Inquiry Based Learning
At Apollo Parkways Primary School we offer a comprehensive curriculum covering all of the learning areas and capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum. Our Inquiry based units ensure our students develop the skills, knowledge and understandings to be,
Learning Areas - The Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, The Humanities (Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography, History), Languages, Mathematics, Science, Technologies
Capabilities - Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural and Personal and Social.
At Apollo Parkways we develop and continually revise our program by sharing ideas in all grade teams. Each teaching team plans units of work based on the whole school program that we call our inquiry based learning.
What topics do we teach?
As a whole school we commence the year with a common unit of work - "Linking to Thinking". Through this unit all teachers and children engage in a sequential range of activities that support the development of a culture of learning that underpins all aspects of our school and its teaching and learning programs. Learners are most successful when they are mindful of themselves as learners and thinkers within a learning community. During this unit teachers and children at all levels work collaboratively on activities such as establishing classroom rules and routines and determining behaviours to achieve optimum learning.
Critical and Creative Thinking Capability
In accordance with our established beliefs Apollo Parkways Primary School has developed teaching and learning programs which promote the development of ‘thinking skills’ in students. The curriculum is underpinned by teaching and learning philosophies including:
Inquiry learning - this approach to learning provides students with a process for organising and contextualising their learning.
Constructivism - here new learning is built on the previously known, allowing children to 'construct' knowledge.
Multiple intelligences – the work of Howard Gardner acknowledges that intelligence can take many forms. Using this theory we provide children with opportunities to showcase their learning through all eight dimensions of intelligence.
Thinking hats – Edward DeBono’s six thinking hats are used developmentally from Grades Prep – 6. The hats are used to promote thinking and the consideration of situations from a number of different viewpoints.
Higher order thinking – Bloom’s Taxonomy of Thinking Skills provides a framework for moving children’s thinking to levels that require greater cognitive effort. In senior grades it is often used in conjunction with multiple intelligences.
Autonomous learning – the model developed by George Betts emphasises meeting individual needs through a curriculum that requires children to take increasing responsibility for their learning.
Habits of Mind – the work of Art Costa that provides 16 ‘habits’ that provide for the development of lifelong skills and attributes.