Investigative and Inquiry Learning

Throughout your child's primary schooling at CNPS they will be active in their learning. One of the ways we ensure this is through our Investigations (F-2) and Inquiry (3-6) Learning Approaches. This is a coordinated program where all years prepare units that follow 6 key themes ('throughlines') that run through the school. This allows students in Year 6 to share their learning and engage with students in Foundation who are studying a related topic. Through this approach students tackle key learning areas such as History, Geography, Science, and Design and Technology as outlined in our state curriculum, AusVELS.   

Investigations is used for students between Foundation  and Year 2. Teachers strategically prepare a range of learning experiences at 'Investigation Stations' that are designed to develop language, content knowledge, and key skills as outlined in the Victorian Early Years Developmental Framework.  

Students use these Investigation Stations to work on self-directed projects in areas of interest for them. Teachers expertly weave current learning in literacy and numeracy with these experiences so that students learning the essential skills in a context where they feel motivated to learn and succeed. Students also perform a series of roles where they are focus children, reporters and photographers: each role has a special focus that develops skills in observation, questioning and reporting to other children. 

" I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
Pablo Picasso
"Research is creating new knowledge."
Neil Armstrong

Inquiry learning at CNPS is all about student ownership and empowerment. Students follow an Inquiry cycle of Immersion | Investigation | Synthesis | Publication. This cycle scaffolds students through acquiring and applying skills and strategies that are commonplace in workplaces and universities around Australia. Students conference regularly with their teacher to review their learning and identify future directions for projects they are working on. Students have the power to select how they might demonstrate their learning to other students, teachers, parents and the public. This might mean that students produce a video, poster, website, booklet, a physical model or any other mode of communication that best enables students to express themselves accurately.   

Inquiry learning emphasises the links between the school and the community, so we often invite parents and other community members into the school to be part of the learning process. Major events such as exhibitions and presentation nights occur regularly throughout the year and allow parents to see how their child's efforts produce extraordinary outcomes.