1st grade|Fukuoka International School

The PYP seeks to enhance students’ thinking skills and deepen their understanding of themselves, the environment and the changing world. It prepares students for the essential skills they will need in the future. The PYP emphasizes and supports the child’s struggle to gain understanding of the world and to learn to function comfortably within it.
The foundation of our programme is built upon the units of inquiry. These six units are taught for a period of 8-10 weeks each and are linked with Language, Mathematics and the single subjects (Art, Music, and PE) as appropriate. These units provide the content for Science, Social Studies (History, Geography and Society) and Technology. There are many learning engagements to get to the big ideas. (Not just ‘hands on’ but ‘minds on’!) This means students are not only learning subject skills from different subject domains in relevant contexts, but also learning to apply them to complex issues. Because the units work across several subjects, they are called transdisciplinary.

An Inquiry into:

SHARING THE PLANET

CI: Animals live in Habitats that suit their needs
Lines of Inquiry :
-Where animals live
-What animals need to survive

-Human responsibility to protect animal habitat

An Inquiry into:

HOW THE WORLD WORKS

CI: Water is essential for life and is ever changing
Lines of Inquiry :
-Forms of Water
- The water cycle

- Responsibilities in regard to the Earth’s water.

An Inquiry into:

HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES

CI: Around the world people use storytelling for a variety of purposes.
Lines of Inquiry :
-Elements of a story

-Methods of storytelling.

-Purpose of storytelling.

An Inquiry into:

HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES

CI: Human made systems create a method for understanding where we are in relation to the rest of the world.
Lines of Inquiry :
-Mapping systems
-The purpose of Mapping

-Identifying and using map features

An Inquiry into :

WHO WE ARE

CI: People Work together and Contribute to Community Life by Working at Different Jobs
Lines of Inquiry :
-What different types of jobs are
-How are jobs connected

-How skills and attitudes influence job choice

An Inquiry into :

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME

CI: Humans’ shelter reflects their needs and the surrounding environment.
Lines of inquiry
- Purpose of shelter
- Homes around the world

- Shelter in extreme environments