5-6 Years: Sr. KG

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 - Awareness of our characteristics abilities and interests informs our learning and development

Key concepts:
  • Form (similarities, difference)
  • Perspective (subjectivity)
  • Reflection (behavior)
Related concepts: Identify, Similarities & Differences

Lines of inquiry:
  • Physical, social and emotional characteristics
  • Similarities and differences between ourselves and others
  • Personal abilities and interests

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 - Homes reflect cultural influences and local conditions.

Key concepts:
  • Form (structure)
  • Connection (interdependence)
  • Perspective
Related concepts: Culture, Needs, Ownership, Locality

Lines of inquiry:
  • What constitutes a home
  • How homes reflect family values
  • How homes reflect local culture
  • Factors that determine where people live

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 - Celebrations and traditions are expressions of shared beliefs and values.

Key concepts:
  • Form (structure, similarities, differences)
  • Connection (relationship)
  • Perspective (beliefs, prejudice, opinions)
Related concepts: Beliefs, Values, Belonging, Culture

Lines of inquiry:
  • Why people celebrate
  • Features of traditions and celebrations
  • Symbolic representations of celebrations and traditions
  • What meaning people assign to celebrations and traditions

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 - All living things go through a process of change.

Key concepts:
  • Causation (sequences, pattern)
  • Change (growth, cycle, sequences, transformation)
  • Connection (interdependence, homeostasis)
Related concepts: Cycles, Transformation, Similarities And Differences

Lines of inquiry:
  • Patterns of growth
  • How living things change over their lifetime
  • Factors that can influence life 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.

Central Idea - Communities make efforts to create transportation systems that meet their needs.

Key concepts:
  • Form (Structure)
  • Function (communication, role, patterns, system)
  • Change (impact)
Related concepts: Network, Technology, Sustainability

Lines of inquiry:
  • Features of transportation systems.
  • Decisions involved in using transportation
  • How systems of transportation respond to changing needs

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 - Plants sustain life on Earth and play a role in our lives.

Key concepts:
  • Causation (consequences)
  • Perspective (opinion)
  • Responsibility (initiative)
Related concepts: Interdependence, Appreciation

Lines of inquiry:
  • Caring for plants
  • Products we derive from plants
  • How plants contribute to life on Earth