Inquiry Learning

Each term, students at St Anne’s undertake an Inquiry that explores one of our six Big Ideas. These Big Ideas incorporate different curriculum areas and are designed to be built upon as students move through their primary schooling.

Each Inquiry is guided by a Big Question and several supporting questions. These questions direct the learning experiences of the class and any independent learning that students may undertake.

An Inquiry unit will typically begin with Immersion experiences, which are designed to spark student interest and to get them excited about the upcoming learning. Teachers then spend time building student knowledge about key facts, ideas and concepts. After this, students either choose an area for further investigation (by developing their own question to pursue) or are given choice in the way they undertake and present their learning (based on a task that has been outlined).

Parents or friends who have particular interests or areas of expertise are always more than welcome to contribute to our learning in Inquiry. Whether you have a job in the field of science or a passion for gardening, your support will always be welcome. 


Genius Time

Genius Time has been adopted at St Anne's from years 3-6 in order to allow students to explore a topic of interest to them and drive their own research and learning. It is based on the understanding that students should be motivated by independent learning goals rather than results, and should be engaged in learning that is under their own control. While learning, students reflect on how they can strengthen their learning dispositions, such as creativity or collaboration.

Discovery Learning

Students from Prep - Grade 2 at St Anne's engage in Discovery Inquiry play-based learning. Play and learning are strongly connected. Children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development all flourish from being engaged in play. While playing with peers, children learn social skills such as negotiation, problem solving and leadership. While playing with objects, children enhance their fine and gross-motor skills, their creativity, and the basic skills for mathematics, science and technology. Cognitive skills such as problem solving are enhanced through play when children are given opportunities to experiment and create new ideas. Dispositions such as curiosity, risk-taking, confidence, and a thirst for learning are all naturally developed.