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Transdisciplinary learning

The IB curriculum framework is based on a trandisciplinary approach. Transdisciplinary learning enables students to build concepts and skills across subject areas, rather than studying subjects in isolation. We find opportunities for students to make connections across subjects which allows for more real world application and a holistic learning experience. 

The IB PYP Curriculum is organized into six units of study based on six transdisciplinary themes. Grades 1-5 study all six themes throughout the school year, organized into Units of Inquiry that last about 6 weeks. Kindergarten will study four themes throughout the school year with each Unit of Inquiry lasting about 8-10 weeks. The six themes provide students with the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into their learning. Through incorporating local and global issues into the curriculum, students are able to go beyond the confines of learning within each subject area.

The six themes are:
How the World Works
How We Organize Ourselves Where We Are in Place and Time
Sharing the Planet
How We Express Ourselves and Who We Are.

Each unit begins with an overarching concept as well as a central idea that focuses the unit. Teachers design lines of inquiry to guide the unit. Skills, known as Approaches to Learning are incorporated to ensure students are learning valuable skills that transcend the subjects. These skills include: research skills, communication skills, social skills, self-management skills and thinking skills. Units are designed to promote critical thinking as well as help students to become well rounded in other areas of their life.

Teachers organize these units to meet all the local and state requirements. The organization of the state and local standards may be slightly different than other elementary schools in Norwalk, but all requirements will be met by the end of the school year.