Grade 2 (Year 3)

Grade 2, or Year 3, at IST is the third formal year of elementary schooling. During this year students make significant strides towards consolidating a set of increasingly sophisticated core skills with an emphasis on the development of independent and cooperative work habits, personal responsibility and an enjoyment of learning. In addition to the learning program provided in the homeroom, students in Grade 2 attend the following specialist classes:

Art: one period per week

Music: two periods per week

Physical Education: two periods of sport, one session of fitness

Chinese or Mother Tongue language: 4 periods per week

Grade 2 students have immediate access to their own mini-lab of networked computers and a set of iPads with age appropriate educational apps. They also attend information literacy classes in the computer laboratories and library. These classes are taught in collaboration with the homeroom teacher and the teacher librarian.


Students in Grade 2 inquire into and learn about globally significant phenomena in the context of six units of inquiry, each of which addresses a particular transdisciplinary theme.

An Inquiry into:
Who we are
An Inquiry into:
Where we are in time and place
An inquiry into:
How we express ourselves
An inquiry into:
How the world works
An Inquiry into:
How we organize ourselves
An inquiry into:
Sharing the planet
Grade 2 Healthy Choices

Central Idea: Choices play a role in our well-being and health.

Lines of inquiry:
  • The components of a healthy lifestyle
  • How healthy/unhealthy lifestyle choices affect our bodies
  • Our responsibility to make healthy choices
  • China Then & Now

    Central Idea: The life, traditions and systems of a civilization can influence how people live today.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • Characteristics of civilizations and societies
  • Ways that our locality (Tianjin) has changed or remained the same
  • Why some ideas endure and others change
  • Culture Through Stories

    Central Idea: Stories retold and shared can reflect beliefs and values of different cultures.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • The purpose, features and message of cultural stories
  • Different stories from around the world
  • Earth, Sun & Moon

    Central Idea: The relationship between the sun, the moon and the earth affect how we live on our planet.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • The characteristics of the Earth, Sun and
  • Moon and their place in the solar system
  • How the Moon, Sun and Earth impact the way we live
  • How the Earth, Sun and Moon cycles create patterns of time
  • Undergoing Change

    Central Idea: People process resources in order to satisfy needs and wants.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • Natural resources & materials
  • The process of change that resources go through
  • Why humans change resources and how they use them
  • Endangered Animals

    Central Idea: Human actions can preserve or endanger animal life.

    Lines of inquiry:
  • How animals survive
  • Animal Habitats
  • Our responsibilities towards keeping animals from extinction
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