This year in Grade 5 & 6 our D-Prep students learned about the transmissions of diseases with a deeper investigation into the spread of the global pandemic COVID-19.
We started our How the World Works Unit of Inquiry with personal self-reflection of who we are as individuals. Students widened their circle to who we are as members of both local and global communities.
Students investigated the spread of the Covid-19 virus from both a scientific inquiry and a societal study. The beginning of the school year is a time for creating a sense of community to help students feel valued and connected to everybody in the class, as well as the school as a whole.
Our classroom community was formed as our students came together to work towards the common goal of learning. We dove into understanding ourselves by studying the D-PREP, “CO-CREATOR” values and the IB Attributes to Learning.
We then expanded our knowledge of who we are as citizens of Thailand. Students researched Thailand’s climate, religion, geography, food, monarchy, vegetation and culture.
This research experience allowed the grade 5 & 6 students to better understand the features of non-fiction books. They learned to balance collaborative and individual work.
They determined their areas of interest, with one persistent question being “Why is Thailand doing so well at preventing the spread of Covid-19?”.
The students took a scientific approach to learning about COVID-19 by running experiments in order to learn how to determine Patient Zero, how germs are spread, and where do most germs “live” in our environment.
Students investigated how the body protects itself from these germs in order to keep us healthy. Our class designed, ran, and analyzed data from experiments related to preventing the spread of germs.
They used the scientific inquiry process to investigate the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and learned what is the most effective way to clean our hands and what type of mask to wear. Students practiced public speaking skills to present their findings.
Public speaking skills improve communication skills and self-esteem. Our fieldwork gave us the opportunity to interview two respected physicians in the field of medicine.
Professor Dr.Yong Poovorawan, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University, and Dr. Wadchara Pumpradit, Infectious Disease Specialist. Students learned that preventing the spread of Covid-19 is more than a scientific challenge.
These experts emphasized the importance of community and compassion when decisions are made to keep citizens safe and healthy. King Rama IX lived his life with action that supported the well-being of all citizens of Thailand, and it is in his spirit that scientists and citizens continue to keep each other healthy and safe.
Infection Detection in the Spirit of King Rama IX Unit of Inquiry was an investigation into understanding a real world problem. COVID-19 is a global pandemic that affects countries on every continent throughout the world.
Through our investigations, our 5 & 6 D-Prep students gained deep knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will better prepare them to become citizens of a global age. Please click HERE to view our video.