Programme of inquiry
The Programme of Inquiry is the central core of the Primary Years Programme and it provides students with the opportunity “inquire into, and learn about, globally significant issues in the context of units of inquiry, each of which addresses a central idea relevant to a particular transdisciplinary theme”. The programme of inquiry is transdisciplinary in nature, focussing inquiry through six transdisciplinary themes: Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organise ourselves and Sharing the planet.
In each unit of inquiry students will follow several lines of inquiry as a means of exploring the central idea and ultimately deepening their understanding of the corresponding transdisciplinary theme. They will use several of the key concepts (form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, reflection) to guide their inquiry and will identify related concepts that are relevant to the inquiry.
The specific units of inquiry are chosen and developed to provide a balanced programme in terms of concept development and coverage of subject content and each year they are evaluated and reviewed in the light of the students’ and teachers’ experience.