At St Mary’s we employ an Inquiry based approach to learning within an integrated curriculum, developing the knowledge, skills and dispositions outlined by the Victorian Curriculum. In preparing our Learners for the future, we recognize the importance of developing their capacity to learn how to learn. Our inquiry approach draws on a range of tools and strategies to develop the Learners thinking, inquiring, researching, communication and self management skills. We use various models of inquiry including project, challenge and interest based investigations which reflect a commitment to create learning opportunities and experiences that become an adventure for our Learners to explore, understand and interact with our world. Each term our Learners embark on an Inquiry which aims to be cross curricular, inquiry based investigation that aims to develop a cumulative understanding of the many learning areas and capabilities noted in Victorian Curriculum;
Learning Areas & Capabilities
- Health & Physical Education
- The Arts
- The Humanities
- Critical & Creative Thinking
- Personal & Social
Each Inquiry is launched with an open ended investigation question(s) and relevant key understandings. The content, skills and thinking strategies incorporated aim to provide a balance between curriculum outcomes, real life contexts, current affairs and Learners interests. Our inquiry process is an investigation scaffold that supports Learners as they move from the known to the unknown in the pursuit of deep learning, deep understanding and the application of their new learning to other situations.
Our Learning & Teaching program includes: English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Inquiry, Italian, Art, Physical Education and Library. ICT is integrated across all curriculum levels.