The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is such a robust framework for teaching and learning it is helpful to take a step back every so often and remind ourselves of the basics. Now that we are on our third year as a candidate IB school, how...

Ms Eaton's 1st grade 

We checked on our garlic plants and planted onions and lettuce. We added compost to freshen up our garden bed! It was the PERFECT day for garden!!! 

Play in a PYP classroom involves choice, promotes agency (having the power to act) and provides opportunities to inquire into important concepts and personal interests.

This school year, Mrs. Halvorson's students will explore the the central ideas of 'We have friends at...

St. Luke school - kindergarten

As we have discussed at Curriculum Night and in classroom presentations, our philosophy on assessment is changing as we continue down the journey towards IB authorization. We are beginning to assess beyond the level of KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITIO...

Last week, I had the pleasure to witness eight student representatives, from
both the Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme, share with a St. Luke parishioner one of their culminating projects from the IB Units of Study. The room in which they presented wa...

"When We Learn, We Grow!"

Some really impressive questions came from the preschool students this week during their garden time!  They are studying a unit on how "We cooperate to share resources."  Student's had a rich discussion on how plants grow.  Take a peek at the i...

First graders are inquiring into the central idea that 'how families live around the world is shaped by their environment'.

The students began with an 'I see, I think, I wonder' where they were shown images of families around the world, what food they eat, homes they...

The 5th grade team has begun their winter PYP (Primary Years Programme) unit where they are studying the central idea (main concept) that different perspectives can cause conflict.

The students began this unit by doing a chalk talk (a silent activity that provides all s...

Inquiry is a critical component of the PYP (Primary Years Programme) and the teachers at Saint Luke School are changing their pedagogy to support inquiry based learning during, but also outside, the planned PYP units. 

The students in Mrs. Sheehan and Mrs. Smiths'...

If you didn't have a chance to stop into the Heritage Day being celebrated in grades 3 and 4 before Christmas break, the pictures are here to help share this great project. 

Students were studying the global concept, called a 'Central Idea' in the PYP (Primary Years Pro...

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