Program of Inquiry

Program of Inquiry

In an IB PYP school, the curriculum is known as the Program of Inquiry or POI.  The POI encompasses all student activities, academic and non-academic, for which the school takes responsibility, since they all have an impact on student learning.  At Sabin, we work to structure all of those student activities around the elements of the Primary Years Program.

Learning at Sabin (the POI) is organized around six transdisciplinary themes.  The teachers at Sabin carefully align all district, state and federal standards to these themes.  They teach the standards as a tool for helping the students understand the greater concepts and ideas of the themes.  Through this approach, teachers are able to increase the transferability of the ideas students are learning.  We emphasize that learning does not end at the classroom door.  Rather, in the classroom foundations are laid to apply understandings to our experiences in the greater world.  Our POI facilitates this application.

The six transdisciplinary themes around which our POI is organized include:

Who we are: An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including family, 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 understandings of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and 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 other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Students inquire into, and learn about, these globally significant issues in the context of units of inquiry.  Each grade level teaches a unit of inquiry that addresses a central idea relevant to a particular part of each theme.

Sabin IB POI Overview

For more information on the IB program, visit the International Baccalaureate Organization’s webpage.