Eye on Childhood

Inquiry Learning

Young children love to play with things, explore, investigate and tinker. They have an innate curiosity that drives them to ask the most interesting questions as they wonder about their world and through their wondering develop knowledge and understanding. Too often the traditional model of school has suppressed this curiosity by insisting that all students learn exactly the same factual content through teacher focussed lessons.

In an age when factual knowledge is easily accessible at our finger tips and change is ever present, there is no longer a need to memorise copious amounts of information and there is little sense in doing so as many facts and figures become outdated within a very short space of time.

What has become essential is the need for curiosity, creative thought and problem solving and this is where an inquiry approach to learning provides the best foundation for today’s children.

Some may consider inquiry and play based learning to simply involve leaving children to explore a range of toys and equipment and to follow their own path of investigation to wherever that may lead them.

True inquiry and effective play based programs are somewhat different. Children certainly do have opportunities to ask their own questions and investigate the answers but they are also guided in their investigations through carefully worded questioning by the teachers which leads to deeper understandings. Children are encouraged to seek answers to the questions they have, to solve the problems they uncover and to apply their knowledge in new and different ways.

True inquiry is ongoing and while an answer may be found to a question, the inquiry will generate further ‘wonderings’ that can be investigated and questions that need to be explored. Students and teachers are learners together and the experience becomes shared. This is learning that is memorable and meaningful. It is also learning that nourishes curiosity and creative thought.

Inquiry learning is integral to the teaching and learning programs we offer at St John’s. From Little Saint’s Kindergarten to Year Six, our students inquire, play, investigate and create. This provides our students with the very best experiences that lay strong foundations for all future learning.

The Importance of Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a very important step in your child’s life. It allows them to develop essential skills and attitudes that lay the foundation for all future learning.

Children love to learn and the best early learning centres allow each child’s curiosity and creativity to flourish. Little Saints Kindergarten provides the perfect balance of child driven inquiry, purposeful play and lots of fun in a caring and nurturing environment.

Being part of St John’s Anglican College gives our Little Saints children the added advantage of access to the College facilities and specialist teachers. Specialist lessons in Chinese, Music, Speech and Drama, Physical Education and Literature occur each week and buddy programs with students from older grades visiting the Kindergarten make the Little Saints program quite unique.

Our Kindergarten program adheres to the National Quality Framework and has been assessed by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACEQA) receiving a rating of Exceeding National Quality Standards.

Giving children a high quality education early in life provides the very best start for their ongoing schooling. If you are looking for the best Kindergarten program for your child, you cannot go past Little Saints.