DISCOVERY & INQUIRY
At St Mary's our pedagogical approach is to create an educational culture that enables all children to succeed. As a school we seek to balance a focus on the development of critical core skills in literacy, numeracy and Religious Education with the development of opportunities that enable our children to be creative, innovative problem-solvers.
DISCOVERY LEARNING: Junior Learning Community
We recognise that creating high levels of student engagement are critical in ensuring increased levels of student attainment. In our Junior Learning Community, our student engage in a process of discovery learning. This might involve dramatic play, construction or some form of creative investigation. The intention is to provide hands-on creative and concrete learning experiences. These can be used a provocation to integrate into their learning in other areas of the curriculum such as English, Maths and Religious Education.
DISCOVERY AND INQUIRY: Middle & Senior Learning Communities:
Discovery and inquiry is a timetabled learning activity for our older students. The children engage in a two-year cycle of engaging concepts, such as Earth and Space or Biomes. This ensures that we cover other aspects of the Victorian Curriculum such as Science, Humanities (History, Geography, etc) and Technologies in way that encourages students to wonder, investigate and critically reason. Wherever possible, these learning concepts are integrated with other areas of the curriculum to enable the children to identify the links to areas such as maths and English and to help them identify the purpose of their learning.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
‘learning for all, fairness for all, compassion for all’