Bancroft's Programme of Inquiry

Bancroft’s Programme of Inquiry (POI)

The Programme of Inquiry (POI) is an inquiry-based framework that outlines units for each grade level.  The units in this framework have been developed horizontally at the grade level, and vertically from one grade level to the next.  In inquiry-based learning, students ask questions, make connections to prior knowledge, learn new ideas, and think critically about how to best solve problems.

The teachers at Bancroft have developed the POI through on-going and extensive collaboration.  We revisit it regularly to ensure it is relevant, engaging, challenging, and significant.  The POI is built around six globally significant, transdisciplinary themes. Transdisciplinary themes are universal and globally centered. Students in first through fifth grade study all six themes and students in High 5 and kindergarten study four themes each year.


The 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 interactions 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.