Inquiry learning incorporates disciplines including science, history, geography, civics and citizenship, and by years 5 and 6, economics and business, as well as the key learning areas of English and maths. Each term, the whole school focuses on a single theme, which is explored in different ways at different year levels. For example, the theme of Change involves investigating how people’s lives have changed over time in prep, chemical and physics changes in years 1 and 2, the link between exploration and change in years 3 and 4, and changes in Australia since colonisation in years 5 and 6.

Thinking skills including Habits of the Mind and Multiple Intelligences are explicitly taught through inquiry learning, which encourages students to be curious and interested in the world around them, and to take action to make it a better place.

We have a ‘Scientist in Schools’ partner to support our learning in science who is a Botanist. She spends time at school when relevant to share her knowledge and is also available to students and classes via email to assist with research about specific topics.

Learning is also enhanced through excursions and incursions selected by teachers to contribute to students’ understanding of particular topics. 

Year 3/4 young scientists

As a part of our inquiry unit, Flushed Away, Harold has used film to explore the journey of a discarded bottle down the drain and onto the river. The film uses elements of light and shade, and music to take the viewer on the bottle's journey. He asks viewers to be a legend like his main character Nate and pick up litter.

Film Excellence Primary Award Winner


Years 3 and 4 collaboration

A tidal wave of plastic pollution is on its way. How would you react? The 3/4 students have been inspired by Alberto Giacometti's sculptures to create Hysteria. They used wire, masking tape and foil to shape their person. The wave has been created from chicken wire and plastic rubbish collected from the yard and local Diamond Creek. Our Term 3 inquiry unit, Flushed Away, focused on the health of our waterways. The wave reflects the amount of rubbish that we have in our waterways and the impending doom if we don't do something to fix the mess.

 Social Justice Award - Primary