PYP News

ICSAtlanta First Grade's Unit 1:

Central Idea: Plants and animals have to find a balance to thrive on natural resources

Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are

Key concepts:

  • Change: how the weather changes

  • Perspective : how the need for weather changes is different countries depending on where you live

  • Function: what do those instruments do?

Related concepts:

  • Cycles: the weather has some expected cycles

  • Patterns, impact

  • Interpretation: how we interpret the data we are collecting

PYP News

ICSAtlanta is an authorized PYP world school! Through emphasis on the whole child, Primary Years Programme (PYP) students are encouraged to be active, caring, lifelong learners with personal, positive attributes and the capacity to take responsible action. Our students become active participants in their learning and inquire about the world around them.


Learning in the PYP is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes, each selected for their relevance to the real world. Young learners explore the commonalities of human experience by investigating these themes through a programme of inquiry.

Who we are

Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; and human relationships.

Where we are in place and time

Inquiry into our orientation in place and time; personal histories; the discoveries and explorations of humankind; and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations.

How we express ourselves

Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values.

How the world works

Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world and human societies; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves

Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the planet

Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; access to equal opportunities; and peace and conflict resolution.

Program of Inquiry