found in different locations.
5 Essential elements
- Power point presentation that shows the exhibition process and student’s reflection.
- Mini Newspaper: A student’s generated newspaper named ‘Green Farm’ that includes stories, articles, puzzles, innovations, comic strips, quizzes, local/ national/ international news about eco-friendly ways, brain gym and advertisements.
- Learner profile- The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. The board includes the reflections of students depicting the learner profile imbibed by them in language of their own choice
- Attitudes- The IB-PYP Attitudes are a vital focus in the development of positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning. The display board includes students’ reflection on the attitudes exhibited by them during learning experiences and assessments in language of their own choice
- Skills- Also called the Approaches to learning which the students should master in order to transcend them and support all of a learner’s lives within and beyond the classroom. It contains the skills with their sub skills and student’s reflection.
- Key concepts- There are 8 key concepts, during exhibition all the concepts are used for inquiry. An essential part of the planner which helps students and teachers to plan their inquiry. Moreover with the help of these concepts students go for in depth inquiry.
- Action -The PYP action cycle occurs when meaningful action from students takes place as a result of the learning process and as an exhibition of attitudes.