Programme of Inquiry

Who we are
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor 3. Human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures
Key Concepts Perspective

Change 

Related concepts Communities

Communicators

Values

Central Idea Changes happen as we live and grow. 
Lines of Inquiry An inquiry into similarities and differences around me.

An inquiry into families and groups or people working together.

An inquiry into growth and changes in myself and others. 

Term covered 1
Duration 7 weeks 
Where we are in place and time
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor 3. Homes and journeys

6. The relationships between and the interconnections of individuals and civilisations

Key Concepts Function
Connection
Change
Related concepts Networks

Journeys

Central Idea All living things need shelter.
Lines of Inquiry Living things need different homes. 

People need to work together to create a community. 

Term covered 3
Duration 6 weeks 
How we express ourselves
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor 1. Into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values

3. Our appreciation of the aesthetic

Key Concepts Perspective 

Form 

Connection

Related concepts Expression

Imagination

Media

Central Idea Storytelling can connect us with others.  
Lines of Inquiry People communicate in different ways. 

People celebrate their cultures in different ways. 

Relationships help us express ourselves.

Term covered 2
Duration 6 weeks
How the world works
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor 1.  The natural world and its laws
Key Concepts Function

Causation

Related concepts Climate

Seasons 

Classification

Central Idea Living things are constantly changing.
Lines of Inquiry An inquiry into where light comes from. 

An inquiry into the importance of light in our daily lives. 

An inquiry into the importance of light in our daily lives.

Term covered 2
Duration 6 weeks 
How we organise ourselves
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor 2. The structure and function of organisations 

3. Societal decision-making

Key Concepts Form 

Function

Responsibility

Related concepts Employment

Authority

Education

Central Idea We all have a role to play.
Lines of Inquiry Working together creates unity. 

We are responsible for our environment. 

Being organised leads to independence. 

Term covered 4
Duration 6 weeks 
Sharing the planet
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor 1.Rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things
Key Concepts Causation

Connection

Responsibility

Related concepts Plants 

Habitat

Central Idea Plants are a resource
Lines of Inquiry Human action impacts on our world. 

Plants and animals rely on systems to survive. 

What we do affects our world.

Term covered 6
Duration 6 weeks 

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Who we are
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor Human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures
Key Concepts Perspective

Change 

Related concepts Communities

Communicators

Values

Central Idea People learn from others in their community.
Lines of Inquiry Lines of Inquiry:

● The different ways we learn

● The people in our community.

● How and what we learn from others.

Term covered 1
Duration 7 weeks 
Where we are in place and time
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor Homes and journeys
Key Concepts Funcation

Connection

Change

Related concepts Networks

Journeys

Central Idea Documenting personal histories allows us to find out about and celebrate who we are and where we’ve come from.
Lines of Inquiry Lines of Inquiry:

● Ways of documenting personal history

● Personal change from birth to present

● Reflecting on past experience

● Significant people and places in my life

Term covered 4
Duration 6 weeks 
How we express ourselves
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor Into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values.

*Our appreciation of the aesthetic

Key Concepts Perspective 

Form 

Connection

Related concepts Expression

Imagination

Media

Central Idea Celebrations cause happiness

Celebrations play an important role in people’s lives

Lines of Inquiry Lines of Inquiry:

● The events people celebrate and why.

● The different ways people celebrate important events

● The similarities and differences between the celebrations of different cultures

● The role of the Arts in celebrations

Term covered 2
Duration 6 weeks 
How the world works
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor The natural world and its laws
Key Concepts Function

Causation

Related concepts Climate

Seasons 

Classification

Central Idea The world is made up of natural forces 

We connect and understand our world through patterns

Lines of Inquiry Lines of Inquiry:

weather and nature

seasons

Climate change

Environmental factors

Myths

Legends

Traditional tales told

Term covered 3
Duration 6 weeks 
How we organise ourselves
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor Economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment
Key Concepts Form 

Function

Responsibility

Related concepts Employment

Authority

Education

Central Idea Food comes from many sources and is processed and transported in different ways.

Responsibility

Lines of Inquiry Lines of Inquiry:

● Sources of our food

● The processes food goes through before we eat it ● How food gets to us.

Food from around the world.

Fair Trade? Sustainability?

Local farming?

