What We Study

Within the Primary Years Program (PYP) students study a variety of subjects including language, mathematics, social science, natural science, personal social and physical education. Of which most subjects are taught within the Unit of Inquiry (UOI).

A Unit of Inquiry (UOI) is a unit of study, usually 4-6 weeks in length, where students and teacher explore into a central idea and investigate their current understanding and expand their understanding and knowledge in the subject.

Each year level studies six Units of Inquiry (UOI) each year which touch on a variety of topics identified as having global significance and illustrating the commonalities of human existence. These transdisciplinary themes are overarching themes which apply in the current school, but are just as likely to be applicable in another school on the other side of the globe. To the right, you will find a list of the transdisciplinary themes studied for all children in the PYP.

Transdisciplinary Themes

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we organize ourselves
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • Sharing the planet

Each unit of inquiry is an in-depth study of a given topic under one of the above themes. Students and their teacher explore their current understanding surrounding a specific central idea.

The central idea is a single affirmative sentence that drives the unit of inquiry. Both children and parents should be aware and actively working on their understanding and wonderings around the central idea while a unit of inquiry is underway.

In addition, the unit of inquiry includes 3-4 lines of inquiry which are phrases used to focus or narrow the central idea in order to identify which direction the unit of inquiry will be directed.