Inquiry Based Learning / STEM

Our engaging and inclusive curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of all students. It focuses on developing students’ depth of understanding of core concepts and interdisciplinary knowledge and the skills needed to be adaptive, to transfer learning to new contexts and to prepare for long-life learning.

We all know that kids LOVE asking questions! Sometimes it seems that’s all they do. Questions are how children learn and make sense of the world around them. Inquiry based learning uses that natural curiosity as the basis for students’ learning experience. We use the inquiry-based learning model to encourage our students to ask rich, purposeful questions, to discuss their method of thinking with others, and to follow their curiosity to develop their own learning paths.

In inquiry-based learning students learn specific skills, such as

  • Research, inquiry and design
  • Planning, questioning, predicting and conducting fair tests
  • Processing, analysing data and information
  • Evaluating and communicating findings
  • Providing solutions to real life situations
  • explanations or evaluations
  • comparing and contrasting
  • compare information sources for accuracy and relevance
  • analyse findings and draw valid conclusions
  • establish cause-and-effect relationships
  • assess areas for improvement or further research
  • present data and information using multimodal texts

Our Integrated Inquiry program draws on the curriculum areas of:

  • Humanities – History and Geography
  • Science
  • Technologies – Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Ethical Capability
  • Intercultural Capability

In addition, The Victorian Curriculum, which sets out what every student should learn, supports improved achievement in STEM. It includes a strong focus on the STEM skills and capabilities students will need to succeed in their lives and careers. This includes relatively new areas of digital technologies. Digital Technologies provide students with the opportunity to acquire and apply specific ways of thinking about problem solving to create innovative, purpose-designed digital solutions.

We believe quality early years experiences are the foundation of life-long learning and wellbeing. Our teachers play an important role in supporting the development of children’s STEM skills, through play and learning, and through their everyday interactions. Early learning in STEM includes inquiry-based experiences and using technologies to investigate and to solve problems. We acknowledge that it is vital to equip our learners of all ages with STEM skills and capabilities as they need to develop the skills for now, and for the future.