KINDERGARTEN|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 ORGANIZE OURSELVES

CI: Shared norms establish an orderly environment in which we learn, work and play.
Key Concepts : function, responsibility, perspective
Lines of Inquiry :
-Different rituals and routines
-Responsibility in our classroom, school, and community

- Goals and decision-making

An Inquiry into:

WHO WE ARE

CI: Families develop a structure through which we develop a sense of identity
Key Concepts : form, connection, perspective
Lines of Inquiry :
-Make-up of a family
-Roles and responsibility in a family

-Different types of families

An Inquiry into:

HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES

CI: People celebrate cultural traditions by creating art forms.
Key concepts: function, causation, perspective
Lines of Inquiry
-Artistic representations of culture
-Valuing culture through celebrations

-Art in cultural celebrations

An Inquiry into:

HOW THE WORLD WORKS

CI: Weather can Influence daily decisions.
Key Concepts: function, change, connection
Lines of Inquiry :
-Different types of weather
-Four seasons

-Tools used to determine and predict weather

An Inquiry into:

SHARING THE PLANET

CI: Our daily habits impact the health of the global environment.
Key Concepts : responsibility, causation, reflective
Lines of Inquiry :
-Effects of waste on our local and global community
-Transforming waste

-Actions to reduce waste

 

Arts

Decoding/Phonics, Reading Comprehension, Oral Language, Writing/Spelling, Grammar

Math

Number Sense (counting, recognizing numbers, comparing numbers, etc.), Patterns, Sorting, Ordinal Numbers, Estimation, Addition/Subtraction, Graphing, Problem Solving/Story Problems, Time, Shapes

Science

Animals, Life Cycles, Seasons, Five Senses

Social Studies

Citizenship (Rules/Promises), All About Me, 
Families, Friendship, Cultural Celebrations