Glenealy POI 2018-19 

This is a flexible document that may change and adapt throughout the academic year it also contains links to the UN goals for sustainable development

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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; 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; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local to 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 it’s 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.

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.

Year 1                                                                                                                                   Key Concepts: Form x 4,  Function x 2,  Change x 1,  Causation x 2, Connection x 2,  Responsibility x 2,  Perspective x 1

2. Inquiring into who we are helps us learn about ourselves and others

An inquiry into the nature of the self;  personal, physical, mental, social health; human relationships including families, friends, what it means to be human.

3. People use their imagination when creating and sharing stories

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

4. Scientists investigate and explore to understand our world

how humans use their understanding of scientific principles

(Mini Unit)

1. Being responsible, respectful and looking for the good can help us learn together 

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations

5. Living things have certain needs in order to grow and stay healthy

An inquiry into the struggle to share resources with other living things

Our physical and personal characteristics

How our physical and personal characteristics can grow and change

Similarities and differences between others and ourselves

Key Concepts: Form, Change, Connection 

Related Concepts: Identity, similarities and differences

PSPE, Mathematics, Science (Living Things), Language

ATL Focus -

Expressing and enjoying our imagination

Exploring and enjoying stories

Creating and sharing stories        

Key Concepts: Perspective, Form

Related Concepts: Imagination, creativity/inspiration, interpretation

Language, Arts, Social Studies

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Being a scientist

Using our senses to observe,  explore and investigate

Investigating our own questions and reflecting on what we have learned

Key Concepts: Function, Connection Causation 

Related Concepts: Exploration, Investigation

Science, Mathematics,  Language

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How our school community is organized

Responsibility and respect in our school community

Looking for the good when we learn and play

Key Concepts: Form, Responsibility, Function

Related concepts: community, cooperation 

PSPE, Social Studies, Language Chinese

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The different forms of living things

The needs of different living things

Our responsibility for the well-being of other living things

Key Concepts: Form, Causation, Responsibility 

Related concepts: living and nonliving, classification, consequences

Science (Living things), Social Studies, Language

Year 2                                                                                                                                                                               Key Concepts Form x 4, Function x 2, Change x 2, Causation x 1, Connection x 2, Responsibility x 2, Perspective x 1

1. (Ongoing) Our approach to learning and interactions with others help create a positive learning community

An inquiry into beliefs and values, spiritual health including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities

3. Celebrations connect people and cultures across place and time  

An inquiry into personal histories; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals from local to global perspectives.

2. People use different forms of art to express feelings and ideas

An inquiry into the ways in which we express ideas and feelings. Reflect on extend and enjoy our creativity, our appreciation of the aesthetic

6. Scientists investigate and explore to understand our world

(building on from Year 1)        

An inquiry into How humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the natural world and its laws.

4. Many products go through a process of change before they are used.

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

5. People’s actions can protect the Earth’s  environments and resources

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people

Being respectful, responsible and looking for the good (Responsibility)

Our strengths and the strengths of others (Reflection)

Building a positive learning community through collaboration and teamwork (Function) 

Key Concepts: Responsibility, Function, Reflection,

PSPE (SEL)

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Celebrations and traditions in our community (Connection)  

The features of local and global celebrations (Form)

The origin, story and history of different celebrations (Connection)

Key Concepts: Form, Connection,

Related Concepts: Beliefs, values, belonging, culture

PSPE (SEL), Social Studies, Arts, Science (Earth and Space), Language, Chinese

Different forms of art (Form)

Showing feelings through art (Function / Perspective)

Sharing ideas through art (Function / Perspective)

Key Concepts: Form, Perspective, Reflection

Related Concepts: Expression, Feelings (Emotion), Inference        

Arts, Language, PSPE (SEL)

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Being a scientist

Using our senses to observe,  explore and investigate

Investigating our own questions and reflecting on what we have learned

Key Concepts: Function, Connection Causation 

Related Concepts: Exploration, Investigation

Science, Mathematics

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The properties of materials (Form)

Origins of different foods and products (Connection)

The process different foods and products go through (Change)

Key Concepts: Form, Connection, Change

Related Concepts: Transformation, Production, Journeys

Social studies, Science (Materials and Matter, living things), Language

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Action -

The Earth’s natural resources and how we use them (Form, Function)

 

How using natural resources can cause changes to the environment (Causation)

 

Taking action to protect the Earth’s natural resources (Responsibility)

 

Key Concepts: Change, Causation, Responsibility Related Concepts: Environment, Resources, Sustainability

Science (materials and matter), Social studies, Mathematics, Language

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Year 3                                                                                                                                                           Key Concepts Form x 3,  Function x 3,  Change x 2,  Causation x 2,  Connection x 3, Reflection x 2, Responsibility x 1,  Perspective x 2

1. Lifestyle choices can contribute to well-being  (First 4 weeks then ongoing)

An inquiry into personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families and friends.

