Inquiry Approach to Learning

Inquiry at St. Mary’s 

Engagement and action in the world 


The integration of the Victorian Curriculum model at St Mary's is approached through an Inquiry model. We believe that this model best develops the skills, attitudes, values and knowledge which are the basis of the learning area. Through an inquiry based approach to learning our students’ thinking is scaffolded towards uncovering their own questions around essential concepts and their curiosity about the world around them is included in the inquiry planning. Inquiry learning and teaching encourages connection, co-operation, and collaboration by allowing students to pose and solve problems together. 


Our Inquiry model incorporates ‘split screen’ learning and teaching where the students have both a content and capability focus, that is they learn about the ‘what’ and the ‘skills’ they need to tune in, find and sort out, make conclusions and take authentic action. Our curriculum is designed to engage students in the contemporary world leading them to develop deep understandings about themselves, others and the world. We build learning relationships within the local and global community and create authentic opportunities for students to learn from and with others. 


We promote learning and teaching that strengthens engagement, independence, collaboration, innovation and success. Students have a strong voice in their own learning in inquiry and access to a range of co curricular opportunities including through clubs, the kitchen program, galleries, gala days, a student written production bi-annually etc.



Our Inquiry Curriculum at St Mary's reflects the following beliefs: 


  • Students are best served when ideas about the world are presented in a meaningful and relevant way. 
  • Students learn best when they are actively involved in learning experiences. 
  • The linking together of content and process learning areas, makes learning more relevant, meaningful and manageable. 
  • The development of skills, knowledge, values and attitudes is essential. 
  • This approach enables more effective use of time and makes possible the provision of a comprehensive curriculum. 
  • Students are encouraged to consider how they learn while developing important concepts and understandings


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