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IB Programme of Inquiry



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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
K

TD: Human relationships including friends; what it means to be human

Central Idea: Exploring connections strengthens our understanding of relationships

Lines of Inquiry:

– How relationships are made

– How our personal choices affect others

– How being connected to my community benefits my well-being

Key Concepts: Form, responsibility, connection

Related Concepts: belonging, citizenship, connection

LP Attributes: Inquirers, principled, communicators

Timeline: September-January

TD: Discover and express feelings; extend and enjoy our creativity

Central Idea: Fine arts foster self-expression

Lines of Inquiry:

– Forms of expression

– How mediums portray feelings

– How are emotions different in different people

Key Concepts: Form, function, perspective

Related Concepts: Emotions, self-identity, fine arts, dance, music

LP Attributes: Balanced, caring, open-minded

Timeline: November-January

TD: Natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies

Central Idea: Animals have characteristics that help them adapt to their environment

Lines of Inquiry:

– Characteristics of animals

– Animal habitats and environments

– How animal characteristics help them survive in their environments

Key Concepts: Form, connection, change

LP Attributes: Inquirers, thinkers, caring

Timeline: April-June

TD: Human-made systems; impact on humankind

Central Idea: Pattern systems can be found in daily life and routines

Lines of Inquiry:

– What patterns are

– How patterns are created

– Where patterns exist in your environment

Key Concepts: Form, causation, connection

Related Concepts: Patterns

LP Attributes: Knowledgeable, reflective, risk-takers

Timeline: January/February-March


Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
1

TD: Human relationships including families; communities

Central Idea: Belonging to a group has responsibilities

Lines of Inquiry:

– Personal identity

– How we belong

– Group roles and responsibilities

Key Concepts: Function, connection, responsibility

Related Concepts: Family, roles, identity

LP Attributes: Inquirers, principled, caring

Timeline: September-November

TD: Express ideas, feelings

Central Idea: Fine arts foster self-expression

Lines of Inquiry:

– Forms of expression

– How mediums portray feelings

– How ideas and feelings are expressed through the arts

Key Concepts: Connection, form, perspective

Related Concepts: Creating, responding (art, drama, dance)

LP Attributes: Balanced, reflective, open-minded

Timeline: April-June

TD: The natural world and its laws

Central Idea: Living things are affected by cyclical changes

Lines of Inquiry:

– Seasonal changes

– Living things vs. nonliving things

– Effects on seasonal changes

Key Concepts: Change, form, causation

Related Concepts:

Seasons, climate, systems

LP Attributes: thinkers, knowledgeable, communicators

Timeline: November-January

TD: The interconnectedness of human-made systems

Central Idea: People use systems to meet their daily needs

Lines of Inquiry:

– System in the world

– Systems in the human body

– Information and communication systems

Key Concepts: Function, causation, connection

Related Concepts: Systems, active living

LP Attributes: Knowledgeable, thinkers, risk-takers

Timeline: February-March


Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
2

TD: Human relationships including communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities

Central Idea: Communities have a right to express their culture

Lines of Inquiry:

– Cultural characteristics of communities

– Cultural rights

– How cultures are shared

Key Concepts: Perspective, function, form

LP Attributes: Open-minded, communicators, reflective

Related Concepts: Tradition, rights, identity, diversity

Timeline: January-February


TD: Personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries

Central Idea: Communities experience change over time

Lines of Inquiry:

– Reasons for communities’ locations

– What changes occur in communities

– Uniqueness of communities

Key Concepts: Causation, change, form

LP Attributes: Thinkers, reflective, knowledgeable

Related Concepts: Communication, traditions, religion

Timeline: March-April

TD: We discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values

Central Idea: Stories are used to pass on beliefs and values

Lines of Inquiry:

– Stories follow a particular structure

– How people interpret stories

– Common themes in stories

Key Concepts: Connection, perspective, form

LP Attributes: Open-minded, risk-takers, communicators

Related Concepts: Communication, traditions, religion

Timeline: May- June

TD: How humans use their understanding of scientific principles

Central Idea: Humans use their understanding of scientific principles to create devices

Lines of Inquiry:

– Sinking and floating

– The use of scientific method to design and build devices

– Properties of materials can enhance design

Key Concepts: Causation, function, connection

LP Attributes: Thinkers, risk-Takers, knowledgeable

Related Concepts: properties, use of materials, liquids

Timeline: November-December

TD: The interconnectedness of human-made systems

Central Idea: Data can be represented in many forms.

