Hørsholm International School Programme of Inquiry
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1 Hørsholm International School Programme of Inquiry 2009-2010 Trans disciplinary ThemeWho we areAn inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.Where we are in place and timeAn inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.How we express ourselvesAn 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 worldWorksAn 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 impacts of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environmentHow we organize ourselvesAn inquiry into the inter-connectedness 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 PlanetAn 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.
2 Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves ClassWho we areWhere we are in place and timeHow we express ourselvesHow the world worksHow we organize ourselvesSharing the planetK1Unit Title: A Balanced DaySubject Focus:1.PSE2.ScienceStrands:1.Self concept & health2.Living things Concepts: Function, causation, reflectionRelated concepts: Balance, well beingCI: Making balanced choices enables us to have a healthy lifestyle Inquiries into:- Daily habits and routines- Balanced choices- Consequences of choicesUnit Title: My History1.SS1.Interaction with others2.Social organisationConcepts: Change & ConnectionRelated concepts: Social organisation and cultureCI: Our histories provide an insight into culture, family and ourselves as individuals.- -My personal history (from baby to K1)- -My family’s history- -How we document our histories- -What might we be doing in the future?Unit Title: A tale to tell1.Social studies2.PSE1. Self concept2. Continuity and change through timeConcepts: Form, function, connectionRelated concepts: Feelings, Imagination, Similarities, Communication, FreedomCI: Stories are to be found in all forms and cultures, they give us pleasure and help our imagination grow.- Different types of stories- Cultural stories and different languages- How stories make us feel- Creating and conveying our own storiesUnit Title: Machines1. Science1. Materials & Matter2. Forces and energyConcepts: Form, Function, CausationRelated concepts: Mechanics, Technological advances, Properties and uses of materials.CI: Simple machines make every day things easier.- What is a simple machine?- How do simple machines work?The way we use simple machines (personal, at home, global)- building our own machines.Unit Title: Our school Subject Focus:1. Social organization & culture2. Human systems & economic activitiesConcepts: Function, Form, ConnectionRelated concepts: Communities, Roles, Cooperation, Education, Employment, Behaviour, Consequences, ResponsibilitiesCI: Schools are organized to help us learn and live together.- The school building & grounds- Who works in our school?- Routines and systems that help us learnUnit Title: Plant relationships1. Living ThingsConcepts: Form, Change, ConnectionRelated concepts: Plants, Adaption, Growth, ClassificationCI: Plants adapt in order to sustain life around other plants- The structure of a plant- Different forms of plant life - Relationships between plants
3 Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves ClassWho we areWhere we are in place and timeHow we express ourselvesHow the world worksHow we organize ourselvesSharing the planetK2Unit title:You and MeSubject Focus:1. Science2. PSEStrands:1. Living things2. Self concept/Interaction with othersConcepts: Form, Function, ReflectionRelated concepts: Growth, similarities/differences, biology, animalsCI: Increasing awareness of our personal characteristics and abilities allows our self-identity to develop.Inquiries into:-The human form-Function and abilities of the human body-How I am unique in comparison to other people and animals.Unit Title:Homes1. Social Studies1. Continuity and change through time2. Social organisation and cultureConcepts: Form, Change, ConnectionRelated concepts: Chronology, history, innovation, progressCI: There are reasons why homes change over time-Homes and artifacts in the past-Homes and artifacts now.Unit Title: Move your body1. PSE2. PE1. Self concept/Interaction with