Tesla Talk

Tesla Talk Week October 16th 2020

Tesla Education 16 Oct, 2020 9:00 am

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week I wanted to give you a little more information about what we call the IBPYP Programme of Inquiry(POI). This is timely as I hope most of you can access ManageBac which is the software that so many IB schools use to communicate with parents and teachers plan their work. If you do have any problems accessing ManageBac for your child(ren) please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Tien at as she manages the software at Tesla.

The Programme of Inquiry (POI) is what the IBPYP calls the six Units of Inquiry. A Unit of Inquiry (UOI) in the IBPYP provides schools with a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future. It is a transdisciplinary learning opportunity which means we use several subject areas to combine learning for the children. Recently at Tesla, we started and finished the first Unit which was Who We Are.

These units combine MOET content and enable teachers to make links. Children do not think about subjects although most education often separates learning into subject areas. This separation does not allow children or teachers to make and ask about elements that might appear in another subject.

However, the UOI allows us to create and make it relevant. This relevance is key to learning. For all of us if we do not see the relevance then we usually fail to engage and then fail to learn and apply that knowledge.

The next five Units will cover:

  • – Where we are in place and time
  • – How we express ourselves
  • – How the world works
  • – How we organize ourselves
  • – Sharing the planet

For children at Tesla, we are all starting our IBPYP journey looking to make relevant Units of Inquiry and hope that we can make the learning more interesting as well as engaging, with the result that students learn more effectively and can apply their learning to different areas.

This is no easy skill, but it is one that employers and universities continually ask for. That is why Tesla chose the PYP and IB approach so that we do prepare students for a future, while at the same time allowing children to inquire deeper into a UOI by asking questions and finding answers with their teachers.

For many of us, the IBPYP is very different from what we studied in our schooling, but the evidence does show that it is far more effective. Learning is not instant, it is growing over time and all of us need continual reinforcement to develop skills and attitudes that we need as individuals and that society most definitelyneeds to. The old school system of preparing for jobs that we know existed is no longer working and we see Tesla meeting the challenge for all of our children.

Robin Klymow
Director of Studies.

Tesla News

For the Grade 1 UOI of the topic SCHOOL, we have arranged a field trip for the students to visit the European International School (EIS) in District 2 on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Tesla Talk Week October 16th 2020

Tesla Talk Week October 16th 2020


Adventurers students learn to draw portraits.

Tesla Talk Week October 16th 2020

Tesla Talk Week October 16th 2020

Pioneers & Discoverers students attend the “Magic hand” lesson and recognize parts of the body.

Tesla Talk Week October 16th 2020

Tesla Talk Week October 16th 2020

Grade 3 students learn “How our body systems work together”.

Tesla Talk Week October 16th 2020

Parent support

  • – Term 2 will start next Monday on 19th October 2020.
  • – Drop off time: To ensure the safety of students, please bring the card with you when picking up your child(ren) at school.
  • – Parents, please prepare tablets (for ICT-AI) and swimsuit as scheduled in the timetable to make sure that students can join in all of the school activities.
  • – The term 2 after-school activity registration survey was already sent to parents. Please take the time to register your child(ren)’s favorite activities before Monday, so that we can prepare well.


1. The school will have Tesla Scholarship Information (Grade 8-Grade 12) Presentation, information as following.

Invitation to register for Tesla Scholarship Information for (Grade 8 – Grade 12)

Presentation Location: Tesla School, Tan Binh Campus.

  • – Session Option 1: 23rd October
  • – Session Option 2: 30th October

You are able to also invite friends or relatives, however, please note that registration is required to ensure numbers are catered for. If attending, please click the link to provide session option and amount of people attending:

If unable to attend, information regarding the Scholarship Program is also available on the Tesla Website

2. The school will hold a Halloween festival for the students at the end of October.

3. The school will hold an Information Session for Pre-schools on 22nd October 2020.

3. We have arranged a field trip for grade 4 students to visit the Al Fresco’s in District 2 on Wednesday October 21, 2020.

Campus Updates

Information Session on ManageBac was held at Tesla on Friday, October 16, 2020.

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