5th 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:
WHO WE ARE

CI: Examining human body systems, its relationships with society and what it means to be human
Lines of Inquiry :
-Systems of the human body and how they work together
-Keeping the human body functioning properly

--How the human body acts at different ages

An Inquiry into:

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME

CI: Human migration produces change in the country of origin and receiving.
Lines of inquiry:
-The human and physical characteristics that have motivated, prevented or impeded migration and immigration over time.
-How migration and immigration can be represented geographically.
-How the movement of people and their belongings can affect the environment both positively and negatively.

An Inquiry into:

HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES

CI: As the building blocks of civilization, rocks are found everywhere on Earth and are used by people in a variety of ways.
Lines of Inquiry :
-The rock cycle
-How rocks and minerals are formed
-Categorization and classification of rocks and minerals

-How rocks are used by people in varying environments

An Inquiry into:

HOW THE WORLD WORKS

CI: As the building blocks of civilization, rocks are found everywhere on Earth and are used by people in a variety of ways.
Lines of Inquiry :
-The rock cycle
-How rocks and minerals are formed
-Categorization and classification of rocks and minerals

-How rocks are used by people in varying environments

An Inquiry into:

HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES

CI: The ability to produce and distribute oil globally gives rise to systems for exchanging merchandise and the creation of world markets
Lines of Inquiry :
- Oil and it’s products distributed around the world
-Global movement affects availability of goods

-Elements of Fair Trade

An Inquiry into:
HowWe Express

Ourselves

CI: Natural conditions and human influences can lead to extinction
Lines of Inquiry :
-Changing global conditions impact the environment
-Human interactions can lead to extinction

-Adaptation and extinction are related