Social Studies

Social Studies as part of the PYP curriculum, is an inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching about history, geography and society. In the PYP, social studies is viewed as the study of people in relation to their past, their present and their future, their environment and their society. Inquiry-based units are the focus for learning, where students will experience what it is like to think and act like a historian, a geographer or a social scientist.

Throughout the Units of Inquiry, students will engage with experiences through various social studies strands, such as Human systems and economic activities, Social organization and culture, Continuity and change through time, Human and natural environments, and Resources and the environment, where emphasis is placed on learning through real life situations, decision making, problem solving and research.

The goal of the PYP social studies curriculum is to promote intercultural understanding and aims to encourage students to understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Students at YIS:

  • Live by gaining understanding of their own identity and their place in the world.
  • Learn how to ask compelling and relevant questions that can be researched.
  • Lead through showing respect for individuals and their values and traditions.

Please refer to the Units of Inquiry, for information about the specific social studies units taught at each grade level.