Pupils present findings at IBL Showcases

Well done to our Grade 4-6s for impressing parents and teachers with their confident presentations at their (Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) Showcases at the end of Term 1. They have developed wonderful skills in research and collaboration; to mention a few. We are very proud of them. It is wonderful to see the growth across the phase and the different methods of presentation applied in each grade.

The Grade 4s asked how children can improve the lives of the elderly in our society. In order to do that, they first explored what it means to be “elderly” – learning about the different generations and the human life cycle. Next they examined what “society” entailed – researching settlements and communities. Understanding the elderly meant knowing their wants and needs and also what illnesses or diseases can affect them. It was heartening to see the Grade 4s growing in empathy as they thought of ways to engage with and assist older people they know. They enjoyed comparing the past and present and have a new-found appreciation for their schooling today. Practical tasks like designing a garden for their grandparents and a school for the future stimulated their creative juices. We are very proud of their growth in so many areas this term.

The Grade 5s used their setwork book, ‘The Last Bear’, as a basis for their IBL theme this term. The study of the polar regions, mainly the Arctic Circle, led to Arctic animal research, ice experiments, magnetism and the search for unanswered questions, like “Does the temperature of the Northern Lights affect its colour?” Chilly haikus, amazing Arctic-les, graphs and the study of temperature led to an integrated term full of wonder and delight!

Our Grade 6s engaged in an exciting IBL experience, simulating a survivor journey on different islands, each with a distinct climate, vegetation and animal life. They sharpened their survival skills, crafted shelters, and navigated through unique environments and dangers. Exploring governance, students formed political parties with distinct laws, governance structures, rights and responsibilities. They explored sustainability, investigating alternative energy sources. The students designed futuristic towns, showcasing inventive solutions to real-world problems. Through this journey, students developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills and fostered a deeper understanding of society and environmental responsibility.

Read more about IBL here.