Lines of Inquiry:

– What data are

– Ways to collect information

– Ways to represent data

Key Concepts: Form, function, perspective

LP Attributes: Knowledgeable, inquirers, risk takers

Related Concepts:

Data, comparisons, collecting information

Timeline: September-October

TD: Access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution

Central Idea: Respect and cooperation can contribute to peaceful relationships

Lines of Inquiry:

– Causes of conflict

– Roles within relationships

– How respectful environments are maintained

Key Concepts: causation, perspective, responsibility

LP Attributes: Balanced, caring, principled

Related Concepts: Conflict, religion, communication, roles

Timeline: All year

Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
3

TD: Personal, physical, mental, social, spiritual health

Central Idea: Making informed choices about lifestyle can influence one’s health

Lines of Inquiry:

– How personal choices about lifestyle can influence our health

– The development of the person

– Habitats and routines that promote a healthy lifestyle

Key Concepts:

Change, responsibility, causation

Related Concepts: Behaviour, consequences, responsibility

LP Attributes: Knowledgeable, communicators, balanced

Timeline: September-December

TD: Orientation in place and time; the interconnectedness of individuals, from local and global perspectives

Central Idea: A community’s location and interconnectedness can affect one’s quality of life

Lines of Inquiry:

– Features of communities around the world

– How traditions are created in a community

– How communities are connected

Key Concepts: Form, function, connection

Related Concepts: diversity, roles, identity

LP Attributes: knowledgeable, open-minded, principled

Timeline: September- November

TD: The ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, the ways in which we reflect on our creativity; appreciation of the aesthetic

Central Idea: People often express and appreciate ideas and feelings through pictures and words

Lines of Inquiry:

– Different ways people express themselves

– Artists and authors’ messages

– Different perspectives of viewers and readers

Key Concepts:

Function, perspective, change

Related Concepts:

Communication, opinion, interpretation

LP Attributes: Caring, communicators, reflective

Timeline: February-April

TD: The natural world and its laws

Central Idea: The earth changes due to natural geological forces

Lines of Inquiry:

– How rocks and minerals are formed

– Common uses of rocks and minerals

– Causes behind the Earth’s physical changes

Key Concepts: Form, connection, change

Related Concepts:

Geology, erosion, tectonic plate movements

LP Attributes: Communicators, knowledgeable, inquirers

Timeline: February-April

TD: The structure and function of organizations; their impact on humankind and the environment

Central Idea: The role of organizations can promote the rights and responsibilities of humankind and the environment

Lines of Inquiry:

– Types of action

– Organizations and their roles

– How human impact has changed the environment

Key Concepts: Change, responsibility, perspective

Related Concepts: Cooperation, roles

LP Attributes: Thinkers, inquirers, communicators

Timeline: May-June

TD: Rights and responsibilities; communities and the relationships within and between them; peace and conflict resolution

Central Idea: Understanding our human rights may ensure peaceful citizenship

Lines of Inquiry:

– The rights of the child

Global citizenship

– How communities maintain peace

Key Concepts: Change, responsibility, causation

Related Concepts: Rights, responsibility, citizenship

LP Attributes: Principled, open-minded, communicators, risk-takers

Timeline: November-January

Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
4

TD: Beliefs and values; human relationships including communities and cultures

Central Idea: A community is shaped by the diversity of its land and people

Lines of Inquiry:

– A community's unique geological features

– How communities are shaped by physical geography

– People responsible for ensuring the preservation of national and provincial parks, and protected areas

Key Concepts: Causation, form, responsibility

Related Concepts: Diversity, community, relationships, identity

LP Attributes: Thinkers, open-minded, caring

Timeline: November-December

TD:  Explorations and migrations of humankind

Central Idea: Human migration has an impact on society

Lines of Inquiry:

– Forms of migration

– Reasons for migration

– History of human migration

Key Concepts: form, causation, change

Related Concepts: Migration, history, exploration

LP Attributes: Knowledgeable, reflective, inquirers

Timeline: February-March

TD: The ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic

Central Idea: Works of art can tell a story

Lines of Inquiry:

– The meaning of “works of art”

– How art can be used to tell a story

– How people view art

Key Concepts: Function, perspective, connection

Related Concepts: Interpretation, imagination, techniques

LP Attributes: Risk-takers, principled, communicators

Timeline: December-January

TD: The impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment

Central Idea: Light and plants sustain life

Lines of Inquiry:

– Plant parts, function, uses, and requirements for growth

– The development of agricultural technology

– The importance of plants to humans and humans to plants

Key Concepts: function, change, perspective

Related Concepts: Adaptation, growth, plants

LP Attributes: Principled, balanced, knowledgeable

Timeline: May-June

TD: The structure and function of organizations

Central Idea: Acts of service benefit communities and organizations

Lines of Inquiry:

