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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 into 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 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 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 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.
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.
3 – 4
2Amazing Me!
Central Idea:
Awareness of our characteristics, abilities, and interests informs our learning and development.

Key Concepts: form, change, reflection

Related Concepts:
Characteristics, similarities, differences, identity, growth

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Physical and emotional characteristics
  • What actions we can do
  • How we grow and change
  • Personal abilities and interests

No Unit taught under this theme
3Let’s Communicate!
Central Idea:
We express our feelings and ideas in different ways.

Key Concepts: form, connection, perspective

Related Concepts:
Opinion, communication

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Different forms of expression
  • How stories and rhymes help us express ideas and feelings
  • Playing different roles within stories and rhymes

No Unit taught under this theme
1Starting School
Central Idea: Schools are organized to help us learn and grow together.

Key Concepts: form, function, causation

Related Concepts:
Education, rules

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Ways we organize our belongings at school
  • The people in our school and the jobs they do
  • Why we come at school
Central Idea:
Animals and people interact in different ways in different contexts.

Key Concepts: connection, perspective responsibility

Related Concepts: characteristics, needs, relationships
Lines of Inquiry:
  • The different roles animals play in people’s lives.
  • Suitability of particular animals for specific functions
  • Our responsibility for the well-being of animals
4 – 5
1The Human Body
Central Idea
Our bodies help us understand the world around us.

Key Concepts: form,connection, perspective

Related Concepts: properties, role, impact

Lines of Inquiry
  • What our body parts are
  • How our body helps us understand the world around us
  • How the malfunctioning of body parts affects us
Central Idea
Toys and games have changed over time.

Key Concepts:
Form, function, change

Related Concepts:

Lines of Inquiry
  • What materials can be used to make toys and games
  • How toys and games developed over time
  • Role of toys and games
Central Idea
Colors can be used to evoke various responses.

Key Concepts: change, reflection, perspective

Related Concepts: color, properties, role, relationships

Lines of Inquiry
  • How and why colors change
  • How we respond to the use of colors in paintings
  • How we use color in paintings to evoke various responses
4Shadows and Reflections
Central Idea
Light can be reflected and manipulated to create images and shadows.

Key Concepts: change, connection, causation

Related Concepts: shadow, reflection,

Lines of Inquiry
  • Sources of light and reflected light
  • How shadows are created
  • How different kinds of materials reflect light differently
  • How light can be manipulated
3From Land to Hand
Central Idea
Many products go through a process of change before they are consumed or used.

Key Concepts: change, connection, responsibility

Related Concepts: components, process, choice

Lines of Inquiry
  • Origins of products
  • Changes products go through
  • Distribution of products
  • How people select the products they use
No Unit taught under this themes
5 – 6
2Family and Friends
Central Idea
Relationships with family
and friends contribute to shaping our identity.

Key Concepts: form, reflection, responsibility

Related Concepts: roles, similarities, differences, belonging, identity

Lines of Inquiry:
  • How families are similar and different
  • How we make and keep friends
  • How families and friends help shape our identity
1Our Community
Central Idea
Different people experience our community space in different ways.

Key Concepts: form, function, connection

Related Concepts: systems, structure, behavior

Lines of Inquiry
  • What community looks like
  • How people live in the community
  • How people and the community benefit from each other.
6Let’s Celebrate
Central Idea
Celebrations and traditions are expressions of shared beliefs and values.

Key Concepts: function, causation, connection
Related Concepts: beliefs, values, traditions

Lines of Inquiry
  • How people celebrate
  • Why people celebrate
  • Similarities and differences between celebrations and traditions
5Circle of Change
Central Idea
All living things go through a process of change.

Key Concepts: connection, change, causation

Related Concepts: cycles, transformation, organisms, similarities, differences

Lines of Inquiry
  • How living things change over their lifetime
  • Factors that can influence life cycles
  • Patterns of growth
Central Idea
People in different professional fields use tools to help them accomplish tasks.

Key Concepts: function, perspective, responsibility

Related Concepts: community, properties, safety

Lines of Inquiry
  • Professions in our community and how they function
  • The tools people use in their professions
  • Safe uses of tools in the classroom
3Splish Splash!
Central Idea
People explore the use of water in our daily routine.

Key Concepts: function, change, responsibility

Related Concepts: values, roles

Lines of Inquiry
  • How water is used
  • The water cycle

  • What happens to water after we have used it
  • Actions that benefit or harm water
BE 1
6 – 7
2Healthy Choices
Central idea
The choices people make affect their health and well-being.

