The Process of Inquiry
The IB PYP places an emphasis on transdisciplinary, inquiry based learning. This means that, each year at Midland International, your child studies a range of topics that are designed as "units of inquiry". Through these units, the teacher teaches science, social studies, personal and social education, as well as some of our mathematics and language curricula. The teacher endeavors to integrate as many subjects as possible into each of the units of inquiry, ensuring that the children are able to identify the connections between subjects and the relevance of each subject to their lives. Children’s interests and questions are incorporated into each of the units so that the children learn how to ask constructive questions, plan investigations, solve problems and find the answers to their questions.
Through the process of inquiry (asking questions, problem solving and thinking) IB students are able to construct meaning from their learning experiences. Eight fundamental concepts, called key concepts, drive the process of inquiry.
Key Concepts Driving Our Inquiry
Form- What is it like?
Function- How does it work?
Causation- Why is it like it is?
Change- How is it changing?
Connection- How is it connected to other things?
Perspective- What are the points of view?
Responsibility- What is our responsibility?
Reflection- How do we know?
Adopted: Making the PYP Happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education (January 2007)