PYP3 Grade 3 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?

Social organization and culture (Age 7-9)

  • explore how families influence the individual
  • describe how artefacts, heirlooms and rituals are evidence of cultural identity
  • compare and contrast current family experiences with those of a previous generation.
  • identify the cultural and historical context in which signs and symbols develop

Resources and the Environment (Age 7-9)

  • explain people’s responsibilities regarding the use of resources from the environment.
  • describe the relationships between the location of water and population distribution


  • 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.