The Programme of Inquiry

Six organizing themes act as the structure for The Programme of Inquiry. Students at each grade level experience six units of inquiry that address these themes.


The Primary Years Programme provides students with opportunities to build meaning and refine understanding through structured inquiry.

Transdisciplinary Connections

The PYP Units of Inquiry are transdisciplinary, which means that a concept stretches across math, science, reading and writing, etc. and ties it all together.  It is not isolated to one subject.

Taking Action

IB believes that an education must extend beyond academics to include thoughtful action. Charles Hay meets this challenge by offering all learners the opportunity to choose actions, to act and to reflect on these actions in order to make a difference in the world and enhance their learning.

Research Skills

Teachers use a research scope and sequence to build upon research skills at every grade level.  For example, questioning at the Kindergarten level might involve asking questions before, during, and after reading.  By fifth grade students are taught to ask concept-based questions as they read and research.  The I.B. Coordinator will support the classroom teachers and students by teaching specific research skills and strategies.  We work in the classrooms and in the media center.