– Missionary work

– Service through collaboration

– Impact of volunteerism

Key Concepts: Change, connection, responsibility

Related Concepts: Religion, history, cooperation, justice

LP Attributes: Thinkers, caring, balanced

Timeline: April-May

TD: Rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things

Central Idea: Human actions affect the environment

Lines of Inquiry:

– Types of waste

– Waste production and lifestyle choices

– Environmental impact of different waste management approaches

Key Concepts: Form, connection, responsibility

Related Concepts: Conservation, sustainability, resources

LP Attributes: Caring, knowledgeable, reflective

Timeline: September-October

Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
5

TD: The nature of self; human relationships; rights and responsibilities

Central Idea: Developing self-awareness can lead to personal growth

Lines of Inquiry: Attributes of the learner profile and attributes

– Perceptions between myself and others

– Roles and responsibilities change

Key Concepts: Form, perspective, responsibility

Related Concepts: Relationships, identity, rights, responsibilities

LP Attributes: All

Timeline: September-October

TD: The relationships between and interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations

Central Idea: Civilizations can impact personal narratives

Lines of Inquiry:

– Personal narratives

– Civilizations

– Relationships between civilizations and individuals

Key Concepts: Form, perspective, responsibility

Related Concepts: Civilizations, citizenship, written language (reading and writing)

LP Attributes: Risk-takers, communicators, reflective

Timeline: March-April

TD: The ways we express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values

Central Idea: Art reflects the land, its people, and its resources

Lines of Inquiry:

– Types of regions and climate

– Natural resources

– Art inspired by a region’s natural resources

Key Concepts: Form, function, connection

Related Concepts: Geography, landscape, regions

LP Attributes: Open-minded, knowledgeable, inquirers

Timeline: November-December

TD: How humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances

Central Idea: Electrical and technological advancements contribute to global and societal change

Lines of Inquiry:

– Electrical and technological advances

– How electrical and technological advances have changed our way of life

– Responsible use of electricity

Key Concepts: Function, change, responsibility

Related Concepts: Conservation, forms of energy, technological advances

LP Attributes: Inquirers, principled, reflective

Timeline: December-January

TD: Societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind

Central Idea: Historical events shape personal and collective identities

Lines of Inquiry:

– Types of identities

– Historical events

– How identities are influenced by events

Key Concepts: Causation, perspective, connection

Related Concepts: Identity, citizenship, history

LP Attributes: Inquirers, communicators, knowledgeable

Timeline: April-May

TD: The struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things

Central Idea: Organisms have an impact on an ecosystem

Lines of Inquiry:

– Interactions of living and non-living thing organisms

– Roles of organisms

– Effects of humankind

Key Concepts: connection, function, responsibility

Related Concepts: Ecosystems, conservation, organisms

LP Attributes: Thinkers, caring, inquirers

Timeline: May-June

Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
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Exhibition: TBD

TD: Orientation in place and time; the discoveries of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals

Central Idea: People throughout history have helped shape the world

Lines of Inquiry:

– The characteristics and attributes of influential and notable people

– Process of working towards and achieving goals

– People and their contributions that have influenced our world

Key Concepts: Connection, function, change

Related Concepts: History, innovation, discovery

LP Attributes: Reflective, thinkers, open-minded

Timeline: November-December

TD: The ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central Idea: Symbolism may contribute to the perception of one’s identity.

Lines of Inquiry:

– Contributions to identity

– How imagery is used in various mediums

– How imagery informs judgements

Key Concepts: Connection, perspective, causation

Related Concepts: Prejudice, symbolism, imagery, inference

LP Attributes: Communicators, open minded, risk-takers

Timeline: September-October

TD: The natural world and its laws; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles

Central Idea: Through the discovery process, humans interpret evidence

Lines of Inquiry:

– The investigation processes

– How to use observations to create inferences

– How to link evidence to a possible source

Key Concepts: Form, connection, causation

Related Concepts: Properties, relationships, interpretation

LP Attributes: Knowledgeable, inquirers, communicators

Timeline: March-April

TD: Interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; societal decision-making

Central Idea: Communities are impacted by the model of government adopted within a society

Lines of Inquiry:

– Forms and models of government

– Social structure and government

– The impact of government decisions

Key Concepts: Form, change, perspective

Related Concepts: Governments, civilizations, legislation

LP Attributes: Inquirers, reflective, knowledgeable

Timeline: January-February

TD: Responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things

Central Idea: Deforestation has local and global consequences

Lines of Inquiry:

– Interaction of trees and forests with other living things

– Why trees and forests should be valued

– The ethical use of trees and forests as a resource

Key Concepts: Connection, function, responsibility

Related Concepts: Biodiversity, connection, responsibility, sustainability

LP Attributes: Principled, caring, balanced

Timeline: May-June
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