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Year 5  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
 The Human Body
Our Local History
Art and Artists
Forces and Motion
How in the World Do We Know Where We Are?
Science, PSPE
Social Studies
Fine Arts, Art History
Science, Math, Technology
Geography, Social Studies, Math
Central Idea  There are systems of the body working together to keep us healthy.  We can learn about our local history by exploring what has been left behind.  Artists express ideas, emotions and reflect social issues through their work.  The physical laws of forces and motion affect all matter.  The Earth is organized geographically by natural and man-made boundaries.  An ecosystem is a community of organisms interacting with one another and with their environment.
An Inquiry into
  • The systems and organs of the body and how they work together
  • Cells
  • Growth and development
  • Our responsibility in maintaining a healthy body
  • The history of the Geneva region
  • Evidence and Artifacts
  • How the past shapes the present
  • The study of one or more specific periods of local history, e.g., Celtic, Roman, Medieval
  • How we can express thoughts, feelings and ideas through painting, drawing and sculpture
  • The different media we can use to express ourselves
  • How to interpret art
  • How an artist's life influences his/her work
  • What a force is and what forces are at work in our world
  • Newton's Laws
  • How forces affect us and all other matter
  • How scientists explore physical phenomenon
  • How the Earth is organized geographically
  • How geography affects culture, climate, lifestyle, economics and population
  • How to read and create maps
  • Symbols and models
  • Interpreting 3-D into 2-D
  • What an ecosystem is
  • Where different ecosystems are found
  • How ecosystems maintain balance
  • The similarities and differences between two different ecosystems
Concepts Function


Function Responsibility

fruit collage in water color


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