Transdisciplinary Programme

Transdisciplinary Themes


There are six Transdisciplinary Themes that have global significance for all students in all cultures. Each year Kunyung Primary School students have the opportunity to explore each of the themes, through units of inquiry, which are appropriate to their year level.

Each theme is revisited throughout the students’ years of schooling, building on their understanding, resulting in a broad-ranging, in-depth and articulated curriculum. Click on the Programme of Inquiry link below to discover how learning is scaffolded from one year to the next.

In our classrooms the traditional subject areas are still clearly evident but are presented in ways that transcend the confines of each discipline. When we learn naturally, we use the knowledge, concepts and skills from a number of subject areas at the same time. The Transdiciplinary model of teaching and learning reflects this.

At Kunyung our International Baccalaureate philosophy for teaching and learning is complimented by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s (DEECD) Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS).

Through the transdisciplinary programme of inquiry we provide experiences in Health and Physical Education, Interpersonal Development, Interpersonal Learning, Civics and Citizenship, The Arts, English, Economics, Geography, History, French, Mathematics, Science, Communication, Design, Creativity & Technology, ICT and Thinking Processes.

The draft for the new Australian Curriculum is also consulted to keep abreast of current trends.

Within the Transdisciplinary Themes below you will recognise traditional subjects such as History, Geography, Health, Technology, Science etc.


PYP Transdisciplinary Themes

Who we are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves
An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How the world works
An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Transdisciplinary Skills

At Kunyung Primary School, we believe that the development of understanding is enhanced through the acquisition and application of a range of skills. Literacy and Numeracy skills are essential, as they provide students with the tools of inquiry. In addition to these, our students master a whole range of skills relevant to all subject areas, which will prepare them for lifelong learning both within and beyond their school years.

Within their learning, our students acquire the following set of transdisciplinary skills:

Thinking Skills
Acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, dialectical thought and metacognition.

Social Skills
Accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group decision making, adopting a variety of group roles.

Communication Skills
Listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting, and non verbal communication.

Self Management Skills
Gross motor skills, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, healthy lifestyle, codes of behaviour and informed choices.

Research Skills
Formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording data, organizing data, interpreting data and presenting research findings.