Programme of Inquiry

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 family, friends, communities and cultures;
  • rights and responsibilities;
  • 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;
  • the relationships between 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;
  • 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.
Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection

形式• 功能• 原因 變化• 連繫• 觀點 責任• 反思
Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection

形式• 功能• 原因 變化• 連繫• 觀點 責任• 反思
Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection

形式• 功能• 原因 變化• 連繫• 觀點 責任• 反思
Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection

形式• 功能• 原因 變化• 連繫• 觀點 責任• 反思
Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection

形式• 功能• 原因 變化• 連繫• 觀點 責任• 反思
Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection

形式• 功能• 原因 變化• 連繫• 觀點 責任• 反思
Pre-Nursery (2 to 3)
Unit 2: Five Senses

Central Idea: Our senses help us understand and experience the world around us

Area(s) of focus: Language (Speaking and Listening), Science (Materials and matter)

An inquiry into:
  • Information our senses provide us with
  • Distinctive properties of objects
  • Protecting our senses
KC: form, connection
RC: adjectives, properties of materials
Attitudes: curiosity, enthusiasm
LP: inquirer, risk-taker
Unit 1: Baby to Me

Central Idea: People grow and change

Area(s) of focus: PSPE (Identity), Science (Living Things)

An inquiry into:
  • What we were like when we were a baby
  • What we are like now
  • How we have changed
KC: form, change, reflection
RC: autonomy, growth
Attitudes: independence, confidence
LP: risk taker, reflective
Unit 5: Arts (SLC)

Central Idea: We enjoy and experience different forms of arts

Area(s) of focus: Arts (Responding & Creating), PSPE (Identity)

An inquiry into:
  • The different kinds of art
  • How people enjoy art as an audience
  • Taking part in creating art
KC: causation, perspective
RC: emotion, expression
Attitudes: appreciation, creativity, tolerance
LP: open-minded, communicators, balanced
Unit 4: Community Helpers

Central Idea: There are different roles in the community to meet people’s needs

Area(s) of focus: PSPE (Interactions) – Community, Social Studies (Social Organization and Culture) - Roles

An inquiry into:
  • People who help us
  • The roles of community helpers
  • Our responsibilities towards the community helpers
KC: function, causation, responsibility
RC: transportation, safety
Attitudes: commitment, integrity
LP: knowledgeable, principled
Unit 3: Pets

Central Idea: People take responsibility of animals by taking care of their needs

Area(s) of focus: PSPE (Interactions), Science (Living Things)

An inquiry into:
  • Some animals are more suitable as pets than others
  • Animals have their own needs
  • Pet owners have their responsibilities
KC: responsibility, connection
RC: animals, responsibility
Attitudes: cooperation, respect
LP: caring, thinker
Nursery (3-4 yr olds)
Unit 1: All about us!

Central Idea: Awareness of our characteristics and interests helps us understand who we are

Area(s) of Focus: PSPE (Identity), Social Studies (Organization and Culture)

An inquiry into:
  • People have certain physical and social characteristics
  • People have particular interests and preferences
  • There are similarities and differences between ourselves and others
KC: form, perspective, reflection
RC: characteristics, similarities and differences
Attitudes: appreciation, enthusiasm, respect
LP: caring, principled, open-minded
Unit 2: Stories

Central Idea: People tell stories

Area(s) of Focus: Arts (Responding, creating), Language

An inquiry into:
  • Different ways to present a story
  • The elements of a story
  • How stories can be changed
KC: form, change
RC: imagination, expression
Attitudes: confidence, creativity
LP: communicator, risk-taker
Unit 3: Food

Central Idea: The Earth feeds us

Area(s) of Focus: Science (Living Things), Social Studies (Human systems and economic activities)

An inquiry into:
  • Types of food we eat
  • Where food comes from
  • How food can be changed
KC: function, connection
RC: plants, animals, production
Attitudes: curiosity, independence
LP: inquirer, knowledgeable
Unit 4: Trees (SLC)

Central Idea: Trees sustain life on Earth

Area(s) of Focus: Social Studies (Resources and Environment), Science (Materials and Matter)

An inquiry into:
  • Why trees are important to living things
  • Why we need to conserve
  • What our responsibilities are
KC: causation, responsibility
RC: conservation, properties and uses of materials
Attitudes: cooperation, commitment, empathy
LP: thinker, balanced, reflective
Preparatory & Lower Kindergarten Cycle B
Y/L Unit: Celebration

Central Idea: People express their beliefs and values through traditional and religious activities.

Area(s) of Focus: Social Studies (Social organization and culture), Arts (Responding)

An inquiry into:
  • How people celebrate
  • The reasons why people celebrate
  • The beliefs and values of my family
KC: form, connection, perspective
RC: tradition, religion
Attitudes: Empathy, Enthusiasm,
LP: open-minded, caring
Unit 2: Maps (SLC)

Central Idea: People use maps to explore places and orientate themselves.

Area(s) of Focus: Social Studies (Human and natural environment), Math’s (Shape and space), Language (Viewing and Presenting)

An inquiry into:
  • Different types of maps
  • The elements of a map
  • How we read and use a map
KC: causation, function
RC: landmarks, direction, symbols
Attitudes: curiosity, cooperation
LP: Inquirer, Thinker
Unit 4: Arts (Exhibition)

Central Idea: Appreciating arts can enable us to understand cultures

Area(s) of Focus: Arts (Creating)

An inquiry into:
  • Different forms of art
  • Different cultures represented through art
  • Ways art can be interpreted
KC: Form, Causation, Perspective
RC: Interpretation, Culture
Attitudes: Appreciation, Curiosity
LP: Open-minded, Reflective, Balanced
Unit 1: Communication

Central Idea: People communicate in a variety of ways

Area(s) of Focus: Social Studies (Social Organisation and Culture), Science (Forces & Energy)

An inquiry into:
  • Different ways of communicating
  • Why people communicate
  • How communication has developed/changed
  • How people choose to communicate
KC: form, change and function
RC: communication, efficiency
Attitudes: confidence, independence
LP: communicator, thinker,
Unit 3: Water

Central Idea: Water is essential to life and people can make choices to conserve water.

Area(s) of Focus: Social Studies (Resources and the environment)

An inquiry into:
  • Why water is essential to us
  • Where clean water comes from
  • How and why we conserve water
KC: responsibility, reflection, function
RC: consumption, conservation
Attitudes: commitment, respect
LP: principled, knowledgeable, reflective