As part of the Victorian Curriculum, Inquiry skills are fostered and built upon from Foundation- Year 6.
Foundation to Year 2 students learn that people use Science in their everyday lives. Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses. Students informally share and record observations of familiar objects and events. The History focus for junior students is to reflect on significant events in their lives, as part of a family, using objects, some photographic evidence and discussion of past experiences. They begin to look at timelines and make some comparisons between the past and present. Geography inquiries focus on becoming familiar with the features of their local surroundings and suggest ways to care for the school and local area.
Years 3-6 Students in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 enjoy weekly Science specialist classes. Students follow procedures to develop questions they can investigate. When planning hands-on investigations, students use scientific (OR experimental) methods to identify variables to be changed and measured in fair testing. Students learn about local history and the first inhabitants of our country. They develop research and questioning skills, gaining first hand information from Grandparents about how life was different for them in their school days. As part of their Geography inquiries, students investigate some of the significant natural processes across Australia, explore environmental issues, and consider possible solutions to current and future challenges.