PYP Program of Inquiry
Making connections between what students learn in the classroom and how it relates to the world around them
In the PYP, students learn about significant concepts through units of inquiry. There are six transdisciplinary themes that guide the units of inquiry at each year level during each year of study. The essential elements of each unit are knowledge content, learning skills, learning attitudes, responsible action and classroom practices. Units of inquiry interweave subject areas such as mathematics, literacy and language, science, social studies, personal and physical development and the arts.
SHARING THE PLANET
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
WHERE WE ARE IN SPACE AND TIME
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship 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.
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.
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.
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.