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 time and place

An inquiry into our 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 civilisations, 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.

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 organise ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organisations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

How we share 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.
Grade one

Central Idea:

People’s relationships with each other can have an impact on well-being.

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: cooperation, friendship, balance

An Inquiry Into:

  • How we develop relationships
  • How relationships affect us
  • Roles and behaviours within relationships

Central Idea:

Where and how people have built their homes is determined by physical geography and culture.

Key concepts: form, function, causation

Related concepts: physical features, rivers, mountains, materials,

An Inquiry Into:

  • Geographic features around the world
  • Types of homes
  • Reasons people live where they do
  • How homes have changed over time

Central Idea:

People share personal and cultural events through celebrations and traditions.

Key concepts: form, connection

Related concepts: celebrations, traditions, history, religion

An Inquiry Into:

  • Types of cultural celebrations
  • Types of personal celebrations
  • Personal traditions

Central Idea:

Experimenting with how toys, games and songs work allows us to use them creatively. 

Key concepts: function, change

Related concepts: forces, friction, mass

An Inquiry Into:

  • How we use toys, games and songs
  • How toys are affected by forces
  • How toys and games are built

Central Idea:

Communities rely on human-made systems.

Key concepts: function, form, connection

Related concepts: communication, role, pattern

An Inquiry Into:

  • Needs of our community to function well (home and school)
  • Systems used to organize our community (home and school)
  • Roles and responsibilities of different people within the school
  • Cooperation and responsibilities required to make systems work

Central Idea:

People and animals live in habitats and have an effect upon each other.

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: interdependence, systems, needs

An Inquiry Into:

  • Needs of animals
  • How humans and animals use and need the environment
  • How our actions can benefit or harm the environment
Grade two

Central Idea:

Making healthy choices affects well-being.

Key concepts: causation, connection, reflection

Related concepts: health, systems, choice

An Inquiry Into:

  • What it means to be healthy
  • Body systems and how they work
  • Impact of lifestyle choices on the body

Central Idea:

Documenting personal histories allows people to reflect on and celebrate who they are and where they came from. 

Key concepts: causation, change, reflection

Related concepts: growth, chronology, evidence

An Inquiry Into:

  • Ways of documenting personal histories
  • Personal change from birth to present: self and family
  • Ways of reflecting on past experiences

Central Idea:

Signs and symbols allow humans to communicate culture, beliefs and values.

Key concepts: form, connection

Related concepts: culture, images, pattern

An Inquiry Into:

  • Specialized systems of communication
  • How design elements of signs and symbols support communication
  • How we interpret and respond to signs and symbols

Central Idea:

Life is influenced by weather and seasonal changes which can be explained, observed, predicted and measured.

Key concepts: form, function, connection

Related concepts: patterns, systems, impact, prediction, revolution, rotation, weather

An Inquiry Into:

  • Seasonal changes
  • How weather works
  • How weather is observed, predicted and measured
  • The influence of weather on life

Central Idea:

The food we eat is managed by manmade systems.

Key concepts: causation, responsibility

Related concepts: networks, transportation, systems, food, processes, production

An Inquiry Into:

  • Origins of natural foods
  • Roles needed in getting food to the consumer
  • Issues related to food production

Central Idea:

People can establish practices in order to sustain and maintain Earth’s resources.

Key concepts: change, responsibility, reflection

Related concepts: lifestyle, resources,

An Inquiry Into:

  • Limited nature of the Earth’s resources
  • Personal choices that can help sustain the environment
  • Reusing and recycling different materials
  • Reducing waste
Grade three

Central Idea:

Myths and legends expressed people’s beliefs and understanding of the world around them.  

Key concepts: perspective, responsibility

Related concepts: myths, legends, values, folklore, symbolism ,beliefs, culture, identity

An Inquiry Into:
  • Characteristics of folklore
  • Similarities in myths and legends from around the world
  • Symbolism used in myths and legends

Central Idea:

Cultural artefacts provide a way to learn about and understand the history of a community.

Key concepts: change, reflection

Related concepts: history, artefacts, culture, evidence

An Inquiry Into:

  • Ways to find out about the past
  • How cultural artefacts shape a community
  • Personal, local and global artefacts and their meaning

Central Idea:

Performing arts around the world allow people to express themselves.

Key concepts: form, connection, perspective

Related concepts: performing arts, dance, theater, gestures, movement, interpretation

An Inquiry Into:

  • The variety of performing arts
  • Unique cultural interpretation of performing arts
  • Common elements in performing arts around the world

Central Idea:

Humans respond to the continual changing nature of Earth.

Key concepts: causation, change, connection

Related concepts: erosion, geology, tectonic plates, movement, environmental changes

An Inquiry Into:

  • how the different components of the Earth are interrelated
  • how the Earth has changed and is continuing to change
  • human responses to the Earth’s changes

Central Idea:

The food we eat is managed by manmade systems.

Key concepts: causation, responsibility

Related concepts: networks, transportation, systems, food, processes, production

An Inquiry Into:

  • Origins of natural foods
  • Roles needed in getting food to the consumer
  • Issues related to food production

Central Idea:

Biodiversity depends on a balance of organisms within systems.

Key concepts: connection, responsibility

Related concepts: balance, biodiversity, interdependence, organisms, habitats, interaction, order

An Inquiry Into:

  • biodiversity (in woodlands and moutains)
  • food webs, food chains, and food pyramids
  • factors that affect the balance of systems
Grade four

Central Idea:

Understanding how the human brain works helps us improve our ability to learn.

