Community Service in Primary School
Action in the PYP
Learners are given a voice, choice and ownership of learning through learning experiences that are tailored to their needs. The learners are encouraged to take the big ideas of their learning (the conceptual understandings) further through action. This may be as simple as sharing through traditional means such as posters and presentations. It may also be as complex as building an app or supporting a local organisation.
Records are kept through learner portfolios and school-based publications. This allows the learner to validate what they have accomplished and serves as a driver for further opportunities. The school elevator is an example of a Primary learner’s action. They saw the need and set about lobbying the Governing Council to have it installed.
The Primary learners also support community-based connections through host culture activities. Some may be as simple as participating in the Arts Week, others include inviting local farmers into school to share their local expertise or supporting a street dogs organisation by raising funds in their break time. All are part of the learning experiences that give support to their growing confidence and the ability to be heard.