‘Balanced’ is one of the IB Learner Profile attributes and it helps us remember ‘the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others.’
This year Grade 3 is inquiring into how our choices affect our well-being. This unit initially focussed on how food can affect our physical and mental health, particularly the amount of sugar that is contained in the food we eat. We learned to differentiate between natural sugars and refined sugars, and that both – even natural sugars – should be eaten in moderation! We also investigated the short-term and long-term effects of physical exercise, participating in independent research, including some of our own hands-on experiments.
Finally, Grade 3 looked into how our relationships, friendships and social interactions with others can affect our mental well-being. We learned to adopt a growth-mindset toward language and to appreciate the benefits of practising mindfulness, by going on ‘mindfulness walks’ and self-reflecting. Our inquiry was greatly helped by the trip to Verbier at the start of the year, where our teamwork and individual resilience was tested with some long hikes and bike rides.
Using all of our newly acquired knowledge, Grade 3 wrote letters to try to convince an audience to make some changes to their diet or level of activity. We offered healthier alternatives and reminded the reader of the consequences of ignoring one’s health and well-being.
Grade 3 found this unit so interesting that we decided to make this a year-long unit. We will be revisiting each of these lines of inquiry as the year progresses. We are now looking at our food choices as the Ski & Skate Friday programme is getting into full swing, making sure we have the mental and physical strength to become champion skiers! We are looking forward to continuing this inquiry in our forthcoming units – inquiring into how our bodies use water – and beyond!
-Ms Kupeczki & Mr Wolger, Grade 3 teachers