SEISEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Learning to Love, Loving to Learn

PYP Framework

The PYP provides a balance between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, development of positive attitudes and taking of responsible action.

Inquiry

Purposeful, structured inquiry is the leading pedagogical approach of the PYP. This student-centered learning approach challenges students to engage with significant ideas and is characterized by students taking an active role in:

  • exploring, wondering, questioning
  • building on prior knowledge and making connections between previous understanding and current learning
  • deciding on appropriate sources of information, evaluating and using it to extend prior knowledge
  • collecting information from primary and secondary sources to support inquiries
  • clarifying existing ideas and deepening understanding
  • solving problems in a variety of ways

The starting point is students’ current understanding and the goal is the active construction of meaning.

At Seisen we use an inquiry process that is closely connected to the SOLO Taxonomy, which allows students to move from shallow thinking, where they are collecting information, to deeper processing where they are required to connect ideas and go further to think about these ideas in different ways.

Program of Inquiry

Seisen PYP POI 20-21

Seisen Program of Inquiry

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Seisen PYP: How The World Works
  • Grade 1
  • How the World Works

Central idea: Exploration of light and sound offers opportunities to think like scientists.

  • energy
  • manipulation
  • transfer
Seisen PYP: Expression Through the Arts
  • Grade 1
  • How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: People express ideas, feelings and emotions in many different ways.

  • Communication
  • expression
  • Feelings
Seisen PYP: How We Organize Ourselves
  • Grade 1
  • How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: Members of a community work together to meet common goals.

  • Community
  • contribution
  • organisation
Seisen PYP: Sharing the Planet
  • Grade 1
  • Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: The unequal distribution of water around the world impacts communities

  • equality
  • fair conservatiuon
Seisen PYP: Who We Are
  • Grade 1
  • Who We Are

Central Idea: We develop a sense of belonging through building relationships and exploring our identity

  • identity
  • Relationships
  • well-being
Seisen PYP: Where We Are in Place and Time
  • Grade 1
  • Where We Are In Place And Time

Central Idea: Knowing about our family histories enables us to discover our cultural origins and develop historical awareness

  • History
  • significance
  • time
Seisen PYP: Who We Are
  • Grade 2
  • Who We Are

Central Idea: Our approach to learning and interactions with others can help create a positive learning community

  • Community
  • learning
  • mindset
Seisen PYP: Where We Are in Place and Time
  • Grade 2
  • Where We Are In Place And Time

Central Idea: Celebrations and traditions connect people locally and globally.

  • Celebrations
  • traditions
  • values
Seisen PYP: Expression Through the Arts
  • Grade 2
  • How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: People can express their imaginative ideas creatively

  • creativity
  • imagination
  • inspiration
Seisen PYP: How The World Works
  • Grade 2
  • How the World Works

Central Idea: Materials have properties which can be manipulated for different purposes.

  • classifiction
  • materials
  • properties
Seisen PYP: Sharing the Planet
  • Grade 2
  • Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: The survival of living things is dependent on the habitat in which they live

  • habitat
  • impact
  • interdependence
Seisen PYP: How We Organize Ourselves
  • Grade 2
  • How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: Understanding how markets operate can inspire entrepreneurship.

  • business
  • trade
Seisen PYP: Who We Are
  • Grade 3
  • Who We Are

Central Idea: Balance in our lives can promote health and well-being

  • balance
  • choices
  • well-being
Seisen PYP: Where We Are in Place and Time
  • Grade 3
  • Where We Are In Place And Time

Central Idea: Inventions have influenced the way we live today and have implications for the future

  • impact
  • inventions
Seisen PYP: Sharing the Planet
  • Grade 3
  • Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Life within different habitats is sustained and enriched by plant diversity

  • habitats
  • interrelationship
  • sustainability
Seisen PYP: How We Organize Ourselves
  • Grade 3
  • How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: Human made systems are created to support the needs of communities

  • network
  • organisation
  • systems
Seisen PYP: Expression Through the Arts
  • Grade 3
  • How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Culture, beliefs and values can be expressed through the performing arts

  • culture
  • diversity
  • expression
Seisen PYP: How The World Works
  • Grade 3
  • How the World Works

Central Idea: People apply their understanding of forces to invent, design and create.

