Inquiry-based Learning at Burnside Primary School

Inquiry-based learning is a transdisciplinary whole-school approach to develop deep understanding and critical and creative thinking. Units of Inquiry are designed within year level and specialist areas, and combine Australian Curriculum subjects, general capabilities and cross-curricular priorities. A whole-school inquiry focus triggers students curiosity and actively engages them in their own learning.

  • Student voice – students develop their own questions based on a key concept or big idea
  • Connected learning – Tony Wagner’s ‘Play, passion and purpose’ drive teacher and student-led inquiry units. These are revisited and reflected on to ensure each Unit of Inquiry focus is reflective of the current issues and interests
  • Student-led questions helps drive the research, the writing and the presentation
  • Teachers guide students and model methods of researching and the checking of information to support their learning
  • Summative assessment tasks enable students to create and present what they have learned; ensuring they understand their content and can communicate it effectively
  • Reflection – The key part of inquiry- based learning is for students to think back on what they have done. How do you feel about what you have learnt? What could you do differently?

  • Inquiry based learning develops a deeper and wider knowledge and understanding in students of the content in their topic. It creates enthusiasm, excitement and curiosity and transfers into many aspects of their learning.

    Flipped Learning at Burnside Primary School

    “The flipped classroom describes a reversal of traditional teaching where students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then class time is used to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge through strategies such as problem-solving, discussion or debates”. ~Vanderbilt University, Center for Teaching

    How is a Flipped Classroom different?

  • A flipped classroom develops ‘deep’ as opposed to ‘surface’ learning
  • It promotes ‘active’ as opposed to ‘passive’ learning
  • It teaches our students to be experiential, collaborative and cooperative with their learning
  • It enhances construction of knowledge and problem-based learning along with critical thinking skills
  • A flipped classroom provides an authentic form of assessment with the results taking them into the future as 21st Century Learners
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