PYP1 (Grade 1) Social Studies

The social studies component of the PYP is characterized by concepts and skills rather than by content. Therefore, OurPlanet ensures that a breadth and balance of social studies content is covered through the units of inquiry. The knowledge component of social studies in the PYP is arranged into five strands: 

  • Human Systems and Economic Activities
  • Social Organization and Culture
  • Continuity and Change through Time
  • Human and Natural Environments
  • Resources and the Environment. 

These strands are concept-driven and are inextricably linked to each other. They also provide links to other subject areas of the PYP curriculum model.

What will students will be working on this year?

Resources and the environment

Human Systems and Economic Activities

  • compare transportation systems within the local community to those in other communities
  • explain how and why changes in transport have occurred over time
  • examine the impact of technological advances in transport on the environment.
  • describe the natural features of local and other environments
  • analyse ways in which humans use the natural environment (for example, recreation, settlements)

Social organization and culture

  • explain why a particular celebration is important in his or her own life
  • suggest reasons for various celebrations
  • identify and compare traditions and celebrations observed by others in the class
  • use a variety of sources to gain information about celebrations from both a historical and a cultural perspective


  • Formulate and ask questions about the past, the future, places and society.
  • Use and analyse evidence from a variety of historical, geographical and societal sources.
  • Orientate in relation to place and time.
  • Identify roles, rights and responsibilities in society.
  • Assess the accuracy, validity and possible bias of sources.