PYP Framework


What knowledge do we want students to learn?
The knowledge component is developed through inquiries into six themes of global significance, supported and balanced by six subject areas: language, social studies, mathematics, arts, science, technology and personal, social and physical education. Each grade level develops one unit of inquiry for each theme. These units engage the students as active participants in their own learning. This exploration facilitates inquiry in the classroom and beyond. The following themes provide the framework for the content of the program.

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, friend, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where We Are In Place and Time:
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys;; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between the interconnectedness of individuals and civilization, 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 Organize Ourselves:
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; 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