QAIS - IB Primary Years Programme Blog

May
20

A journey of questions and findings

  The process of the PYP exhibition is like the agricultural pathways of farming: it starts by preparing the soil; collaborating to establish a strategy through which new understandings will be created; and making initial decisions about the experiences one is about to undergo. After preparing the soil, students sow the seeds: they start wondering what they […]

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May
16

MYP Personal Project – PYP Exhibition Skype Collaboration

PYP 5/6 students whose exhibition project is related to understanding the universe, the benefits and costs of space exploration, and how technology has contributed to space exploration had a Skype conference with an MYP student in Darwin, Australia. Aaron, an MYP 5 student shared his Personal Project experience which had to do with launching a […]

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May
06

Life Beyond the POI

Naomi Shihab Nye said she became a poet partly because of poetry’s great mystery, and partly because of a second-grade teacher she had who believed poetry was at the center of the universe. Today, at QAIS, it certainly was. PYP2 led an assembly in which they shared some of the outcomes of the unit they […]

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May
04

Early Years goes to the MYP / DP Science Lab

Students in the Peony Cottage experienced an afternoon in the Science Lab! Peony Teacher Mrs. Jackie Oussoren worked with MYP/DP Science Teacher Mrs. Canan Çermen to introduce solids, liquids, and gases to the rapt 4- and 5-year olds. These budding scientists shared their questions and insights, and connected the demonstration with materials and processes that […]

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May
03

Collaborative home-building challenge

Collaborative home-building challenge with fifty wooden prisms in the Peony Cottage As part of our unit of inquiry into homes around the world, we focused one afternoon this week on the following team challenge… In teams of two or three, students were given 50 wooden prisms and invited to design different styles of homes. We spoke about the different features of the homes that […]

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Apr
21

Literacy Week 2016 (Day 4)

On day 4 of the Literacy Week 2016, QAIS learners had the chance to experience the library with their parents. This was an opportunity for students to share information about some of the sessions that have been held throughout the week. Since there was a mini book fair, students were able to tell their parents […]

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Apr
20

Literacy Week 2016 (Day 3)

On day 3 of our 2016 Literacy week, one of the most defining elements of QAIS identity took over the building: our international spirit. Likewise, QAIS appreciation for mother tongues was in the air: students and teachers had the opportunity to listen to the sounds of some of the many QAIS families’ native languages: Chinese, Japanese, […]

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Apr
19

Literacy Week 2016 (Day 2)

Day 2 of our 2016 Literacy week started with a couple of Skype conference with authors. PYP 3 & 4 skipped with Mexican author Cecilia Magaña, who shared part of the new book she is writing: a fairy tale about a girl in a circus. PYP 3 students had the chance to share their experiences […]

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Apr
18

Literacy Week 2016 (Day 1)

    Ms Vanessa started the literacy week in PYP 1 showing her gift as a story teller; and then students engaged in a discussion of the video ‘the girl who hated to read’, out introduction for the PYP Literacy week. In the main time, PYP 5 and 6 held a Skype conference with Mexican author […]

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Apr
16

Grade 4 Student-led conference

We had a successful day of student-led conference where our students discussed and reflected upon samples of work that they have previously chosen with their parents. During the student-led conference, students also identified strengths, challenges and goals for the future. We hope that through the student-led conference, parents gained a deeper insight into the learning […]

By Kirsten Loza | Grade 4
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