IBPYP - Essential Elements: Knowledge

Knowledge is one of the five essential elements that make up the written curriculum in the PYP. Knowledge consists of six Transdisciplinary themes. These themes are made up of significant, relevant subject matter that we wish students to explore and know about. All six themes are covered each year from Pre-primary to Year 5. However, the subject matter will differ from year to year. (In Pre-Kindy & Kindy, only 4 themes are addressed annually).

The broad Transdisciplinary themes are:

Who we are

An inquiry into the nature of the self, beliefs and values, personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where we are in time and place

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; home and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilisations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How the world works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organise ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human -made systems and communities, the structure and function of organisations, societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution

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