The PYP’s inquiry-based, trans-disciplinary approach focuses on asking authentic questions and enabling students to contribute to the questions being asked, and therefore the direction of the Units of Inquiry (UOI). It celebrates a student’s sense of wonder of the world and the perspectives of others. An inquiry cycle comprises: asking questions, searching collaboratively for answers, sharing new understandings, reflecting on one’s learning and then taking action.
The students focus on this life-long pattern of learning, understanding its power and authenticity. The trans-disciplinary feature means that single subjects are incorporated into a cohesive whole where possible. To achieve this, UOIs may focus on both geography and history, or on mathematics and music in one central question. As each Unit Of Inquiry is presented by both a foreign and a Chinese homeroom teacher, a dual perspective and sensibility is incorporated into all learning.