4. Exploration leads to discovery and develops new understandings.

An inquiry into the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind

3. Culture and Identity can be expressed through the arts

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express culture, beliefs and values; enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

6. People can apply their understanding of light and sound to invent and create

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; How humans use their understanding of scientific principles. The impact of scientific and technological advances 

5. Human made systems are connected and support progress

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; societal decision making

2.  Life has adapted to survive and thrive in many different habitats

An inquiry into the struggle to share resources with other living things

Physical and emotional well-being (Function)

The Impact of our choices on well-being (Causation)

Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle (Responsibility)

Key Concepts: Function, Causation, Responsibility Related Concepts: choice, balance, well-being

Science (living things), PSPE, Mathematics, Language, 

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Reasons for exploration (Causation)

What we learn through exploration (Reflection)

The impact of exploration on people's’ lives (Perspective)

Key Concepts: Causation, Reflection, Perspective Related Concepts: History, Discovery and Exploration

Social Studies, Mathematics, Science (Earth and Space), Language

The many ways cultures are expressed (Form)

How culture can influence the arts (Perspective)

Expressing and sharing our culture and identity through the arts (Connection)

Key Concepts: Form, Perspective, Connection

Related Concepts: Culture, Identity and Appreciation

Language, Arts, Chinese

Different sources of light and sound (Form)

The properties of light and sound (Function)

inventions and discoveries that use light and/or sound (Connection)

Key Concepts: Form, Function, connection Related Concepts: Properties, energy, cycles

Science (earth and space, materials and matter, forces and energy), PSPE, Language

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Systems we use today and how they work (Function)

How systems connect the world (Connection)

How systems have changed over time (Change)

Key Concepts: Function, Connection, Change Related Concepts: network, needs, systems,

Social Studies, Mathematics, Science (forces and Energy), Language

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Natural habitats in the environment. (Form)

How living things have adapted to suit their environment (Change / Causation)

Human impact on natural habitats. (Causation / Change)

Key Concepts: Form, Causation, Change Related Concepts: Habitats, Adaptation

Science (living things), Social Studies, Language

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Year 4                                                                                                                                 Key Concepts Form x 3,  Function x 5,  Change x 2,  Causation x 2,  Connection x 2, Responsibility x 2,  Perspective x 4,

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

An inquiry into Personal, physical health. What it means to be human

4. Settlements reflect the cultures and heritages of the people that live there

An inquiry into orientation in place and time, personal histories, homes and journeys, migrations of humankind.

2. Art can be used to express messages and influence thinking

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; the appreciation of the aesthetic

5. People apply their understanding of forces to invent, design and create

 An inquiry into How humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and the environment.

6. Entrepreneurial thinking can lead to change and empowerment

An inquiry into Economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment. The structure and function of organisations

1. (Ongoing) Effective learning communities are built through positive relationships

Communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Body systems and how they function (Function)

How body systems are connected (Connection)

Factors that impact on the efficiency of body systems (Causation)

Key Concepts: Connection, Function, Causation

Related Concepts: Systems, Health, Interdependence

Science (living things), PSPE, Mathematics, Language

The reasons for Human settlement (Causation)

The History of settlement in Hong Kong (Change)

The human stories behind Hong Kong’s people (Perspective)

Key Concepts: Change, causation, perspective

Related concepts – Settlement, Diversity, Migration

Social Studies, Language

Art forms and techniques (Form/Function)

How different art movements have developed over time (Change)

Interpreting the messages and perspectives expressed through art (Perspective)

Key Concepts: Form/Function, Change, Perspective

Related Concepts: Creativity, Interpretation, Aesthetics

Arts, Language

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Forces and how they are measured (Form)

Simple machines and how they work (Function)

Forces in everyday inventions and structures (Connection)

Key Concepts: Form, Function, connection

Related Concepts: ingenuity, forces, technology

Science (forces and energy), Mathematics, Language

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Features of an entrepreneurial mindset (Perspective)

Systems used by entrepreneurs (Function)

Being a responsible entrepreneur  (Responsibility)

Key Concepts: Perspective, Function, Responsibility

Related Concepts: Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship

Social Studies, Mathematics, Language Chinese

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Building an effective learning community (Form, Function)

How our actions and mindset affect our community (Responsibility)

Maintaining relationships and resolving conflict  (Perspective)

Key Concepts: Form/Function, Responsibility, Perspective

Related Concepts: Peace, Conflict, Character, Relationships

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Year 5                                                                                                                                     Key Concepts Form x 2,  Function x 3,  Change x 2,  Causation x 1, Connection x 4, Reflection x 2,  Responsibility x 2, Perspective x 2,

1. (Ongoing) Understanding wellbeing and resilience can promote healthy relationships and a strong sense of self

An inquiry into personal, physical, mental and social health, Human relationships, what it means to be human

5. Throughout human history the actions and discoveries of individuals have shaped our world

An inquiry into orientation in place and time, discoveries and explorations, the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals from local to global perspectives

6. People can use performances to communicate and express ideas

An inquiry into the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic

2. The Earth’s natural cycles impact on our lives

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.

