Seisen International School Programme of Inquiry 2016-2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                             

Who we are

 

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; and what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time

 

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; and the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves 

 

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic

How the world works

 

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; and the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves

 

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

Sharing the planet

 

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

KG

(3-6 Year Olds)

2016-17 Year A - see full three-year cycle, here

Ourselves  

 

Central Idea

Everyday people can learn more about who they are and what they can do

Key concepts: change, connection, reflection

Related concepts: learning, growth,  

Lines of Inquiry

  • What people can do
  • Ways people change
  • Ways people are alike and different

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE
  • The Arts
  • Mathematics

Feelings

 

Central Idea

People can express their thoughts, ideas and feelings in many ways

Key concepts: form, perspective, connection

Related concepts: feelings, expression,

Lines of Inquiry

  • Ways of expressing ideas
  • Ways of expressing feelings
  • How people respond to ideas and feelings

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE
  • The Arts

Seasons and Weather

 

Central Idea

Daily weather and seasonal changes can affect everyday life

Key concepts: form, change, connection

Related concepts: cycles, weather, lifestyles

Lines of Inquiry

  • Seasonal changes
  • Weather patterns
  • How changing seasons affect living things

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE

Animals

Central Idea

People can interact and share spaces with animals in a variety of settings

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility  

Related concepts: interdependence, classification, needs,

Lines of Inquiry

  • The spaces people share with different animals
  • How animals can help people in different settings
  • Our responsibilities for the well-being of animals

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE

Grade 1

(6-7 Year Olds)

(1) Relationships

 

Central Idea

The relationships children have with adults can have an impact on well-being.

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: behaviour, choices, relationships

Lines of Inquiry

  • Ways to we build good relationships
  • Reasons relationships are important
  • Roles and behaviours within relationships

PYP Subject Focus

  • PSPE
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Art
  • ICT

(5) Family Histories

 

Central Idea

Learning about previous generations can help people connect the past to the present.

Key concepts: causation, change, reflection

Related concepts: time, continuity, heritage, significance

Lines of Inquiry

  • Ways to find out about the past
  • The ways the past influences our lives now
  • Reasons some practices have changed over time

PYP Subject Focus

  • Mathematics
  • PSPE
  • Social Studies
  • Language
  • Japanese

(2) Celebrations

 

Central Idea

Celebrations and traditions can be expressions of shared beliefs and values.

Key concepts: form, connection, perspective

Related concepts: beliefs, values, belonging, culture

Lines of Inquiry

  • Features of traditions and celebrations
  • Reasons people celebrate
  • Symbols of celebrations and traditions

PYP Subject Focus

  • PSPE 
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Art 
  • Religion
  • Japanese

(4) Light and Sound

 

Central idea

Sound and Light can be produced by different sources and can be changed

Key concepts: form, causation, connection

Related concepts: light, sound, transfer, energy

Lines of Inquiry

  • Different sources of light and sound
  • Ways light can be blocked and reflected
  • Ways sounds can be produced and changed

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language 
  • Mathematics
  • Science 
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Visual Art

(3) Transportation Systems

 

Central Idea

Communities make efforts to create transportation systems that help meet their needs.

Key concepts: form, function, change

Related concepts: technology, network, organization

Lines of Inquiry

  • Features of transportation systems
  • Decisions involved in using transportation systems
  • The different ways transportation systems change over time

PYP Subject Focus

  • ·  Language
  • ·  PSPE
  • ·  Mathematics
  • ·  Social Studies
  • ·  ICT
  • ·  Japanese (Advanced)

(6) Living Things

 

Central Idea

Living things share their habitats with other living things and compete for food and space.

Key concepts: causation, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: balance, diversity, interdependence,adaptation

Lines of Inquiry

  • The ways living things are suited to their habitats
  • The different ways living things co-exist in their habitats
  • The ways people can interact with habitats in a safe and responsible way

PYP Subject Focus

  • ·  Language
  • ·  Science
  • ·  Social Studies
  • -  Mathematics
  • ·  ICT
  • ·  Music and Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Japanese

Who we are

 

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; and what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time

 

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; and the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves 

 

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic

How the world works

 

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; and the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves

 

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

Sharing the planet

 

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Grade 2

(7-8 Year Olds)

(1) Self-Awareness

 

Central Idea

Awareness of our characteristics, abilities and interests informs our learning and development.

