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Year 4  Program of Inquiry

An inquiry into

Who We Are

An inquiry into

Where We Are in Place and Time

An inquiry into

How We Express Ourselves

An inquiry into

How The World Works

An inquiry into

How We Organize Ourselves

An inquiry into

How We Share the Planet

An exploration of the nature of the self; of our beliefs and values; of personal,physical,mental, social and spiritual health; of our families, friends, communities and cultures; of our rights and responsibilities; of what it means to be human. An exploration of our orientation in place and time; of our personal histories; of history and geography from local and global perspectives; of our homes and journeys; of the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; of the contributions of individuals and civilizations. An exploration of the ways in which we discover and express our nature, ideas, feelings, beliefs and values through language and the arts. An exploration of the physical and material world; of natural and human-made phenomena; of the world of science and technology An exploration of human systems and communities; of the world of work, its nature and its value; of employment and unemployment and their impact. An exploration of our rights and responsibilities as we try to share finite resources with other people, with other living things; of communities and of the relationships within and between them.
Title of Unit
Our Personal Stories 
Our Prehistoric Ancestors
Folk Tales and Fairy Tales
Kitchen Chemistry
A Right Means No One Is Left Out
The Animal Kingdom 
Language Arts, Social Studies, PSPE
Social Studies, Art
Language, Social Studies
Social Studies, PSPE
Science, Social Studies
Central Idea  Everyday we are creating our unique, personal stories and identities. Prehistoric people shared the same characteristics as people of today and were innovative in meeting their daily needs.  Throughout history and in all cultures the writing and telling of stories has served as a bridge between the real and imaginary worlds.  Different reactions occur when everyday substances interact. All children have the same needs, rights and responsibilities. We share the planet with many different species of animals.  Some of them are in danger of extinction.
An Inquiry into
  • How our personal story is connected to our families and culture
  • The events and experiences that influence our identities
  • What we can learn from looking at the lives of famous people
  • Writing our autobiography
  • The prehistoric time period
  • Artifacts and evidence from the past
  • How prehistoric people lived
  • The differences and similarities between the daily life of prehistoric people and our lives today
  • How we innovate to meet our needs
  • Fairy tales/folk tales as a literary genre
  • Why fairy tales remain so popular
  • How to write a fairy tales/folk tale
  • Tales across cultures
  • The different states of matter
  • How common substances interact
  • The scientific method
  • The UN Rights of the Child, its meaning and development
  • The similarities and differences between needs and wants
  • Why children's needs aren't always met
  • How UN agencies are working together to insure that all children's rights are protected
  • Animal classification
  • Animal behavior and habitats
  • How animals interact with their environment and with humans





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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


updated on 11 juillet, 2006