3-4 Years: Nursery

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 - Family relationships contribute to shaping our identify.

Key concepts:
  • Form (similarities, differences)
  • Responsibility (values)
  • Reflection (responsibility/ behavior)
Related concepts: Similarities And Differences, Belonging, Roles

Lines of inquiry:
  • Diversity of families
  • Responsibilities within the family
  • How families influence who we become

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.

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 - Through play we express our feelings and ideas and come to new understandings.

Key concepts:
  • Function (communication/role)
  • Connection (relationship)
  • Perspective
Related concepts: Imagination, Creativity, Communication

Lines of inquiry:
  • Communicating through play
  • Imaginative use of materials
  • The role of toys in play

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 Earth's natural cycles influence the activity of living things.

Key concepts:
  • Causation(impact)
  • Change (cycles)
  • Connection Interdependence)
Related concepts: Cycles, Interaction, Pattern

Lines of inquiry:
  • Natural cycles (e.g. night and day, weather patterns, seasons)
  • The actions people take in response to earth's natural cycles
  • Patterns of behavior in living things related to Earth's natural cycles

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 conflict resolution.

Central Idea - Animals and people interact in different ways in different contexts.

Key concepts:
  • Connection (Interdependence, relationship)
  • Perspective
  • Responsibility (Rights)
Related concepts: Characteristics, Relationships, Needs

Lines of inquiry:
  • The different roles animals play in peoples lives
  • Suitability of particular animals for specific functions
  • Our responsibility for the well-being of animals