Programme of Inquiry

The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme are the six transdisplinary themes

Who we are

Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, 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 place and time

Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives

How we express ourselves

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

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.

Sharing the Planet

Exploring relations between systems, created by man and communities; structure and functions of an organization; how society makes decisions; economics and its influence on humankind and environment.

How we organize ourselves

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

Programme of Inquiry 2017-2018

Reviewed June 2017

1st Grade

 

Transdisciplinary theme

Who we are Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves How we organize ourselves Who we are Where we are in place and time
Topic of inquiry 2. We are together 3. I go to search 5. To hop-to play 4. How we study the world  1. Our school 6. Plants
Central idea The relations between people depend on the people A human orientates to find his place in time and space We develop and express ourselves while playing A human studies the world with the help of sense organs School is a new step in the life of a child Plants are a life-sustaining resource for us and for other living things
Lines of inquiry
  • Relationships with people who surround you
  • Traits of character through relationships
  • Establishing good relationships
  • What is «to orientate»
  • What for a man has to orientate in place
  • What for a man has to orientate in time
  • Kinds of toys and games
  • The development of imagination through games
  • Communicating through games
  • Sense organs-your helpers
  • Sense organs are adjusted to investigate the world
  • Keeping sense organs healthy
  • what is school
  • what we do at school
  • How the school functions
  • What plants provide for us and for other living things
  • The structure of a plant
  • Caring for plant life
Key concepts
  • Perspective
  • Connection
  • Responsibility
  • Reflection
  • Form
  • Causation
  • Function
  • Connection
  • Perspective
  • Form
  • Function
  • Responsibility
  • Form
  • Function
  • Change
  • Form
  • Responsibility
  • Perspective
Attributes
  • Open-minded
  • Communicative
  • Caring
  • Inquirer
  • Risk-taker
  • Knowledgeable
  • Communicative
  • Principled
  • Balanced
  • Balanced
  • Responsible
  • Caring
  • Risk-taker
  • Inquirer
  • Reflective
  • Inquirer
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinker
Time required 09.10 – 17.11.17

5 weeks

20.11 – 29.12.17

6 weeks

26.02 – 06.04.18

5 weeks

15.01 – 17.02.18

5 weeks

04.09 – 06.10.17

5 weeks

09.04 – 25.05.18

7 weeks

2nd  Grade

Transdisciplinary theme Who we are Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves How we organize ourselves Who we are Where we are in place and time
Topic of inquiry 1.Who I am 6.Travelling 3.Acting 4.Our planet 2.City systems  5. Animal world  
Central idea Every day I learn more about who I am, what I can do and the people around me Journeys create change and can lead to new opportunities Gestures, voice and costumes carry information and reveal feelings Our activity is usually connected to the Earth’s natural cycles The society creates different transporting systems for its needs The animals are adjusted to the conditions of the surrounding world
Lines of inquiry
  • The way the IB profile helps me to develop myself
  • Differences between me and other people, their believes and values
  • The aim and the way of travelling and
  • Choices and decisions involved in making a journey
  • Personal experience of travellers
  • Means of expressiveness that I use
  • The influence of the environment on me
  • The influence of my gestures, voice and costume on people around me
  • Night and day cycles
  • The influence of seasonal changes on the planet’s life
  • Planning the activity as related to Earth’s natural cycles
  • Different types of the city systems
  • Interaction of the city systems
  • The way the city systems help the society
  • Features of animals depending on their habitats
  • Inhabitants of animals
  • Adaptation of animals
Key concepts
  • Reflection
  • Perspective
  • Change
  • Causation
  • Perspective
  • Change
  • Function
  • Responsibility
  • Reflection
  • Function
  • Connection
  • Responsibility
  • Form
  • Connection
  • Function
  • Form
  • Connection
  • Causation
Attributes
  • Balanced
  • Principled
  • Communicative
  • Risk-taker
  • Open-minded
  • Balanced
  • Balanced
  • Caring
  • Communicative
  • Inquirer
  • Reflective
  • Knowledgeable
  • Risk-taker
  • Caring
  • Thinker
  • Inquirer
  • Knowledgeable
  • Reflective
Time required 04.09 – 06.10.17