Key concepts: causation, perspective, reflection

Related concepts: identity, consequences, behaviour

Lines of Inquiry

  • Physical, social and emotional characteristics
  • Personal abilities and interests
  • Using self awareness to set learning goals

PYP Subject Focus

  • PSPE - Counselor
  • PE
  • Language
  • Music and Dance
  • ICT
  • Visual Art

 

(6) Places We Live

 

Central Idea

People’s lives are influenced by the time and place in which they live

Key concepts: form, causation, change

Related concepts: similarities/differences, diversity, chronology, history, geography

Lines of Inquiry

  • Unique features of where we live
  • Lifestyles in different places (urban and rural)
  • Ways in which our host country has changed over time

PYP Subject Focus

  • PSPE
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • ICT
  • Japanese

(2) Storytelling

 

Central Idea

Stories can engage their audience, communicate meaning and express values

Key concepts: form, connection, perspective

Related concepts: communication, characterization, expression

Lines of Inquiry

  • What stories can convey
  • Feelings and emotions connected to stories (characters and audience)
  • Creating and sharing effective stories

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE
  • Music and Dance
  • ICT
  • Religion
  • Japanese
  • Visual Art

(4) Strong and Stable Structures 

 

 

Central Idea

The design of buildings and structures is dependent upon environmental factors and available materials.

Key concepts: form, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: design, technology, sustainability

Lines of Inquiry

  • The forces acting on strong and stable structures
  • Different materials used when building structures
  • The impact of buildings and structures on the environment

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts - Music
  • ·ICT

(3) Transportation Systems

 

Central Idea

Communities make efforts to create transportation systems that help meet their needs.

Key concepts: form, function, change

Related concepts: technology, network, organization

Lines of Inquiry

  • Features of transportation systems
  • Decisions involved in using transportation systems
  • The different ways transportation systems change over time

PYP Subject Focus

  • ·  Language
  • ·  PSPE
  • ·  Mathematics
  • ·  Social Studies
  • ·  ICT
  • ·  Japanese (Advanced)
  • Visual Art

(5) Rivers, Seas and Oceans

Central Idea

Maintaining clean and healthy rivers, seas and oceans can help sustain life

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: habitats, conservation, sustainability, biodiversity

Lines of Inquiry

  • Identifying and classifying river, sea and ocean life
  • How rivers, seas and ocean environments support life (plants and animals)
  • People’s efforts to conserve rivers, seas and oceans

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • ICT  
  • Religion
  • Music and Dance

Grade 3

(8-9 Year Olds)

(1) Healthy Choices

 

Central Idea

The choices people make can affect their health and well-being.

Key concepts: causation, responsibility, reflection

Related concepts: consequences, behaviour, nutrition, health, choice

Lines of Inquiry

  • What it means to have a balanced diet
  • How the choices we make affect our mind and body
  • Different sources of information that help us make choices

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • PSPE
  •  PE
  • Science
  • Music
  • ICT
  • Religion

(3) Inventors & Inventions

 

Central Idea

Inventions create change and can lead to new possibilities.

Key concepts: form, change, causation

Related concepts: initiative, efficiency, technological advances, discovery

Lines of Inquiry

  • Types of inventions and how they work
  • Inventions that impact people’s lives
  • How circumstances lead to the creation of important inventions

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • ICT
  • Japanese (Advanced)

(5) Performing Arts

 

Central Idea

The performing arts are a tool for creativity, expression, and enjoyment in different cultures.

Key concepts: function, perspective, reflection

Related concepts: self-expression, diversity, traditions

Lines of Inquiry

  • How cultures communicate ideas through performing arts
  • Common features of performances
  • Creativity and appreciation within the performing arts

PYP Subject Focus

  • Music and Dance
  • PSPE
  • PE
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • ICT
  • Japanese

(4) Forces and Motion

 

Central Idea

People apply their understanding of forces and energy to create practical applications.

Key concepts: function, change, causation

Related concepts: work, forces, efficiency, mechanics,

Lines of Inquiry

  • Types of forces and how they can be applied
  • How simple machines function
  • The impact of machines on our world

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • PE
  • ICT

(2) The Marketplace

 

Central Idea

Marketplaces depend on the ability to produce goods and supply services that can be exchanged.

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: trade, opportunity, cost, business

Lines of Inquiry

  • The role of supply and demand
  • The distribution of goods and services
  • Being responsible consumers 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Japanese (Beg)

(6) Plants

 

Central Idea

Conservation of plant diversity can affect the wellbeing of people and other living things.

