Learning to Love, Loving to Learn

Grade 4: WWAPT Explorers Unit of Inquiry Launches (SOLO & Vocabulary Units attached)

Grade 4: WWAPT Explorers Unit of Inquiry Launches (SOLO & Vocabulary Units attached)
Serrin Smyth

Grade 4: WWAPT Explorers Unit of Inquiry Launches (SOLO & Vocabulary Units attached)


Grade 4 have recently begun their unit of inquiry Where we are in place & time - Explorers. They are exploring the central idea 'Exploration can lead to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings'. This involves investigating reasons for exploration, how explorations have taken place over time & the consequences of past and future explorations. 

The inquiry launched in an interactive way with a connection to ICT. Students formed teams and using the app 'Goose Chase', explored the history of Seisen International School. This exploration challenge had them discovering who the different Heads of School were throughout the years, in which year the first IB diplomas were first awarded, finding the classroom in the school with the highest number and locating a map that shows where all the Handmaiden schools are located throughout the world. 

Upon reflection, students shared the feelings they had when they were exploring, "It was fun, exciting and challenging because you had to communicate well within your team!"

Some questions they had developed after this experienced included - "I'm wondering more about the history of Seisen and who built this building?" "I wonder what parts of the history of Seisen are still present today and what will the future of Seisen be like?"




Below you will find links to the updated SOLO Taxonomy and Vocabulary Lists for Grades 4. It is important to note that in alignment with the Enhanced PYP, students may develop the SOLO taxonomy by co-constructing this with their teachers. This is to provide students with agency - choice, voice and ownership throughout the process of their learning. Therefore the SOLO co-constructed by students may look slightly different this one. This learning progression and vocabulary list is developed so you can support your daughter's learning at home. These can also be found as a hard copy near the Cafeteria Display. Please feel free to come and take one. 

How can I use the SOLO at home?

You will see a row underneath the possible assessment criteria titled 'Possible questions to discuss'. These are teacher guided questions that help to direct the unit of inquiry. You may wish to use these questions to begin a conversation with your chid about their unit of inquiry at home. 

How can I use the Vocabulary Lists at home?

The Vocabulary Lists are a guide for the possible vocabulary that may be explored throughout the unit of inquiry. It is encouraged that you explain and explore the words within this list with your child in their mother tongue. Perhaps you may talk about the concept of some of the words in English and also in your home language in order to deepen their understanding of them. 

WWAPT - Explorers: SOLO Taxonomy

WWAPT - Explorers: Vocabulary List

If you have any experience or expertise with the content of these units of inquiry, we would love to hear from you! Please contact our PYP Coordinator ( or your daughter's homeroom teacher. 

More from the Seisen Grade 4 Blog