Inquiry Learning

Essendon North Primary has a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry that engages students actively in their own learning. Inquiry in the broadest sense is the process initiated by the students or the teacher that moves students from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding. Students should be invited to investigate significant issues by formulating questions, designing research, experimentation, observation and analysis that will help them in finding their own responses to the issues.  Inquiry allows students understanding of the world to develop in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that student. Students are supported to make meaning from the world around them by drawing on prior knowledge, by providing new experiences and by providing time and opportuinity for reflection and consolidation.

What does Inquiry look like?   (from Making the PYP Happen, 2009)                                                                                                                 Inquiry model

ENPS 2016 Programme of Inquiry


IB PYP trans disciplinary themes

Who we areAn inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and value; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships; what is means to be human.
Where we are in place and timeAn inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations , from local and global perspectives.
How we express ourselvesAn inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs, and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
How the world worksAn inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
How we organise ourselvesAn inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
Sharing the planetAn inquiry into the rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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