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Key Components of the PYP

Our programme of inquiry contains units of inquiry organised around six transdisciplinary themes. Each unit of inquiry (UOI) includes a central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts and a summative assessment.

Units of inquiry

A unit of inquiry is a 6-8 week in-depth exploration of a concept. Students will inquire into a central idea or a main understanding by being guided by lines of inquiry and teacher questions.

Central ideas

At SFIS, each of our units of inquiry follow a central idea. Each central idea will support students’ understanding of the particular transdisciplinary theme it is connected to, and challenges and extends students’ prior knowledge. The central idea is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant.

Lines of inquiry

Each unit will contain up to three lines of inquiry. The lines of inquiry clarify the central idea and define the scope of the inquiry. These contributing aspects of the central idea extend the inquiry, give focus to students’ research, and deepen students’ understanding. Connections are made, as appropriate, between the lines of inquiry as well as with the central idea.

Key Concepts

Our Programme of Inquiry demonstrates the opportunity for a deeper exploration of all seven PYP key concepts.

  • Form

  • Function

  • Causation

  • Change

  • Connection

  • Perspective

  • Responsibility

Formative assessments

Formative assessment is embedded in the teaching and learning process and therefore occurs in the daily routine of a classroom. It aims to support students to become better learners and helps teachers to plan the next stage of learning.

Summative assessments

Summative assessments are used to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the end of a unit of inquiry. Learners are given the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned by applying their knowledge in new and authentic contexts.

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