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Inquiry Learning

Inquiry based learning provides students a role in directing their own learning and enables tehm to become independent. Through Inquiry we learn how to learn.

2021 Transition: Story Time at Bourchier

It was great that many of you were able to make our Story Time Zoom session on Friday afternoon. We really enjoyed seeing the faces of some of our newest Bourchier students! We will be running another Story Time on September the...

Fun Fridays!

Who likes fun? Surely everybody! That is exactly what we wanted to bing to everyone with our Fun Fridays. We are in the second period of remote learning in 2020 and have now been unable to be at school since the start of August....

What is it like in…North Korea?

Our Year sixes have been learning all about countries around the world. So far their investigations have led to discoveries about what it is liek to live in contries such as Russia, Germany, and North Korea. Quite often these places are very different in many ways to...

Summarising: What’s it all about?

Being able to read is an extremely useful skill to have. For many people, it is one of life’s pleasures. But what is the purpose of reading? We might read a text to gather information about a topic or idea. We might read a text to learn how to do or make something. We...

What is all this data about?

How many times do wash your hands in a day? How many biscuits do you eat? How many minutes do you exercise? You might never thought about these questions but our junior school have! They have been very busy counting, recording and displaying information (or data)...
Play Based Learning

The aim of the play based program is ‘to promote a sense
of wonder, exploration, investigation and interest in a rich
range of materials, resources and opportunities in which
the child can engage. (p. 30, Walker, 2007) The child is
viewed as being instrumental to the way in which materials
and equipment are selected and organised within the
environment. Such environments are often described as child
focused as children are constantly engaged in meaningful
learning experiences. While children’s interests form the
basis of the program, the environment needs to be carefully
planned and presented in ways that are inviting to young
children. All experiences are based on supporting a balance
of child and adult initiated ideas and investigations, and
utilise the indoor and outdoor areas equally. Specific play
spaces or areas may be arranged to within the environment
to engage children in different areas of learning such as art,
literacy and construction. Within each area children should be
offered a range of open-ended and loose materials that can
be used across different abilities and diverse interests. This is
particularly important for mixed age grouping however within
a single age group, it also enables children to explore their
interests using their individual strengths and skills. As these
aspects can differ greatly between children, an effectiv

Inquiry in Mathematics

Inquiry Maths is a model of teaching that encourages students to regulate their own activity while exploring a mathematical statement or diagram (called a prompt). Inquiries involve the class in questioning, conjecturing, generalising and proving and, when required, in listening to the teacher’s explanation.

Inquiry in Literacy

Inquiry allows us to provide open-ended experiences and investigations that enable students to enter at their own readiness levels. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and presenting, are enhanced through inquiry learning. Teachers guide the learning and provide support as needed

Inquiry across the curriculum

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