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We are excited to announce that SEKOLAH MONTE SIENNA has been granted International Baccalaurcate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) Candidate Status by the International Baccalaurcate Organization.
Jl. Yos Sudarso, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432
Kinder 1: Exploring the Roles of Transportation
Exploring the Roles of Transportation in Meeting Human Needs
By Ms. Maria Arista, Kinder 1 Homeroom Teacher

With the central idea “People use transportation to meet their needs”, the Kinder 1 students of Sekolah Monte Sienna expressed their enthusiasm as they inquired into the:

  • different types of transportation
  • the importance of transportation
  • the impact of transportation on well-being

The students become actively engaged in this unit as they explore various modes of transportation, including buses, motorcycles, trucks, cars, and more. Notably, they become inquirers by actively examining different types of transportation used to reach various destinations. Throughout this unit, they participate in diverse and engaging learning experiences that promote inquiry and enhance their understanding of how a transport system works. This enables them to establish connections to daily life situations and comprehend how these systems fulfill human needs.

In the first week, the students begin by assessing their prior knowledge of the unit through visual presentations aimed at defining transportation. We delved into the initial line of inquiry, acquainting ourselves with various modes of transportation through observation and exploration within the school premises. With palpable excitement, students scattered around, eagerly identifying different forms of transportation. A particularly noteworthy moment occurred when we spotted a passing airplane, opening up a discussion on the diverse means of transportation spanning air, land, and water.

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Learning about transportation extends beyond its physical form as it also includes exploring how it functions and how it serves the community. One of the best ways to deepen students’ understanding of the unit is by providing them with the opportunity to interact with a school bus and closely examine its components. Our school driver enthusiastically guided the students through the functions of various parts such as lights, engines, wheels, seat belts, fuel tanks, and more. The students expressed their excitement as the driver took them on a journey around the school premises aboard the bus. This hands-on experience became a memorable and impactful aspect of their learning journey.

As a facilitator, the teacher provides the space and materials needed to employ student agency. We encourage creativity by suggesting arts and crafts projects to create simple transportation using assorted materials. Students come up with their ideas and think about how they make it work. They are extremely excited to discuss together while making the product. They confidently presented their product to other grade levels to develop their communication, social, and self-management skills.

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This concept-based learning allowed the students to explore a variety of possibilities, and take into consideration others’ perspectives and their own experiences to conclude the need for various transportation based on the given situation. This is truly learning through play: agentic learning at its best!

Jl. Yos Sudarso, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29453