Our Inquiry program at St Thomas aims to challenge the students to build independence, creativitiy and an understanding of the world around them. Inquiry learning engages students in their learning as they begin to make more choices and are actively involved in assessing their own learning, reflecting on their learning and setting goals for future learning.
Inquiry Learning involves students posing their own questions, exploring answers and solving problems. Each inquiry unit integrates many areas of the curriculum but has a major focus in one domain. The method for the delivery of our Inquiry program at St Thomas is progressive, as the needs and interests of students develop plus their ability to challenge their own learning.
During Years Prep - 2, Inquiry learning is focused on smaller, guided tasks where the children are challenged to play specific roles and complete hands on and research tasks. During Years 3 - 6, challenges become more open with specialised support and are generally project based.
Students at St Thomas engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) learning for a variety of their Inquiry topics as this method focuses on finding solutions for real-world problems.