Bay of Islands International Academy

Programme of Inquiry - 2017


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Theme

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

 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; what it means to be human.

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the

discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

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.

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;

the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

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.

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.

Rooms

1 and 2

 2017

Year C

JUNIOR

TEAM

Central Idea

Our actions affect our lives and the lives of others.

Key Concepts

Form, Causation, Responsibility  

Related concepts

Impact, Decision making, Rights

Lines of Inquiry

Making a decision and it’s consequences

Roles and responsibilities of a community member

How we show respect to others

Scope and Sequence Links:

PSPE, Social Studies, Mathematics, Language

Central Idea

Past generations influence our lives today.

Key Concepts 

Change, Connection, Perspective

Related concepts

Traditions, history, Progress

Lines of Inquiry

Our ancestral history

Life today versus life in the past

How life is similar to and different from our ancestors

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, Library, Technology, Language, Mathematics, PSPE

Central Idea

Celebrations are expressions of culture, traditions and beliefs.

Key Concepts

Form, Causation, Connection

Related concepts

Relationships, Patterns, Diversity

Lines of Inquiry

Why people celebrate

Features of traditions and celebrations

Personal celebrations

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, The Arts, Language, PSPE

Central Idea

Light and sound help us experience the world.

Key Concepts

Form, Function, Causation

Related concepts 

Properties, Behaviour, Consequences

Lines of Inquiry

Sources of light and sound

Properties of light and sound

How light and sound are connected

Scope and Sequence Links:

Science, Mathematics, Language, Technology, The Arts

Central Idea

Communities function when systems and routines are negotiated with all members.

Key Concepts

Function, Responsibility, Reflection

Related concepts

Communication, Cooperation, Systems


Lines of Inquiry

How communities are made

The purpose of systems and routines

Roles and responsibilities

Reaching agreement and compromise

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, Mathematics, Language, PSPE

Central Idea

Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive.

Key Concepts

Form, Change, Connection,

Related concepts

Adaptation, Behaviour, Structures

Lines of Inquiry

Features of Adaptation

Behavioural adaptations of animals in our area

Structural features of living things in our local environment

Scope and Sequence Links:

Science, Social Studies, PSPE, Mathematics, Language

Rooms
3 and 4
2017

Year C

MIDDLE TEAM

Central Idea

A community is shaped by people’s attitude toward diversity.

Key Concepts 

Causation, Perspective, Responsibility

Related concepts

Diversity, Prejudice, Interdependence

Lines of Inquiry

Types of diversity within a community


Living in a diversity-filled community (Espanol)


Our responsibility towards people in a community
who are different from us

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, Language, Additional Languages, PSPE

Central Idea

Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.

Key Concepts

Causation, Change, Perspective

Related concepts

Journeys, Challenge, Opportunities

Lines of Inquiry

The reasons why people migrate

Migration journeys throughout history

Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, Mathematics, Language, PSPE, Technology

Central Idea

We communicate in a variety of ways to effectively share our experiences and knowledge of the world.

Key Concepts

​Function, Perspective,
Reflection

Related concepts 

Interpretation, Evidence, Communication

Lines of Inquiry

How people express themselves in a variety of ways

Choices in the way people communicate based on a specific purpose

Writing as an organised manner to reflect

Scope and Sequence Links:

The Arts, PSPE, Social Studies, Language, Technology

Central Idea

People use processes to understand and impact the world.

Key Concepts

Form, Function, Change

Related concepts

Processes, Invention, Discovery

Lines of Inquiry

Using a process to address a problem

Making observations and inferences to inform decisions

How questioning and reflection make improvements

Scope and Sequence Links:

Science, Mathematics, Technology, Language

Central Idea

The choices we make as consumers can be influenced by many factors.

Key Concepts

Function, Perspective, Causation

Related concepts

Consumerism, Influence, Perspective


Lines of Inquiry

Consumer decision making

The influence of advertising on consumers

How perspective can be influenced by messaging

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, Language, PSPE, Mathematics, Technology

Central Idea

The balance of ecosystems can be impacted by human interaction with the natural environment.

Key Concepts

Causation, Connection, Reflection

Related concepts

Interdependence, Balance, Biodiversity

Lines of Inquiry

Interactions and interdependence of organisms
within an ecosystem

Ways human interaction with the environment can
affect the balance of systems


Factors that shape our decisions about the use of
natural environments

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, Science, Technology, Language, Mathematics

 Room 5

2017

Year C

SENIOR TEAM

Central Idea

Changes people experience at different stages of their lives affect their evolving sense of self.

Key Concepts:

Change, Connection, Responsibility

Related Concepts:

Development, Maturity, Image

Lines of Inquiry:

Changes that occur throughout life


Factors that contribute to well being during adolescence

The contribution of relationships to our self-concept

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, PSPE, Language, The Arts, Mathematics

Central Idea

Reflecting on change and progress helps us make choices and set goals for the future.

Key Concepts:

Change, Connection, Reflection

Related Concepts:

Responsibility, Growth,
Transformation

Lines of Inquiry:

Identifying growth and change

Progress and changes in the world that impact our lives

Making decisions and setting goals for the future

Scope and Sequence Links:

PSPE, Social Studies, Language, Technology, Mathematics

Central Idea

Stories offer ways to reflect on and extend our creativity.

Key Concepts:

Form, Perspective, Reflection

Related Concepts:

Communication, Conflict,

Lines of Inquiry:

Use of patterns and structure of stories

How Māori myths and legends connect to us

Interpretations of stories through art, music and drama

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, The Arts, Technology, PSPE, Language

Central Idea

Survival depends on responses to patterns of change in the natural environment.

Key Concepts:

Form, Causation, Connection

Related Concepts:

Environment, migration, Hibernation, Seasons

Lines of Inquiry:

Differences between weather, seasons and climate

The factors that cause changes to weather, seasons and climate

The responses of living things to seasons and changes in climate

Scope and Sequence Links:

Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Language, Technology

Central idea

Human life changes as technology develops.

Key concepts:

Causation, Change, Reflection

Related concept:

Discovery, Innovation, Progress

Lines of inquiry

Inventions that impact people’s lives

Technology that helps us to organise ourselves

How our use of technology impacts sustainability

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Language, Technology

Central Idea

Citizens have the responsibility for caring for, managing and sharing the world’s resources.

Key Concepts:

Causation, Perspective, Responsibility

Related Concepts:

Sustainability, Conservation, Consumption

Lines of Inquiry:

What constitutes renewable & nonrenewable resources

Perspectives about land ownership and use, including Māori land title

The reciprocal relationship between finite resources and human actions

Scope and Sequence Links:

Social Studies, Science, Technology, Language, Mathematics