Key concepts: causation, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: biology, classification, conservation, growth

Lines of Inquiry

  • The conditions plants need to grow well
  • The interrelationship between people and plants
  • The importance of plant diversity

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Japanese

Who we are

 

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; and what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time

 

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; and the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves 

 

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic

How the world works

 

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; and the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves

 

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

Sharing the planet

 

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Grade 4

(9-10 Year Olds)

(2) The Human Body

 

Central Idea

The effective interactions between human body systems contribute to health and survival.

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: systems, interdependence, health

Lines of Inquiry

  • Body systems and how they work
  • How body systems are connected
  • Impact of lifestyle choices on the human body systems

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • PSPE - Counselor/Nurse
  • PE
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Japanese
  • Dance

(1) Explorers

 

Central Idea

Exploration can lead to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings.

Key concepts: causation, perspective, reflection

Related concepts: impact, chronology, navigation, colonialism, power

Lines of Inquiry

  • Reasons for exploration (historical and personal)
  • How explorations have taken place over time
  • The consequences of exploration

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Japanese  
  • PE
  • Dance

(5) Expression through the Arts

 

Central Idea

Creating and responding to art develops understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Key concepts: function, perspective, reflection

Related concepts: creativity, perception, bias/interpretation, symbolism

Lines of Inquiry

  • How arts can be a reflection of societal values and issues
  • How learning about arts develops appreciation
  • Creating art to reflect issues

PYP Subject Focus

  • Music
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • PE  
  • Dance

(4) Energy

 

Central Idea

Scientific processes can be used to investigate how forms of energy are stored and transformed.

Key concepts: form, change, reflection,

Related Concepts: energy, transformation, processes

Lines of Inquiry

  • Different forms of energy
  • How energy is used and transformed
  • The scientific process

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • PE
  • Religion
  • Music

(3) Rules, Rights and Responsibilities

 

Central Idea

The rules and responsibilities within social structures can either support or deny human rights.

Key concepts: causation, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: rights, justice, interdependence, collaboration, service

Lines of Inquiry

  • Purpose of social structures
  • The relationship between rules, rights and responsibilities within social structures (home, school, local, global communities)
  • Supporting people’s rights 

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • PSPE
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Religion  
  • Dance

(6) Earth’s Resources

 

Central Idea

People can make choices to support the sustainability of the Earth’s resources.

Key concepts: perspective, responsibility, reflection

Related concepts: lifestyle, resources, waste, energy, conservation

Lines of Inquiry

  • How people use Earth’s renewable, non-renewable and inexhaustible resources
  • The impact of people’s choices on the environment
  • The balance between meeting human needs and the use of limited resources

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Grade 5

(10-11 Year Olds)

(3) Human Growth & Development

 

Central Idea

Changes people experience during adolescence can affect their evolving sense of self.

Key concepts: function, change, responsibility

Related concepts: maturity, image, well-being, reproduction

Lines of Inquiry

  • The physical, emotional and intellectual changes that occur throughout life
  • Factors that contribute to well-being during adolescence
  • How relationships contribute to our self-concept

PYP Subject Focus

  • PSPE / PE
  • Language
  • Science
  • Religion
  • ICT  
  • Spanish

(5) Ancient Civilizations                             

 

Central Idea

Evidence of past civilizations can be used to make connections to present-day societies.

Key concepts: form, change, connection

Related concepts: continuity, progress, difference, validity

Lines of Inquiry

  • Characteristics of civilizations and societies
  • Connections between past and present societies
  • Processes involved in collecting, analysing and validating evidence

PYP Subject Focus

  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Art
  • Music

(6) Media and Advertising

Central Idea

Different forms of media can be used to influence the behaviour of people

Key concepts - form, perspective, reflection

Related concepts - media, advertising, propaganda)

Lines of inquiry

  • How images, text and music can be used to influence target audiences
  • The use of social media to convey messages
  • Critical evaluation of messages presented through media

PYP Subject Focus

  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • ICT
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Japanese

(4) States of Matter

 

Central Idea

People use their knowledge of properties of matter to suit specific needs

Key concepts: function, change, causation

Related concepts: measurement, , transformation, industrialization

Lines of Inquiry

  • How scientists investigate properties of matter
  • Conditions that cause reversible and irreversible changes in matter
  • How societies take advantage of the properties of matter

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • ICT

(2) Global Food Production

Central Idea

People have developed systems for producing and distributing food around the world

Key concepts: Function, Perspective, Responsibility

Related concepts: Sustainability, consumption, waste

Lines of Inquiry

  • Varying diets around the world
  • Food production and distribution
  • Sustainable practices in food production

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Science

(1) Peace & Conflict

 

Central Idea

Reaching a resolution during periods or moments of conflict can be influenced by the actions and reactions of all involved.