others2. Movement to music/Body control and spatial awarenessRelated concepts: Feelings, communication, movement sequences, body formCI: People use their bodies to express ideas and feelings- The use of the body to convey emotions- Using the body to convey ideas- The body as a canvasUnit Title: The Blue Planet Subject Focus: Strands:1. Earth and space/Living thingsConcepts: Form, Function, CausationRelated concepts: Geography, systems (water cycle), animals, habitat, ecosystems, plants.CI: The Earth has bodies of water that sustain different forms of life.Bodies of water on Earth.Where water comes from.Plant and animal life associated with these bodies of waterUnit Title: Help!1. Human systems and economic activities/Social organization and culture2. Health and safetyConcepts: Function, Form, ConnectionRelated concepts: Cooperation, employment, authority, risk-taking, well-beingCI: “Emergency Services” support the local community- Identifying the “Emergency Services”- The structure and function of the organizations- The relationship between the community and the “Emergency Services”Unit Title: Can’t see the wood...2. Science1. Resources and the environment2. Living thingsConcepts: Form, Function, ResponsibilityRelated concepts: Consumption, sustainability, growth, plants, habitatCI: Trees are natural resources that can be used for many purposes.How and where trees grow - The uses of trees - Our responsibility in maintaining this resource
4 Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves ClassWho we areWhere we are in place and timeHow we express ourselvesHow the world worksHow we organize ourselvesSharing the planetGr 1Unit Title: Children around the worldSubject Focus:1. PSE2. Social StudiesStrands:1. Social organization and culture2.Interaction with othersConcepts: form, perspective Related concepts: artefacts, communication, diversity, family, religion and traditions. CI: We all come from different backgrounds.Inquiries into:- Our individual and group cultures.- How we are the same/different in our culture, traditions andcelebrations.- How we respect and care for others.Unit Title: Past civilizations1. Social Studies1.Human systems and economic activities2.Continuity and change through timeConcepts: change, connection Related concepts: cooperation, conflict, education, transportation, chronology, civilizations, discovery, exploration, history.CI: An exploration of past civilizations and their contributions to humankind.-How past cultures have expressed themselves- Similarities and differences between cultures and their faith- The where and why of group’s explorationsUnit Title: Act up!1. Self-concept2. Interaction with othersConcepts: form, causation Related concepts: communication, differences, diversity, feelings, opinion, and perspectives. CI: One of the ways we express ourselves is through the performing arts.-The different forms of theatrical presentations- What the performing arts are - The process of developing a playUnit Title: Hot and Cold1. Science. Materials and matterConcepts: causation, changeRelated concepts: changes of state, solids, liquids, gases, properties and uses of materials. CI: Heat and cold change things. - Different substances, natural and man-made, and how heat and cold affects them.- Positive and negative changes due to temperature.-How we use heat and cold to adapt to our world.Unit Title: From field to table1.Social Studies1. Human and natural environmentsConcepts: form, function and causationRelated concepts: geography, landscape, locality, populations, regions.CI: Many foods need to be transported and or processed- The foods we eatHow food is producedHow fodd is transportedWhere our food comes from.Unit Title: Reduce, reuse, recycle1. Social Studies,2. Science1 Resources and the environment2. Materials and matterConcepts: function and perspectiveRelated concepts:. Conservation, consumption, distribution, ecology, energy, pollution.. Uses of materialsCI: We have a responsibility the choices we make in relation to the environment. - how different materials decompose- how different materials can be reused and recycled- the steps we can take to reduce, reuse and recycle at school and at home.
