New Units of Inquiry

New Units of Inquiry
Michael Hughes

This post provides a brief summary of each of the homeroom's current unit of inquiry.  To access detailed information on the inquiry questions, learning outcomes and vocabulary lists for each of the units, please click on the links, below. 

Units are organized around a broad conceptual statement or a central idea, and students spend around six weeks exploring concepts from different subject disciplines to help develop an understanding of the unit's central idea. The learning progressions linked below use the SOLO Taxonomy to take students on a journey to first develop surface knowledge-based learning outcomes that will enable them to 'go deeper' and process their knowledge to develop conceptual understanding.  This is scaffolded and guided using an inquiry process illustrated in the image, below. 

Grade 1 have started their How we organize ourselves unit of inquiry and will be exploring the central idea Communities make efforts to create transportatoin systems to meet their needs. This involves investigating different forms of transportation in a variety of communities and exploring how people make decisions when using transport. They will also look at how transportation has changed over time.  Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home. 

The grade 2 How we Organise Ourselves unit of inquiry also focuses on communities but takes a broader look at the roles different people play as the students inquire into the central idea People play different roles in the communities to which they belong. The girls are exploring how the local community is organized and are learning about all the different jobs and services provided by different people.  We've been lucky enough to have some parent volunteers come and present their own jobs to the girls!   Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.  Have a look at the statements in the slideshow below - what is your current understanding of healthy lifestyle choices?

Grade 3 have begun their exploration into forces and motion in their How the World Works unit of inquiry with the central idea People apply their understanding of forces and energy to create simple, compound and complex machines. This unit will see the girls developing their understanding of how forces can change the shape, direction, and position of objects.  They will also inquire into how simple, compound and complex machines are used in daily life to make people's lives easier.  Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home. 

Grade 4's Where we are in Place and Time focuses on the concept of exploration.  Their central idea Exploration can lead to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings will take them on a journey to inquire into the different kinds of exploration, the motivation behind them and their consequences. Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home. 

The grade 5 How we Organize ourselves unit of inquiry focuses on global food production and consumption as the girls explore the central idea People have developed systems for producing and distributing food around the worldThe unit allows the girls to explore the various diets of people around the world, sustainable food production and efforts to end world hunger through the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.  Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home.

The grade 6 Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry by exploring the central idea Access to medical care around the world varies and can influence how diseases are spread.  This unit allows students to explore the form and function of various microorganisms and find out about how they affect the human body. The girls will also be iniquiring into how access to medical care can affect different regions of the world and will continue to make connections to the UN SDGs.  Please click here for the learning progression and vocabulary list so you can support your daughter's learning at home. 

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

 

 

 

 

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