Key concepts: causation, perspective, responsibility

Related concepts: peace, reconciliation, exploitation, grief

Lines of Inquiry

  • Causes of conflict (local and global)
  • Strategies used to resolve conflict
  • Consequences of actions and strategies

PYP Subject Focus

  • PE
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Religion
  • Japanese
  • Visual Art
  • Music

Who we are

 

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; and what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time

 

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; and the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves 

 

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic

How the world works

 

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; and the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves

 

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

Sharing the planet

 

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Grade 6

(11-12 Year Olds)

(1) International Mindedness

 

 

Central Idea

Understanding the beliefs and values of different cultures can promote international mindedness

Key concepts: form, causation, perspective

Related concepts: interpretation, identity, subjectivity

Lines of Inquiry

  • What constitutes culture
  • The varying beliefs of different people (secular and nonsecular)
  • International mindedness and how it can be developed

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • PSPE
  • Language  
  • Social Studies
  • Religion  
  • Mandarin
  • Music
  • Art

 

 

(6) Earth and Space

Central Idea

Space exploration has led to an understanding of how Earth’s position in space supports life

Key concepts: Function, Connection, Reflection

Related concepts: exploration, systems, time, space

Lines of Inquiry

  • Space exploration
  • How Earth’s position in space supports life
  • The possibilities for future space exploration

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Language

Role Models (Exhibition will be in place of this unit in 2017)

 

Central Idea

Choices of role models can reflect the characteristics that societies and individuals value.

Key concepts: causation, responsibility, reflection

Related concepts: self-fulfilment, influence, value

Lines of Inquiry

  • How and why role models are chosen
  • Influence of role models on our choices and actions
  • How personal strengths can be applied to help others

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • PSPE - Counselor
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Music
  • PE
  • ICT
  • Religion

(2) Earth’s Physical Geography

 

Central Idea

The Earth’s physical geography has an impact on human interactions and settlements

Key concepts: causation, change, connection

Related concepts: geology, adaptation, disaster

Lines of Inquiry

  • Causes of the variable physical geography around the world
  • The relationship between location and settlement
  • How humans respond to and prepare for changes in Earth’s physical geography

PYP Subject Focus

  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • ICT
  • Art

(3) Governments

 

 

Central Idea

The way in which government systems function can influence the lives of citizens.

Key concepts: function, perspective, responsibility

Related concepts: equality, governance, citizenship, law, politics

Lines of Inquiry

  • How government systems function
  • How decision-making practices reflect human rights
  • Impact of government on citizens

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language (Oral)
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE
  • Japanese

(4) Diseases

 

 

Central Idea

Access to medical care around the world varies and can influence how diseases are spread

Key concepts: form, change, reflection

Related concepts: transmission, control, communicability

Lines of Inquiry

  • Types of diseases and microorganisms
  • How diseases are spread
  • Global access to medical care

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language (Writing)
  • PE
  • ICT
  • Spanish
  • Japanese (beginner)

Kindergarten 3 Year cycle

Who we are

 

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; and what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time

 

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; and the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves 

 

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic

How the world works

 

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; and the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves

 

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

Sharing the planet

 

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

KG

(3-6 Year Olds)

Year A

Ourselves  

 

Central Idea

Everyday people can learn more about who they are and what they can do

Key concepts: change, connection, reflection

Related concepts: learning, growth,  

Lines of Inquiry

  • What people can do
  • How I have changed
  • How people are alike and different

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE
  • The Arts
  • Mathematics

Feelings

 

Central Idea

People can express their thoughts, ideas and feelings in many ways

Key concepts: form, perspective, connection

Related concepts: feelings, expression,

Lines of Inquiry

  • Ways of expressing ideas
  • Ways of expressing feelings
  • How people respond to ideas and feelings

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE
  • The Arts

Seasons and Weather

 

Central Idea

Daily weather and seasonal changes can affect everyday life

Key concepts: form, change, connection

Related concepts: cycles, weather, lifestyles

Lines of Inquiry

  • Seasonal changes
  • Weather patterns
  • How changing seasons affect living things

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE

Animals

 