Term covered 5
Duration 6 weeks 
Sharing the planet
Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor Communities and the relationships within and between them
Key Concepts Causation

Connection

Responsibility

Related concepts Plants 

Habitat

Central Idea Mini-beasts are an important part of life in the habitat in which they live

All elements of a habitat play an important role in cycle of life

Lines of Inquiry Lines of Inquiry:

● Woodland habitats

● The needs, characteristics and behaviours of mini-beasts

● Life cycles of mini-beasts

● Human impact on animal habitats

Term covered 5
Duration 6 weeks 

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Who we are

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

Human relationships T1

The nature of self-belief and values.T6

Key Concepts

Form

Causation

Perspectives 

Change 

Connection

Related concepts

Communities

Messages

Growth

Endurance 

development

Central Idea

People grow and change through the way they communicate 

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into communications 

An inquiry into global communities

Term covered

1/6

Duration

12 weeks

Where we are in place and time

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

Personal histories

Key Concepts

Change

Perspective

Responsibility

Related concepts

Tradition

diversity

Central Idea

Traditions encompass our lives 

Traditions of others

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into traditions

An inquiry Into social interactions during traditions 

An inquiry into global traditions

Term covered

3

Duration

6 weeks

How we express ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

The ways in which we reflect, extend and enjoy our creativity

Key Concepts

Function 

Connection

Related concepts

Expression 

Imagination

Central Idea

Imagination influences expression

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into various forms of creativity

An inquiry into the purposes of creativity.

An Inquiry

Term covered

2

Duration

6 weeks

Sharing the planet

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

The rights and responsibilities to share finite resources with other people and other living things

Key Concepts

Responsibility

Causation

Related concepts

Interdependence 

Systems

Central Idea

Systems rely on a variety of influences.

Do they rely on eco-systems? 

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into food chains

An inquiry into resources

An Inquiry into eco-systems

Term covered

4/5

Duration

12 weeks

Who we are

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

2.Personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health

Key Concepts

Form

Change

Perspective

Related concepts

Relationships

Identity

Central Idea

Relationships shape Identity

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into how people are different and how they connect. 

An inquiry into what makes someone unique.

An inquiry into how behaviours and relationships impact on who a person is.

Term covered

Term 1

Duration

6 weeks

Where we are in place and time

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

5.  Explorations of humankind

Key Concepts

Responsibility

Causation

Related concepts

Discovery

Location

History

Central Idea

Discovery shapes our world

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into the discovery of new places.

The impact of how discovery leads to change. 

A study of significant people and events. 

Term covered

Neil Armstrong – Moon

Columbus _ America

Geography focus

Duration

6 weeks

How we express ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

3.Our appreciation of the aesthetic

Key Concepts

Perspective

Form

Related concepts

Expression

Creativity 

Imagination

Central Idea

Imagination drives Creativity

Lines of Inquiry

An exploration of creative arts and music. 

A study of how designers use their imagination to create their work. 

An inquiry into the role of illustrators to bring a story to life.

Term covered

Year 2 collaborative work – empire writes, jazzy illustrates and rpt

Duration

6 weeks

How the world works

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

1.The natural world and its laws

2.The interaction between the natural world and human societies

Key Concepts

Function

Form

Related concepts

Adaptation 

Survival

Central Idea

Adaptation leads to survival

Lines of Inquiry

An investigation into how animals adapt to survive

A study of living and non living organisms

The impact of human behaviours on ecosystems

Term covered

 

Duration

6 weeks

How we organise ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

3. Societal decision-making

Key Concepts

Responsibility

Change

Causation

Related concepts

Sustainability

Governance 

Consequences

Central Idea

Governance impacts the progress of   

sustainability 

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into law-making and how it impacts sustainability  

The role of an individual’s responsibility to sustainability

An exploration of how climate change affects our lives today and tomorrow. 

Term covered

Debates

Duration

6 weeks

Sharing the planet

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

3.Access to equal opportunities

Key Concepts

Causation

Connection

Related concepts

Equity

Rights

Central Idea

With equal rights comes equity

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into significant women who have changed history. Rosa Parks

A study of children’s rights?

Rosa Parks and her impact on others

A study of how human rights have changed over time. 

Term covered

Suffragette movement, slave trade, victorians, laws of children and work –

Duration

6 weeks

Who we are

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

The nature of self beliefs and values

Key Concepts

Form, perspectives change

Related concepts

Communication

Interpretation

Central Idea

Communication is open to interpretation

Lines of Inquiry

An exploration of how we communicate.

