Units of Inquiry

The PYP curriculum is developed around six organizing trans-disciplinary themes that provide the structure for the Units of Inquiry.  These themes identify areas of shared experience that have meaning for individuals of different cultures.  As students explore these themes collaboratively, they increase their awareness of and sensitivity to others.  The themes are:

Who We Are

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including family friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.  In Grade 1, for example, students learn about the human body and how our unique physical system works.

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 human kind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilization, form local and global perspectives.  In Grade 2, for example, students explore the way our solar system is viewed and how it continues to change.

How We Express Ourselves

An inquiry into 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.  In Grade 3, for example, students realise that art and society can be understood through creative expression and critical appreciation.

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; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.  In Grade 1, for example, students learn that water is a unique substance that is essential to all life.

How We Organise 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.  In Grade 4, for example, students study that goods and services are given value and how systems allow for free trade.

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.  In Grade Primary, for example, students discover that mini-beasts are an essential part of the habitat we live in.