Key concepts: causation, responsibility, reflection

Related concepts: choice, influence,

Lines of inquiry
  • What it means to have a balanced
  • lifestyle
  • How the choices we make affect our
  • health
  • Different sources of information that help us make choice
Central idea
Time and place affect the types of homes we live in.

Key concepts:
form, change, connection

Related concepts:
design, technology, time

Lines of inquiry
  • Structures and types of homes
  • How time and place affect homes
  • Past and present homes in the host country
Central idea
Stories can engage their audience and communicate meaning.

Key concepts: form, connection, perspective

Related concepts: communication,
characterization, expression

Lines of inquiry
  • How to construct an effective story
  • What stories can convey
  • How stories are created and shared
  • Feelings and emotions that stories evoke
4Natural Cycles
Central Idea:
The Earth’s natural cycles influence the activity of living things.

Key Concepts:
causation, connection, change

Related Concepts:
Cycles, interaction, pattern
Lines of Inquiry:
  • Natural cycles (eg: night and day, weather patterns, seasons)
  • The actions people take in response to earth’s natural cycles
  • Patterns of behavior in living things related to earth’s natural cycles
Central Idea:
Communities make efforts to create transportation systems that meet their needs.

Key Concepts:
form, function, change

Related Concepts:
Network, technology, sustainability

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Features of transportation systems
  • Decisions involved in using transportation
  • How systems of transportation respond to changing needs
Central Idea:
Plants sustain life on Earth and play a role in our lives.

Key Concepts:
causation, responsibility, perspective

Related Concepts:
interdependence, appreciation

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Caring for plants
  • Products we derive from plants
  • How plants contribute to life on Earth
BE 2
7 - 8
Central idea
Being aware of ourselves allows us to stay safe inside and outside school.

Key concepts: causation, reflection, responsibility

Related concepts: relationships, behavior, communication

Lines of inquiry
  • How we stay safe
  • Why we should stay safe
  • Safety from diseases and strangers
4Family Histories
Central idea
Understanding my family history helps me discover myself.

Key concepts: connection, perspective, reflection

Related concepts: relationships, family, history, preserving

Lines of inquiry
  • The origins of my ancestors
  • Recording my family’s history using photographs, writing and/or symbols
  • Methods of preserving one’s family artifacts
6Cultural Stories
Central Idea:
Every culture has stories to tell.

Key Concepts:
form, perspective, reflection

Related Concepts:
Creativity, exploration, expression, culture

Lines of Inquiry:
  • What makes a culture
  • Different ways of expressing cultural stories
  • What cultural stories convey
  • Sharing cultural stories with future generation
Central Idea:
The world around us is composed of matter which can go through various changes.

Key Concepts:
form, change, causation

Related Concepts:
Changes of state, chemical and physical changes

Lines of Inquiry:
  • States and properties of matter
  • How and why matter changes states
  • How chemical and physical reactions affect matter over time
Central idea
In a workplace people share responsibility towards a common purpose.

Key concepts: function, causation, connection

Related concepts: cooperation, role

Lines of inquiry
  • Function of a workplace
  • Interconnectedness of people in a workplace
  • Importance of a common purpose
1Animal Habitats
Central Idea:
Animals have unique characteristics that enable them to interact with the habitats they live in.

Key Concepts:
form, connection

Related Concepts:
Similarities, differences, adaptation, animals

Lines of Inquiry:
  • How animals are classified
  • Characteristics of animals
  • How animals adapt to their habitats
BE 3
8 – 9
5Body Systems
Central idea
The effective interactions between human body systems contribute to health and survival.

Key concepts: function, connection, responsibility

Related concepts: systems,
interdependence, health, homeostasis

Lines of inquiry
• Body systems and how they work
• How body systems are interdependent
• Impact of lifestyle choices on the body
4What Makes a Country!
Central idea: The geographical features and historical events of our country help shape its identity.

Key concepts:
Form, connection, perspective

Related concepts:
Geography, history, identity, features, landscape, borders
Lines of inquiry
  • Geographical features of a country
  • Important historical events
  • How geography and history shape the identity of a country
Central Idea: People use poetry to express themselves.

Key Concepts:
Form, function, perspective

Related Concepts:
Creativity, enjoyment, expression

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Different types of poetry
  • How poetry is created
  • What poetry expresses
Central Idea:
The Earth and its atmosphere are surrounded by space and are part of a vast and complex universe.

