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PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME (PYP)
UNITS OF INQUIRY
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017 - 2018

TRANSDISCIPLINARY THEMES

Who We Are

An inquiry into the nature of 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 humans.

Where We Are In Place and Time

An inquiry into an orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, exploration and migration of human kind; the relationships between and 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 way 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; 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 organization; societal decision making; economic activities and their impact and human kind and the environment.

Sharing The Planet

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

 

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PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Who We Are

We are special individuals with unique characteristics.

  • My physical characteristics.
  • What I can do.
  • My feelings, likes and dislikes.
  • How to care for my own body.
1st

 

Where We Are In Place and Time



How We Express Ourselves

Songs and rhymes give us pleasure and help our imaginations grow.

  • Favourite songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Singing songs and rhymes.
  • How songs and rhymes make us feel.

3rd

 

How The World Works


Water has various forms and uses.

  • How we can use water.
  • How water can be changed and how it changes other things.
  • Why water is important.

2nd

How We Organize Ourselves

 

 

 

Sharing The Planet

Plants and animals are helpful to humans and also need our help.

  • How animals & plants are useful.
  • Conditions plants & animals need to stay healthy.
  • Our responsibility towards living things.
4th

KINDERGARTEN

Who We Are

We are special individuals with unique characteristics.

  • My physical characteristics.
  • What I can do.
  • My feelings, likes and dislikes.
  • How to care for my own body.
1st

 

Where We Are In Place and Time


How We Express Ourselves

Songs and rhymes give us pleasure and help our imaginations grow.

  • Favourite songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Singing songs and rhymes.
  • How songs and rhymes make us feel.

3rd

 

How The World Works


Water has various forms and uses.

  • How we can use water.
  • How water can be changed and how it changes other things.
  • Why water is important.

2nd

How We Organize Ourselves

 

 

 

Sharing The Planet

Plants and animals are helpful to humans and also need our help.

  • How animals & plants are useful.
  • Conditions plants & animals need to stay healthy.
  • Our responsibility towards living things.
4th

RECEPTION

Who We Are

We make choices to keep ourselves and others safe.

  • Making safe choices.
  • Safety in different places.
  • People who can help us.
1st

Where We Are In Place and Time

Homes take different forms in different places.

  • Why we need shelter.
  • Types and kinds of homes in different places.
  • Helping take care of our home.
4th

How We Express Ourselves

Stories can engage their audience and communicate meaning.

  • How to construct an effective story.
  • What stories can convey.
  • How stories are created and shared.
  • Feelings and emotions that stories evoke.
5th

How The World Works

Materials behave and interact in certain ways, which determine how people use them.

  • Behavior of materials.
  • Changing properties of materials.
  • Manipulation and application of materials to purposes.
6th

How We Organize Ourselves

We are a part of our school and community.

  • Our school.
  • Places people work.
  • People in our community who help us.
  • Taking care of our community.
3rd

Sharing The Planet

Farm produce food for humans.

  • Farm animals.
  • How farms work.
  • Using farm products.
  • Different farms in different places.
2nd

 

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GRADE 1

Who We Are

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

  • What it means to have a balanced lifestyle.
  • How the choices we make affect our health.
  • Different sources of information that help us make choices.
1st

Where We Are In Place and Time

Technology has changed how we play.

  • How games and toys have changed overtime
  • How games and toys from other countries have changed
  • How technology has influenced toys and games
3rd

How We Express Ourselves

Images communicate ideas and information.

  • The use of static and moving images in different media.
  • How design elements of images support communication.
  • How we interpret and respond to images.

6th

How The World Works

Knowledge of the impact of forces helps us to understand how the world works.

  • The differences between types of forces.
  • How forces affect movement.
  • How forces are connected to everyday life.
4th

How We Organize Ourselves

The journey of food production is a process involving many people.

  • The origins of food.
  • The processes of food production.
  • The key roles people play in food production.
2nd

Sharing The Planet

People have an impact on the environment.

  • Earth’s finite and infinite resources.
  • How living things benefits from each other.
  • Human action that benefits or harm the environment.
5th

GRADE 2

Who We Are

People learn in many ways.

  • What learning is
  • The various ways people learn.
  • How understanding our learning style can help us learn.
1st

Where We Are In Place and Time

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

  • Variability of physical geography around the world.
  • The relationship between location and settlement.
  • Impact of human interaction on the physical environment.
3rd

How We Express Ourselves

Through the arts people use different forms of expression to convey their uniqueness as human beings.

  • The diverse ways in which people express themselves.
  • How everyone can express their uniqueness through the arts.
  • The role of the arts in culture and society.
4th

How The World Works

Weather impacts our daily lives.

  • Different types of weather
  • How weather changes affect living things
  • Different methods to record, predict and explain weather
5th

How We Organize Ourselves

Signs and symbols are part of human-made systems that facilitate local and global communication.

  • Iconography
  • How visual language facilitates communication
  • Specialized systems of communication
6th

Sharing The Planet

Peace and conflict resolution strategies we learn as children can be applied later in life to help us solve problems.