An inquiry into why we communicate?.

Term covered

Term 1

Duration

6 weeks

Where we are in place and time

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

The relationships between and the interconnections of individuals and civilisations

Key Concepts

Connection 

Causation 

Responsibility

Related concepts

Transformation

Lifestyle 

Sustainability

Central Idea

Transformations can occur through lifestyles

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into the life of  the Egyptians.

An inquiry into the stone age.

Term covered

Term 2

Duration

6 weeks

How we express ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

Into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values

Key Concepts

Perspective

Change 

Causation

Related concepts

Perception

Attitudes

Identity

Central Idea

An inquiry into how do people celebrate and how is this done.

An exploration of different 

celebrations Easter/  Sikhism/ Map work

Term covered

Term 4

Duration

6 weeks

How the world works

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

Natural world and its laws 

Key Concepts

Function 

Change 

Form

Related concepts

Process

Forces

Movement

Central Idea

Forces or movement can cause a process

Cause and effect

Lines of Inquiry

An exploration of How natural disasters affect our lives.

An inquiry into how forces cause and effect.

An inquiry into rocks and fossils.

Volcanoes / earthquakes

Forces / magnets

Term covered

Term 3

Duration

6 weeks

How we organise ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

Access to equal opportunities

Key Concepts

Perspective

Responsibility

Function

Related concepts

Technology 

Conflict 

Progress

Central Idea

Technology impacts our way of life

Lines of Inquiry

Is technology an unnecessary evil?

How has technology changed over time?

Term covered

Term 6

Duration

6 weeks

Sharing the planet

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

Access to equal opportunities

1.The interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities

Key Concepts

Causation

Responsibility

Connection

Related concepts

Survival

Growth

Central Idea

An exploration of animal structure and survival.

An inquiry into how plants survive and grow.

Animal, plants, life cycles

Term covered

Term 5

Duration

6 weeks

Who we are

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

3.Human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures

Key Concepts

Form

Perspective

Change

Related concepts

Culture

Communities

Traditions

Central Idea

Perspectives develop through understanding.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. An exploration of different cultures
  2. An inquiry into our perspectives of other cultures.
  3. An inquiry into the connections between local and wider communities.

Term covered

Term 1

Duration

6 weeks

Where we are in place and time

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

1.Orientation in place and time

3.Homes and journeys

Key Concepts

Connection 

Causation

Related concepts

Settlements

Location

Central Idea

Settlers rely on suitable locations.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. An investigation of settlers through time.
  2. An inquiry how settlers choose locations.
  3. The implications of settlers choices on modern settlements.

Term covered

Term 5

Duration

6 weeks

How we express ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

3.Our appreciation of the aesthetic

Key Concepts

Form

Reflection

Related concepts

Expression

Inspiration

Creation

meaning

Central Idea

Inspiration leads to creation.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. A study of creators, their inspiration and work. 
  2. A comparisons of creators expression.
  3. The impact of creators work on the wider world.

Term Covered

Term 2

Duration

6 weeks

How the world works

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

4.The impact of scientific are technological advances on society and on the environmental

Key Concepts

Function

Responsibility

Related concepts

Interventions

Progress

Central Idea

Inventions influence the progress made by humans.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. 1.An investigation into the impact of inventions.
  2. An inquiry into the extent of progress made for the modern world
  3. 3.A study of modern inventions.

Term covered

Term 3

Duration

6 weeks

How we organise ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

4. Economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

Key Concepts

Function

Related concepts

Movement 

Networks

Progress

Central Idea

Routes are formed to meet growing needs.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. An exploration of networks we know. 
  2. An investigation into the importance of networks in the local community
  3. The role of networks in the wider world. 

 

States of matter

Term covered

Term 4

Duration

6 weeks

Sharing the planet

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

4.Peace and conflict resolution

Key Concepts

Responsibility

Connection

Related concepts

Conflict

Resolution

Governance

Central Idea

With great power comes great responsibility.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. An study of figures in governance.
  2. The impact of rule on peace and conflict.
  3. The role of individual’s responsibility to themselves and others. 

Term Covered

Term 6

Duration

6 weeks

Who we are

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

Rights and responsibilities

Key Concepts

Perspective

Form

Change

Related concepts

Rights

Responsibilities

Conflict

Central Idea

Perspectives and views change and develop over time.