Central Idea

People can interact and share spaces with animals in a variety of settings

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility  

Related concepts: interdependence, classification

Lines of Inquiry

  • The spaces people share with different animals
  • How animals can help people in different settings
  • Our responsibilities for the well-being of animals

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE

KG

(3-6 Year Olds)

Year B

Personal Health  

Central Idea

Diet and exercise can help keep people healthy

Key concepts: change, causation, responsibility

Related concepts: nutrition, health, growth  

Lines of Inquiry

  • How  different food and drink can help people stay healthy.
  • How different exercise can help keep people healthy
  • How the choices we make can keep us healthy

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE
  • Dance

Visual Art

 

Central Idea

People can enjoy different artwork and use creativity to create visual arts

Key concepts: form, perspective, connection

Related concepts: appreciation, expression, enjoyment

Lines of Inquiry

  • Different forms of Art
  • How people show their appreciation of art
  • Creating different pieces of art

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Dance
  • PSPE
  • The Arts

Signs and Symbols

Central Idea

Signs and symbols can be used to communicate messages to people

Key concepts: form, function, connection

Related concepts: communication, systems, expression

Lines of Inquiry

  • Signs and symbols around us
  • Reasons for signs and symbols
  • Features used to communicate locally and globally

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Dance and music
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE

Plants 

 

Central Idea

Plants and People interact in different ways in different context

Key concepts: connection, perspective, responsibility

Related concepts:characteristics, relationships and needs

 Lines of Inquiry

  • The different roles plants play in people’s lives
  • Particular plants for specific functions
  • Our responsibility for the well being of plants

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE

KG

(3-6 Year Olds)

Year C

Friendships with peers

Central Idea

Peer relationships with each other can have an impact on well being

Key concepts:connection, function, responsibility

Related concepts:cooperation, friendship and balance 

Lines of Inquiry

  • How we develop relationships
  • How relationships affect us
  • Roles and behaviours within relationships

PYP Subject Focus

  • Social Studies
  • Religion
  • PSPE

Houses and Homes

Central Idea

People’s homes can be influenced by needs, wants, location and culture

Key concepts: form, perspective, connection

Related concepts: home, needs, wants, 

Lines of Inquiry

  • Types of homes and houses
  • Ways homes meet our needs and wants
  • How homes can reflect where we come from

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Social Studies
  • PSPE
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Expression through Play

Central Idea

Through play we express our feelings and ideas and come to new understandings.

Key concepts: connection, Function and perspective

Related concepts: communication, imagination, creativity

Lines of Inquiry

  • Communicating through play
  • Imaginative use of materials
  • The role of toys in play

PYP Subject Focus

  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Properties of Materials

Central Idea

Materials have properties which can determine how people use them

Key concepts: form, change, connection

Related concepts: properties, classification,

Lines of Inquiry

  • Properties of different materials
  • Changing materials
  • Selecting materials for a purpose

 

PYP Subject Focus

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts

Key Concept Coverage across the POI

*Updated 1st June 2016

 

All eight key concepts must be represented on the programme of inquiry at each year level…No more than three PYP key concepts should be selected to focus on in any one unit of inquiry. Related concepts…deepen an understanding of the subject areas while providing further opportunities to make connections throughout the learning, from one subject to another, and between disciplinary and transdisciplinary learning. There should be a balance of PYP key concepts used throughout each transdisciplinary theme. This does not mean that each key concept must be represented under each transdisciplinary theme but rather that schools are mindful of repetition or under-representation of concepts in order to ensure that there are appropriate opportunities for students to revisit and develop their understanding of all concepts.

 

-- Developing a Transdisciplinary Programme of Inquiry (2012) pp5-6

Key Concepts By Grade Level

Kindergarten (3yr cycle)

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Form - 7

Function - 5

Connection - 8

Perspective - 4

Causation - 2

Change - 4

Responsibility - 4

Reflection - 2

Total -- 36

Form - 4

Function - 2

Connection - 4

Perspective - 1

Causation - 2

Change - 1

Responsibility - 3

Reflection - 1

Total -- 18

Form - 3

Function - 2

Connection - 3

Perspective - 2

Causation - 3

Change - 2

Responsibility - 2

Reflection - 1

Total -- 18

Form - 1

Function - 3 +1

Connection - 1 +1

Perspective - 2

Causation - 4

Change - 2

Responsibility - 3 +1

Reflection - 2

Total -- 18

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Total

Form - 1

Function - 2

Connection - 2

Perspective - 3

Causation - 2

Change - 1

Responsibility - 3

Reflection - 4

Total -- 18

Form - 2

Function - 3

Connection - 1

Perspective - 3

Causation - 2

Change - 3

Responsibility - 3

Reflection - 1

Total -- 18

Form - 2

Function - 2

Connection - 2

Perspective - 2

Causation - 3

Change - 2

Responsibility - 2

Reflection - 3

Total -- 18

Form - 18

Function - 20

Connection - 21

Perspective - 16

Causation - 18

Change - 15

Responsibility - 20

Reflection - 13

Total -- 144

 

