PYP Program of Inquiry

Making connections between what students learn in the classroom and how it relates to the world around them.

Trinity Lutheran College is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) and pursuing authorisation as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Program or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.  For further information about IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

**Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.  These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

In the PYP, students learn about significant concepts through units of inquiry. There are six transdisciplinary themes that guide the units of inquiry at each year level during each year of study. The essential elements of each unit are knowledge content, learning skills, learning attitudes, responsible action and classroom practices. Units of inquiry interweave subject areas such as mathematics, literacy and language, science, social studies, personal and physical development and the arts.

SHARING THE PLANET

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

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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 relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

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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.

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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.

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HOW WE ORGANISE 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.

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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.

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