Through what ‘lens’ will you inquire into your ‘passion?’

PYP Key Concepts
The driving force of the PYP curriculum is a set of powerful concepts which have great significance and transcend subject-specific barriers. These concepts provide a structure for the exploration of the important concepts and ideas we teach our students. Using these concepts as a starting point for exploration, students acquire and practice essential skills and reach deep understandings of the subject matter.The key concepts are phrased in the form of eight broad, open-ended questions that build a framework in student’s minds for critical thinking. The Key Concepts are:

Exhibition – what is your child’s ‘passion?’

While reading about kids and their ‘passion,’ one tip I have taken to heart is to ask parents directly about what they have observed as their child’s passion. Or ‘passions.’

Since you are the adults who are closest to your child, it is really helpful for all of us to get your input.

Some children find the question of what “passion” means very difficult to understand, and so this input will be invaluable for your child and for us.

It may not always be the obvious hobby or activity that really stirs your child. And maybe that’s exactly what we need to hear about, talk about, discuss etc in the weeks ahead.

I’m looking forward very much to seeing where this all goes – and where we end up

Julian Weekes

PovertyCure on Microfinance

A video (recommended by Kiva) from PovertyCure discussing the importance of ‘doing’ microfinance right. Because if it’s not done right, loans can easily lead to more problems, more debt and more impoverishment

5W students – could you please leave a comment explaining:

1. what you think poverty is


2. do you think it is ‘fair’ that some people earn hundreds (sometimes thousands) of times more money than others

Thank you
Mr. Weekes

Sharing a birthday – maths probability

Hello everyone

Has your child been asking you how many  people in your office/team/floor/organisation there are? And if so, what do you think the ‘probability’ of any 2 of them (or more) sharing a birthday is? Well that’s because we’ve been working out this famous problem here at YIS.

Of all the classes in Elementary at YIS, only 1 class (Mrs. Saito’s class 1S) – this was the ‘experimental’ result.

However, we worked out in that a class of 16 children like ours (according to Professor Haruna) – there is a 0.32 (32%) chance of any 2 children sharing the same birthday. So we would have expected about a third of classes to have children sharing a birthday!

Read this page on the web for a full explanation – or better still – ask your child.

Have a great weekend

Mr. W and the 5W Team