Action is an integral part of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and an opportunity for students to seek the opportunity to make a significant contribution to their local and global communities. It is a core component of agency and offers learners the ability to see that they can not only make a meaningful contribution to the world around them but also be change-makers.
When the International Baccalaureate (IB) shared the enhancements to the PYP, they also shared the following documentation regarding action and the PYP:
Most notably from the enhancements, action is described as 'a dynamic outcome of agency, and an integral part of the learning process that can arise at any time.' Guidance from the publication compels educators to support learners by:
acknowledging and celebrating the various forms of action that occur
guiding students to reflect on their actions and adjust their course of action when necessary
planning for inquiry that supports making informed choices
providing opportunities for skills development that facilitates action.
Further guidance is offered to the learning community to support action by:
helping students connect action with personal experiences
celebrating student action with others
engaging students in dialogue around ‘what is action?’
encouraging students to consider the appropriateness and impact of their actions
supporting students in establishing and maintaining connections to local and wider communities.