Six Transdisciplinary Themes
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; and what it means to be human.
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; and 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
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; and the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
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.
Construction of the PYP curriculum framework is based on five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action. Through curriculum construction based on the backward design model (UbD™), guided by these 5 essential elements, as well as a concept-driven pedagogy, our teachers plan collaboratively to generate a unique curriculum tailored specifically to our student body. When planned and taught through the transdisciplinary themes, these elements drive the development of the whole child through developing the traits of the Learner Profile, encapsulating the characteristics of an internationally minded, lifelong learner.