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:
  • The importance of having a balanced lifestyle
  • 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 - The generation in the past lived differently from how we lived today.

Key concepts:
  • Form, Change, Causation (Impact)
Related concepts: Community, Diversity, Differences, Acceptance

Lines of inquiry:
  • Ways to find out about the past
  • Behaviour & practices have changed over time
  • Changes overtime can influence our lifestyle

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 - People create artifacts to tell stories.

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

Lines of inquiry:
  • Forms of Storytelling artifacts (weaving, quilting, cave painting, pottery painting, dream catchers, carving, digital media etc.)
  • Different medium of expression
  • The process of creating artifacts

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)
  • Responsibility
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
  • Indigenous architecture

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
  • Transportation & and distribution of food products

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 (evidence)
Related concepts: Lifestyle, Resources, Waste, Sustainability, renewable & non-renewable energy

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