Launching our Kindergarten PYP Unit of Inquiry "Health" - SOLO Taxonomy & Word Vocabulary Lists

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Launching our Kindergarten PYP Unit of Inquiry "Health" - SOLO Taxonomy & Word Vocabulary Lists
Serrin Smyth

The main focus in Kindergarten since returning to school, has been on safe interactions and safe behaviours within the learning environment. 

This focus was developed in order for students to create a shared understanding of how we can keep healthy & safe at school, learning new ways to safely collaborate and connect with each other and really allowing the teachers to understand the students as learners in order to support their learning and their needs within the new environment. 

Kindergarten students have explored inquiry questions such as: 

- Why do we need to be safe?
- How can we be safe?
- Who are we keeping safe?
- How do we enjoy our new way of learning?
- How can we work together safely?
- How do my actions or choices affect others?

Together with their teachers, students have been developed a common language and agreements for safe interactions and learning.

We now move into our first PYP Unit of Inquiry within the Kindergarten!  Link to the 2020-2021 PYP Programme of Inquiry.

Who We Are - "Health"

Students are exploring the central idea "Our health can be influenced by the choices we make." This involves investigating and exploring well balanced diets, different forms of exercise and how choices we make influence our health. 


The SOLO Taxonomy is designed to take students on a journey from first developing surface level knowledge-based learning outcomes and progress to connecting and extending their knowledge in order to take action. This enables students 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. 

Below you will find links to the updated SOLO Taxonomy (Question Version) and Vocabulary List for Kindergarten. 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 SOLO and vocabulary list is developed so you can support your daughter's learning at home.

How can I use the SOLO at home?

The SOLO designed for parents has one section on it 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 guiding questions 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. The possible assessment criteria version of this SOLO is developed at school for teachers and these include the specific 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.

How can I use the Vocabulary Lists 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. There are blank spaces on the Word Vocabulary Lists where you and your child might generate more words that connect to the unit of inquiry. Please feel free to add them to the list, either in English or your mother tongue language. Ask your child to share these new words that have come up in conversations at home with their teacher, to build the connection between discussions at home and school. 

WWA - Health: SOLO Taxonomy and Word Vocabulary List 

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