  • forces
  • mechanics
  • structures
Seisen PYP: Who We Are
  • Grade 4
  • Who We Are

Central Idea: The interactions between human body systems contribute to health and survival.

  • healthcare
  • interactions
  • systems
Seisen PYP: Where We Are in Place and Time
  • Grade 4
  • Where We Are In Place And Time

Central Idea: Exploration can lead to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings.

  • discoveries
  • exploratiuon
  • impact
Symbolism
  • Grade 4
  • How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: People use symbolism in art to express complex and meaningful themes

  • expression
  • symbolism
  • themes
Weather Systems
  • Grade 4
  • How the World Works

Central Idea: Change in weather and climate impact human societies in a variety of ways

  • climate
  • systems
  • weather
Earth's Resources
  • Grade 4
  • Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: People’s actions can protect or deplete the Earth’s resources and may lead to conflict

  • conflict
  • equal access
  • resources
Sustainability
  • Grade 4
  • How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: Food security is dependent upon sustainable production and consumption practices

  • consumption
  • impact
  • sustainability
Civilization
  • Grade 5
  • Where We Are In Place And Time

Central Idea: A range of evidence can help us understand connections between past civilizations and present day societies

  • analyses
  • civilizations
  • societies
Identity
  • Grade 5
  • Who We Are

Central Idea: Our identity and thinking can be influenced and expressed through media.

  • identity
  • influence
  • media
Change
  • Grade 5
  • How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Changes people experience during adolescence can affect their evolving sense of self.

  • maturity
  • self image
  • well-being
Human Rights
  • Grade 5
  • How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: The structure and function of organisations can promote or deny equality and justice.

  • equality
  • justice
  • rights
Earth & Space
  • Grade 5
  • How the World Works

Central Idea: Advances in technology have enhanced our understanding of the Earth and its place in the universe.

  • exploration
  • Space
  • systems
Biodiversity
  • Grade 5
  • Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Biodiversity relies on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms within systems.

  • biodiversity
  • conservation
  • interdependence
Seisen PYP: Who We Are
  • Kindergarten
  • Who We Are

Central Idea: Our health can be influenced by the choices we make

  • exercise
  • health
  • nutrition
Seisen PYP: Expression Through the Arts
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • Kindergarten

Central Idea: Through play we communicate and use our creativity to explore and discover.

  • Communication
  • imagination
  • play
Seisen PYP: How We Organize Ourselves
  • How We Organize Ourselves
  • Kindergarten

Central Idea: Signs and symbols can be used to communicate ideas and information to people.
 

  • Communication
  • symbols
  • systems
Seisen PYP: Sharing the Planet
  • Kindergarten
  • Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Being a responsible member of the community involves conserving resources
 

  • conservation
  • interdependence
  • resources

PYP Essential Elements

Elementary Learning Outcomes

Our approaches to teaching and learning at Seisen require teachers to meet regularly in order to evaluate student work and plan the next stages of learning. Such collaboration enables us to address the three learning questions central to our philosophy of learning :

  • Where are the students going?
  • How are they doing?
  • Where to next?

To know where students are going it's important for teachers to know the 'big picture'. Conversations about learning go way beyond planning engaging activities; the focus and primary purpose of planning meetings is for teachers to map out the possible learning pathways for students.

"The teachers themselves need to see beyond the bigger picture. In many ways, a good inquiry teacher is like a cartographer: they work at keeping a kind of 'aerial view' of the learning pathways available to the students"

Kath Murdoch, 2015

In order to do this, teachers create 'long-term' planning documents that map out the learning outcomes each semester. Homeroom and single-subject teachers make decisions about which learning outcomes will be integrated into the units of inquiry to support conceptual understanding and which learning outcomes would be better suited as stand-alone units (not integrated into the PYP units of inquiry). To keep parents informed about the teaching and learning, we have made these documents available to you.

2020-2021 Elementary Learning Outcomes

Students explore six units of inquiry, one under each transdisciplinary theme, at each grade level. The Programme of Inquiry at the bottom of this page will provide an overview of all units studied from grade 1 up to grade 6. The units collectively provide a scaffold for the development of international-mindedness.
Grade level learning outcomes for all homeroom and specialist subjects are shared with families each semester.

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Seisen PYP POI 20-21

Subject Areas in the PYP