Key Concept Coverage By Phase

Kindergarten (3yr cycle)

Phase 2 (G1 - 2)

Phase 3 (G3 - 4)

Phase 4 (G5 - 6)

Total

Form - 7

Function - 5

Connection - 8

Perspective - 4

Causation - 2

Change - 4

Responsibility - 4

Reflection - 2

Total -- 36

Form - 7

Function - 4

Connection - 7

Perspective - 3

Causation - 5

Change - 3

Responsibility - 5

Reflection - 2

Total -- 36

Form - 2

Function - 5

Connection - 3

Perspective - 5

Causation - 6

Change - 3

Responsibility - 6

Reflection - 6

Total -- 36

Form - 4

Function - 5

Connection - 3

Perspective - 5

Causation - 5

Change - 5

Responsibility - 5

Reflection - 4

Total -- 36

Form - 20

Function - 19

Connection - 21

Perspective - 27

Causation - 18

Change - 15

Responsibility - 20

Reflection - 14

Total -- 144

KG Key Concept Coverage during 3 Year Cycle

Year A

Year B

Year C

Total

Form - 2

Function - 1

Connection - 4

Perspective - 1

Causation - 0

Change - 2

Responsibility - 1

Reflection - 1

Total -- 12

Form - 2

Function - 2

Connection - 2

Perspective - 1

Causation - 2

Change - 1

Responsibility - 2

Reflection - 0

Total -- 12

Form - 3

Function - 2

Connection - 2

Perspective - 2

Causation - 0

Change - 1

Responsibility - 1

Reflection - 1

Total -- 12

Form - 7

Function - 5

Connection - 8

Perspective - 4

Causation - 2

Change - 4

Responsibility - 4

Reflection - 2

Total -- 36

Key Concept Coverage By Transdisciplinary Theme (K-6)

WWA

WWAPT

HWEO

Form - 2

Function - 4

Connection - 3

Perspective - 2

Causation - 4

Change - 3

Responsibility - 6

Reflection - 3

Total --27

Form - 4

Function - 1

Connection - 3

Perspective - 2

Causation - 4

Change - 4

Responsibility - 0

Reflection - 3

Total -- 21

Form - 5

Function - 2

Connection - 4

Perspective - 7

Causation - 1

Change - 0

Responsibility - 1

Reflection - 4

Total -- 27

HTWW

HWOO

STP

Form - 5

Function - 2

Connection - 5

Perspective - 0

Causation - 4

Change - 6

Responsibility - 1

Reflection - 1

Total -- 24

Form - 3

Function - 6

Connection - 4

Perspective - 1

Causation - 1

Change - 1

Responsibility - 5

Reflection - 0

Total --21

Form - 1

Function - 4

Connection - 4

Perspective - 3

Causation - 4

Change - 1

Responsibility - 7

Reflection - 3

Total -- 24

 Total -- 144

Chronological Order of UOIs

Colour Key

Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

How the world works

How we organise ourselves

Sharing the planet

Approx. Start Date

22 August 2016

3 October 2016

21 November 2016

23 January 2017

6 March 2017

24 April 2017

Grade 1

Relationships

Celebrations

Transportation Systems

Light and Sound

Family Histories

Living Things

Grade 2

Self-Awareness

Storytelling

Transportation Systems

Strong & Stable Structures

Rivers, Seas and Oceans

Places we Live

Grade 3

Healthy Choices

The Marketplace

Inventors / Inventions

Forces and Motion

 Performing Arts

Plants

Grade 4

Explorers

The Human Body

Rules, Rights, Responsibilities

Energy

Expression Through Art

Earth’s Resources

Grade 5

Peace and Conflict

Global Food Production

Human Growth & Development

States of Matter

Ancient Civilizations

Media & Advertising

Grade 6

International Mindedness

Earth’s Physical Geography

Governments

Diseases

PYP EXHIBITION

Earth and Space