September 23, 2012

IB PYP Units of Inquiry

Ask any student at ISOCS “What are you learning about at school?”

They will probably tell you about what and how they have been learning in their current International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) Unit of Inquiry!

Many people perceive this “Unit of Inquiry” in a traditional sense as a theme or project…actually it goes deeper and further than that in the IB PYP. Each of our IB PYP Units of Inquiry are part of a greater global understanding, demonstrated in our IB PYP Programme of Inquiry. Each year students visit a Transdisciplinary Theme which systematically explores:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in time and place
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Each theme is universal and considered “worth knowing for life” wherever that life might lead!

Rather than learn the specific history or geography of one nation we explore concepts which are important to all cultures. Instead of learning the French or American revolution we look at the concept of Conflict or Revolution and its outcomes globally, past and present. In this way we see the relevance  and effects of history in the present day and our potential to learn from them.

Our students develop their individual experience to a greater shared understanding of how our world works and changes from various perspectives. Our students come from so many different and diverse cultures and we value and learn from them all!

This is the ideal education for an internationally-connected, uncertain and rapidly-changing future. We understand that we cannot accurately predict this fast-changing nature of our world, but we are confident that our children are best prepared with globally relevant concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that they can draw upon, adapt and develop in different life situations.

ISOCS students are happy with themselves; excited by the connections they make personally and internationally and connected to and  feel responsible for their local and global communities.

Have a look at an overview of our Units of Inquiry here:

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