Lines of Inquiry

The development of rights and responsibilities.

An inquiry into justice.

What makes a person a famous figure?

Term covered

Term 1

Duration

6 weeks

Where we are in place and time

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

1.Orientation in place and time

3.Homes and journeys

Key Concepts

Connection 

Causation

Related concepts

Settlements

Location

Central Idea

Settlers rely on suitable locations.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. An investigation of settlers through time.
  2. An inquiry how settlers choose locations.
  3. The implications of settlers choices on modern settlements.

Term covered

Term 5

Duration

6 weeks

How we express ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

3.Our appreciation of the aesthetic

Key Concepts

Form

Reflection

Related concepts

Expression

Inspiration

Creation

meaning

Central Idea

Inspiration leads to creation.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. A study of creators, their inspiration and work. 
  2. A comparisons of creators expression.
  3. The impact of creators work on the wider world.

Term Covered

Term 2

Duration

6 weeks

How the world works

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

4.The impact of scientific are technological advances on society and on the environmental

Key Concepts

Function

Responsibility

Related concepts

Interventions

Progress

Central Idea

Inventions influence the progress made by humans.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. 1.An investigation into the impact of inventions.
  2. An inquiry into the extent of progress made for the modern world
  3. 3.A study of modern inventions.

Term covered

Term 3

Duration

6 weeks

How we organise ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

4. Economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

Key Concepts

Function

Related concepts

Movement 

Networks

Progress

Central Idea

Routes are formed to meet growing needs.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. An exploration of networks we know. 
  2. An investigation into the importance of networks in the local community
  3. The role of networks in the wider world. 

 

States of matter

Term covered

Term 4

Duration

6 weeks

Sharing the planet

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

4.Peace and conflict resolution

Key Concepts

Responsibility

Connection

Related concepts

Conflict

Resolution

Governance

Central Idea

With great power comes great responsibility.

Lines of Inquiry

  1. An study of figures in governance.
  2. The impact of rule on peace and conflict.
  3. The role of individual’s responsibility to themselves and others. 

Term Covered

Term 6

Duration

6 weeks

Who we are

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

5. What it means to be human.

Key Concepts

Form

Causation

Related concepts

Organic/ Living

Adaptation

Equality

Central Idea

Mistakes can lead to development.

Lines of Inquiry

An exploration into the human struggle to learn more about the body. 

An inquiry into effects of punishment.   

An comparison of womens’ rights in the past to today.

Term covered

Term 3

Duration

6 weeks

Where we are in place and time

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

5. Explorations and migrations of humankind

Key Concepts

Form

Perspective

Change

Related concepts

Diversity

Culture

Representation

Central Idea

Events influence people’s perspectives and views

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into the effect of war at home

An inquiry into the War  abroad

An inquiry into the effects of war on a generation.

Term covered

Term 1

Duration

6 weeks

How we express ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

3.Our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Key Concepts

Reflection

Change

Related concepts

Appreciation 

Expression

Central Idea

Popular culture impacts expression.

Lines of Inquiry

An exploration of popular music.

An exploration popular literature

The impact of current popular movements on the wider world.

Term Covered

Term 6

Duration

6 weeks

How the world works

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

4.The impact of scientific are technological advances on society and on the environmental

Key Concepts

Responsibility 

Function

Related concepts

History

Purpose

Central Idea

Inventions promote discovery and creation.

Lines of Inquiry

A comparison of discovery and creation. (looking at inventions, optical instruments)

An understanding of light.

An investigation into Invention, creation, demonstration and reflection (own invention).

Term covered

Term 4

Duration

6 weeks

How we organise ourselves

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

1.The interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities.

Key Concepts

Causation

Connection

Related concepts

Pattern

Identity

Central Idea

Numbers and science make relationships.

Lines of Inquiry

An understanding into genes.

An inquiry into similarities and differences in genetics.

An exploration of adaptation to survive and efficiency.

Term covered

Term 2

Duration

6 weeks

Sharing the planet

 

Transdisciplinary Theme descriptor

4.Peace and conflict resolution

Key Concepts

Function

Reflection

Related concepts

Relationship

Critique

Central Idea

Developments progress and regress Planet Earth.

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into human geography.

An inquiry physical geography.

(SATS TERM).

Term Covered

Term 5

Duration

6 weeks