2nd 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:

HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES

CI: Imagination is a powerful tool for extending our ability to think, create and express ourselves.
Lines of Inquiry :
- How we demonstrate and use our imagination
- How to use different media to express ourselves

- Imagination and the writing process

An Inquiry into:
HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES

CI: Cities can be organized to meet the needs of their inhabitants.
Lines of Inquiry :
-How cities are organized
-The different systems that make a city work
-Challenges that cities face

An Inquiry into:

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME

CI: Inventors create new ways of solving problems that make influence life.

Lines of Inquiry :
-Inventions build on past designs.
-Inventors create inventions to meet needs

-Simple machines and their use in inventions

An Inquiry into :

WHO WE ARE

CI: Humans express their beliefs and values through celebrations .
Lines of Inquiry :
-Celebrations around the world
-How celebrations reflect your beliefs
-Similarities and differences

An Inquiry into:

SHARING THE PLANET

CI: The food we eat may contain ingredients from around the world, which can be combined to make different types of food.
Lines of Inquiry :
- Where food comes from
- Processesed versus unprocessed

- Importing and exporting of food

An Inquiry into:

HOW THE WORLD WORKS

CI: All living things go through a process of change.
Lines of Inquiry :
-Plant life cycles
-Animal life cycles

-How humans and animals change over time