Grade 5

Our Grade 5 students (10 to 11 years old) study six units of inquiry.

These units of inquiry enable students to recognize different aspects of human society, focusing on themselves and others within their own community as well as groups of people that are distant in time and place. They will extend their understanding of how and why groups are organized within communities, and how participation within groups involves both rights and responsibilities. They will understand the interdependency of systems and their function within local and national communities. Students will gain an appreciation of how cultural groups may vary in their customs and practices but reflect similar purposes. They will deepen their awareness of how people influence, and are influenced by, places in the environment. They will realize the significance of developing a sense of belonging and stewardship towards the environment, valuing and caring for it, in the interests of themselves and future generations. Students will consolidate their understanding of time, recognizing how ideas and actions of people in the past have changed the lives of others, and appreciating how the past is recorded and remembered in different ways. They will gain an understanding of how and why people manage resources.

Language and Mathematics scope and sequence outline the expectations for our Grade 5 students.

These units of inquiry are:

  We Are Artists
  Government Systems
 Events of the Past
  The Exhibition
  Physical and Chemical Changes
  Adolescence/Life Changes

These units of inquiry are outlined in detail below.


Central Idea: We can contribute to solving global problems by communicating and taking local action.
In the students' final year of the PYP, there are five units of inquiry and the exhibition. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile that they have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.

During this unit of inquiry students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.



Central Idea: During adolescence physical and emotional changes impact our behaviour and interactions with others.
During this unit of inquiry students inquire into the physical and emotional changes during adolescence that affect personal well-being and the interactions with others.