4. Action can be taken to prepare for and respond to emergency situations

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems, the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; and their impact on humankind.

3. Biodiversity requires a balance of organisms within ecosystems

An inquiry into living things and the relationships within and between them

How our actions impact on our relationships with others (Perspective)

Strategies to develop resilience and independence (Reflection)

How we develop personal and physical characteristics (Change)

Key Concepts: Change, Perspective, Reflection

Related Concepts: Cycles, maturity, emotional intelligence, image

Science (living things), PSPE, Language

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People past and present who have changed the world (Change)

The traits and characteristics of people who have made a positive difference (Connection)

The different perspectives about people who have shaped our world (Perspective)

Key Concepts: Connection, Change, Perspective

Related Concepts: ingenuity, impact, Legacy

Science (possibly all), Social Studies, Language, Chinese

The roles and processes that are involved in the production of a  performance (Function)

Developing and supporting each others ideas during the creative process (responsibility, connection)

  • The role of reflection in enhancing creative experiences (reflection)

Key Concepts: Function, Connection, Reflection

Related Concepts: self-expression, creativity,

Arts, Language

The features of the Earth and its  atmosphere (Form)

 The Earth’s Natural cycles and phenomena (Function)

The impact Earth’s natural cycles and phenomena on humans  (Connection)

Key Concepts: Form, Function, Connection

Related Concepts: cycles, geology, impact

Science (earth and space, materials and matter), Mathematics, Social Studies, Language 

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Emergency situations faced by people both local and global (Form)

The roles of individuals and groups trained to help in emergency situations (Function / Responsibility)

Innovative thinking  and design which can make a positive difference when dealing with emergency situations  (Form / Function / Responsibility)

Key Concepts: Form, Function, Responsibility

Related Concepts: collaboration, citizenship, purpose, Design

Mathematics, Social Studies, Language 

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Ways in which living organisms are interdependent (Connection)

The consequence of imbalance within ecosystems (Causation)

Actions that can conserve (protect) the balance of ecosystems (Responsibility)

Key Concepts: Connection, causation, responsibility

Related concepts: balance, biodiversity, interdependence

Science (living things), Mathematics, Social studies, Language

Year 6                                                                                                                                    Key Concepts Form x 3,  Function x 3,  Change x 3, Causation x 2,  Connection x 3,  Reflection x 3, Responsibility x 3,  Perspective x 2.

1.(Ongoing)  Understanding ourselves and our responsibilities can support us in our learning and leadership

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.

6. People and places have a history and culture that can be uncovered through a variety of sources

An inquiry into orientation in place and time, the relationships between and the interconnectedness of civilizations, from local to global perspectives.

4.  The way people perceive and express themselves informs their Identity                    

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                                                                                                         

3. Energy can be stored, transferred and transformed

An inquiry into the natural world and it’s laws; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and the environment

2.Digital media can be used to create, connect, access and share information and ideas

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities;

5. Exhibition Unit - Students devise their own Central Ideas and lines of Inquiry connected to their passions and areas of interest.

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.

Our culture and identity (our own and schools) (Reflection)

Responsibilities in learning communities (Responsibility)

Leadership and mentoring (Function + Responsibility)

Notes: DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP

Positive ed - well-being - sociograms etc (across the year)

Role models - mentors -

Cultural competency?

Culture and Identity

The responsibility of effective leadership

Cultural competency and international mindedness (Perspective)

Chinese culture and language (Form + Function)

Chinese History through storytelling and symbolism (Connection)

Key Concepts: Connection, Form, Perspective

Related concepts – Language, Culture, Evidence

Social Studies, Arts, Language, Chinese

Our identities and how they influence the decisions we make. (Perspective)

How experiences can shape how people see themselves or are perceived by others. (Causation)

How artists can use their work to express, explore, and question ideas about identity.  (Form/Function/Perspective)

Key Concepts: Perspective, Causation, Form/function

Related Concepts: identity, self-expression, creativity,

Arts, Language

  • Forms of energy (Form)

Storing, transferring and transforming energy (Change)

Harnessing energy for a purpose (Function)

Key Concepts:  Form, Change, Function,

Related Concepts: transformation, energy

Science (forces and energy), Mathematics, Language

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Responsible use of digital media and our digital footprint (Responsibility)

Using digital media to create and connect (Connection)

Evaluating information presented through digital media (Reflection)

Key Concepts: Reflection, Responsibility, Connection

Related Concepts: Influence, relationships

PSPE, Social Studies, Language

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Key Concepts are addressed through the Exhibition process