Primary Years Programme – Exhibition

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile that they have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP. The Exhibition takes place each year with Year 5 students (usually taking place in Terms 3).

Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.

Prior to students engaging in research, we support them in revising and refining their understanding of the five essential elements of the PYP (Concepts, Attitudes, Skills, Knowledge and Action) and of the Learner Profile. The Year 5 Exhibition is built on a foundation of academic rigour and conceptual, enduring understandings. 

The PYP exhibition has a number of key purposes:
• for students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
• to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
• to provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
• for students to synthesize and apply their learning from previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP
• to provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
• to demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
• to unite the students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
• to celebrate the transition of learners from primary to middle/ secondary education

Essential Features of Exhibition
As the culminating PYP experience, it is required that the exhibition reflects all the major features of the programme. Therefore, it must:
• provide an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP
• incorporate all the key concepts; an understanding of the key concepts should be demonstrated by the application of key questions throughout the inquiry process
• synthesize aspects of all six transdisciplinary themes
• require students to use skills from all five sets of transdisciplinary skills; students should be given the opportunity to develop and apply skills from all the transdisciplinary skill areas in their exhibition inquiry
• offer the students the opportunity to explore knowledge that is significant and relevant
• offer opportunities for students to display attitudes that relate to people, the environment and their learning; these attitudes should be evident throughout the process
• provide opportunities for students to engage in action; students should demonstrate an ability to reflect on and apply their learning to choose appropriate courses of action and carry them out. These actions may take the form of personal involvement with the planning and implementation of the exhibition and/or service-orientated actions. Results may not always be clearly or immediately visible or measurable but evidence should be recorded whenever a particular behaviour results from the learning involved
• represent a process where students are engaged in a collaborative and student-led, in-depth inquiry facilitated by teachers; records should be kept that reflect the process of planning and student engagement with the exhibition