4th 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:
WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME

CI: Ancient civilizations contribute to modern day societies and technologies
Lines of Inquiry :
- Common aspects of ancient civilisations
- Aspects of ancient civilisations that have survived

- Ancient civilisations have contributed to and shaped our lives

An Inquiry into :

HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES

CI: People use movies to inform and entertain
Lines of Inquiry :
- People create movies to express ideas and emotions
- Common storytelling elements with movies

- Different reasons for making movies

An Inquiry into: HOW THE WORLD WORKS

CI: Natural forces interact and change the motion

of objects
Lines of Inquiry:
- Different natural forces (gravity, magnetism, electricity)
- The effects of forces on motion

- Human uses of forces and motion

An Inquiry into:

WHO WE ARE

CI: There are many different world faiths that share common elements
Lines of Inquiry :
- Different faiths around the world
- Similarities and differences between faiths

- How can faith affect daily life

An Inquiry into:

SHARING THE PLANET

CI: The need for clean air influences society and the environment
Lines of Inquiry :
- What makes up air
- How global development affects air quality

-Technology’s impact on air quality

An Inquiry into :

HOW WE ORGANISE OURSELVES

CI: Government creates a system and a structure for a country’s decision making processes
Lines of Inquiry :
- Types of government
- Purposes of government

- Rights and responsibilities of citizens