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Programme of Inquiry

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PYP schools aim to teach a transdiciplinary curriculum to offer students a broad, balanced, conceptual, and connected learning experience.  In order to engage students in transdiciplinary learning schools create a programme of inquiry.

Characteristics of a  well developed programme of inquiry:

  •  Ensures students learn through a balance of subject-specific knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills, development of the learner profile, and opportunities for action
  • Six transdiciplinary themes 
  • Themes capture human commonalities that are significant and relevant across cultures, geographic regions and student learning stages
  • Collaboratively planned, developed, and continually modified based on reflection with students

From Principles into Practice: Learning and Teaching p. 57


Six transdisciplinary themes form the structure

of the progamme of inquiry.

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 & Responsibilities
  • What it means to be human

Where We Are In Place & Time: An inquiry into

  • Orientation in place & time
  • Personal histories
  • Homes & Journeys
  • The discoveries, explorations, and migrations of humankind
  • The relationship between & the interconnectedness of individuals & civilizations, from local & global perspectives

How We Organize Ourselves: An inquiry into

  • The interconnectedness of human-made systems & communities
  • The structure & function of organizations
  • Societal decision-making
  • Economic activities & their impact on humankind & the environments

How the World Works: An inquiry into

  • The natural world & its laws
  • The interaction between the natural world (physical & biological) & human societies
  • How humans use their understanding of scientific principles
  • The impact of scientific & technological advances on society & on the environment

How We Express Ourselves: An inquiry into

  • The ways in which we discover & express ideas, 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 & responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things
  • Communities & the relationship within & between them
  • Access to equal opportunities
  • Peace & conflict resolution




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