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A Parent’s Guide to the PYP Year 6 Exhibition

On March 1, 2012 students, parents, teachers from NIST met for a workshop to initiate the Year 6 PYP Exhibition. This interactive evening enabled all participants to find out more about the Exhibition and to have a ‘taste’ of the kinds of activities and issues students will inquire into during the Exhibition unit.

Below you will find further information about the Exhibition. We hope that you find this useful.

Kind regards

The Year 6 Team

What is the Exhibition?

“The 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 have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.

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. The central idea selected must be of sufficient scope and significance to warrant a detailed investigation by all students.”

Source: ‘PYP Exhibition Guidelines’, IBO July 2009


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 of 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

What is the Exhibition about?

This year the unit is under the Transdisciplinary Theme: Where we are in place and time

Subject Area: Social Studies

Strand: Continuity and change through time

The study of the relationships between people and events through time; its influences on the present and its implications for the future.

The students will be guided by the central idea: Ideas and actions can cause a shift in thinking and change the course of history

Big Idea: Revolution



The Process (in brief)


  • select an issue that is meaningful to them as well as connected to their immediate life experiences.
  • engage in team building activities and develop essential agreements on how to work together.
  • form questions that help them gain a deeper understanding of the issue and view it from multiple perspectives.
  • research the issue, using primary and secondary sources.
  • consider the probable and preferable future of their issue
  • consider ways of taking action.
  • choose a means of formally sharing their learning with the wider community.
  • formally reflect on the entire process.

The students will be using this tool to help them look at our big idea ‘Revolution’. Students and parents experimented with this tool at the Exhibition Initiation Evening.



This year the students will be Tweeting about their inquiries – this could include anything from their learning, their questions, their thoughts, their plans……almost anything.

If you wish to follow the goings on in the NIST Year 6 Exhibition, you can search for the hashtag #nistexhibition on Twitter.

6SS https://twitter.com/#!/nist6ss


6CB https://twitter.com/#!/nistfalcon


6JB https://twitter.com/#!/6jbnist


6GD https://twitter.com/#!/nist6gd


6JK https://twitter.com/#!/nist6jk


At the Exhibition Initiation Evening we tweeted about issues being discussed on tables. Here is the Wordle that is made from these tweets. Wordles show the most common words in the bigger font sizes.

Exhibition Wordle


What does the Exhibition unit look like?

  • The written part will consist of the students’ research as well as individual Exhibition Journals (these may be on the blogs). The Exhibition Journal is the on-going record of the thinking and work each student does leading up to the actual Exhibition. The journal reflects the process and progress that is being made as a team, as well as an individual.
  • The expressive part of the Exhibition could include drama, dance, music, art, video, demonstrations, oral and IT presentations, etc as the students share their new understandings with the NIST community.
  • All assessment of the Exhibition will be done within the school. The class teacher will be involved in the monitoring of progress throughout the Exhibition process and the students will be involved in self-assessment.
  • Evaluation and reflections will be carried out through the use of observations and rubrics.



We would like to invite all parents to our class Checkpoints. These are weekly classroom visits where parents will be invited in to see what the students have been doing in their inquiries.

Parents will be able to find out individual classroom times via Email and Blogs.

If you are able, please come and support the child’s learning. If you can’t make it in, make a time each week to talk to your child about their Exhibition progress.

Your role as a parent: 

  • Play a supporting role – the key word is support, be an encourager
  • Recognising the exhibition as a whole process and not as a product
  • If possible, attending the class Checkpoint sessions
  • Respecting your child’s process – it is their work and it should be done by them
  • Asking questions about what your child is doing and what they think about what they’re learning
  • Listen to what your child tells you about his/her progress
  • Providing practical assistance when possible – connecting them with people who are knowledgeable about their issue, helping them get to visits/interviews, etc
  • Attending the celebration on May 9th, 2012 and celebrating the completion of the incredible independent inquiry that your child has been involved in.
  • Not critically comparing your child’s Exhibition to that of another – All the Exhibition Journeys will be completely different
  • Not pressuring your child – just let it happen! The teachers will be guiding the students and making sure that everyone achieves.

Important Dates

  • Friday May 4 – Final Day for putting presentations together etc.
  • Tuesday May 8 – Year 7s visit and reflections, any last minute alterations
  • Wednesday May 9 (morning) – Parent Welcome Ceremony in the NIST Theatre and Staging for Parents, Year 5 visits
  • Thursday May 10 – Staging for all classes and the school community

More detail will become available in due course via email and the blogs.

Videos from the Exhibition Initiation Evening

At our Exhibition Initiation evening, we watched several videos – here they are:

How can you help your child with the Exhibition?

Spark – what was the SPARK that brought about the Nude Food Campaign?

Energy – how the teachers modelled ENERGY through the Nude Food Campaign?

Shift – what were some of the shifts in thinking that cam about because of the Nude Food Campaign?

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