The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is a curriculum framework which centers around a series of transdisciplinary themes that address human commonalities.
The SBS Program of Inquiry (POI) was written by the faculty of Sunnybrook School. It reflects our philosophy, our knowledge and experience as educators, and the requirements of the Ministry of Education. It is a powerful learning document which we review and revise annually, keeping it relevant, challenging and engaging for our students.
Our POI helps students better understand themselves and their world through the disciplines of science, history, geography and social studies, as well as applications of language arts, math and art, and other areas of study. The pedagogy draws on contemporary methods, with a strong emphasis on constructivist learning and inquiry-based approaches.
The IB curriculum framework is designed around powerful concepts such as change, responsibility and perspective. The units of inquiry combine concepts with content knowledge in powerful central ideas that guide student inquiry.
Our goal is for our students to construct their own meaning as they explore concepts, build knowledge and develop skills. They collaborate with their peers to ask meaningful questions and pursue understanding in all areas of their learning. Through a purposeful blend of interesting content and intriguing presentation, children are drawn in and learning comes alive.
OVERVIEW OF TRANSDISCIPLINARY THEMES
Who We Are
An inquiry into the nature of 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 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 interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
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.
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.
How We Organize Ourselves
An inquiry into the interconnectedness 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 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.