5 weeks

2.04 – 26.05.18

8 weeks

20.11 – 29.12.17

6 weeks

15.01 – 16.02.18

5 weeks

9.10 – 17.11.17

5 weeks

19.02 – 23.03.18

5 weeks

3rd Grade

Transdisciplinary theme Who we are Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves How we organize ourselves Who we are Where we are in place and time
Topic of inquiry Children’s rights and duties The journey down the “time river” Symbols and signs Life cycles Business before pleasure Ecosystem
Central idea Everyone has his rights and duties Events define the epoch A variety of sights and symbols facilitates local and global communication All living things go through a process of change Balance of work and rest influences the human’s life Habitats of living beings provide them with everything necessary
Lines of inquiry
  • Interconnection of rights and responsibilities of people
  • To know rights and responsibilities is the key to understanding
  • Safety life is my right and duty
  • Understanding of the “time river”
  • The difference between the epochs
  • Every epoch has an impact in history, science and culture
  • Signs and symbols
  • Reasons for the development of communication systems
  • Specialized systems of communication
  • Life cycles
  • Changes of living things over their life time
  • The impact of humans on living things
  • Our life depends on balance of work and rest
  • Organization of your studying and free time
  • Events organize and develop a person
  • Ecosystem as the unity of living and inanimate nature
  • The peculiarities of every ecosystem
  • The responsibility of a man for the protection of the ecosystem
Key concepts
  • Connection
  • Perspective
  • Responsibility
  • Form
  • Reflection
  • Perspective
  • Form
  • Causation
  • Reflection
  • Function
  • Connection
  • Change
  • Causation
  • Responsibility
  • Change
  • Function
  • Connection
  • Responsibility
Attributes
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinker
  • Principled
  • Risk-taker
  • Reflective
  • Open-minded
  • Communicative
  • Reflective
  • Inquirer
  • Risk-taker
  • Knowledgeable
  • Inquirer
  • Balanced
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Caring
  • Inquirer
  • Knowledgeable
Time required 04.09 – 06.10.17

5 weeks

02.04 – 26.05.18

6 weeks

09.10 – 17.11.17

5 weeks (+1)

16.01 – 10.02.18

5 weeks

20.11 – 29.12.17

6 weeks

13.02 – 24.03.18

5 weeks (+1)

4th  Grade

Transdisciplinary theme Who we are Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves How we organize ourselves Who we are Where we are in place and time
Topic of inquiry 5. Human’s body 2.Civilizations 4. Exhibition

THEATER

3. The wealth and power of nature 6.Money 1.Conflicts
Central idea Different systems coexist in a living organism Past civilizations defined the systems and technologies of today’s world Theater reflects and embodies spiritual values of a person People use the wealth and power of nature We need money to pay for things we need and want Finding peaceful solutions to conflict leads to a better quality of human life
Lines of inquiry
  • Human’s body systems and their function
  • Interconnection of human’s organism systems
  • Healthy life style
  • What is civilization
  • Reasons for the development of technologies and systems
  • Arrangements and relations between civilizations
  • The variety of theaters
  • The influence of theater on the soul and life of a person
  • Man’s responsibility for the protection of cultural and moral values
  • The variety of natural resources
  • The usage of natural resources
  • The impact of scientific discoveries on the usage of natural resources
  • The kinds of money
  • The way we use money
  • The impact of money on our life
  • Causes of conflict
  • Conflict resolution and management
  • Living and working together peacefully
Key concepts
  • Function
  • Connection
  • Responsibility
  • Form
  • Causation
  • Connection
  • Form
  • Change
  • Responsibility
  • Form
  • Responsibility
  • Causation
  • Form
  • Function
  • Connection
  • Causation
  • Perspective
  • Reflection
Attributes
  • Balanced
  • Knowledgeable
  • Principled
  • Knowledgeable
  • Open-minded
  • Principled
  • Balanced
  • Communicative
  • Reflective
  • Inquirer
  • Knowledgeable
  • Caring
  • Thinker
  • Principled
  • Risk-taker
  • Communicative
  • Open-minded
  • Principled
Time required 12.03 – 27.04.18

6 weeks

09.10 – 17.11.17

5 weeks

15.01 – 09.03 .18

7 weeks

20.11  – 29.12.17

6 weeks

30.04 – 31.05.18

5 weeks

04.09 – 06.10.17

5 weeks