Stamford American Elementary School Curriculum Guide - page 18

Social Studies
Social Studies content is covered through the units of inquiry. The transdisciplinary
themes provide the framework for a highly defined, focused, in-depth program of
inquiry, and as Social Studies is relevant to all the transdisciplinary themes, all planned
Social Studies learning should take place within this framework.
The Social Studies Program identifies central ideas considered significant into five main
strands that are concept-driven and are inextricably linked to each other:
• Human systems and economic activities
• Social organization and culture
• Continuity and change through time
• Human and natural environments
• Resources and the environment
Human systems and economic activities is the study of how and why people construct
organizations and systems; the ways in which people connect locally and globally; the
distribution of power and authority. Social organization and culture is the study of
people, communities, cultures and societies; the ways in which individuals, groups and
societies interact with each other. Continuity and change through time is the study of
the relationships between people and events through time; the past, its influences
on the present and its implications for the future; people who have shaped the future
through their actions. Human and natural environments is the study of the distinctive
features that give a place its identity; how people adapt to and alter their environment;
how people experience and represent place; the impact of natural disasters on people
and the built environment. Resources and the environment is the interaction between
people and the environment; the study of how humans allocate and manage resources;
the positive and negative effects of this management; the impact of scientific and
technological developments on the environment.
Students will explore their understanding of people and their lives, focusing on
themselves, their friends and families, and their immediate environment. They will
practice applying rules and routines to work and play. They will gain an increasing
awareness of themselves in relation to the various groups to which they belong and
become conscious of systems by which they organize themselves. They will develop
their sense of place and the reasons why particular places are important to people.
They will also develop their sense of time, and recognize important events in their own
lives, and how time and change affect people. They will explore the role of technology
in their lives.
The Arts
The Arts are integral to our overall curriculum and integrated within the units of inquiry.
They are a powerful mode of communication through which students explore and
construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them.
The Arts are identified as Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. The Arts Program
identifies two key strands considered significant that apply across the different art
forms and define the critical artistic processes: responding and creating. These
intrinsically connected strands are concept-driven and have been designed to interact
with each other, working together to support the overall development of students.
Developing responses provides students with opportunities to respond to their own
and other artists’ works and processes, and in so doing develop the skills of critical
analysis, interpretation, evaluation, reflection and communication. Students will
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