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Our Programme of Inquiry

 

   

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 to orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind

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.

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 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

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

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Central Idea:  

Patterns bring a natural order to our lives.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

-What patterns are

-Natural patterns

-Mathematical and scientific patterns

 

Central Idea:  

Imagination is essential for us to think, create, and to express ourselves.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

-Expressing our imagination

-Using our imagination for problem solving.

-Considering different perspectives

 


 
 

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Central Idea:  

Our senses help us discover our environment and keep us safe.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

·   Knowing the 5 senses

·   Observing objects and surroundings using the 5 senses

·   How the senses can be used to keep us safe

 

 

Central Idea:

Homes and vary depending on natural resources and climate.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

-The meaning of a home.

- Types of homes.

- Where and how humans and animals live.

 

 

Central Idea

Transportation systems are organized for people to move from place to place.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

-Types of transportation systems

-How people use transportation systems.

-Why people choose one transportation system over another

 

Central Idea:  

Living things grow and change through cycles.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

-The meaning of a living thing.

-How animals grow and change through cycles

 ·How plants grow and change through cycles

Key Concepts:

 

Central Idea:

Families around the world celebrate in various ways.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

-Celebrations around the world..

-The characteristics of each celebration.

-The similarities and differences between cultural celebrations.

 

 

Central idea:

Every day I can learn about who I am, what I can do and my responsibilities as a child.

Lines of Inquiry

- Who I am

-My responsibilities as a child  

-What I can do now

 

 

 

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Central idea:

People in communities find ways to work together peacefully and safely.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

- Procedures and responsibilities when working with others

-Working cooperatively toward a common goal

-Ways our global community works together peacefully and safely

 

Central Idea:

Maps and models are created to help find locations and  provide/illustrate information.

 

Lines of Inquiry;-

The differences between maps and models.

-  Features of a map.

- How maps provide useful information.

-  How a map helps us to find a location.

 



 

Central idea:

People may choose occupations based on their interest and expertise.

Lines of Inquiry:

- What occupations are.

How people choose their occupations.

How my talents and interests can help me choose an occupation when I grow up.

 

Central idea:

Weather can be observed, measured and described which influences our daily actions and the way we live.

Lines of Inquiry:

-How weather is measured

-How weather changes over time

-What causes of weather

-How weather influences the way we live

 

Central idea:

Imagination inspires authors and illustrators to create.

Lines of Inquiry:

- Imagination and visualization.

- How imagination affects style

-How imagination helps us connect words and pictures

 


 

Central idea:

The ways we use resources impacts the world.

Lines of Inquiry:

- The earth’s resources.  (Gifts from the Earth)

- What pollutes our environment.

- How recycling and reusing impact our world.

- How our acts of conservation affect our global community.

 

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Central idea:

Learners around the world share similarities and differences.

Lines of Inquiry:

-Myself as a learner and my learning environment

-Attributes of learners and their learning environments around the world

 



 

Central idea:

Stories and traditions passed from one generation to the next make family histories

Lines of Inquiry:

- People in my family

- Family traditions

- Family Stories

 

 

Central idea:

People produce, distribute and consume goods in an economy

Lines of Inquiry:

-Producers and their goods

-Consumers, trade and exchange

-How producers respond to the needs and wants of consumers

 

Central idea:

Living things use resources from the environment to live and grow

Lines of Inquiry:

-What is living and non-living

-  How resources are used

- Habitats of living things

 

Central idea:

Ideas, information and experiences are communicated through the arts.

Lines of Inquiry:

-What is art

-How people express ideas and information visually

-How people use music and dance as forms of communication

 

Central idea:

People’s actions affect life in the ocean.

Lines of Inquiry:

-Ocean life

-Effects of human action on ocean life

-Sustainable practices

 

             

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Central Idea:  

Food and exercise choices may determine our health.

Lines of Inquiry:

- How exercise affects the body  

- The connection between food and health

- What the world eats

Key Concepts:

Connection

Causation

Responsibility

 

Central Idea:

Simple machines have had an effect on the way we live.

Lines of Inquiry:  

- Simple machines and how they function (physical laws)

- How simple machines are used  -    -The effect of simple machines on our lives

Key Concepts:

Function

Change

Central Idea:

Actions and decisions have consequences that affect individuals, society, and the environment.

Lines of Inquiry:  

-How personal actions are based on values and attitudes

-Individual actions and their consequences

-taking action

Key Concepts:

Causation

Responsibility

Perspective                            

Central Idea:

Observations of the Universe have resulted in new scientific understandings in different areas.

Lines of Inquiry:

-Systems of the universe

-Relationship between Earth and Moon

-Opportunities for space exploration and it’s impact on societies

Key Concepts:

Function

Perspective

Causation

Central Idea:

Cultures explain physical phenomena  and events through and drama.

Lines of Inquiry

-Origin stories

-Writing, producing, and performing a play

-How people share stories through performance

Key Concepts:

Perspective

Reflection

Form


 

Central Idea:

The interdependence between an animal and its ecosystem may determine its ability to survive..

Lines of Inquiry:

-Ecosystems

-Animal survival within an ecosystem

-Impacts of change in ecosystems

Key Concepts:

Form

Change

Function

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Central Idea:

Curiosity makes people pursue answers to questions which can lead to discovery and innovation.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

- How curiosity drives learning

- curious people and their impact on the world

- Process of gathering information and sharing learning

 

Central Idea:

Migration is a response to human circumstances and challenges.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

-Human rights

-Motivation for migration

-People’s actions that help others in crisis

 

Central Idea:

Understanding Different Belief Systems May Lead to a More Peaceful World.

Lines of Inquiry:

Similarities and differences between major belief systems

·   Conflict between people with different beliefs

. The relationship between tolerance and peace

 

Central Idea:

Different forms of energy have different levels of impact on the environment.                                   

 

Lines of inquiry:                                        

-Electricity

- The different forms of energy                               

-The human use of energy and how it impacts our earth

 

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Central Idea:

Poetry is a way to express our inner selves and our culture.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

- How poets use language to communicate feelings

- The different forms of poetry

- How poetry can reflect a person’s culture

 

Central Idea:

Natural and unnatural processes shape and reshape the earth’s land surface impacting the way people live/                                   

 

Lines of Inquiry:                         -Types of landforms and how they are formed                            -Causes and effects of Natural Disasters                                

-Human impact on landforms and landforms impact on humans

 

             

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Central Idea:

Conflict arises when a person or a group feels unjustly treated.

Lines of Inquiry:

- Causes of conflict

- Effects of conflict  

- Conflict Resolution and world impact

 

 



 

Central Idea:

Unit Under Construction

Central Idea:

Different government systems use collaboration to solve problems and work towards a common goal.

Lines of Inquiry:

-types of governments

-  structures within governments

·-pros and cons of each type of government

 

Central Idea:

Natural laws of physical and chemical science can be identified through investigation.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

- The methodology of science

- The process of investigation

·- Creating chemical reactions

 

Central Idea:

Exhibition

We creatively advocate by expressing what we believe in.

Lines of Inquiry:

- Children’s needs

- Rights/Needs vs. Wants

-How we advocate for our beliefs

 

 




 

Central Idea:

 

The sustainability of natural environments is of global concern for the preservation of living things.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

-What is sustainability

-Issues that prevent sustainability

-How natural environments can be sustained