At NIC, we are committed the inquiry-based as the leading vehicle for learning. Six transdisciplinary themes provide the framework for knowledge. Transdisciplinary is the word that the IB uses to describe a discipline that applies across all disciplines - it is interconnected and can be applied across all subjects and applied to real life. A transdisciplinary concept stretches across math, science, English and social studies and ties it all together; it is not isolated to one subject. For example, the idea of change affects math, science, English and social studies - the IB PYP strives to demonstrate this through earning, giving understanding to a real life world.
The six transdisciplinary themes are:
Who We AreWhere We Are in Place and TimeHow We Express OurselvesHow the World WorksHow We Organize OurselvesSharing the Planet
An inquiry into the nature of the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Source: www.ibo.org )