28 Apr 2017

Grade 5 Stamford American students, shaping their future


At Stamford American, we measure student success in many ways, but the Grade 5 EXHIBITION speaks volumes of the growth and development of our Elementary students during the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), which spans Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 (Age 3 to 11 years). And we couldn’t be more proud.

EXHIBITION spans 8½ weeks and is the celebration of learning for our PYP elementary students, allowing them to delve into an inquiry they’re passionate about. This year’s EXHIBITION was aligned to the transdisciplinary theme “We can shape our future by understanding our past” where Grade 5 students were challenged to take responsibility for organizing, conducting and presenting their ideas including uses of design thinking and technology.

What they came up with, was astounding and filled the Stamford community with such pride, as feats of courage, and actions of significance were uncovered, way beyond their tender years.

The whole Stamford Community gets behind EXHIBITION with 88 passionate mentors who join the Grade 5 teaching team, to help guide and support the students throughout the process from tuning in, research, conclusions and finally taking positive action. The students tap into the PYP experience they have gained over the years, which has cultivated strong characteristics of risk taking, communicating, problem solving, and peer caring.

Some lofty topics were covered by the 2017 cohort of 245 students including; Global warming, Animal abuse; Racism, Third Culture Kids; Technology Effects on The Brain; and NASA.. plus, many others.

EXHIBITION was launched with an emotional bilingual presentation given in English, Mandarin and Spanish, in front of a packed audience of 500 parents, who were in awe of the courage and growth shown.  Two beautiful songs including “Will You Teach Me” by Victor Johnson and “Read All About It” by Emeli Sande were highlights; plus, some heartening speeches from EAL students new to the English language after only a few months. 

As Stamford now readies these Grade 5’s for the move to Middle School, they have truly shown that they are prepared for the rigor of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).  There is no doubt they will tackle the commencement of secondary school with IB Learner attributes, which will set them up for success.

Congratulations Grade 5!

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