Inquiry

Katandra School adopts the process of a guided approach to Inquiry Based Learning to engage the students in learning outcomes, enrich learning environments and aims to connect students learning to hands on, real world experiences.

At Katandra we implement a whole school approach to Inquiry based learning every term. All classes engage in the same Unit of Inquiry, however the investigations, activities and learning outcomes are levelled and age appropriately targeted to the students across the school. The units of inquiry are planned to incorporate a rotation of the various learning domains from the Victorian Curriculum and have an integrated approach to include outcomes from multiple learning areas.

To ensure that there is a broad interest approach for students and a scope for all learning domains are covered throughout the year, Katandra School has a 6 year Unit of Inquiry Cycle that explores a number of interests and covers all learning domains for the students. The 6 year cycle can be seen below.

The focus domain for each inquiry is evident in the unit of inquiry term planners. Other domains are also easily integrated through the units to ensure connections are made to students learning outcomes.

Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

Year One
2019, 2025

Me, Myself & Others

Australia:
The Land Down Under

Famous Stories, Tales and Myths A Circus Spectacular

Year Two
2020, 2026

Healthy Me, Healthy You

Festivals & Celebrations Around The World
(Olympics Japan 2020)

Katandra in Space The History of Pets

Year Three
2021, 2027

Brain Basics:
Switching onto Learning

Mini Beasts:
A World of Small Creatures
Imagine the Future Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Year Four
2022, 2028

When I grow up I want to be … Rumble in the Jungle Under the Sea

Born to Move:
A History of sport

Year Five
2023, 2029

Community Helpers Natural Disasters Katandra Toy Shop Fashion Through the Ages

Year Six
2024, 2030

Friendship:
Me and My Friends

Travelling through my Community
(Olympics Paris 2024)

On the Farm:
Farm to Plate

Dinosaurs:
The Jurassic Period