  • Types of conflict
  • Causes of conflict (local and global)
  • Strategies used to resolve conflict
2nd

GRADE 3

Who We Are

Celebrations and traditions are part of our shared beliefs and values.

  • Why people celebrate.
  • Features of traditions and celebrations.
  • Symbolic representations of celebrations and traditions.
  • What meaning people assign to celebrations and traditions.
4th

Where We Are In Place and Time

Human migration involves challenges and opportunities.

  • Reasons for migration.
  • The effects of migration on the native and host country..
  • Challenges faced by migrants.

3rd

How We Express Ourselves

Poetry is a means of expressing oneself.

  • Elements and forms of poetry.
  • Poetry as an expression of meaning and emotion.
  • Poetic expression through the arts.
5th

How The World Works

The world is composed of matter which can go through various changes.

  • States (solid, liquid, gas) and properties of matter (shape, mass, space/volume).
  • Chaging states of matter.
  • Use of matter in people’s daily lives.
6th

How We Organize Ourselves

Economic activity relies on systems of production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.

  • Our role in an economy
  • The distribution of goods and services
  • The factors that influence our choices
  • Our responsibility as consumer
2nd

Sharing The Planet

Water is essential to life and is a limited resource for many people

  • Sources of water and how water is used.
  • What happens to water after we have used it.
  • Distribution and availability of usable water.
  • Responsibilities regarding water.
1st

GRADE 4

Who We Are

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

  • Body systems and how they work.
  • How body systems are independent.
  • Impact of lifestyle choices on the body.
1st

Where We Are In Place and Time

Exploration leads to discoveries, opportunities, and new understandings.

  • Reasons for exploration (historical and personal).
  • How exploration have taken places over time.
  • The consequences of exploration.
3rd

How We Express Ourselves

People can create and manipulate messages to target specific audiences.

  • Persuasive tools and techniques used in media.
  • Critical evaluation of messages presented in the media.
  • The impact of advertisement to the economy.
2nd

How The World Works

Observation of space has allowed for a greater understanding of the universe.

  • Scientific observations of the changes in the sky.
  • Tools to observe space.
  • The impact of space exploration.
4th

How We Organize Ourselves

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

  • Communities and their needs.
  • Features of transport systems.
  • How systems of transportation respond to various needs.
5th

Sharing The Planet

The need for finite resources is a factor in relationship between humans and natural environment.

  • The value of renewable and non-renewable resources.
  • The conflicts that arise between humans and wild animals over finite resources.
  • Causes of conflict between human and nature.
6th

GRADE 5

Who We Are

The decisions made by individuals affect growth and well-being.

  • Awareness of decisions related to personal health and safety.
  • Strategies for decision-making.
  • How our decisions affect ourselves and others.
1st

Where We Are In Place and Time

Looking back at national history allows us to understand the past and how it relates to our lives.

  • Why colonialism occurred in particular areas.
  • How countries have reacted to colonialism.
  • How countries have been shaped by colonialism.
5th

How We Express Ourselves

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

  • How arts can be a reflection of societal values and issues.
  • The contexts in which artworks were created.
  • How learning about arts develops appreciation.
2nd

How The World Works

Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere have impacts on the way people live their lives.

  • How the different components of the Earth are interrelated.
  • Why the Earth has changed and is continuing to change.
  • Human response to the Earth’s changes.
3rd

How We Organize Ourselves

Electricity is generated in a number of ways and the production and distribution of electricity impacts on people’s lives and the environment.

  • The different ways electricity can be generated.
  • How electricity can be distributed.
  • The global impact of electricity.
4th

Sharing The Planet

Over time, living things need to adapt in order to survive.

  • The concept of adaptation.
  • Circumstances that lead to adaptation.
  • How living things have adapted in response to the environment.
6th

GRADE 6

Who We Are

There are physical social and emotional changes that happen to us in puberty.

  • How our bodies change.
  • Personal health and hygiene.
  • Dealing with emotions and peer pressure.
1st

Where We Are In Place and Time

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

  • Characteristics of civilizations and societies.
  • Connections between past and present.
  • Implications for the future.
  • Process involved in collecting, analyzing, and validating evidence.
4th

How We Express Ourselves

A person behavior and how they choose to present themselves project aspects of their identity.

  • How appearance and behavior influence our perception of others.
  • The influence of cultural and social norms on how we choose to present ourselves.
  • Fashion as a form of expression.
2nd

How The World Works

Machines can make our lives easier.

  • Types of simple machines.
  • How simple machines are used in complex machines.
  • Simple machines and and how they help us do work.

How We Organize Ourselves

 

Exhibition

3rd

Sharing The Planet

Biodiversity relies on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms within systems.

  • Ways in which ecosystem, biomes and environment. are interdependent
  • How human interaction with the environment can affect the balance of systems.
  • The consequence of imbalance within ecosystem.
6th

 
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