Kindergarten Unit of Inquiry - PLAY! (SOLO taxonomy & sentence starters for play)

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Kindergarten Unit of Inquiry - PLAY! (SOLO taxonomy & sentence starters for play)
Serrin Smyth

This year students Kindergarten will be partaking in a year long inquiry exploring PLAY!

Programme of Inquiry

How We Express Ourselves: PLAY!

Many classes have been delving into this year long focus and exploring the prior knowledge that students have with the concept of play:

Kindergarten are exploring the central idea Through play we communicate and use our creativity to explore and discover.

This involves investigating and exploring:

  • Different forms of play 

  • Using our creativity and senses when playing

  • Communicating through play

Below you will find links to the updated SOLO Taxonomy and Vocabulary Lists for this unit of inquiry. 

How We Express Ourselves - PLAY: SOLO & Word Vocabulary/Sentence Starters

How can I use the SOLO at home?

On the SOLO you will see two sections, one with inquiry questions to guide students learning through the different stages as they move from a shallow understanding of the lines of inquiry to a more deeper understanding. The possible assessment criteria are learning outcomes - learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge or skills we aim for students to acquire as a result of their engagement with the unit of inquiry. Inquiry is the leading pedagogy within the Primary Years Programme. Students are at different developmental stages and therefore may reach different levels of proficiency with knowledge and skills. Additionally you will see "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/Sentence Starters at home? (These are on Page 2 after the SOLO)

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.

For this unit, instead of using specific words, we have placed a focus on sentence starters as a way of inviting people to play or asking to play. You may wish to model these sentence starters when your child has a play date, or encourage your child to use them when they have the opportunity. 

Additionally, if you see your child taking action as a result of their learning at school, we would LOVE to hear about it! As action is often taken outside of the learning environment, we often don't know about these opportunities that you as parents are witness to, even a short email telling us about something your child did or said at home as a result of their learning helps us know how the PYP is supporting the development of life long learners that take action!

Please contact our PYP Coordinator ( or your daughter's homeroom teacher.


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