Knowing how to research can help children solve problems and become functioning members of their communities. At OWIS, we teach research skills to our learners in our IB PYP Grades 1 to 5, so they have the tools they need to solve problems, think critically and become lifelong learners.
Learning to research is crucial in other ways. For example, children who learn to perform research independently also learn how to distinguish between good and bad data, ask questions that help them reach answers to their inquiries and solve their problems.
Once grown, they can carry their research skills into their years of higher study and employment. All sectors benefit from having professionals who can conduct proper research. Children who know how to conduct research grow into highly employable adults who can serve in a global economy. They're also more capable of succeeding in secondary school, which helps them become more attractive job candidates when looking for their first job.
Students who learn to research at their IB school in Singapore also learn to take notes, develop higher-level thinking and reasoning skills and how to communicate their ideas through writing. In short, students who learn how to conduct their research become better students, more poised to succeed in school.
At OWIS, the IB PYP is implemented in its true form, which means students enjoy both inquiry-led learning and opportunities for student agency. Research finds a role in both of these. For example, suppose a student mentions a festival day they celebrate in their home, and another student finds this detail interesting. The interested student can use this observation as a jumping-off point and will inquire about it further. They can use their research skills to attain more information about the festival day. Students learn to become critical thinkers just by observing new topics that they can apply to their research.
At OWIS, we teach the following essential research skills to our students:
At OWIS, we teach students how to observe the world around them and also make important observations about texts. For instance, in a recent Unit of Inquiry about ancient civilisations, students in Grade 5 researched aspects of the daily lives of citizens in ancient Egypt. Using their iPads, they also explored various aspects about specific groups from society such as pharaohs, farmers and slaves which were then discussed. Finally, they created a hierarchy of society in that era.
Students are taught to become better researchers through constant practice and by exploring diverse topics of interest to them.
The IB PYP culminates in Grade 5 with students preparing projects for the PYP exhibition to develop and showcase their academic skills. The exhibition is a showcase of the research skills students have developed throughout their primary years. See the results of our 2021 IB PYP Exhibition here.
Research skills are transferable into student's everyday life, interests and hobbies. By asking the right questions in class, our teachers help students see the connection between their school activities and activities outside school and show how research skills relate to everyday life.
OWIS teachers are IB-trained and able to create a learning environment that nurtures research and inquiry. Want to learn more about life at OWIS? Join a virtual tour today!