Programme of Inquiry
Learning in the PYP is structured through the Programme of Inquiry where units of inquiry are created under six Transdisciplinary Themes.
- Who We Are
- Where we are in Place and Time
- How We Express Ourselves
- How the World Works
- How We Organise Ourselves
- Sharing The Planet
The units of inquiry encourage students to think broadly and deeply as they acquire knowledge. In addition, by focusing their learning on the experiences and challenges shared by others, students are able to develop positive learning attitudes, interact with the world around them and take meaningful action as they develop a deeper understanding and a sense of personal responsibility.
Our KIS Programme of Inquiry illustrates this in more detail.
Through the programme of inquiry, the subject areas are connected through the IBPYP Key Concepts and Approaches to Learning (ATL)
The PYP is organised into 6 subject groups
- Social Studies
- Personal, Social and Physical Education (PSPE)
Where appropriate curriculum learning is integrated within the unit of inquiry. At the start of each unit of inquiry the teachers tune the children into the focus of the unit, and carry out a base-line assessment to establish the current level of knowledge and understanding. Teachers then adjust their planning to accommodate the learning readiness of particular groups of learners. Teachers will share the specifics with parents as a new inquiry begins, and also update class blogs on a weekly basis to inform parents of planned learning
At KIS we have created scope and sequences for each subject which are aligned to international curriculum standards and learning outcomes. We systematically review, develop and refine our curriculum, drawing upon the best and most appropriate learning opportunities for our internationally-oriented and culturally diverse learners.
In the PYP Language is viewed as integral to all curriculum areas and all teachers are considered teachers of language. This means that language habits and structures are learned across all areas of learning, inclusive of PE and the Arts.
The Language scope and sequence is organised into six strands:
Research shows that children’s literacy progress is strongest when they begin with pre-literacy development and concepts of print and are allowed to access literacy when they are developmentally ready. Children who experience a balanced literacy programme, become not only stronger readers but generally stronger academically.
At KIS Children are introduced to early literacy through strategies such as print in the environment, read alouds, scribing, experimentation. In EY 3 they begin more formal acquisition of literacy, which is developed with the use of the Oxford Reading Tree programme, word building and sight vocabulary development. Once children are fluent and comprehensively understanding text, they will transition into small group guided reading instruction, which is differentiated to accommodate different levels of need.
Children read every day, using a combination of:
Independent practice (at a level where they can process and comprehend for themselves)
Instructional practice (with the teacher at a level where they are extending their competency)
Peer practice (where they read to or with one another and reflect on common understandings)
Children also write every day, younger children explore word building and emergent literacy practices, while older children inquire into genre structures and the writing process. At KIS we use the 6 + Traits of Writing as a core approach to writing instruction.
In the PYP, Mathematics is viewed as a tool to support inquiry and provides a global language through which students make sense of the world around them. Mathematics helps explain the why and how, and is a process of thinking. The conceptual framework of the PYP promotes a deep understanding of mathematical principles and the use of transdisciplinary themes ensures that connections with the real world are made. The Mathematics Scope and Sequence is organised into five strands:
- Pattern and Function
- Data Handling
- Shape and Spaces
Research shows that children’s Mathematical development is strengthened by practical and visual exploration, to create strong mental models which support Mathematical fluency and application. At KIS we make extensive use of Numicon resources to ensure practical understanding of number concepts. Numerical skills are developed through specific focused units whereas Data, Measurement and shape concepts are integrated into the Programme of Inquiry ensuring that these applications are learned in an appropriate context to enhance learning transfer.
Science and Social Studies
The transdisciplinary units of learning address both the science and social studies strands. Across a phase (2 year groups), children will have experience of all strands of science and social studies. Children are given experience of hands on learning in science with provocations, investigations and the opportunity to create their own experiments and technological designs. In social studies they have a variety of experiential learning, artefact exploration and practical research. Our KIS Science and Social Studies scope and sequences are based on the Australian National Science and the Australian Humanities and Social Science curriculums
The Science Scope and Sequence is organised into:
- Living Things
- Earth and Space
- Forces and Energy
- Materials and Matter
- Scientific Processes
The Social Studies Scope and Sequence is organised into
- Human Systems and Economic Activities
- Social Organisation and Culture
- Continuity and Change Through Time
- Human and Natural Environments
- Resources and the Environment
The Arts scope and sequences for Drama, Music and Visual Art are organised into:
Through the Arts the children learn specific skills but are also encouraged to develop their creativity, and individual perspectives.
Personal, Social and Physical Education
PSPE is an integral part of the curriculum at KIS, it is woven through every aspect of learning. PSPE is organised in three strands:
- Active Living
Our PE programme, whilst being strongly skills based, addresses the strands of Active Living and Interactions.
At KIS ICT is completely integrated within the curriculum and used to enhance and develop learning through:
Information and Media Literacy
Creating and Responding
The children are engaged in a range of ICT explorations throughout the year, including virtual reality learning through Google Expeditions and coding applications, including Scratch and Code.org. In Grade 2 the children are introduced to the Google Suite and learn how to manage their own accounts,
At all times the KIS ICT code of conduct must be adhered to.