Key concepts: form, perspective, causation

Related concepts: systems, consequences, cause and effect, adaptation, organism,

An Inquiry Into:

  • Brain structures
  • How we process and learn new information
  • What happens when the brain malfunctions

Central Idea:

Exploration leads to discovery and develops new understandings.

Key concepts: function, reflection, perspective

Related concepts: consequences, discovery, geography, exploration, navigation, mapping

An Inquiry Into:

  • Reasons for explorations (historical and personal)
  • The impact of explorers and explorations
  • The process of exploration
  • What we learn through exploration

Central Idea:

Through photography we can express our creativity and opinions.

Key concepts:  Perspective, Function, Form, Connection

Related concepts: identity, communication

An Inquiry Into:

  • The use of technology within photography
  • Personal and social responses to photo art
  • How photography is used to communicate opinions

Central Idea:

Structures can be understood in terms of the forces that act upon them.

Key concepts: form, function, connection

Related concepts: structure, force, transformation

An Inquiry Into:

  • Different types of forces
  • How forces act upon objects
  • How knowledge of forces impacts creation of structures

Central Idea:

Good citizens participate in society in a reflective and responsible manner.

Key concepts: change, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: communication, systems, ethics, safety

An Inquiry Into:

  • Safe and effective practices online and in the real world
  • How to navigate and evaluate information
  • Ways to consume and create digital content

Central Idea:

Different strategies can be used to resolve conflict and maintain peace.

Key concepts:

Causation, Function, Responsibility

Related concepts:

peace, conflict, resolution

An Inquiry Into:

  • Reasons why conflicts arise
  • Strategies to resolve conflict
  • How peace and conflict affects us
Grade five

Central Idea:

Changes people experience at adolescence affect their evolving sense of self.

Key concepts: responsibility, change, function

Related concepts: maturity, systems, image, well-being, identity, growth

An Inquiry Into:

  • The physical changes that occur at adolescence
  • Factors that contribute to self-concept and well-being during adolescence
  • Significant changes in the maturation process and the resulting increase of responsibilities

Central Idea:

Human migration is a response to challenges and opportunities.

Key concepts: causation, change, perspective

Related concepts: impact, adaptation, opinion, prejudice, migration

An Inquiry Into:

  • Reasons why people migrate
  • Migration throughout history
  • Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals

Central Idea:

Through film we are challenged to express our ideas creatively.

Key concepts: reflection, perspective

Related concepts: creativity, film, stories

An Inquiry Into:

  • Different creative strengths
  • The varying levels of complexity in film making
  • The different purposes of films

Central Idea:

Energy may be converted, transformed and used to assist human development.

Key concepts: form, causation, responsibility

Related concepts:  transformation, production, conservation, sustainability, distribution, consumption, technology, energy, power

An Inquiry Into:

  • Different forms of energy sources (renewable and non-renewable)
  • How we harness, conserve and renew sources of energy
  • Energy usage, the effects and sustainable practices

Central Idea:

Government and societal decisions influence the lives of their citizens.

Key concepts: function, perspective, responsibility

Related concepts: equality, rights, responsibilities, citizenship, governance, law, politics, leadership, power, constitution, ideals, welfare, society, voluntarism, rules, regulations, voting

An Inquiry Into:

  • How government systems function
  • Impact of government on citizens
  • Rights and responsibilities of citizenship

Central Idea:

Our planet contains natural resources which humans can put to a variety of uses.

Key concepts: causation, perspective, responsibility

Related concepts: resources, mining,

An Inquiry Into:

  • Natural resources
  • Accessing and using natural resources
  • Consequences of using natural resources
Grade six

Central Idea:

People use moral frameworks to guide their daily lives.

Key concepts: Form, perspective, connection.

Related concepts: Morality, good and evil, world issues, learner profile.

An Inquiry Into:

  • The concept of morality
  • Current world issues
  • The learner profile

Central Idea:

Past civilisations have shaped the way we live our lives.

Key concepts: causation, change, form

Related concepts: impact, adaptation, influence

An Inquiry Into:

  • Characteristics of a civilisation
  • Rise and decline of civilisations
  • Impact of past civilisations on today

Central Idea:

Public spaces are a canvas for works of art which invite an emotional response.

Key concepts: Form, function, perspective.

Related concepts: opinion, design

An Inquiry Into:

  • Forms of public art
  • Purposes for public art
  • An artist’s role

Central Idea:

Everything is composed of matter that will always be conserved, but with properties that can change.

Key concepts: function, form, connection

Related concepts: transformation, reversible, irreversible, properties, states of matter

An Inquiry Into:

  • Components of matter
  • Properties of matter
  • Physical and chemical changes

Central Idea:

Entrepreneurs look for opportunities to meet needs and solve problems in creative and lucrative ways.

Key concepts: form, causation, responsibility.

Related concepts: business, needs, profit, production, loss, solutions

An Inquiry Into:

  • How people identify entrepreneurial opportunities
  • The processes of entrepreneurship
  • The effects of entrepreneurship

EXHIBITION

Central Idea:

To be determined in collaboration with students

Key concepts: All

Related concepts: depending on the individual inquiries

An Inquiry Into:

Students to decide.

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