Sefton Infants School has dived into inquiry learning this year with mixed results! Our pursuit of more inquiry learning opportunities in our classrooms has evolved from previous work with critical and creative thinking, as well as recommendations from our last Instructional Rounds. In particular, IR findings and recommendations highlighted the effective approach our preschool setting had in developing critical and creative thinking, student autonomy, choice and challenge.
Incorporating a more inquiry-based approach in our classrooms at Sefton Infants School has certainly had its teething problems! Hence, its identification as a problem of practice here for our next Instructional Rounds in Term 4, 2017. At this point in time, we are trying to use an inquiry approach specifically in the learning areas of Science & Technology, STEM, History and Geography across whole school K-2 student groups. Following student choice and lines of inquiry whilst also addressing syllabus outcomes has been challenging! We are keen to gain feedback and ideas for future directions from our community of schools. Are any of our instructional round schools employing inquiry-learning strategies, project-based learning or something similar? If so, how effective has it been? What have been the strengths and challenges? We are keen to share our adventures with inquiry-based learning.