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Learning from our Grade 5 students at the PYP Exhibition

The York School community was thrilled and very proud to watch our Grade 5 students shine during the recent Primary Years Program (PYP) Exhibition! The exhibition is the culminating, collaborative experience in the final year of the IB PYP program. This project gives students an opportunity to lead their own learning by choosing a real-life issue they’re passionate about, conducting in-depth inquiry, collaborating with a mentor and other students, and interviewing an expert on their topic.
During the exhibition, the students showcased and celebrated their learning by presenting their knowledge to the parents, grandparents, siblings and teachers who gathered to learn from them.

This year, the transdisciplinary theme for the exhibition was Sharing the Planet and the central idea was that global citizens have a responsibility to address world issues. Each student selected one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and identified a local or global issue related to that goal.

The students explored a wide range of topics including animal factory farming, toxic waste disposal, the gender pay gap in professional women’s sports, natural disasters and climate change, affordable housing, child labour and fast fashion, the positive impact that outdoor education has on mental health, and access to clean water in remote communities.

In addition to sharing their research findings at informative displays they created – each one included an interactive activity to engage their audience – the students created a piece of art related to their issue and also took an action to publicly support positive social, environmental or political change. The actions included sending letters to politicians, volunteering at a horse rescue, holding a battery drive, and creating an informational video for a doctor’s office to teach children about the benefits of vaccines.

Thank you to all the faculty members, parents and experts who supported and encouraged the students throughout this important learning experience.

Now that summer is here, we know these curious young people will find new ways to learn about their world and explore ways they can help address local and global issues.

About the York School

The York School is a gender-inclusive JK to Grade 12 independent school located in the heart of Toronto. The York School was founded in 1965 and is the first English speaking school in Canada accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) from junior kindergarten (JK) to university entrance. As an IB World School, The York School's motto is Experience Teaches.

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