East Adelaide SchoolEast Adelaide School

Curriculum - Inquiry Based Learning

The Resource Centre is where the physical and virtual worlds of inquiry and imagination come together. Along the journey to knowledge, student’s curiosity, thinking, imagination, creativity and discovery are stimulated and harnessed.

Through the English interrelated strands of Literature, Literacy and Language students are guided to explore characters, events and develop personal responses to literature. They are given opportunities to explore different literary texts, for pleasure and to create their own narratives. They are exposed to texts of all kinds traditional and digital (picture books, novels, multimedia texts and websites). They are taught how text structures are organised and assist meaning, how authors use image and language to represent ideas and points of view. They analyse and explain literal and implied information, point of view and explain their own responses.

In History the focus is on Inquiry learning skill development with students, in partnership with classroom teachers.

Knowledge and understanding of History is essential for students to be informed and active citizens in Australia’s diverse society. The two strands of Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills provide the contexts through which particular skills are developed.

Each year level has key inquiry question, where the two strands are integrated. Through inquiry questions student’s curiosity and imagination are developed and interest and enjoyment of historical study promoted.

Scaffolding the process of Historical Inquiry is essential for students to become more independent learners. Historical inquiry develops transferable skills, such as the ability to ask relevant questions; critically analyse and interpret sources; consider context; respect and explain different perspectives; develop and substantiate interpretations, communicate effectively and acknowledge or reference sources.

The knowledge, understanding and skills from each learning area, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities support students to become 21st-century learners.

ICT capability is developed when students locate, process and access digital sources of information; and publish their findings collaboratively and in a digital mode.

Critical and Creative thinking are essential to the historical inquiry process to question sources, interpret  incomplete documentation, develop an argument using evidence, assess reliability  and in developing new interpretations to explain aspects of the past that are contested or not well understood.

Students develop personal and social capability as they learn to understand themselves and others by studying History, and establishing positive relationships by working effectively in teams.

Students develop ethical understanding of behaviour as they explore the character traits, actions and motivations of people in the past that may be the result of different standards and expectations and changing societal attitudes.

Students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of other people of the past and present, recognise commonalities and differences and significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ histories and cultures and the contribution of migration from other countries to Australian and World History

The Cross Curriculum Priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders history and cultures, Australian and Australia’s engagement with Asia and sustainability are addressed in context within an area of study and bring a depth and richness to the History curriculum.