Our curriculum framework is uniquely adaptable to state and national standards. It is guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, students deepen their learning by developing their conceptual understandings; strengthening their knowledge and skills across and beyond subject areas.
Idyllwilde Elemenatry School's Programme of Inquiry (POI) is the result of extensive, ongoing collaboration among and between teams of teachers. A POI is a framework for the development of inquiry-based units.
At every grade level from K-5 students explore six units of inquiry that last from 4-6 weeks. During these units students inquire into and develop an understanding of universal concepts and issues that will extend into their life beyond their elementary years. Exploring these concepts/issues helps our students acquire both a local and global perspective on learning and its application in their lives.
Each POI unit is organized around the following elements:
1. Transdisciplinary Theme - The transdisciplinary theme contains ideas of global significance shared by people everywhere in the world. This theme also provides a context for students to develop subject-specific knowledge, concepts and skills.
2. Central Idea - The central idea expresses a timeless, enduring understanding, related to the transdisciplinary theme, that students develop throughout the course of the unit.
3. Lines of Inquiry - The lines of inquiry clarify the central idea, focus student inquiries, and help deepen understanding.
4. Key and Related Concepts - These concepts are embedded into the central idea and lines of inquiry. They help deepen student understanding and provide students the opportunity to make connections throughout their learning, from one subject area to another and between school and the outside world.
All significant planned learning is related to the Florida State Standards and are supported as well by PE, Art and Music classes. We aim to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.