The PYP Exhibition 2016-2017: Students created artifacts that represent different cultures (Picture 1)
The PYP Exhibition 2016-2017 (Picture 2)
The PYP Exhibition 2015-2016: Students created a big market divided into different sections (Picture 1)

In the final year of the PYP, students participate in a culminating project, the PYP Exhibition. This requires that each student demonstrates engagement with the five essential elements of the programme: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. It is a transdisciplinary inquiry conducted in the spirit of personal and shared responsibility, as well as a summative assessment activity that is a celebration as students move from the PYP into the middle years of schooling.

The PYP exhibition has a number of key purposes including the following:

  • To facilitate students engaging 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 on 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.

Exhibition assessment

As the culminating PYP experience, the exhibition reflects all the major features of the program and it includes regular and carefully planned assessment.
This assessment takes two forms:

  • Ongoing assessment of each individual student’s contribution to and understanding of the exhibition.
  • A summative assessment and reflection on the event itself.