Inquiry-based Learning 

At Peninsula East Primary Academy, we are working towards becoming an International Baccalaureate School and are currently teaching our children within the framework of the PYP (Primary Years Programme). This framework allows pupils to be taught the curriculum in a child-centered way with the aim of creating children who will be globally aware and lifelong learners.  As part of this learning the children are taught the skills for learning which they can then apply to all areas of the curriculum. 

What is inquiry-based learning?

Inquiry-based learning emphasises a children’s role in the learning process and asks them to engage with an idea or topic in an active way, rather than by just sitting and listening to a teacher. The overall goal of an inquiry-based approach is for children to make meaning of what they are learning about and to understand how a concept works in a real-world context.

IB PYP Approaches to Learning

What are the approaches/skills for learning? 

Poster illustrating the six IB PYP Transdisciplinary Themes.

What are transdisciplinary themes? 

During the children’s time at school, they will learn about 6 transdisciplinary themes. These themes allow the children to learn the curriculum and make connections between their learning and important issues that have meaning to us. 

IB PYP The Key Concepts

What are key concepts? 

As part of their learning the children explore seven Key Concepts defined by the PYP are form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective and responsibility. Teaching through these concepts allows teachers to help students construct mental models of how things work and connect throughout the world.

IB PYP Action - Participation, Advocacy, Social Justice, Social Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle Choices.

What is pupil action? 

At the end of their inquiry, children are encouraged to take action on an issue related to their learning. They can choose to do this on a local or global level.

What are the sustainable development goals? 

The Sustainable Development Goals have been created by the United Nations in order to try and achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. As a school we feel that it is important for the children to have an understanding of these goals and for us to work towards making a difference. As a school we have selected to focus on goal number 12 – Responsible production and consumption. When learning we encourage the children to reflect on this goal and how the knowledge they have learnt could support it. 

Visit the sustainable development goals website