IB Primary Years Programme Update

February 2019 - What's Happening in the PYP at Wade King?

Kindergarten - How the World Works

Central Idea: Scientists observe the world around them

This is an inquiry into framing questions, methods of data collection, and methods of data collection.

First Grade - How the World Works

Central Idea: Matter with which we interact exists in three fundamental states: liquids, solids, and gases

This is an inquiry into the properties and behaviors of solids, liquids, and gases, as well as observing, describing, and recording observations.

Second Grade - How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Traditional tales are used to teach lessons.

This is an inquiry into the features and themes of traditional tales, understanding lessons, and the methods of problem-solving in traditional tales.

Third Grade - Where We Are In Place and Time

Central Idea: Indigenous cultures change over time.

This is an inquiry into the relationship between indigenous people and their environment, effects of change over time of indigenous people, and similarities between various indigenous cultures around the world. Third graders began this unit by unpacking their understanding about indigenous cultures around the world during several provocation activities and class discussions. As the unit has progressed, the third graders have learned more about the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, and how these cultures have changed over time. Next week, they will be going on a field trip to the Lightcatcher Museum to engage in deeper learning about the Coast Salish people.

Fourth Grade - How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: People use poetry to express their ideas, emotions, and beliefs

This is an inquiry into the forms of poetry, the purpose and value of poetry, as well as aspects of poets' craft.

Fifth Grade - How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Ideas, feelings, beliefs, and values are expressed when people align themselves with issues, movements and causes.

Our fifth graders have begun their Exhibition unit of inquiry! The Exhibition is an in-depth research action project, during which students work in small, collaborative groups to utilize the inquiry process and research a topic they are passionate about. Student also decide how they can take action based on their learning. When their inquiry is complete, 5th grade students will share their learning with Wade King students and families by presenting in classrooms and at their Exhibition Night. This year Exhibition Night at Wade King will be on Wednesday, March 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm. All Wade King parents and community members are invited to attend!

Mandarin Minute

This month we celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year with a school-wide assembly.

Our Wade King Program Of Inquiry

As part of our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, each grade level engages in several units of inquiry during the school year. You can see our entire Program of Inquiry on our Wade King web site. It is also displayed in our entry way and in our school library.
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