Key Concepts:
connection, causation, perspective

Related Concepts:
system, space, atmosphere

Lines of Inquiry:
  • How the planets, moon and sun work together
  • The exploration of space
  • The uniqueness of Earth
Central Idea:
Humans continually invent things to improve life and change living conditions.

Key Concepts:
form, causation, change

Related Concepts:
Inventions, innovation

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Why humans invent things
  • How humans invent things
  • The impact inventions have on our lives
3Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Central Idea:
People can establish practices in order to sustain and maintain the Earth’s resources.

Key Concepts:
change, responsibility, reflection

Related Concepts:
Lifestyle, responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Limited nature of the Earth’s resources
  • Personal choices that can help sustain the environment
  • Reducing, reusing and recycling different materials
BE 4
9 - 10
1Give and Take
Central idea:
Peaceful relationships are created through mutual understanding and respect.

Key concepts:
Perspective, reflection, responsibility

Related concepts:
Tolerance, compromise, relationships

Lines of inquiry
  • Conflict resolution strategies
  • Notable peacemakers of the world
  • Using the learner profile and the attitudes to enhance a peaceful environment
Central idea
Journeys create change and can lead to new opportunities.

Key concepts:
Perspective, change, form

Related concepts:
Settlements, journeys, migration, choice

Lines of inquiry
  • Types of journeys people make
  • Choices and decisions involved in making a journey
  • Change experienced because of a journey
2The Scientific Method
Central idea
The scientific method is a means of discovering and expressing new ideas.

Key concepts:
Form, function, reflection,

Related concepts:
Scientific method

Lines of inquiry
  • Steps involved in the scientific method
  • How scientists use the scientific method
  • Various ways that scientists can express the data they have obtained through the scientific method
Central Idea:
Forces around us have impacts on our daily lives.

Key Concepts:
form, function, connection

Related Concepts:
gravity, forces, motion

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Types of forces around us
  • How forces work
  • The impact of forces on our daily lives
Central Idea:
Economic activity relies on systems of production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.

Key Concepts:
Function, connection, responsibility

Related Concepts:
Production, consumption, equity, trade

Lines of Inquiry:
  • The role of supply and demand
  • The distribution of goods and services
  • Our responsibility as consumers
Central Idea:
Pollution impacts the global environment..

Key Concepts:
Form, connection, responsibility

Related Concepts:
Environment, pollution, conservation

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Forms of pollution
  • The impact pollution has on the environment
  • Our responsibility in finding solutions for pollution problems
BE 5
10 - 11
5We Are Growing!
Central idea
Changes people experience at different stages of their lives affect their evolving sense of self.

Key concepts: function, change, responsibility

Related concepts: maturity, image, wellbeing,

Lines of inquiry
  • The physical, social, emotional and intellectual changes that occur throughout life
  • Factors that contribute to well-being during adolescence
  • How relationships contribute to our self concept
2Explorations and Discoveries
Central idea
Exploration leads to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings.

Key concepts: causation, perspective, reflection

Related concepts: impact, navigation, colonialism, power

Lines of inquiry
  • Reasons for explorations
  • How explorations have taken place over time
  • The consequences of exploration
Central Idea:
Media influences our thinking and behavior

Key Concepts:
Function, reflection, perspective

Related Concepts:
Communication, advertising, interpretation

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Purposes and types of media
  • Persuasive techniques used in the media
  • How people respond to the messages presented in the media
  • How media helps us represent our thinking
Central Idea:
Energy may be converted, transformed and used to support human progress.

Key Concepts:
Form, causation, responsibility

Related Concepts:
Conservation, transformation

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Different forms of energy sources
  • How energy is used
  • Sustainable energy practices
1Rules and Laws
Central Idea:
Communities have rules and laws, and people have rights and responsibilities.

Key Concepts:
Form, function, connection

Related Concepts:
Systems, voting, rights, governance, citizenship

Lines of Inquiry:
  • What our rights and responsibilities are
  • Forms and rules of government
  • How elections and laws are made
  • How elections and laws benefit people
Central Idea:
Our planet relies on a series of ecosystems to maintain life of every form.

Key Concepts:
Form, function, reflection

Related Concepts:

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Different types of ecosystems
  • How ecosystems function
  • Impacts human beings have on ecosystems