Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

At St Thomas' we endeavour to provide an education that prepares students for their future, not our past.

At St Thomas', Inquiry based learning is seen as more than just an "approach" to learning, but rather as a model which empowers students to learn independently through a process which mirrors real life thinking and learning. Within the context of comprehensive issue-based units of study, students are provided with opportunities to develop the skills of an autonomous, self-regulated learner. Thinking, risk-taking, self direction, independence, interdependence, inter/intra personal skills, technological skills, conceptual skills, artistic skills, experimentation, problem finding and solving, decision making, idea generation and idea action are effectively infused.

 

Some features of the Inquiry Process

  • Students are actively supported by teachers to acquire relevant skills.
  • Students are engaged in asking and following up on questions as a central skill.
  • Students deepen or gain understanding of core concepts.
  • Students may work collaboratively in small groups or learning teams.
  • Students use and apply their learning, in the sharing of solutions, decisions, thinking and outcomes in a celebration of their understanding.
  • Students access a range of information sources.
  • Students learn about how to learn.