5 Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves ClassWho we areWhere we are in place and timeHow we express ourselvesHow the world worksHow we organize ourselvesSharing the planetGr 2Unit Title: Give and TakeSubject Focus:1.SS2.PSEStrands:1. SS- Social Organisation and culture2. PSE- Interaction with othersConcepts:Perspective, reflectionRelated concepts: communication, empathy, open-mindednessCI: Relationships are enhanced by learning about other people’s perspectives and communicating our ownInquiries into:- Social interactions- Acknowledging other’s perspectives- Managing and resolving conflictUnit Title: A sense of Place 2. ScienceSS- Human and Natural EnvironmentsScience – Earth and SpaceForm, causationRelated concepts: landscape, settlement CI: All places on Earth have special features that influence why people choose to settle there-Why do I live in the place I do-The characteristics of our town, Hørsholm-Why the global population is not evenly distributed over the planetUnit Title: Signs and SymbolsRelated concepts: communication CI: A variety of signs and symbols facilitate local and global communication- Signs and symbols- Reasons for the development of communication systems- Specialised systems of communicationUnit Title: Where is air?1.Science2. Social studiesScience – Materials and matter, forces and energySocial studies – Resources and the environmentFunction, causationRelated concepts: force, energyCI: Understanding the properties of air allows people to make practical applications- The evidence of airWhat air can do and what we can make it do-How humans need aid to live- The relationship between air, light and soundUnit Title: Personal Organization1. Social studies2. PSE1.SS – human systems and economic activities2.PSE – organisation for learningConnection,responsibilityRelated concepts: interdependence, organisation, systemsCI: Personal organisation systems maintain order in communities- Personal organisation systems- Different systems of organisation in our school- Organisation systems within workplaces in our local communityUnit Title: I will survive2. Social Studies1.Science – Living things2.Social studies – Resources and the environmentChange, connectionRelated concepts: adaption, evolutionCI: Over time, living things respond to the environment in order to survive-Concept of adapt ion-Circumstances that lead to adaption-How plants and animals adapt or respond to environmental conditions
6 Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves ClassWho we areWhere we are in place and timeHow we express ourselvesHow the world worksHow we organize ourselvesSharing the planetGr 3Unit Title: Health and Well BeingSubject Focus:1. PSE2. ScienceStrands:1. Health and safety2. Living thingsConcepts: Causation, functionRelated concepts: Nutrition, well being, growthCI: Personal well being depends on a balance of different factorsInquiries into:- concept of well being- factors that contribute to our well being- personal decisions that affect our well beingUnit Title: Exploration1. SS1. Continuity and Change through timeConcepts: change, connectionRelated concepts: exploration, discovery, progressCI: Past and present exploration impacts the way people live.- Past explorations and famous explorers- Present explorations- How exploration affects people and culturesUnit Title: Looking in the Mirror1. Arts2. PSE1. Self conceptConcepts: perspective, reflectionRelated concepts: self expression, perceptionCI: People use many different forms of expression to convey their uniqueness.- what are the arts-how people express themselves through art- the role of art in culture and societyUnit Title: Electricity1. Science Strands:1. Forces and energyConcepts: Function, connectionRelated concepts: electricity, form of energyCI: Electricity shapes our world.Characteristics and properties of electricityHow humans use electricityElectricity as a source of energyUnit Title: Communities1. Human systems and economic activity Concepts: responsibility, functionRelated concepts: gov, networks, authorityCI: Societies are governed by a variety of systems which impact our lives.-Rules and laws-Types of governments- How systems impact citizensUnit Title:Water1. Science2. SS1. Resources and the environment2. Earth and space Concepts: responsibility, reflection Related concepts: resources, consumption, sustainability CI: Water is a limited resource which is unevenly distributed. Inquiries into:Where water comes fromWhy water is importantInequity of water availability
