Inquiry Learning enables students to become learners.

It recognises the importance of substantial knowledge and the ability to ask higher order questions.

It requires the learner to become information literate and a competent user of digital technology in addition to other sources of information.

It cultivates habits of mind such as critical thinking and develops in students a sense of social responsibility and personal values.

Learners develop an understanding of their own cognitive processes and the inquiry model gives the learner a method which enables them to learn anything they need or want to know.

At its best, Inquiry Learning demands action on the part of the learner. It is about developing creative, effective problem solvers whose learning outcomes benefit the entire community.

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Maths

 Students work together to solve mathematical problems with the support of the teacher. Students enjoy working together and helping each other learn. This apporach is called DMIC- developing mathematical inquiry communities.

We still stress the importance of Basic Facts and for students to become competent mathematicans. Our approach aims to ensure children understand what they are doing when they solve a maths problem rather than just following a formula.

Reading Writing

Children read and write every day. The more children read and write the better they get. We love to have children join the local library - It is free - and get books they can read at home.

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We believe it is important that

  • All children have every opportunity to succeed
  • Classrooms environments are stimulating and supportive of learning. They provide a resource for students and teachers.
  • Classrooms will have well established routines and behavioural expectations that reflect our emphasis on pro-social behaviours and the learner.
  • The classroom climate enhances and recognises effort and achievement
  • Classroom programmes will offer a variety of learning opportunities that shall be mostly based on inquiry and relate to children’s everyday lives.
  • Barriers to learning will be addressed and special needs will be catered for through the classroom and special programmes
  • Learners will be expected to challenge, question, investigate, take risks and become problem solvers.
  • Cooperation and collaboration will be the norm for students and teachers.
  • All classes will have a strong Literacy programme designed to help all students to become competent readers and writers through a mix of shared, guided and independent reading.
  • All classes will teach Mathematics explicitly. This will include whole class warm up activities, focused teaching based on problem solving and independent tasks.
  • All classes will reflect on their learning at the end of the day – 2.45-3pm