How we organize ourselves

Unit 1 - How we organize ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme

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.

Central Idea

Humans examine and create systems to organize the world.

Key Concepts: Related Concepts

  • Function: Order
  • Form: Structure
  • Change: Transformation

Lines of Inquiry

  • Classification and organization (function)
  • Evolution of systems (change)
  • How systems help us understand the world (form)

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • Open-minded
  • Principled
  • Thinkers

Approaches to Learning

  • Thinking - Reflection: What questions do I have now?
  • Social - Interpersonal Relationships: Advocate for one’s own rights and needs, and those of others.

FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Traits



What is the PYP Exhibition?

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience, it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.

What is the purpose of the PYP Exhibition?

Purpose The PYP exhibition has a number of key purposes: 

  • for students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry 
  • to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning 
  • to provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
  • for students to synthesize and apply their learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP 
  • to provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding 
  • to demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning 
  • to unite the students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP 
  • to celebrate the transition of learners from primary to middle/secondary education.

Extracted from IBO: Exhibition Guidelines