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Program of Inquiry

The International Baccalaureate Organization provides a framework for teachers to use when developing a Program of Inquiry for learners. The framework outlines transdisciplinary themes, key concepts, approaches to learning, and learner profile attributes.

Teachers use the framework to develop Units of Inquiry that are customized to their school setting and students. Southlands teachers have worked collaboratively to create the Program of Inquiry below.

If your child is in a combined class this year, they will cover some central ideas from one grade and some central ideas from the other. We ensure all six transdisciplinary themes are covered during the year and we adapt the units to fit the interests and abilities of the students in the class. Inquiry based learning focuses on skills and concepts, rather than specific facts and ideas, so there is no disadvantage to your childʼs learning if central ideas planned for one grade are covered in a different grade, as will be the case for combined classes. Your childʼs teacher will ensure the five approaches to learning (thinking, social, communication, self- management, and research) and the seven key concepts (form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, and responsibility) are explored during the year.

Right now (May 2021), students are inquiring into the highlighted central ideas.

Programme of Inquiry

Kindergarten

Who We Are
Our identity shows we are unique.
Where We Are in Place and Time
Homes provide shelter and reflect local resources.
How We Express OurselvesDiv. 11 & 12 All YearWe connect to and express ourselves through stories.
How the World WorksDiv. 11 & 12Living things adapt and change over time.
How We Organize Ourselves
Building community creates a sense of belonging.
Sharing the Planet
The choices we make affect our planet and future generations.

Grade 1

Who We Are                                                                     
People celebrate traditions in similar ways.
Where We Are in Place and Time
Patterns and cycles occur on earth and in the sky.
How We Express OurselvesDiv. 8 & 9 All Year
Performing arts facilitate self-expression.
How the World WorksLight and sounds impact living things.
How We Organize Ourselves
Building community creates a sense of belonging.
Sharing the PlanetDiv 8 & 9
An animal's growth and survival depend on its needs being met.

Grade 2/3


Who We Are                                                        
Building community creates a sense of belonging.
Where We Are in Place and Time                                   Story is a powerful vehicle for sharing knowledge, traditions, and values.
How We Express OurselvesDiv. 6, 7, 8
All Year
Artists use elements of art to express ideas and emotions.
How the World Works
Natural forces transform the land and impact human life.
How We Organize OurselvesDiv. 6, 7, 8The land shapes culture and identity.
Sharing the Planet Access to clean water is essential for life.

Grade 4/5

Who We Are                                                                           
Building community creates a sense of belonging.
Where We Are in Place and TimeDiv. 4 & 5
Economic and political factors drive migration.
How We Express Ourselves
Literature connects us with ideas and values from around the world.
How the World Works
Energy can be transformed to meet our needs.
How We Organize Ourselves
Survival depends on adaptations to changes in the natural world.
Sharing the Planet
Reconciliation allows for justice and healing between communities.

Grade 5/6

Who We Are                                                                                                                    
Interconnected body systems respond to human choices and the environment.
Where We Are in Place and Time
Observations inform predictions about the nature of the universe.
How We Express Ourselves
Building community creates a sense of belonging.
How the World WorksThe interaction of forces alters the motion of objects.
How We Organize OurselvesDiv. 3     Survival depends on adaptations to changes in the natural world.
Sharing the Planet Exhibition

Grade 6/7

Who We Are                                                                       
The human body relies on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with its environment.
Where We Are in Place and Time
Observations inform predictions about the nature of the universe.
How We Express Ourselves
Building community creates a sense of belonging.
How the World Works                                                                              The interaction of forces alters the motion of objects.
How We Organize OurselvesDiv. 1 & 2Geographic conditions shaped the emergence of civilizations.
Sharing the Planet
Exhibition

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