Grade 5-6

Who we are

An 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.

Central Idea

People go through physical and emotional changes as they develop.

Lines of Inquiry

  • physical growth and puberty
  • social and peer pressure
  • forming and maintaining healthy relationships

Key Concepts

change, connection, responsibility

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the inter-connectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea

Migration is a response to human circumstances and challenges.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Causes and effects of migration on geography, communities, cultures and individuals.
  • The relationship between migration and individuals.
  • Human migration throughout history

Key Concepts

causation, perspective, change

How the world works

An 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 impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Central Idea

Energy can be transferred, transformed and stored.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Energy cannot be created or destroyed. (Change)
  • Energy is transformed into form one to another. (change)
  • Energy is stored in different ways. (function)

Key Concepts

change, function

How we express ourselves

An 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.

Central Idea

People use symbols to be expressive and to communicate.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Symbolism is found in many settings and places.
  • People use symbolism for many reasons.
  • Specific groups use symbolism to communicate and transfer ideas.

Key Concepts

form, function, connection

How we organise ourselves

An 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.

Central Idea

Democratic processes can be used to organise communities.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Democratic processes work in different ways. (Function)
  • What are the characteristics of an effective organisational process? (Causation)
  • People need to contribute to an effective process. (Responsibility)

Key Concepts

Function, Causation, Responsibility


Sharing the planet

An 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.

Central Idea

Humans have a responsibility to manage resources effectively for future generations.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Humans depend on the use of resources to survive and thrive.
  • People use Earth’s resources in many different ways.
  • The choices people make affects the environment in many ways.
  • Humans have a responsibility to sustain and conserve Earth’s resources for future generations.

Key Concepts

connection, causation, responsibility