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SOLO and Vocabulary Lists Updated for Grade 1 to 6

SOLO and Vocabulary Lists Updated for Grade 1 to 6
Serrin Smyth

An update of the new SOLO Taxonomy for current and year long units of inquiry and vocabulary lists to support your child at home. 

Link to the Elementary Programme of Inquiry

Below you will find links to the updated SOLO Taxonomy and Vocabulary Lists for Grades 1 - 6. 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 on each individual Grade Level Blog and hard copies are located near the Cafeteria Display. Please feel free to come and take one. 

How can I use the SOLO at home?

You will now 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. 


Grade 1's year long unit of inquiry is How we express ourselves - Celebrations. They are exploring the central idea Celebrations and traditions can express shared beliefs and valuesThis involves investigating and exploring reasons why people celebrate and key features of celebrations. 

HWEO - Celebrations: SOLO Taxonomy

HWEO - Celebrations: Vocabulary List

Grade 1 have recently begun their unit of inquiry Sharing the planet - Living Things. They are exploring the central idea Living things adapt to their habitats to surviveThis involves investigating and exploring ways living things are suited to their habitats, ways living things interact in their habitats and how people can interact with habitats in a safe and responsible way. 

STP - Living Things: SOLO Taxonomy

STP - Living Things: Vocabulary List


Grade 2's year long unit of inquiry is How we express ourselves - Artists' Journey. They are exploring the central idea Artists interpret and respond to the world around themThis involves investigating and exploring how art conveys a message, the choices artists make to convey messages and the stages of the creative process. 

HWEO - Artists' Journey: SOLO Taxonomy

HWEO - Artists' Journey: Vocabulary List

Grade 2 have recently begun their unit of inquiry How the world works - Forces & Motion. They are exploring the central idea People apply their understanding of forces and energy to simple, compound and complex machinesThis involves investigating and exploring different types of forces, how machines function and the impact of machines on our world.

HTWW - Forces & Motion: SOLO Taxonomy

HTWW - Forces & Motion: Vocabulary List


Grade 3's year long unit of inquiry is Sharing the planet - Plants. They are exploring the central idea Plant diversity can affect the wellbeing of people and other living thingsThis involves investigating and exploring the conditions plants need to grow, the interrelationship between plants and other living things and the importance of plant diversity.

STP - Plants: SOLO Taxonomy

STP - Plants: Vocabulary List

Grade 3 have recently begun their unit of inquiry How we organise ourselves - The Marketplace. They are exploring the central idea Marketplaces depend on the ability to produce goods and supply services that can be exchangedThis involves investigating and exploring the role of supply and demand, the distribution of goods and services and responsible production and consumption.

HWOO - The Marketplace: SOLO Taxonomy

HWOO - The Marketplace: Vocabulary List


Grade 4 have recently begun their unit of inquiry How the world works - Weather Systems. They are exploring the central idea Understanding climate and weather patterns informs decision makingThis involves investigating and exploring the relationship between weather and climate, measuring and predicting weather and the impact of and response to extreme weather events.

HTWW - Weather Systems: SOLO Taxonomy

HTWW - Weather Systems: Vocabulary List


Grade 5's year long unit of inquiry is How we express ourselves - Media. They are exploring the central idea People can create or manipulate messages to target specific audiencesThis involves investigating and exploring how the elements of messages can be used to influence target audiences, the power and impact of media and critical evaluation of messages presented through media.

HWEO - Media: SOLO Taxonomy

HWEO - Media: Vocabulary List

Grade 5 will soon begin their unit of inquiry Sharing the planet - Peace & Conflict. They are exploring the central idea Reaching a resolution to conflict can be influenced by the actions and reactions of all involved. This involves investigating and exploring causes of conflict and strategies used to resolve conflict and their consequences. 

STP - Peace & Conflict: SOLO Taxonomy

STP - Peace & Conflict: Vocabulary List


Grade 6's year long unit of inquiry is Who we are - International Mindedness. They are exploring the central idea Understanding the beliefs and values of different cultures can promote international mindednessThis involves investigating and exploring what constitutes culture, the varying beliefs of different people and how they develop and promoting international mindedness.

WWA - International Mindedness: SOLO Taxonomy

WWA - International Mindedness: Vocabulary List

Grade 6 have recently begun their unit of inquiry How we express ourselves - People we admire. They are exploring the central idea People we admire can influence our actions, values and relationshipsThis involves investigating and exploring the characteristics/traits of people we admire, how individuals develop character traits to empower others and how my actions and choices affect myself and others. 

HWEO - People we admire: SOLO Taxonomy

HWEO - People we admire: 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. 


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