The PYP Program of Inquiry

The PYP Program of Inquiry (POI) outlines the transdisciplinary units of inquiry for each grade. The POI combines the disciplines of science, history, geography and social studies, as well as applications of language arts, math, and art, in a transdisciplinary, conceptual framework for student learning. The POI at Sunnybrook is unique to our school, was developed by our faculty and is reviewed on an ongoing basis. This curriculum has been written and refined by the faculty of Sunnybrook School in accordance with the framework of the IB PYP, and with reference to the guidelines of the Ontario Ministry of Education. At SBS, the IB PYP is complemented by our rich Literacy Inquiry Program and the Singapore Math Program, to create a balanced curriculum.

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.