6-7 Years: Grade 1

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.

Central Idea - The choices people make affect their health and well being.

Key concepts:
  • Causation (consequences, impact)
  • Responsibility (initiative)
  • Reflection (responsibility, review)
Related concepts: Choices, Influence, Balance

Lines of inquiry:
  • What it means to have a balanced lifestyle
  • How the choices we make affect our health
  • Different sources of information that help us make choices

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 and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea - Our lifestyles are influenced by the places where we live and the communities we live in.

Key concepts:
  • Causation (impact)
  • Connection (relationships)
  • Perspective (Subjectivity)
Related concepts: Community, Diversity, Differences, Acceptance

Lines of inquiry:
  • Different places where people live
  • Different communities
  • Lifestyles in India and around the world

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.

Central Idea - Images communicate ideas and information.

Key concepts:
  • Function (communication)
  • Connection (relationship)
  • Perspective (opinion)
Related concepts: Creativity, Communication, Imagery

Lines of inquiry:
  • The use of static and moving images in different media
  • How design elements of images support communication
  • How we interpret and respond to images

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.

Central Idea - The design of buildings and structures is dependent upon environmental factors, human ingenuity, and available materials.

Key concepts:
  • Form (properties, structure)
  • Function (systems)
  • Connection (systems)
Related concepts: Design, Technology, Sustainability

Lines of inquiry:
  • Considerations to take into account when building a structure
  • The impact of buildings and structures on the environment
  • Local architecture and its connection with the needs of the community and availability of materials

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.

Central Idea - Many products go through a process of change before they are consumed or used.

Key concepts:
  • Change (transformation) (process)
  • Connection (interdependence) (change)
  • Responsibility (components)
Related concepts: Components, Process, Choice

Lines of inquiry:
  • Origins of products
  • Changes products go through
  • Distribution of products
  • How people select the products they use

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.

Central Idea - People can make choices to support the sustainability of the Earth's resources.

Key concepts:
  • Perspective (truth)
  • Responsibility (initiative)
  • Reflection ( Responsibility)
Related concepts: Lifestyle, Resources, Waste

Lines of inquiry:
  • Earth's finite and infinite resources
  • The impact of people's choices on the environment
  • Distribution and availability of usable water
  • The balance between meting human needs and the use of limited resources