7 Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves ClassWho we areWhere we are in place and timeHow we express ourselvesHow the world worksHow we organize ourselvesSharing the planetGr 4Unit Title: Human Rights and ResponsibilitySubject Focus:1. Social Studies2. PSEStrands:1. Self-Concept2. Interaction with others3. Organisation for learningConcepts: Perspectives, Refection, and ResponsibilityRelated concepts:Beliefs, differences, diversity, opinion, prejudice, similarities, valuesAttitudes, behaviours, rightsCI: In an attempt to meet human needs, societies have determined human rightsInquiries into:-Making our classroom work as a community-Rules are connected to rights and responsibility-Ways that nations and international organizations aim to protect human rightsUnit Title: On the Move1.Social Studies2.PSE1.Continuity and change through time2. Social organization and cultureConcepts:ChangeConnectionChronology, civilization, conflict, discovery, exploration, history, migration, progress.Artifacts, diversity, family, identity, religion, rightsCI:Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.-Reasons why people migrate-Migration throughout history-Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individualsUnit Title: Persuasion 1. Social studies1.Human systems and economic activity2. Social organisation and cultureFunctionPerspectiveCommunications, education, freedom, justice, legislation, production, truthCommunication, prejudice, roles, traditionsPrint, other visual media and sound can create, alter or manipulate images and perceptions-Different kinds of communication, such as speech, the media, computers, performing arts and advertising-The purpose of advertisements-Devices that are used to manipulate perceptionUnit Title: Building and Structures1. Science1. Forces and energy2. Materials and matterConnection, responsibilityStructure, sustainability, transformationThe design of buildings and structures is dependent upon the environment and available materials.-Considerations to take into account when building a structure-How buildings impact the environment-Indigenous architectureUnit Title: Off the Drawing Board1. Continuity and change through timeChange, Connection, Responsibility Communication, Systems, EthicsCI: Technology impacts on the world of work and leisure.-Technology and inventions of the home, workplace and leisure activities.-Circumstances that lead to the development of important inventions and their impact-How technology supports/impacts sustainabilityUnit Title: Ecosystems1. Living ThingsConcepts: connection, responsibilityBalance, Biodiversity, InterdependenceCI: Biodiversity relies on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms within a system.-Interdependence within ecosystems, biomes, and environments-Ways in which organisms are interconnected in nature-How human interaction with the environment can affect the balance of a system.
8 Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves ClassWho we areWhere we are in place and timeHow we express ourselvesHow the world worksHow we organize ourselvesSharing the planetGr 5Unit Title: It’s your choice!Subject Focus:1. PSE2. ScienceStrands:1. Self-concept, health and safety2. Living thingsConcepts: Causation, Perspective, ResponsibilityRelated concepts: consequences, impact, systems, interdependence, feelings, prejudice, balance, choiceCI: The decision-making process has consequences for ourselves and othersInquiries into:- Our day-to-day decisions- Decision-making processes for groups and individuals- Risks and consequences involved in decisionsUnit Title: A Place for Everyone1. Science2. SS1. Earth and Space2. Human and natural environments, Resources and the environmentConcepts: Function, Causation, ResponsibilityRelated concepts: geography, landscape, locality, population, regions, settlements, ecology, consumption, interdependence, pollution, climate, seasons, systemsCI: Humans have explored different areas in our planet, adapting to a variety of climate and geographic conditions- The range of geographic and climatic conditions that exist on Earth- The exploration of areas with extreme climatic and geographic conditionsUnit Title: I Believe1. SS2. PSE1. Continuity and change through time, social organization and culture2. Self-concept, interaction with othersConcepts: Connection, Perspective, ReflectionRelated concepts: conflict, history, communication, diversity, beliefs, family, prejudice, religion, rights, roles, traditions, similarities, values, culture, identityCI: Rituals, traditions and artefacts provide a window into the beliefs and values of cultures.- What constitutes a culture- The role of rituals and celebrations- How artefacts symbolize beliefs and valuesUnit title:The Circle of LifeSubject focus:SciencePSELiving thingsHealth and safety, organization for learningConcepts:Form, reflectionRelated concepts:Balance, choice, growth, risk-taking, well-being; attitudes, behaviour, consequences, independence, responsibilities, adaptation, animals, systemsCentral idea:All animals have life cycles characterized by physical change and changing roles-The major phases in the life cycles of animals-The similarities and differences between life cycles in different animal speciesUnit Title: Business and Trade1. Human systems and economic activitiesConcepts: form, causation, changeRelated concepts: structure, consequences, impact, transformation, communication, transportationCI: Human beings make economic systems that meet the needs of individuals and communities.Economic conceptsBasic economic principlesHow people choose to suit their apptitudes.Unit Title: Mineral Resources1.Science2.Social Studies2. Resources and environmentRelated concepts: erosion, geology, resources, rock cycle, consumption, wealthCI: Mineral resources provide economic oppurtunities for communities around the world.Mining as a source of economic development in the world-The rock cycle and earth cycleSharing limited or nonrenewable resources.