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Social Studies Overview


In the Primary years Programme (PYP), Social Studies is defined as a study of human society, human relationships and the interaction of people with the environment. The Social studies curriculum is essentially taught through the units of inquiry and is organized under the following three strands:

History
Geography
Society
History is the story of the human past. The study of history develops an understanding of the past, its influence on the present, and its implications for the future. Geography is the study of people in relationship to their environment. The study of geography develops an understanding of the physical environment, a sense of place, and a sense of self in relation to personal, local, national and global locations. The study of Society is the study of the ways in which people, groups and societies interact with each other and how their values shape social systems. It incorporates the disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology, Ethics and Politics.



The Social Studies Provides opportunities for students to

Learn how to ask compelling questions that can be researched
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Swiss landscape collage
Gain a secure understanding of their own identity and their place in the world
Gain a sense of time and place in relation to their own experience and the experience of other people
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Children's Rights puzzle
Gain an understanding of humankind’s role in and dependence on the natural world, and learn to apply this knowledge in responsible ways.
Develop an understanding of other cultural groups and an appreciation of other ideas and beliefs
Swiss person
Childrens Rights wishes
Gain knowledge that is of genuine importance in understanding the human condition, through the exploration of themes that have significance for all students in all cultures
Gain conceptual understanding through participating in learning experiences that foster sensitivity, creativity and initiative, leading to socially responsible action
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These Units of Inquiry focus on Social Studies

Theme

Unit name

Strand

Related Concepts

Pre Reception

Who we are

Who am I?

Society – self & systems

History – personal & chronology

  • Authority
  • Role
  • Conflict
  • Cooperation
  • Communication.
 

How the world works

The Changing Seasons

Geography – The natural environment

  • Adaptation
  • differences
  • Similarities
  • Location.

Reception

Who we are

People we know

Society - self, communities & culture

  • Role
  • Conflic
  • Co-operation
 

How the world works

Where does our food come from?

Geography - general
  • Location
  • Diversity
  • Interdependence
  • Distribution

Year 1

Where we are in time and place

Play, then and now

History - Chronology

  • Chronology
  • Values
 

How the world works

A roof over my head

Geography

  • Location
 

How we organize ourselves

School is cool

Society

  • Division of labor
  • Role
  • Interdependence

 

Year 2

Who we are

Celebrations

 
 

Where we are in time and place

It's about time

   
 

How the world works

Our local area

   
 

Sharing the planet

Our world of plants

   

Year 3

Where we are in time and place

Our host country

Geography

History - chronology & significant people

Society - cultures

  • Culture
  • Heritage
  • Location
  • Tradition
  • Similarities/differences
 

How we organize ourselves

What will I be when I grow up?

Society– systems & communities

  • Division of labour
  • Role
  • Values
  • Systems
 

Sharing the planet

Water

Geography - the natural environment

  • Conservation
  • Distribution
  • Interdependence

Year 4

Who we are

Our personal stories

History – Personal
Society – self

 
 

Where we are in time and place

Our prehistoric ancestors

History – periods & chronology
  • Adaptation
  • Evolution
  • Similarity
  • Chronology
 

How we express ourselves

Fairy tales and folk tales

History
  • Fantasy
  • Communication
  • Conflict
  • Values
 

How we organize ourselves

A right means no one is left out

Society
  • Rights
  • Needs
  • Responsibilities

Year 5

Where we are in time and place

Our local history

History - Periods, Chronology,
Significant people

  • Chronology
  • Conflict
  • Social control
 

How we organize ourselves

How in the world do we know where we are?

Geography – Place, Natural environment
  • Culture
  • Location
Year 6

Where we are in time and place

Solar system

History - Chronology, Significant People
  • Adaptation
  • Evolution
 

How we organize ourselves

World beliefs

Society
  • History
  • Culture
  • Difference
  • Diversity
  • Traditions
  • Values

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5concepts

Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through positive action and service; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements

Powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explore and re-explore in order to develop understanding

Significant, relevant, subject matter which students are expected to explore and know about

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Those things which the students need to be able to do to succeed in a changing, challenging world

Dispositions which are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people

 

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updated on 11 juillet, 2006